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DELL Laptop Inspiron i5559-5347SLV Intel Core i5 6200U (2.30 GHz) 12 GB Memory 1 TB HDD Intel HD Graphics 520 15.6
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Pros: Specs are good, performance is as expected.

Cons: The track pad started acting flaky within 2 days. The only software installed was skype, then firefox, then malwarebytes.

Something either already installed on the computer or installed surreptitiously as part of the "get Skype" link installed the driver updater malware which proceeded to take control over the browser and wouldn't allow any other use of the browser.

Malwarebytes nuked driver updater successfully.

The wife spent 3+ hours with Dell tech support remotely controlling machine, video drivers and track pad drivers (and apparently other drivers/software) all updated to the latest and greatest, same thing, the track pad just flakes out.

The track pad acts just like the Logitech trackballs and mice when then switches go bad, it falsely detects button downs and double clicks, and simply moving a finger to move the cursor will suddenly start selecting icons or drawing selection boxes on empty desktop. Not even vaguely usable.

Other Thoughts: It seemed liked a good idea, but RMAing this one and will go pick up something else at a big box store where we can just take it back to the store rather than wasting time and losing money on shipping like this.

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MSI Radeon R9 380 DirectX 12 R9 380 GAMING 4G 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I'm running mostly old-school games (UT3, UT2004, L4D2, SR4 and all the Bioshock and Crysis games) The only modern game I have is Carmageddon Reincarnation. They all play very smoothly with settings maxed out @ 1920x1200.

I replaced an R7-260x with this, the 260 required backing off on the settings and even then UT3 and Carmageddon weren't smooth. With this they're glass smooth even when all settings are maxed.

I've got 2 Samsung 1920x1200 monitors plugged in to it.

Cons: Hardware is great but the drivers are very buggy. Saints Row 4, Crysis and Bioshock games all freeze/crash within 10 to 30 minutes. I never had any problems with the 260x. I've tried the beta drivers and the certified drivers, currently using 16.4.1 and crashes are guaranteed if I try to play them. I'm not overclocking, all the settings are defaults/standard.

I'd be really annoyed if gaming was my primary use.

Other Thoughts: Running this in an Asus Z87 PRO with i7 4771 and 32GB of RAM

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GIGABYTE Radeon R7 260X DirectX 11.2 GV-R726XWF2-2GD REV2 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I'm using dual 1920x1200 monitors, handles it without any effort. I play older games UT3, SR4 and the like, handles those at the highest settings @ 1920x1200 using standard setup. It was pretty quiet.

Cons: I'm getting really tired of replacing video cards because the fans fail and they make it a complete nightmare to figure out which hardware revision of which card you've got to ensure you order the correct replacement. It's simply not worth the hour or two of research and repair time plus all the down time.

The first manufacturer to sell spare/replacement fans with the card or as an accessory will get my business.

This one also has major issues with the combination of RDP and VirtualBox if you use the Catalyst drivers. I'm using the generic Windows drivers and it works fine, but if I install the Catalyst drivers it will freeze the video every day or two. All of the event log entries point to the ATI drivers (ccc.exe) The display won't unblank even though the card is supplying some sort of video signal because the monitor status lights are on steady.

The only resolution is to reboot the computer, which is incredibly annoying. My computer isn't configured to sleep, it stays on 24x7 so it's not a matter of coming out of sleep, it's simply screen blanking/display turning off that causes it to freeze.

Other Thoughts: Bought an MSI R9380 to replace this one, I'll just keep cycling through the brands until I find something that lasts.

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Display Name: Daniel H.

Date Joined: 10/27/03

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  • First Review: 02/07/08
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