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MSI Radeon R9 380 DirectX 12 R9 380 GAMING 4G 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I upgraded from a hd6670. So this is of course a huge upgrade.
Ive played watchdogs on ultra (had to turn down due my old phenom cpu bottlenecking.) So i play it on high settings as my cpu allows that with few bottlenecking. Also far cry 4 on ultra plays like a champ. So I do not think I will need to buy a new card for a number of years, just a new cpu.

Cons: I have an haf 932 full tower with 7 fans and liquid cooling for the cpu, so I am very disappointed in the concept that the graphics card idles at 60 degrees c. I bought a pci dual fan (also from newegg) and that brought idle temps down to 45 which is more reasonable. Granted at full load it hit only 66 with an avg of 64 with multiple hours of gaming. But This is due to the fact at idle the fans on the card do not run. And if you override the fans to run, which you can via msi or amd drivers and say put it at 35% it will idle temp down to normal 40 without a problem. But if you forget to turn up the fan speed when gaming or turn off so its auto, you risk ruining the card from overheating. So this concept i do not like. But again the pci dual fan I bought took care of that risk, I leave fan control on auto. Just disappointing as i said, I have 7fans built into the darn tower and there are no wires or cords bundled up to prevent air flow, so I figured as I never have heat problems the idle temp would be lower than 60 (well now 45 with the pci fan). My cpu when gaming never got above 52 degrees c. so obviously the airflow and liquid cooling is functioning normal and this is a graphics card issue only. Does this want me to return the card? heck no. the pci fan solved my concern which without it was minimal as again under load it only hit 66 degrees c with or without the pci fan.

Other Thoughts: I am not a gamer that cares about 1080p or 4k yet so I cant comment on that, based on other reviews this card can easily handle it though.
I run a two monitor system, 1 hdmi, 1 dvi-d. I also run it on the amd drivers instead of the msi drivers.
Nice price and big bang. I was considering the gtx 970, 980, and r9 380x 390, and 390x and I chose this one based on reviews and am glad I saved the hundred dollars to get the others i was considering as this thing handles anything i throw at it.

Vantec Spectrum Fan Card with Dual 70mm Adjustable UV LED Fans - Model SP-FC70-BL
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: OK, so I just upgraded to the r9 380 4gb graphics card and figured mind as well get something to help keep it cool. before this fan idle was at 60 degrees celsius. After installing this fan, idle went down to 45. When under heavy load the highest it gets is 66, avg is 64. I tested this on watchdogs on highest settings (as my old cpu of phenom ii x 4 980 BE cant handle ultra despite the graphics card being able too.)

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: not a con, but a thought. It is not annoying to me as i wear headsets, but the fan on max (changed by a slider on the back of the pc) is loud indeed, so if you keep your pc away from your desk, this should not be a problem or like me if you wear headsets. It does light up blue, but I do not care about that. So I am happy with this purchase. Note: I did install it 3 slots down from my graphics card for best temp results. And it does come with a p4 connector that connects both sides so it also acts like an extension of p4. So I have this and another fan plugged into this p4 connector as i said it is more of an extension.

AOC I2421VWH Black 24
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Ok this is a great monitor. I got this for gaming. Plan on keeping as in still within the return option dates. It's lite and crisp. I have it on a wall mount as the stand is removable completely, just need a Philips screw driver. It also comes with driver software which doesn't appear to do anything except identify the monitor model to my pc.

Cons: Perhaps I haven't figured it out yet. But it says refresh rate range goes up to 85hz ( if I recall correctly). But I played with the settings and can't get it passed 60hz. I want at least 75hz. I can't get it to 1080p either only 720p. I am still messing with configuration on both monitor and pc to try to get it where I want it. This is more if a thought not a con. As I think it's my end of not being able to figure out how.

Other Thoughts: I'm happy with it and for the price and size. Can't go wrong. Games are crisp and clear. When I can afford a second, this will be it (giving price of sale still comparable)


JAMES L.'s Profile

Display Name: JAMES L.

Date Joined: 02/23/10

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 08/18/15
  • Last Review: 08/29/15
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