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MSI GeForce GTX 980 DirectX 12 GTX 980 GAMING 4G 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I purchased this with another online dealer (TD) as it was a Pre-Black Friday sale ($355.00 AR $30.00 rebate & $25.00 instant Visa Checkout) I was torn between the R390X & the 980GTX. The extra RAM from the R390X would be nice in some games as I use a 32" BenQ 2560x1440 display. Card runs very cool & does very well @ 1440 games. It's not a power hog either. Build quality looks excellent.

Cons: As others have mentioned, no backplate! Really MSI for a card this expensive? Makes no sense. Fits fine in my Antec Three Hundred Two case. Not really a con, but it's almost 11" long (279mm=10.9843") Make sure this will fit in your case. I had a tad to spare @ 12.5"

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't have purchased this card if it didn't have the insane deal that was offered. I'm an AMD guy (GPU wise) & the R390X can be had for around $375.00 (or less) I like AMD drivers better overall. The R390X has 8GB of RAM vs. 4GB & that could come into play in the future. Overall I'm pleased with the 980GTX.

Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded 2 x USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is my 3rd Antec 300 case. My last was the Illusion with 3 blue LED fans (2-120's Front & 140 Top) This is my favorite case of all-time! I paid short money after rebate ($50.00 with $2.99 Shipping) It's heavy & solid. It will fit most mid-high end GPU's length. You still get 1-120mm rear & 1-140mm top fans. They might (not sure)t be sleeve based fans, but they are reliable & quiet. I used Rosewill ROCF-11004 (Hydro-Dynamic Bearing) 120mm for the rest of the slots. These are outstanding fans for the money (when on sale) FILTERS! This is one of the main reasons why I love this case. Not many cases have a front filter (this is where I score the most dust) & the PSU helps as well.

Cons: Not much to complain about. The 2.5 SSD bracket isn't the best, but I purchased a 3.5 adaptor for this for $5.00 & all is well.

Other Thoughts: If you don't need all the flashy lights etc. & want a heavy old school & well built case then the Antec Three Hundred Two is the answer.

CORSAIR CX series CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC CP-9020058-NA Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive. Semi-Modular. Quiet overall. Decent build quality. 3-year warranty.

Cons: None to really mention. It smell bad for about 3 days upon install, but went away. I'm sure it had to do with some of the glue etc.

Other Thoughts: I own both the non-modular CX430 & the CX430M. Both have held-up well for over a year now. It's has the lower-end Samxon & Teapo caps (which are getting better IMHO) I owned a Mushkin PSU (Topower Build) that had the same caps & never had an issue.

Corsair CX series use to be built by Seasonic & CWT. These were better PSU's. But, overall you really can't complain for a $30.00 PSU (AR) You can always buy a Seasonic branded PSU for a few more dollars!


Alex M.'s Profile

Display Name: Alex M.

Date Joined: 11/18/04

  • Reviews: 47
  • Helpfulness: 26
  • First Review: 01/30/08
  • Last Review: 05/29/15
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