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HIS iCooler H260XFN2GD Radeon R7 260X 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs nice and quiet
Easy-to-use overclocking software

Cons: See Below

Other Thoughts: I'm not exactly super impressed with this card.

It runs the old stalwarts like gold. Serious Sam 3 is nearly maxed out and runs like liquid, however up and comers like DayZ and Rust still need to be scaled back a bit to run decent.

DayZ barely keeps 30fps on 1600x900 with normal textures, and Rust is really jittery on 1080 with middle range quality.

If you're looking to spend $130 on this card, I'd drop an extra 50 on an R9 card to make the upgrade worth it.

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VisionTek Candyboard Keyboard with Touchpad and Built in IR Remote 900507 Black USB RF Wireless Mini Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Internal rechargeable battery
Decent Range
Shuts off automatically after a couple minutes idle
Has backlit buttons for easy use in the dark
Plug and play
Lasts for weeks on a single charge

Cons: Hyper-sensitive mousepad (hard to adjust)
Feels lightweight for it's construction
USB receiver must be facing the remote, or else it disconnects randomly
It's a little pricey

Other Thoughts: Another reviewer mentioned it was hard to use "CTRL+ALT+DEL". This isn't true since it has that shortcut as "Fn+Enter", it says it in blue lettering right on the Enter key.

Either way, if you want a full functioning keyboard and trackpad all in one little device, this is it. The trackpad is about 2" x 2", so when only using your thumb to navigate it, it's a surprisingly decent amount of space to move the cursor. Doesn't work real well for intricate cursor movements, but I've been playing XCOM with it and so far it works pretty well.

The construction does feel a little cheap, but the buttons are pretty responsive with an audible clicking and don't feel spongy at all. Overall, it's about 2.5" x 6" in total size, about as wide as a smartphone but a little longer.

I can see myself moving on to something better when it comes around, but until that happens, this is probably the best HTPC remote out there for the money. It might cost a little more than you would want to pay, but it's functionality makes it worth it.

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MSI FM2-A55M-E33 FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nice little board for HTPCs 02/22/2013

This review is from: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Nice, small footprint
Very sturdy
Serves it's purpose as long as you know what you're buying

Cons: No USB 3.0 (not a big deal really)
Only has HDMI output (resolved with a video card if you're inclined to buy a supporting Crossfire GPU to go with your APU)

Other Thoughts: I used this board for a semi-low-budget HTPC build. I slapped an AMD A8-5600k in it with an 8GB 1866 GSkill RAM module, and a 1TB Seagate HDD into an HTPC case with a 275W included power supply, and this thing runs just fine.

Chipset drivers were a breeze to install, and hasn't given me any trouble since. I'm not much of an overclocker so I can't comment on that, but if you're just looking to build an HTPC to play shows, movie, and do some light gaming, you really can't go wrong with this.

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Display Name: Dustin U.

Date Joined: 12/19/09

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 12/06/14
  • Last Review: 12/06/14
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