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GIGABYTE GV-N550OC-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I have to say, when I bought this card, I thought it was the best bang for my buck in terms of my needs and boy have I not been disappointed yet. It runs quiet, quick, cool, and packs quite a whallop when it comes to gaming-- I've tried just about everything in my library including some DX11 games such as Shattered Horizon just to see what this sucker can do and I haven't had a lick of trouble from it.

One of the things I do like about the design is that there is an exhaust exit for all the hot air to be pushed out. So if it runs hot (and so far, it hasn't) all that hot air is being pushed outside of the case rather than being blown around inside.

Also, with it being nVIDIA, the native PhysX engine support is really nice, especially for games like Mirror's Edge where some of the graphic eye candy is in the PhysX.

So if you're looking for a good DX11 card that won't kill your wallet, this is your best bet.

Cons: The only problem (and it really wasn't a problem) was that when I put the card into my case, I noticed that it was a cozy fit. So for those of you with MicroATX motherboards, you're going to notice that it's a tight fit- I had to rearrange some of my SATA port connectors from where the card needed the space, so there definitely won't be a second hard drive in my future unless I upgrade to an ATX motherboard and get a bigger case.

Other Thoughts: The other interesting thing (and it's neither a pro nor a con) is that most manufacturers don't have data on this card and therefore don't know how to optimize games automatically for it. So I have had to go in and increase the settings from where they're playing it safe-- and if you use Steam and play any VALVe games, they do pop up with a notification saying that the card isn't recognized and ask you to upload data so they can configure the settings based on what the card can do. It's not a big issue but it is something worth mentioning for potential card owners, so don't be discouraged if you get the card and boot up the game to see the settings low-balled: the card can handle most max settings quite easily without running hot (or shoddy FPS).

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Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified  Active PFC
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I've been looking to upgrade or build a computer for quite some time and the funds just happened to end up in my lap and I had some spare time so I decided to go for it and upgrade an old family desktop. So I've been going through and doing research on motherboards, power supplies, and just about everything under the sun to make sure I knew what I was getting myself into. The first things to upgrade on my list were to add a graphics card and upgrade the power supply.

For the price you really can't ask for more, and the fact that this power supply had all the connections I needed for a rather old motherboard was a great bonus. Easy to install and everything worked in one go and I haven't had any problems with it. It's absolutely quiet and even when under a high load I have no problems with it.

I'm definitely looking forward to using this for quite a while and/or upgrading using the same company in the future.

Cons: The only con that I have (and it's a small enough of one that it's not a deal breaker) is that the power cords are plentiful. Which means that if you're like me and using a rather small case, that suddenly you'll realize that you have a small case. I had to tuck all the unused cords into the empty spare optical bay simply because if left unchecked, it could have covered my cooling fans on my processor and graphics card.

Of course, that's nothing a simple case upgrade couldn't fix, to be honest, so like I said, I'd rather have too much than not enough in this case.

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Display Name: Chris B.

Date Joined: 03/28/11

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  • First Review: 04/01/11
  • Last Review: 04/03/11
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