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Antec HCG M HCG-850M 850W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Antec HCG-850M Power Supply
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The power supply itself receives 4 stars; the one star rating is for my RMA experience with Antec, see below for details. The PSU falls just short of 80+ Silver status, and ran a Tri-Crossfire array wonderfully for almost 8 months. While it functioned, and before it fried my 3 R9-270's, I had almost no complaints about the PSU.

Cons: PSU is not the quietest, and does get loud/expells heat under load. PSU also employs more than one rail, so in heavy load applications, you have to carefully plan out what the PSU will power via which connector. My PSU died after 8 months of running a Tri-Crossfire, then died and took out my three R9-270's with it.

Other Thoughts: Arrived home one day to find my system shut down; it runs 24/7, so highly unusual for it to be shut off. System protected by APC SMC1500 UPS. Inspection inside the case revealed an oily substance under where the PSU had been installed, and my 3 HIS R9-270's were no longer functional when placed into a back-up rig and tested extensively. Began testing PSU, which failed to power on different bench rigs, failed multiple "paper-clip" tests, so qualified as toasted to me. Opened RMA for PSU three months ago, along with asking renumeration for the 3 destroyed GPU's. After much arguing, Antec declined request for GPU's, but accepted PSU back. Ended up getting replacements from HIS directly for GPU's; nice way to avoid any responsibility, Antec. Antec RMA department has now had my PSU in their possesion for more than a month, and have thus far ignored my repeated pleas to send a new replacement unit to me. The RMA "supervisor" I have had the misfortune of dealing with, Patrick Solamo, takes upwards of 8, 9, 10 days to respond to my communications, blaming the frequent LANFests he attends. I am now forced to obtain legal counsel in order to secure my rightful replacement for this product. I have been a faithful and frequent Antec customer since the late 1990's, but this ridiculous ordeal has lost them a customer for life, and I will go out of my way to advise my clients to avoid Antec as well. Had never had a problem with any Antec products until this PSU, and if the RMA process was in any way reasonable, I would still consider them in the future, but this experience has eliminated that possibility forever.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: What else more needs to be said for this classic air cooler? Does all as advertised, and does it extremely well. Keeps my OC'd 1055T super frosty, under 25 degrees in normal use. Bought it when rebate was in effect, just an obvious buy. I was VERY surprised by how quiet this actually is, nearly inaudible in most situations.

Cons: None. Just a few notes of caution for installation though. Is tall, so make sure your case has the clearance. It can be somewhat difficult to install bottom bracket, but is def doable.

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MSI R7770-PMD1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs cool and quiet. Ends up being $89 with rebates, and comes with Far Cry 3; nice combo! Plays limited number of games that I've tried on at least medium-high settings. Fairly compact size, and you can overclock it a fair amount with the included Afterburner software, which is great on all Radeon cards, btw. 3 year warranty, has been perfectly stable thus far with an OC'd Athlon X3 and reduced latency 8GB DDR3 memory. Ideal high mid range GPU IMHO.

Cons: No physical Crossfire support, but not an issue for an occasional gamer. Other than that, don't know what more you can expect out of this card at $90.

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Display Name: William T.

Date Joined: 03/09/07

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 03/28/13
  • Last Review: 11/20/14
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