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Pros: -Very quiet
-Plenty of cables
-Plenty of cable shielding
-Installation was incredibly easy for a non-modular PSU
-Aesthetically attractive (although you won't see it much after you install it)
-Most importantly, after 2 years of constant use, it's still running excellently; no hiccups, no failures!
-550W is more than enough unless you're looking to spend more than $200 on a graphics card.
Cons: -Was a little more expensive than other products at the time that might have worked just as well at $70...
-The cable shielding is a bit much for me, creates a lot of clutter and makes adding RAM a pain in the neck. The copious amount of shielding might actually be good for most people and certainly protects the longevity of the power supply, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
-The rebate system is a pain in the neck as with other products. It's tantamount to malfeasance in the sense that the PSU is advertised with a rebate, but it's intentionally made difficult to take advantage of it. I don't see any reason why I can't just take the serial number on the PSU and claim my rebate online instantly.
Other Thoughts: 550W is probably not enough to use an NVidia GTX 770, so I might have to get a new PSU. That's my fault though for underestimating my necessary wattage. Use this website application to calculate how much power you will need, and on the capacitor aging category, select at least 35%.
With 1 hard drive, a Core i5-3570k overclocked to 4.2GHz, and a Radeon HD 7770, I only consume ~350W.
Pros: -I can run every game I have at a constant 60fps in 1920x1080 by lowering the graphical effects to medium.
-I can OC to 1070MHz with the stock voltage, memory to 1150MHz.
-Dual fan configuration keeps my overclocked temps below 65C
Cons: CANNOT OVERRIDE VOLTAGE CAPS!
*I guess msi is afraid I might get my money's worth out of the card...
Other Thoughts: *The games I refer to are Mirror's Edge, Sonic Generations, and the Assassin's Creed series.
*Still buying a 660Ti next month anyway.
-I would recommend this card to anyone building a good mid-level gaming PC in the $600 range.
Pros: -Never breaks 60 Celsius on Prime 95 at 3.6GHz
-I'm running on a mere 80W EXACT.
-Very easy to work with if you just take the time to see how little voltage you can get away with supplying to the CPU.
Cons: -Intel still waste our money by bundling a limp-diggity heatsink when people who overclock buy vastly superior aftermarket heatsinks.
-Installation on a Z68 mobo is a pain in the neck, no to mention a severe problem for those who didn't have an SB CPU before hand to download and flash BIOS updates with. I'm just lucky I had an old Celeron. This isn't entirely Intel's fault, though...
-Instead of wasting resources on a limp-diggity graphics core, the same die area could've easily been used to give us 5 or 6 cores at $325.
Other Thoughts: -I still don't know how Intel deludes itself into believing Hyperthreading is worth $100 more when it slows most games down. Honestly, the company could make more money by selling 4core HT-enabled CPUs (w/ on-die graphics) at the $225 price point and 6-Core HT-enabled CPUs at the $325 price point from the massive spike in demand. It would more than offset the added costs...READ FULL REVIEW