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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I replaced an MSI 7970 to play with higher frame rates on games such as Witcher 3 and Tomb Raider. This card has not disappointed. I do not hear the fan (and I am not wearing head phones) which is why I went with this card. I went with NVidia over AMD because of the heat on AMD cards even though they offer 2x the memory. It comes with a back plate for support.
Came with a $20 rebate - never had an issue with rebates but saw some reviews saying theirs did not come so I will update if there is an issue.

Cons: None so far. I will be upping Witcher 3 settings to know if the fan bothers to make a noise.

Other Thoughts: I am not a big overclocker but may do it with this card to really test it out. But, my monitor (IPS panel) is only 1920x1200. I have not looked hard, but I wanted to have GPU temp and fan % show in the upper corner of my game to watch it. But, as I said, the noise has not appeared to really bother my time to read the manual and see if it is something obvious I overlooked...too busy playing the game.

Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Fractal Define R4 w/Window Black Silent Pearl 10/09/2015

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Black Pearl Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: Clean lines and simple but classic exterior. I like the USB and connectivity on the top at the front (pretty common now with cases). I am not a window person but the price of $80 for the features was worth it. The steel case is painted well. The unit can be tool-free but I tighten with a screw driver to make things very snug.

The HDD cages are plentiful and easily reached and used. The case comes with all the screws and rubber grommets you should need. The fans are fine and it has a built-in H-M-L fan controller you can use. It does work.

Motherboard tray has numerous points to access to keep cabling very neat. My interior is near-empty of anything to allow good air flow.

Sound dampening foam is on the case at some points. Running an older i7 920 unit offers very little noise which is what I wanted.

Easily fits an older MSI 7970 TF GPU.

Cons: I bought this for $80 (Newegg special). I would not pay more than $100 for it unless you determine it has exactly what you want.

Other Thoughts: Tighter around MB than I expected. I am used to a Corsair 800D full tower so it took more effort to get clean cabling runs and set MB screws than I am used to (that and I transplanted a MB with CPU w/Noctua heat sink and fan intact).

Noctua NH-U14S 140x150x25 ( NF-A15 PWM) SSO2-Bearing ( Self-stabilising oil-presure bearing ) CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It is a Noctua. My second one for gaming PC duties primarily. It is easy to install (the given instructions are easily followed if you need them). The unit is extremely quiet and I have had no issues with CPU temperatures. Note that I do not normally benchmark or overclock. I play games like Tomb Raider, Witcher 3.

Cons: Price. Not truly a con, but I would love to get this beast for $50-$60.

Other Thoughts: This tower heat sink and fan is large. Make sure your case is wide enough to fit its height. Oh, and I know the color scheme is their thing, but I would love to get a black/gray model for the look. For air-temperature control and low noise I am not sure what more you would want unless price is an issue.


Brad H.'s Profile

Display Name: Brad H.

Date Joined: 07/03/04

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 12/10/12
  • Last Review: 10/15/15
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