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GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-4GD VGeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: After a week of use, this is absolutely the happiest I've been with a graphics card purchase. The card itself is well-built and feels sturdy. It's longer than it is deep, which is a very good thing since I've got a 120mm side-fan dedicated for GPU venting -- plenty of clearance inside the case. The 3 cooling fans are rated at 450 watts, but the card itself hasn't asked for more than 230; this means it stays VERY cool, even under load. I ran Titanfall at max settings for an extended session, and the GPU temp never broke 45c... that's absolutely marvelous. If all of that wasn't enough, it's a very quiet card as well. The stereotypical "whine" of high-RPM fans is not present here; instead, the 3 fans sound more like a dull "woosh"ing noise rather than a jet turbine.

All in all, a fantastic video card. The 4GB version is a nice bump from the 2GB version in a similar price band. If you can afford the incremental jump in price, get the 4GB card and future-proof your rig.

Cons: It's a long card -- this is a con only if you're trading length for depth. I had plenty of room in my full tower for the SSD, HDD, bay mounts, and this card fit just fine.

Because it's so long, there is a fair bit of flex in the PCI connector. Luckily, there's a little eye-hole on the far end of the metal housing of the card -- I just zip-tied this to the case and it doesn't sag anymore.

Other Thoughts: Don't underrun the card on power. It's rated to 450W, and factoring in 125W for the CPU and 25W for the fans, you're pushing 600 just for base requirements. My 650W bronze psu handles it fine, but I haven't overclocked anything yet. YMMV.

Westinghouse 40
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good basic TV after adjusting 03/15/2014

This review is from: Westinghouse 40" 1080p 120Hz LED TV - UW40TA2W

Pros: + Great price
+ Very lightweight
+ Good brightness & contrast
+ USB port has enough juice to power a ChromeCast

Cons: - Stock colors look blown out, needed a lot of adjustment to get the color temp and balance right
- Little or no functionality other than a monitor
- No buttons

Other Thoughts: If you're just looking for a basic TV for a bedroom or gym space, this is a fantastic buy for the price. It's light, has a good viewing angle, and sips power.

It comes with no bells, no whistles, and no physical buttons. There is a touch-sensitive power button on the lower-right corner of the front bezel, but everything else is done via the remote.

HANNspree HF257HPB Black 24.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Large size, good clarity, very bright. As a refurb unit, the price is pretty unbeatable.

I pushed 1080p through both HDMI ports and the D-sub port just fine. I had to run the monitor's auto-adjust twice to match the D-Sub output screen to the LCD's viewing area, but now it's 1:1.

Cons: The audio out is weak (the 8mm plug to "headphone" output). With the monitor at 100% volume, I still have to crank my receiver to get 'normal' listening levels.

Secondly, there is an audible "buzz" when switching between inputs, or when auto-detecting sources. This buzz comes from the back of the monitor itself and not through the speakers; one of the relays, I'm guessing, is poorly-constructed.

The analog input EDID required a reboot before my PC would recognize the native resolution. Again, the auto-adjust required a few tries before the monitor "found" the edges of the viewing area. It's a small gripe... but nobody likes to sit around calibrating pixel clocks for an hour, so if this feature ever dies on me I'd be unhappy.

Other Thoughts: The cons listed don't stop the screen from being exactly what I bought it for: a huge, multiple-input, HD screen as a second monitor for PC & console gaming. At the price, it's a great deal.

If you need quality over quantity, keep an eye on the 23" and 24" monitors and wait for a bargain; the price-point (price vs. viewing area) on the 25-and-up line is typically higher.


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Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 01/17/05

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  • First Review: 03/31/09
  • Last Review: 03/27/14
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