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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 month to 1 year

Pros: Compact size, fits well in case, stays cool, came with free game.

Cons: Screen tearing randomly, black screens and lockups. Does this even while not playing games. Could be just browsing the web and it happens. Card is unstable. I'm a system admin, old school computer tech, and gamer. I've troubleshot this backwards and forwards. Problem lies with the card

Other Thoughts: It's really pretty sad. I saw enough positive reviews. I liked the price. I even got the rebate card and everything. Had high hopes for a tide me over card until I got to my new build, but this is barely enough to get me to a website reliably it seems. I can understand getting bad cards, but looks like a disproportionate number of similar reports when you look at the 1 eggs reports to the total number of reviews. Quality control is important MSI, please respect your customers.

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Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Standard replacement is still available and it does have a 5 year warranty.

Cons: Advanced replacement is pricey if you need next day shipping...

I needed a replacement power supply and pretty quickly I might add. So I opted for advanced replacement, which I promptly cancelled after a bit of analysis. Here's why...

For an advanced replacement, they are going to charge my credit card their online store price for the HCG-750 plus whatever the cost of ground shipping is. Upon receipt of my RMA unit, they would credit me the amount they charged. Well I needed the power supply sooner than that. I use my computer for work when I am on call and I go on call tomorrow and the drive failed two days prior.

So it was also noted that I have the option of paying the cost for faster shipping, but they would only reimburse me for the ground shipping rate when they received my RMA unit. I tried calling into the customer service line, but I couldn't get through for them to charge my card. That is to say I was inpatient and didn't feel like holding any longer. Having things shipped often and being suspicious of what the next day rate might be, I checked at their online store and I'm glad I did.

First of all the HCG-750 was 149.95 dollars at their online store. So 50 dollars more than it is here on Newegg. It also wasn't in stock. So to check what the prices for shipping were, I added the HCG-620, which arguably weighs generally the same or less and should be about the same size to ship. Shipping rates: Ground - 18.24, UPS 3 Day Select - 51.10, UPS 2nd Day Air - 80.25, UPS Next Day Air - 141.86. So that would have been approximately 291 dollars. After the credit back to my account after they received my RMA, I would have been out 123 dollars plus the initial ground shipping rate to get the RMA unit back.

Given the total cost, I couldn't justify advanced replacement from Antec any longer. I ordered another power supply, a Corsair Enthusiast 650 power supply, from another online retailer with whom I had a small credit and a very cheap next day option. Even without the credit AND paying the ground shipping rate to send the RMA back, I still came out way cheaper than what it would have cost me for just their next day shipping rate. I also now have a spare power supply to boot, once I get my RMA back.

Other Thoughts: This is not a slight against Antec, still love their green series power supplies and their cases are pure gold. Can't say I'm fond of this HCG series. What I don't understand is why their shipping rates are so high. Just be sure you properly review these return processes and warranties before paying any outrageous costs.

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Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Plenty of connectors. Didn't have a huge load on my system so can't say much about it being able to handle anything super tough. Red color is cool.

Cons: Burnt out at under two years.

Other Thoughts: Smelled a faint burning electrical smell and sent wife into panic thinking there might have been an electrical fire. Turns out it was just the PSU burning out. Funny thing was the system was still powered up at the time, albeit in sleep mode. Doesn't make much sense other than maybe a bad apple that had a longer life due to light load duty.

I've used Antec products for a while. This has a 5 year warranty, so I don't think replacement will be an issue. I've submitted a ticket to Antec support and asked for an advanced replacement. Cool feature by the way, they will send you a replacement in advance of your return. You just have to let them charge your card, which they refund upon receipt of your original part. I'm waiting on them to contact me now for the info they need.

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Display Name: James A.

Date Joined: 03/11/03

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 08/12/13
  • Last Review: 09/05/13
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