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Pros: - Gets around 60 FPS in almost every single game I have ever played from the "last gen" (IE Skyrim, Deus Ex, Dark Souls, Arkham City) on max settings and 2k resolution.
- Runs relatively cool, quiet enough.
- Is almost FIVE YEARS OLD and still beastmodes through almost everything. Hell, even Witcher 3 on minnimum settings/high textures looks and plays great outside of towns.
Cons: - Doesn't make me lunch.
Other Thoughts: I came here just to check the dimensions of this guy in preparation for a new next-gen 4K-capable build, only to realize how totally amazing it has been. This just might be the best piece of hardware I have ever owned, period.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have owned this hard drive for SIX YEARS with zero issues. Just in case it croaks I'm currently using it as a backup drive, but it's no slower than when it was new.
Cons: Due to all the new builds I've cycled this warrior through, the SATA port is a bit wobbly - and roughly 1/10 boots the system won't recognize the drive. It's been doing this for about three years, but there are zero drive errors so it's merely a mild inconvenience. A single restart fixes this EVERY time.
Other Thoughts: Probably a better deal to get something higher-end these days, but this is the most reliable single piece of hardware I've ever owned, period.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This thing COMPLETELY blows away everything I throw at it. I have yet to test anything above 1024x768 resolution due to being stuck with an old CRT monitor, but Bioshock, COD4, Oblivion, and source games all run FLAWLESSLY at absolute maximum settings - AA and AF higher than cheech and chong combined. the Crysis demo runs pretty decent (20-40 fps about) on a mix of high and medium settings and at full strength minus AA if I switch to 800x600; this setback is almost certainly due to my apparently insufficient RAM though. After coming from an integrated GeForce 6100, I'm absolutely in awe of what I've been missing!
Cons: I had some self-inflicted trouble with ordering (credit card issue) and the package thus arrived a bit later than I'd hoped. Also, I had some issues installing, but this was because I was so excited to finally have the thing that I forgot to completely uninstall my integrated card BEFORE inserting the new one. Once I realized my error, it took 10 minutes if not less to install all the drivers.
So just to make sure, disable your intergrated graphics and then do a restart to be certain they're disabled and won't try to re-enable.
Other Thoughts: my specs:
Biostar Tforce 6100 939 microATX mobo w/ Athlon X2 3800 (OC'ed to 2.2 Ghz)
1 gig DDR 400 Kingston RAM
80 GB Maxtor IDE HDD
500W Aspire PSU