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ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 GeForce GTX 970 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: Works great. Quiet. Performance-to-watt really is amazing. This Nvidia release is a significant leap forward. I have been using AMD cards for several years prior to this, I have no specific loyalty. I research and buy the best card for the money no matter who it is. The GTX 900 series is a no brainier. This is the easiest choice for video cards in many years. Im glad I waited.

I dual screen while gaming - running two instances of the game on separate 1920x1200 monitors. Before this card I was using a AMD 6800 series. Previously, I would dip to 25-30 FPS under load while dual boxing. This new card has both monitors pegged at max FPS no matter what I do. It has never dipped. I wasnt expecting that much of an increase. Nice.

And it is really quiet.

Backplate makes me feel nice. I hate heavy video cards drooping. With the backplate, this thing is rock solid. It makes this thing feel sturdy and gives the impression that Asus took pride.

Runs off of a single 8 pin power adapter.

Cons: It BARELY fit in my mid tower case (cooler master, not sure which model - I bought it many years ago). I might have had 2mm to spare. It nearly brushes up against the drive bay. It was so close to the drive bay that no cables could fit between the end of the card and the drive bay, I had to reroute them. There was also a harddrive in the bay where the card was aligned, I had to move it. The HD sticks out the back of the bay, and it made installation impossible. I have 5 hard drives in this system though - 2 SSDs and 3 standard. It was a pain to figure out a new arrangement. I've had long cards and didnt think this would be a real concern. It is a full 11 inches. Be advised on the length.

Other Thoughts: I've been building PC's (and large networks, and servers, etc) for almost 20 years. I would recommend the 900 series to anyone without hesitation.

Update the driver when you get it.

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HyperX Cloud Stereo Gaming Headset for PC/PS4/Mac/Mobile - White
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This headset is an excellent combination of audio reproduction and comfort.

Fit: The construction of aluminum supports produces a very sturdy, very light fit. Build quality is notable - there is nothing that looks cheap here.

The cans are not tight, pressing only lightly. The earcups are of the smaller oval variety. My ears are on the larger size, but the cups still are larger - going entirely around. I am used to the larger cups. The smaller cups require a bit more placement to get just right (where I could just flop the large cups over my ears without any thought), but this is no problem. Once in place, they are very nice. My only minor complaint here is that the cups is slightly shallow - so my ears can touch the inside of the cup. Do not be concerned here - this is really hard to even notice. Again, the cups are very comfortable.

I really appreciate the optional cup types - velour or leatherette. I have been going back and forth to find which I like better, but both are very nice. The leatherette provides a tighter sound stage, but I am a *heavy* sweater so I tend to choose the cloth earcups. Both have been very comfortable in extended use.

The headband is hardly noticeable, mostly due to the light weight.

Sound: Impressive - substantive, full, clear. You really can *explore* the music - you hear every nuance fully reproduced. Clean top to bottom. Once I started testing, it made me want to listen to more music more. The bass is surprisingly tight (but not heavy) for headphones, all the way down to 30hz or so. I am using an inline headphone amp from my speakers. These drivers do really well with a little extra juice (they are 60 ohm). These things could probably take anything you throw at them. These are brand new, so the highs are a *little* bright - but any good speaker will require a break-in period of up to 100hrs for the highs to break in. I am confident these headphone drivers are going to be everything I was hoping them to be.

Mic: I game, so I was worried about the mic, I was hearing some folks talk about poor mic quality. I dont find that. I come through loud and clear on teamspeak. I did pick up my recording mic levels just a hair. No problems at all there.

Cons: The inline controller is further down the cord then I would prefer. I wish it had a clip for clothing. It works fine.

While I like the removable mic - I am just personally not a fan of the fully flexible mic. Its easy for it to come out of position just from setting it down. The flex is not too loose however, it is relatively sturdy. Just a personal preference thing.

Other Thoughts: The white looks sharp. Fits my room setup well.

I would recommend them.

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Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I own two, this was my second purchase. For the games I play, a second monitor became necessary. I love my first one so much, the second one was an easy pick.

For the money, this is the best IPS (gaming) monitor. You get all of the benefits of color saturation and viewing angle - with excellent/low input lag. It is Dell, which make some of the best monitors - so you can trust the build quality. It looks sturdy, acts sturdy and has lots of physical adjustment capabilities.

I've had the first one for 2 years. Its been a gem. There are no dead pixels or bleed on either monitor. They look great once the colors are calibrated.

Connectors are another benefit. DVI, VGA, Display Port, USB Hub. All you need. The menu system is decent.

I love them, and recommend them often.

Cons: The color requires calibration out of the box. Both shipped a little high on green/red for me. That is normal for most IPS monitors though. And really, you will need to adjust according to your taste anyway. I prefer a cooler white balance.

Other Thoughts: I do game - but mostly RTS, Eve Online, Civ, Diablo, Indy, etc. Not as much FPS as I once did.

I originally bought this monitor when I was a (light) FPS gamer, because I wanted as little input lag as possible for an IPS monitor. FPS isnt a genre I enjoy right now. It worked fine for Black Ops and BF3 when I did play, but I wasnt an exceptional FPS gamer to begin with. They work *beautifully* in the games that I do play.

I had temporarily set a standard TN panel monitor next to the original one for a while... This IPS panel made the TN look downright ugly. No exaggeration. Once you do IPS, you will never go back.

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Display Name: Matthew S.

Date Joined: 10/16/04

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  • First Review: 03/10/09
  • Last Review: 10/07/14
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