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SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100361-2SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Absolutely amazing card. Blows any game I throw at it out of the water.
-Cooler is much quieter than reference blowers!
-As a gamer who mines on the side, 980 kh/s per card! Nuff said!
-Even faster in Crossfire, no bridge needed!
-3 monitors w/o display port, 4 with! Great eyefinity experience

Cons: -Card states dual-slot cooler design, however cooler is 1/8-1/4" lower than reference cooler, and it blocks the PCI-e slot 2 slots below the card, making that slot useless (had a sounblaster card there). Will probably need to get a motherboard with a PCI-e slot ABOVE the card to use the soundblaster again. (minus 1/2 egg).
-Catalyst Control Center is occasionally buggy, sometimes computer freezes in crossfire mode (minus 1/2 egg).

Other Thoughts: -Crossfire requires MASSIVE cooling with these cards. To keep both cards at 85 degrees, the fans have to churn at 60+ %, causing some noise around 40dB. I have an Antex P193 case, so there is tons of airflow (2x 120mm jetflo intake, 1x 120mm rear, 1x 200mm side, and 2x 140mm top exhaust). Single card has no cooling issues, but put two in a case and this baby is a mini space-heater that pulls 900 watts total from the wall outlet.
-Had reference 290s before these. The reference design was buggy and the blower fan not only sounded like a jet engine, but exhausted so much air that the intake fans couldn't keep up and ended up hurting case airflow when in crossfire mode. One card alone was fine and quiet, but two in crossfire was a nightmare.

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Cyborg CCB437080002/04/1 Black USB Wired Laser 6400 dpi R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Great mouse on white mouse pads only! 07/15/2012

This review is from: Cyborg CCB437080002/04/1 Black USB Wired Laser 6400 dpi R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse

Pros: +Most comfortable mouse ever!
+Buttons well placed
+Scroll Wheel
+On the fly DPI adjustment
+Tracking on white or light colored mouse pads
+Cord does not kink or catch
+Customer service for first RMA

Cons: -Tracking on anything darker than light gray
-Cord is too short by 1' for optimal placement on my desk (tower floor level on left side of desk, mouse located on right side). Logitech cords do not have this problem.
-RMA didn't fix tracking issues
-If you lift the mouse, the cursor will jump diagonally...only a problem if you lift your mice during games to re-position.

Other Thoughts: Had very high hopes for this mouse given the professional reviews, the problem is that this mouse just does not track well on dark mouse pads (fabric, hard, or desk surfaces; tried generic, razer, and steelseries mouse pads) and is a known problem (just try a google search). The curser routinely freezes on only the X or Z axis (proving the mouse is not frozen). I thought I had a defective unit and RMA'd the mouse. After a quick turnaround (two weeks) I received a new mouse, which had the same problems. I've done all troubleshooting advised by CYBORG/MAD CATZ and the problem persisted with both mice on three different computers (All with fresh drivers and no others installed). Problem instantly goes away with white and light colored mouse pads. If you use a light mouse pad, this is hands down the best you can get, but if you're like me and white clashes with your office decor, stay away.

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CORSAIR XMS3 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN3X2048-1333C9
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This runs fast, no problems at all. I initially bought one pair for my build back in January, but soon found out that Windows 7 64 likes more than 2GB, so I picked up another pair in May, for a total of 4GB in my build. Unlike some other posts, NO PROBLEMS AT ALL running 4 sticks in my build. Running stable at stock speed, 1T. I have overclocked 10%, no problems, I just feel no need to continue overclocking (all games run above 60fps anyways). I burned these in overnight with Memtest86+, 0 errors!!! I highly recommend this RAM, btw, both pairs that I ordered had zero errors, 1st time for me in a long time that I didn't get defective RAM.

Cons: none whatsoever, other than they updated their sticks between January and now (run different voltages) I'm running all for at the higher of the 2 V ratings, and they are stable. (they run lower voltage now 1.6v vs. 1.75v, i think)

Other Thoughts: Asus M4A79T Deluxe socket AM3
AMD Phenom II 720be (running at stock and 3.2GHz on stock air)
4GB these ram, 4 modules in 4 DIMM slots.
Nvidia 8800GTSoc
640GB RAID 0 HDD
Windows 7 RC build 7100
7.5 RAM on the Windows 7 index

I'm not sure what the other post is talking about with problems running all 4 DIMM's installed. I have standard air cooling (120mm intake, 120mm exhaust, 80mm side intake, PSU 80mm exhaust) and there is no problem running 4 installed in my MB. I burned in all night, gamed for hours, absolutely no problems. Only hitch I think is that 2- 2GB sticks are now about the same price as 2 pairs of these, so if I was building now I might spend the little extra to be able to easily upgrade to 8GB later down the road.

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