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GIGABYTE GA-B85M-D3H LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent IO
Supported a 4690K out of the box, no BIOS update needed

Cons: Board layout isn't great (SATA ports directly under GPU, etc)
Doesn't support mem clocks past 1600MHz (knew that going in so not really complaining, just noting for anyone that's interested)
And my #1 complaint, the BIOS on this board is absolutely terrible. I've noticed this is fairly common among Gigabyte boards, but this one has really gone above and beyond to cause problems. My clock settings don't ever fully apply. Just attempting to get a 4690K up to 4.0GHz doesn't work at all, it either doesn't save the changes or shows that they're changed but the CPU clock remains at stock speeds (with and without Turbo boost enabled). And yes, I'm aware that the B85 chipset isn't exactly made for overclocking (at all), but this board supposedly has the option and it simply doesn't work. The board also likes to arbitrarily change my boot device around when I haven't done any kind of BIOS or hardware editing (I have 2 bootable devices, my SSD with Win10 and an HDD with Win7).

Other Thoughts: Overall, I wouldn't recommend this board. Its BIOS causes issues every step of the way, its layout is not that great, and it's really not worth the money you save over a better brand or chipset. I previously had an MSI Z77 board, the BIOS was vastly better than the ancient junk on this board. Also have messed with ASUS boards, their BIOS is also generally better and more functional than Gigabyte's. Just avoid this brand in general, or at least their cheaper boards.

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Thermaltake Chaser A71 VP400M1W2N Black SECC ATX Full Tower Case
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great case 09/20/2015

This review is from: Thermaltake Chaser A71 VP400M1W2N Black SECC ATX Full Tower Case

Pros: -Tons of space to work in
-Supports huge GPUs and everything else like that
-Easy to clean PSU filter
-The tray on the top is a great clutter catcher
-Top HDD mount is so convenient

Cons: This case is HEAVY. I knew this going in, and when I bought the case, I rarely left my house and so I figured the more space, the better. Here I am, nearly 2 years later, and I take this thing to LAN parties almost weekly. Lugging around a 55 pound PC when you're a lanky lad is a challenge. Aside from that, even with the raised back panel it's kinda hard to get the back panel to go on if your cables aren't flat like on a Corsair PSU.

Other Thoughts: I've owned this case for almost 2 years, and while I've really loved it, I would've gone with something else if I'd known how often I'd be moving it around in the future. That's my fault though, and as a stationary full-tower case, this case has a lot of perks. My only real complaint is that the side window is pretty limited. But the giant fan on the side has my GPU running at some pretty nice temps, so I can't complain.

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XFX Radeon R9 280X DirectX 11.2 R9-280X-TDFD 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Double Dissipation Edition Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's faster than most of the benchmarks let on - I haven't found a game yet that gets under 60FPS maxed out with this card. That is, when the drivers work...

Cons: AMD's drivers are, and generally have been, pretty much garbage. I had countless driver issues with my HD6670, and upgrading to this mitigated a large amount of them. However, with the most recent update to 15.7, I get constant blue screens when doing things as basic as browsing the internet. When it wasn't blue screening, it just wouldn't run things right. Battlefield 4 had unplayable audio glitches that weren't present before the update. I've since rolled back to 14.12 Omega, and all of the problems are gone.

This card also runs hot, it's sitting at 45C idle with just Chrome open. Gaming ramps it up to 75-80C.

Other Thoughts: If you're getting this card for gaming, it'll run most games pretty much flawlessly. Mantle support is nice, for the few games that use it (Thief and BF4 run notably better with Mantle). But if you're a serious user or you plan to stick with whatever you buy for a while, definitely spend the extra money to get a GTX970. The driver issues and heat make a great card pretty mediocre.
inb4 "970 has 3.5GB": This card has 3GB VRAM, which I've never saturated playing games maxed out in 1080p. If you're buying either card for anything more than 1080p, you're better off buying more expensive cards. You won't saturate 3GB, you won't saturate 4GB either.

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Display Name: Brendan L.

Date Joined: 04/18/12

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 10/29/13
  • Last Review: 04/13/16
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