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XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNL4 Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Worked great while it worked. Feels sturdy, looks good in the case.

Cons: I played CS:GO with no issues for about four hours one night, happy with my purchase I went to bed. Woke up, decided to give it a whirl in Metro 2033 with all the settings up on DX11. It worked great. Got good fps, everything was fine. Then I hear a pop, see and smell smoke, and the system turned off. Afraid for my system I ripped out the power and pulled the card. One of the chips has popped and there's scorch marks around it. System is fine, but the card is toast. Awesome. Not sure if it's a bad card, or I just got a bad unit. Seeing the reviews of other people who have had problems with it not posting, or losing video, I'm going to guess it's a bad design. I took a gamble when I bought it, thinking maybe it was just people who didn't know what was up, but it looks like it really is just a bad product.

Other Thoughts: A real shame. XFX has always been my go-to brand because I've never had issues like this with them. I have two 9600GTs from XFX I've used in SLI for years and years with no issues. Then this thing dies in five hours of game-time. Oh well.

BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A great board for a budget build that doesn't compromise on performance. Has all the basics you'll need to make a single GPU gaming system on the 1155 platform.

Cons: I'd rather the PCIe 1x slots be above the 16x slot, with it like it is now the GPU will either block the slot, or be smothered by whatever you put into it needlessly. Four memory slots would also have been nice, but for a micro ATX board two is the standard. A couple more USB ports would also have been nice, or at least include a bracket to use one of the USB headers. Not every case, especially some tiny cases these boards usually go in, have USB on their aux panels. There's plenty of room on the back of the board, so the only reason it would be left at just four ports would be cost. I guess it can slide seeing as it's such a cheap board with scant other flaws.

Other Thoughts: Overall it's a cheap way for you to take other non-cheap parts and make them work. Match it with an i3/i5 and a good GPU and whatever memory is on sale and you've got a great gaming system for a great value.

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: A great card for people who just want to play games. No frills, just a video card with enough power to meet the bar and get over it. Lets you play any modern game at your monitor's native res with good looking settings.

Cons: Doesn't let you go for great looking settings or hardcore antialiasing. Doesn't scale very well when used x2 in SLI, you don't get nearly the improvement boost you should from double the cost.

Other Thoughts: When used solo, it's a pretty cheap card that works pretty well.


Matthew L.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew L.

Date Joined: 03/07/05

  • Reviews: 22
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  • First Review: 02/29/08
  • Last Review: 07/22/13
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