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XFX HD-435X-YAH2 Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Fanless, low power draw, slime and compact, decent gaming for the price

Cons: Packed in drivers are old and useless - just use 'Windows Update' or ATi web site to get working drivers

Other Thoughts: I read all the reviews here saying "NOT FOR GAMING", blah blah, blah. Well when my $150 OC'd DX11 graphics card died on because the fan died and fried the whole board, I figured I'd just get a simple card and switch to consoles from now on. Well, let me assure you, this card will handle anything below Just Cause 2 (anything released before then - do some research) runs great on HIGH: World of Warcraft, the Total War series until Empire, etc. etc. I got this card when it was $35, and it is an absolute steal.

As for everything else, for those wondering, it doubled the snappiness of my PC. Programs load twice as fast, the boot time is cut in half, I can run HD anything without an issue. It will run a little hot, but nothing an extra $4 80mm - 120mm fan in your case can't fix. For gaming on a serious budget, and for those who don't care about playing the newest and most cutting-edge games, this card is for you.

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FSP Group BoosterX 3 FSP300-1E01 300W Independent/Supplementary SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Supplementary Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Allows for expansion within a system not designed for expansion; runs my ASUS EN9800GT ULTIMATE without a single problem.

Cons: Very heavy; then again it is a PSU crammed in a small package.

Other Thoughts: I bought a $450 Compaq PC off the shelf and wanted some way to turn it into a gaming PC without spending a lot of cash. Such systems aren't meant to be turned into gaming rigs, however this PSU allowed me to do just that. I plugged it in and it is happily powering my ASUS EN9800GT ULTIMATE GPU. It is a bit heavy, but I guess that is to be expected from so much being packed into a small package. It fit right into my drive bay and was easy to install. Not a fan of the blue LED-lit plastic cover... thing, that sticks out, but it isn't so intrusive that it would be much of a bother. More of an aesthetic preference, really. All in all I am very happy with this PSU. I would recommend it to anyone who needs/wants to beef up their off-the-shelf Dell/Compaq/HP/etc. that wasn't meant to be a gaming rig but still want one without spending the ridiculous amount of cash required for a gaming PC.

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ASUS EN9800GT ULTIMATE/HTDP/512M GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent power to price ratio. This card is superbly designed. I cannot say enough about how well-crafted this card looks. I was blown away upon removing it from the box.

Cons: Card is huge, had to stretch and pull wires aside to fit it within a standard PC case.

Other Thoughts: I bought an off-the-self Compaq PC for around $450 dollars and liked to have a gaming PC without going over $1,000, because I have more important things to spend my money on. Hence picking this card! What I had to work with was already pretty decent (2.5Ghz AMD X2 and 3 Gigs of RAM) but all that I was missing was a powerful GPU. I looked and looked and finally decided that this card was the right power for the right price. Got it from FedEx, plugged it in and wow! Runs Medieval II: Total War on max settings without a single hiccup. For kicks I downloaded the Crysis demo and ran it on "Very High" at a 1440x900 resolution and the only time the game stuttered was when the action got really thick (I.E. firefight, explosions, and running in all sorts of directions at the same time). All in all, for the price, this card is nothing short of amazing! My simple little off-the-shelf PC is Diablo III and Fallout 3 ready!

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Display Name: Anton Z.

Date Joined: 10/19/08

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 10/26/08
  • Last Review: 09/28/10
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