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

Pros: Beyond powerful, runs cool and very quiet, zero performance issues. Will be able to keep up with upcoming games' maximum graphics for the next 4 years at LEAST.

Cons: Heavy as all hell and barely fits in an ATX Mid case, requires 4 molex connectors. Not cost effective for gaming.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card because I do a lot of gaming and some graphic design as well. Before this card, I was running Intel Graphics HD 4000 on an i5 3570k @ 4 GHz, so this was a tremendous upgrade. When I received it in the mail, the card alone weighed as much as a 2 liter bottle of soda. My dumba55 forgot to bolt it down so when I stood my case up to work on cable management, it started to pull my motherboard off of its risers. Also, I couldn't SLI them if I wanted to because it only fits in one of my ports (HDD bays are in the way of the bottom port, so it will not fit lengthwise). Anyway, after installation and drivers and stuff it ran amazing. Crysis 3, BF4, Skyrim, etc. all on highest settings, graphics enhancing mods, etc. I realized that even with all of these settings tweaked, the card wasn't even using half of its capable power and peaked at (maybe) 55C. I'm sure the 2GB would have been just fine, 4GB is not necessary for gaming.

If you're looking for a good graphics card and are on some sort of budget, the 4GB model is not the one to get because you'll find yourself not even using what it's capable of. I'd only recommend it if you're doing video production, graphic design, quad monitors, etc.

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W BX80637I53570K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Absolutely amazing. I purchased this for my computer build just because I already had an Ivy Bridge board, couldn't afford the i7, and couldn't afford to upgrade to the Haswell. I am more than happy with what this thing can do. I've been beating the hell out of it's stock speed + turbo with 1080p rendering without a GPU and I haven't seen temps rise about 65C. The speeds on it are fantastic, and the heatsink that came with it seems to be doing much more than I had expected. I figured the GPU was going to be the last part of my build (since a computer can run without dedicated GPU), and the Intel Graphics 4000 with this are able to run games I'd never expect it to run. Because of this, I could hold off on rushing to get a GPU so I can save and get a GTX770.

Cons: The heatsink was a pain in the neck to get on to my motherboard correctly, but I highly doubt that was the heatsink's fault. Probably user error and/or motherboard issue. Like I stated above, the heatsink seems to be doing its job so I'm not worried.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking to build a budget gaming computer while avoiding AMD products, this is the CPU to get. Performance is excellent, and I'm sure once I get a dedicated GPU my rig will be ready to conquer everything I'll want it to do.

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Cherry Red Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Blue Back-lit (GK-OSMIUM)
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Bright backlights, excellent response time, comfortable feel, love the volume/brightness controls, audio and USB inputs are great, and the handrest is plastic so it doesn't attract dirt and dust like the other rubber/foam handrests on other brands of keyboards.

Cons: Opened the box and noticed the shift key and 0 key on the numpad were detached. Probably an issue with shipping, but the keys were a PAIN to get back on. The stabilizer bars underneath the longer length keys are really cheap and kept popping off as I was trying to put the keys back on. Needed to use a paperclip in order to get the keys back on correctly.

Other Thoughts: Great keyboard, but I'm not looking forward to cleaning this in the future :/


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Display Name: Matthew S.

Date Joined: 11/21/13

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/02/14
  • Last Review: 03/11/14
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