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XFX Radeon HD 6870 DirectX 11 HD-687A-ZHFC 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Great card! Fried after 3 years with no overclocking. 12/18/2015

This review is from: XFX Radeon HD 6870 DirectX 11 HD-687A-ZHFC 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: This is really a great card for "low budget" gaming. I got this card for just under 120 bucks after rebate (it's the first card I've spent over 40 dollars on).
Playing Battlefield 3 I get 45-60 fps at 1680 x 1050 on Ultra settings in Metro. Dirt3 (which came free with this card) is silky smooth as well (though I haven't played it much, and haven't touched Dirt3 in months).
My Windows Experience Index went from low 5.something to 7.8 with this card!

Cons: Fan is noisy! Not terrible, but you'll hear it. When you're used to a silent system, this will annoy you for a while. I'm used to it now and it doesn't bother me at all.
** Card died right at the 3yr mark with no overclocking. **
** To get the "lifetime warranty" be sure to register the card withing 30 days of purchase **

Other Thoughts: I was looking for either the 7770 or 550 Ti (both around 100 dollars). I thought this card would be a better purchase for just 20 dollars more. I'm very pleased with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone looking for a card in this price range!

Rosewill 5.1-Channel Vibrating Gaming Headset- USB Connector - RHTS-8206
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've had these for 6 months and they work fine. Sound quality is really the best part of this headset. Mic is fine for in game communication.
The headband is comfortable, the ear cups are just a bit too small for my ears. I wear these for 7-10 hours at a time and I don't find myself fatigued in any way due to this headset. They don't feel heavy on my head.
The mute button is a great feature of this headset and is fairly easy to use (though the light illuminates when the mic is muted instead of when it's live - which, to me, seems backwards to how it should work).
I sometimes wear glasses while using these and everything still feels pretty comfortable.

Cons: The mic picks up a lot of background noise. There's just a bit of feedback present in all my streams and recordings. I can edit most of it out in my recording, but they're not ideal for streaming.
The ear cups make your ears very warm. I'm bald, so it easy to tell the heat is coming from the ear cups and nothing else.
The ear cups are a bit small for my ears and my ears are a bit "tucked" in a the top (my ears are 3" from top to bottom). If your ears are 3" or longer, you probably want a different headset.
The motor for the vibration is annoying, to say the least. I NEVER us the vibration feature because of this. There is a very noticeable hum when you have the vibration turned on, even on the lowest of the two settings. When turned on the higher of the settings you'll think an airplane is hovering over your house.

Other Thoughts: This is a decent headset, I wouldn't say great and I wouldn't say poor. The sound is great and if you have ears smaller than 2.75" they should be comfortable. I don't know how anyone can use the vibration feature with the hum that the motor makes. The mic is decent for Skype and in-game communication, but not recording quality.
I picked mine up for 50 dollars with the rebate (which was a smooth process). For this price, they're well worth picking up if you don't intend to record and if your ears are under 3" long.

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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works great w/ a 4GB HD 05/24/2015

This review is from: SYBA SY-MR-35SOF 3.5" Serial ATA hard drive SATA II HDD-ROM mobile rack

Pros: Have been using this item with a 4GB Seagate HDD for 6 months and haven't had an issue. Some larger capacity HDD's evidently don't work with this because they are too thick, but mine works perfectly fine. I don't take the HDD out as often as I thought I would, but I don't foresee any issues. I've taken it out a few times and it seems to work great. Connection is nice and secure.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The plastic locking mechanism seems a bit cheap, but others say it's adequate, so I'm not too worried about it. I've never had a problem with it. I do continue helping the HDD push in as I close the locking mechanism though.


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Display Name: Gary B.

Date Joined: 08/24/05

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  • First Review: 01/17/13
  • Last Review: 12/18/15
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