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Pros: 1. This card does not create any additional noise than what my computer already created when simply doing daily computer tasks.
2. The temperature of this card only goes beyond 60 degrees C when I am benchmarking on a game. Normal 60 FPS gaming keeps this baby under 60 (Great for when I want to overclock in the future).
3. The design of the card looks very attractive.
4. Plays all my games on high or ultimate
5. GPU tweak is a great application
6. Great price point
7. ASUS is a reliable company with great hardware.
This card is a good purchase for any PC gamer. Not only is the price accessible to many, it has enough power to play every game that I throw at it on the highest settings (except games that require a lot more CPU power like Planet Side 2, but I plan on overclocking my FX-6300 to remove the bottleneck. If I can overclock it to 4.5 GHz, I will be set and ready to go) . The temperatures of this card are within a well acceptable range of 60C; with these temperatures, I can overclock this GPU to extremes (depending on how well I did in the GPU lottery). Direct Power really has its benefits.
Cons: This is really on Newegg, not the card at all. After receiving the box with my new 760, I opened the box to find a great deal of bubble wrap. Now you might be thinking "What is the big deal? They wanted to make sure that your card was protected during shipping." When I removed the bubble wrap, I found that the GPU's box was sitting on the bottom with no bubble wrap under it. What was the logic behind only protecting the top of the GPU? That box could have easily been upside down (keep it mind that would mean that the only thing separating the GPU and its box from any physical punishment was just another thin cardboard box). This kind decision making put my card at risk of being damaged during shipping which could force me to RMA the card and wait for a new one to arrive.
Newegg, place a layer of bubble wrap on the bottom of the box, place the GPU on top of that bottom layer, place bubble wrap on the sides, and then put another layer on the top. Isn't that simple?
I need to over overclock my CPU to access all of my GPU's power in some games (not the GPU's fault that it is too powerful for my stock speed FX-6300)
Other Thoughts: I upgraded to the GTX 760 from a GT 520 (I am just as surprised as you are that my old GPU could even play games on low). This jump in performance will be the biggest jump I will ever experience in PC gaming. Seriously, the games that were barely playable are now beautiful, crisp, and smooth in both image quality and frame rate. Planetside 2 is a whole new game to me now that I can play the game at 60 FPS on high settings.
I will be using this card until 900 or 1000 series comes out, and I know already that it will provide me a quality gaming experience until my next upgrade in 3 to 5 years.
Pros: From all the videos I have seen, this card looks sick and powerful
Cons: It went on sale 2 days after I purchased the card! I could have saved 20 bucks! :(
Other Thoughts: I will update this post later when actually receive my card. I am not mad at all about the sale occurring 2 days after my purchase, it is part of the first world problems we have. LolREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: I recently upgraded from my Sandybridge I3 to the FX-6300. For awhile now, the I3 has been holding me back. I had a limited number of cores (Of course the hypertheading helped, but 4 physical cores would work much better) which made multitasking difficult and the PS2 emulator works better with more cores. I grabbed this CPU on sale for 100; while I understand that the any I5 within the last few years is more powerful, the 100 dollar price difference did not justify the slight performance boost.
So far I am loving this CPU, it tears through games that are better optimized for multicore CPUs, but it does slightly less in games that only use 1 or 2 CPU cores, but that is ok- I can use the additional 4 cores on encoding, streaming, and whatever else my system can handle.
The heaksink works well in my opinion, but I will be upgrading my heatsink to extend my CPU's life.
I have not overclocked the CPU yet, but I will when I purchase an aftermarket power supply ( I will not keep the overclock because I don't see much of a reason to overclock just yet. Maybe in a few years when it starts to feel slow).
Pick up this CPU (especially when on sale), it will be the best choice you'll make if you are a gamer on a budget and can't afford an I5 or an 8320/8350. This CPU will do you well for a number of years.
Cons: None so far, loving it.
Other Thoughts: Seriously, buy it.READ FULL REVIEW