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Pros: Upgraded from 760—that’s right, a 760
And believe me, it is an upgrade. I had the 760 4 gig card and it was fine, but then my roommate got one, and I have to have a better card than him. (Just being honest) I play at 1080p in my games, and ran GPU-Z for days on end, maxing out all my games, playable or not, just to see if the 760 would ever break 2Gig ram usage. RESULTS: I peaked at 1865MB RAM usage (BF4 did it) So just like ‘the internets’ said, 4Gig of RAM when only playing on one monitor at 1080p, is a waste. So I pulled the trigger on the 770 2Gig here. As if 90FPS Ultra in BF4 was not enough, now, I can actually ditch junky AA in BF4 and crank up the resolution scale to 200% with 40 frames! (The 760 was a slideshow at 200%)- That’s the difference between the 760 and 770. Of course 40FPS is unacceptable so I backed it off to 120% reso scale and the game plays like wet glass at 120FPS easily, and now I can’t blame ‘lag’ for my horrible aim.
Cons: Reveals my aim actually does suck in FPS.--This card is big..duh…they have been big for 6 years now…next question.
Other Thoughts: If you are on the fence about 760 vs 770, go for the 770. This card hit 80c peak (I run my fans at 100% via MSI afterburner) and it is quiet as noted by several other reviews. The sounds of machine gun fire drown out any noise anyway and I don’t play in a library, so I don’t care how loud my computer is, BUT, I did test it (760 was EVGA and was a lot louder at 100% fan speed if you care)
In summary-Go with nVidia because of driver support-Go with ASUS because these heat pipes are actually mounted on the chip AND comes with backplate-Don’t care about the free game-Don’t buy based off of rebates ever. If you play at 1080 on one monitor and don’t need 50 gigs of textures to play SKYRIM, this 2 Gig 770 fit’s the bill.
Pros: Flawless install, (the included software with this product is actually useful- as notated by many others.) The program even let me know I had it plugged into one of my USB2.0, instead of 3.0 dongles..NICE!
Cons: none-until it burns up one day like all the rest.
Other Thoughts: So many reviews focus on 'My computer boots up in .000011123 nano seconds, instead of the horrible 47 seconds it used to take.' Who cares? That is a pointless benchmark with not much value to many of us. 'The read/write times are xx/MBS whereas my old disk drive was only x/MBS" HERE IS WHY i like the SSD---When the map changes in Battlefield 4 (I only have Windows and BF4 on it) I load in before you do, and therefore, I get the Jet or Chopper before 'you' do. That's what I paid for. I also have Pro-tools on the SSD, so recording and tracking with lots of tracks now, I don't get 'errors' because 40 .wav files are 'fragmented'...Unplug your platter drives, do a fresh windows install on this SSD.- Turn off PC-Plug in 'old' platter drive- reboot- Windows recognizes your old drive just fine--rename that drive 'Backup', because that is it's purpose now--You're Welcome.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: When I got this almost 3 years ago, having +5V@30A, +12V@62A seemed almost insane. After all, I had to power my GTX 260 back then, so I wanted some headroom. 'Futureproofing' was the goal. Now, it powers a computer 2 generations better. Having the video card adapters BOTH being 6+2 has come in VERY handy with today's graphic cards. I am loyal to corsair because my last 3 Power Supplies, have all been theirs and have never failed. (3 different builds for family)
Cons: Zero cons
Other Thoughts: Always pick a power supply that has (2) 6+2 PCI power connectors like this one. That way, when you get a new vid card one day and go to plug it in, you won't have to wait on ordering a silly adapter and waiting a week, so you can play your vids. Don't buy into wattage only on power supplies, especially since video cards focus on amps available.READ FULL REVIEW