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XFX Black Edition Double D R9-280A-TDBD Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Lower noise output than my old 7850
-Excellent bang for your buck - the Nvidia equivalent costs almost twice as much, last time I checked
-As long as you have a 750w or higher PSU, this card performs rock solidly
-Lower heat output than my old 7850
-Very cheap right now ($169.99 before MIR)
-Limited lifetime warranty via XFX
-$20 MIR as of this posting
-For the price point, you're getting a near-top-of-the-line graphics card from AMD (I think it's either the 3rd best or 4th best card at the moment from AMD)

Cons: -Not really a con, but make sure you have an 8pin adapter on your PSU prior to purchasing this card. It comes with a couple adapters, but the one is a combo 6+2 pin, and it's usually better to have a straight 8 pin.
-Also not a con, but the graphics card is so quiet I had to check to make sure the fans on it were working
-Has issues with AA as all AMD cards seem to. Detection issues with certain games (SW TOR I'm looking at you) where the game will default to low/medium settings even though the card can run the game with most/all eye candy maxed.

Other Thoughts: This card is big. It probably won't fit in a micro atx case, but should fit in a medium/large case providing your PCIE slot isn't right next to your drive bays.

***MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AT LEAST A 750W PSU!***

Card is PCIE 3.0 compatible, but backwards compatible. Also, games like Thief which are forward-designed for the max graphics setting, struggle in cutscenes but do fine in the general game.

Another thought is back when the 4xxx series by AMD was popular, a lot of people had issues with XFX because their 4xxx series cards had a really annoying high pitched whine to them. That is most definitely NOT the case with this card.

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ASUS VE247H Black 23.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Once you get the monitor set to your liking, it looks good, REALLY good. Crisp, clean images and high response rate using an HDMI cable.

Cons: After about a week of owning this monitor I started noticing bleedthrough around the edges (whiter edges than the central image) - it started on black backgrounds and now, about a month and a half later, it's noticeable on everything other than white or near-white backgrounds. If you google this monitor you'll see the bleedthrough is of epidemic proportions, which is a shame because everything else I own by ASUS is awesome.

Other Thoughts: Speakers are cheap, but serviceable. Don't be expecting to host any parties with them, though.

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LOGISYS Computer BETA 400 ST AC4400BT 92mm Hydro Bearing AMD CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: See other thoughts, this is a follow-up review

Cons: See other thoughts, this is a follow-up review

Other Thoughts: I did some heavy gaming involving a mix of graphic intensive and cpu intensive games, and while the cpu intensive game was still running, I had Steam open, a browser with several tabs open, and my email program open. This was after several hours, and Sisoft Sandra reported my CPU to be 35 degrees Celsius.

I am completely sold now, and the only reason I'm holding onto the stock heatsink is because I like to have a backup. Also, please note in my original review I said I had a Phenom X II - it's actually a Phenom X 4 3.4 Ghz 965 Black Edition.

For the price, I don't think you're going to do better, at least for a quad core cooler. I can't speak for anyone with 6 or 8 cores, since I don't have that experience.

As a point of reference, the highest I've seen my cpu temps get with the new heatsink + Arctic Silver 5 is 36 degrees Celsius, while the stock heatsink + Arctic Silver 5 would idle at around 42-45 degrees Celsius.

As before, idling, my cpu is around 24 degrees Celsius.

I fully support this product.

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Display Name: Timothy R.

Date Joined: 05/15/08

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 07/22/11
  • Last Review: 05/18/15
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