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Thermaltake Toughpower Grand PS-TPG-0850MPCGUS-1 850W ATX 12V V2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified 7 Year Warranty Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply Haswell Ready
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Looks nice
- Modular cabling makes it easy to keep the interior clean

Cons: - Lasted less than two months (just long enough for me to be unable to return for a refund)

Other Thoughts: I am such a fool. I vacillated on this purchase but finally decided to ignore the bad reviews because - get this - I thought it looked cool. I started having odd probs with my computer that i thought were memory problems. Eventually my computer failed to boot. Finally, after trying to track down the issue, I swapped out this PSU with a Corsair 500 just to see. My computer started right up. So I swapped the Thermaltake back in, and it wouldn't boot. So now I am using the Corsair 500 until I can get a replacement. I am just going to eat the $150 on this because, honestly, I don't even want a replacement from this company.

MSI Gaming N780 TF 3GD5/OC G-SYNC Support  GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Very fast
- Runs cool
- Runs quietly
- Great price

Cons: - None that I know of

Other Thoughts: I bought a new 2560x1440 monitor and the 660Ti just wasn't enough in some games (like Skyrim and FSX). I bought this MSI 780 after reading some reviews and finding this one on sale here. Wow, what a major difference. It is so quiet even when under load - no whine or high speed fan noise. It runs a heavily modded Skyrim and FSX at max settings at 2560x1440.

In fact, it's so good I went ahead and bought another one for SLI and it still doesn't make any noise I can hear outside the case (Fractal Design Define R4). I'm buying one more for the mini-ITX board at my office.

ASRock Z87E-ITX LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel I217V Lan 802.11ac WiFi Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Nice features
- Nice price

Cons: - Memory Slot B failed and it took me forever to figure out that was the problem
- RMA process is horrible

Other Thoughts: I'm the Michael M who wrote the earlier review. Memory Slot B was bad and after I figured it out I sent it back to Asrock. I paid for the shipping (expected but aggravating since it essentially drives the cost of the board up). Several weeks later a replacement returns. Here's the rub: the replacement is obviously a refurbished or used one. There are scratches on the metal indicating use, the board doesn't have the same "shiny" look it did when it was new, and to make it worse the metal has those little bumps that show up when metal is old (or maybe it's sitting a long time in humidity that causes it? It's hard to describe). The replacement showed up in a different and used motherboard box that had been folded inside out, and it was just the board. Even the little tab over the CPU slot was used and it was pinned in backwards.

I'm really saddened by this. I get home from Afghanistan after 3.5 years, decide to build a nice computer now that I have Internet again, I review all the parts, pick them out, order them, assemble it, and this problem comes up. Mildly irritating but I've been building computers for a long time and RMAs are bound to happen. No, what really upsets me is that my new board has been replaced by a shoddy looking used one. So you know that joy you get when you build something like this? Well, I don't have it anymore with this computer. I went ahead and bought an Asus which is what I should have done in the first place.

Bottom line: I'm not mad because I had to RMA the board. I'm sad because Asrock sent me back a used, dull and roughed up looking replacement.


Michael M.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 12/27/04

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 11/28/10
  • Last Review: 07/06/14
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