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GIGABYTE GV-R929OC-4GD Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Better cooling than stock

Cons: 1 card failed within 2 days.
Another card failed 2 months after purchase.

Other Thoughts: I bought 5 of these.

The first card failed in such a way that there were visual artifacts and attempting to install the graphics drivers would cause a bluescreen. I returned that card to Newegg and got a refund, no questions asked.

The second card failed shortly after Newegg's return period ended. With this card, on boot the fans would spin to max RPM and I would get no signal. I filed an RMA with Gigabyte and shipped the card to them. They were not able to reproduce the issue and returned the card to me. Indeed when I plugged it back into my computer it worked just fine. However now, about 4 days after re-inserting, it has again exhibited the same behavior as before. I'm at a loss for what to do about the issue now.

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Antec HCG M HCG-850M 850W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Runs 2x Radeon R290 CF just fine
LED looks nice and can be switched off easily.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Running 24/7 at ~80% load without issues.

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LIAN LI PC-7HB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Decent case 01/10/2014

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-7HB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Lightweight
Top is removable which makes installing large CPU heatsink possible.
Space for running wires behind motherboard

Cons: Mount for only 1 2.5" drive
Wires from top power/USB/audio connectors invade the top 5.25" bay
Limited airflow for all but the top GPU in SLI/CF
Case flexes a bit if not supported correctly while carrying without side panel attached

Other Thoughts: In retrospect, I probably should have gotten a full tower and extended motherboard for what I ultimately tried to put together. However this case is nice for any sane system build.

Using only the 4 screws provided, I managed to mount 2 2.5" SSDs by putting 2 in each SSD diagonally. Then I slid the drives into place; one on top, the other upside down. It's a little sketchy but seems to work fine. I would not do that for rotating media.

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Ernest W.'s Profile

Display Name: Ernest W.

Date Joined: 12/22/04

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 11/26/07
  • Last Review: 04/19/14
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