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MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It was capable of outrunning every game I threw at it for a year and a half with no complaints and ran respectably with newer games for a year and a half. Initially the cooling system worked great and was nice and quiet.

Cons: As with many reviewers, the fans started making unhappy noises at two years and now (at two and a half years) one has flat out died and the other is making noises saying it's on its last legs. While I admittedly try to go with a 3 year video card cycle I usually expect to be able to sell the card for at least 1/4 of what I paid for it after that period. It's rather hard to sell a card with a busted cooler.

Other Thoughts: I've looked into the MSi RMA procedure and I won't be taking advantage of it. Put me out of a system for two weeks and just send me anothercard with the same low-life cooler? No thanks. Looks like I'll just have to get a new Gigabyte or EVGA a bit sooner than I expected.

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CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This thing is a monster. I decided to pay the price premium for modular cords, now I'm never going back to non-modular. It's so liberating to not have to tuck, tie and try to hide unneeded cords without blocking airflow. This thing is quiet too. I can barely tell it's running.

Cons: The external power cord could stand to be about 3" longer. While I laud the modular cables the 6+2 PCI-E cords can be a bit of a hassle when your video card only needs 6-pin. It'd be nice if the collars on those cables were a bit farther back.

Other Thoughts: I haven't really done much monitoring to tell how the efficiency is working out but the voltages have been rock solid for three weeks in the rig.

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ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very cleanly laid out board with plenty of fan connectors and more rear panel outputs than I know what to do with. The UEFI Bios is a nice improvement over standard and the included overclocking program seems to work well from a Windows interface. The included 3.5" bay USB tray is a nice touch.

Cons: Instruction manual is pretty poor and I am not a fan of the sideways facing SATA ports though having so many of them is nice. My biggest gripe is the pins for the front panel interface (speaker, reset button, etc) weren't very clearly marked making it a bit of a guessing game as to whether I was putting the right plugs on them. The ginormous heat pipes coming off the north bridge could be a problem if you've got a large CPU cooler.

Other Thoughts: It may seem like a lot of cons but I never have been good at reviewing motherboards. The fact is the board is a pretty easy install with plenty of peripheral slots and more USB and SATA ports than I'll be needing for quite some time. Plus the P67 chipset is a necessity for now if you want to OC a sandy bridge.

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Matthew D.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew D.

Date Joined: 07/31/06

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 01/24/07
  • Last Review: 09/25/13
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