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EVGA GeForce GTX 960 04G-P4-3967-KR 4GB SSC GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good Price
4GB Ram
Lots of inputs (3 Displayports, 1 HDMI, 1 DVI)
Low Power Draw
Very Quiet

Cons: Card is big, so might not fit in some cases (barely fit in mine and I had to make adjustments to cables to make it work). Look at the card dimensions and measure your case beforehand if you're not sure.

Other Thoughts: The rig I built back in 2010 is still serving me well (i7 2600K at 4.4ghz, 32GB DDR3 Ram -upgraded from 8GB, Samsung 840EVO SSD - upgraded two years ago). There's no bottlenecks except for my video card, the 460 GTX SE was getting a bit long in the tooth. I recently purchased Starcraft 2 Legacy of the Void and I wanted to play the game on all Ultra settings at 2560x1440 resolution. Unfortunately, the frame rates would drop and there would be lag/stutter. I also do a little bit of video editing and the Cuda Cores were low on the 460 GTX SE... causing longer rendering times. The 460 GTX SE was also super power hungry, almost double the rated TDP value of this card.

I was close to purchasing the 970 GTX but I don't really game much so I wanted to purchase the 960 first and see if it'll work out (while saving some money). If it didn't I would sell this card and purchase the 970. Thankfully, it worked out! Starcraft 2 now runs silky smooth on all Ultra Settings at 2560x1440 and the rendering times on my video projects in Sony Vegas / Adobe Premiere Pro have nearly been cut in half with GPU acceleration. It uses much less power than the previous card and I also love that my monitor can now use displayport (previous card only had DVI ports). When you're not gaming, the fans are running so low that you can't even hear it (super silent).

All in all, it gets the job done. If you want to save $100 - $150 from the 970, try out the 960 first and see how it works out - it worked out well for me.

Acer G257HU smidpx 25
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great Value
Vibrant Colors, an IPS Panel
Display Port, HDMI, DVI cables included

Cons: The Stand is flimsy
Speakers are basically useless

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a best bang for buck IPS panel here it is. My main monitor was a 27" TN 1920x1080 panel that served me well for 7 years before dying. Since I dabble in video and photo editing every now and then I wanted to find an IPS panel with nice resolution. This monitor provides that.

The colors are vibrant, much better than my secondary TN panel (24" 1920x1080) and much better than the monitor it's replacing. Comparing side by side my secondary 24" TN panel, it's just superior in every way (in terms of picture quality). Unfortunately, the panel stand is very flimsy and cheap. Whenever I turn the monitor on or off, the monitor shakes like crazy (feels like I'm gonna break something). Also, when I'm typing on my keyboard and the desk shakes a little, the monitor will shake as well.

I barely play games but I fired up Starcraft 2 Legacy of the Void and Counter-strike GO. The picture looks much better than my previous monitor and I didn't notice any ghosting. So if you're into gaming, this monitor shouldn't be a problem.

All in all, great monitor for the price. I doubt you'll find an IPS panel with a 1440p resolution that can beat this monitor at this price point.

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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast, easy to install, great software

Cons: High Price

Other Thoughts: Had a Raid-0 setup with two 10K rpm hard drives. Felt some lag when opening Photoshop and doing other tasks so I decided to get an SSD. After some research, the Samsung 840 Evo series seemed to be the best bang for the buck. I cloned the data over from my Raid-0 drives to the SSD (had to change msahci registry setting before cloning) and installed the drive, booted in extremely fast. All the apps load so fast compared to the raid-0.

Now that I've used SSD, I can't go back to HDD's.


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Display Name: Paul H.

Date Joined: 07/23/02


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  • First Review: 09/25/02
  • Last Review: 11/19/15
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