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ECS Black Series NBGTX560-1GPI-F GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Runs cool - but I recommend using Precision X GPU fan controller.

Fan speed Profile: 40% @ idle - 50% @ 50c - 60% @ 60c, etc.
Ambient room temp: 73-74f
Idle GPU temp: 31-33c
Load GPU temp: 55-60c

I got it primarily for Path of Exile and Diablo III and I'm very happy with the results thus far.

Very smooth card when connected to its native PCI-E 2.0 bus.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: This is a great card for aging 2.0 PCI-E bus systems. I highly recommend researching video cards and coresponding bus speeds before randomly buying a card and expecting it to work in any system.

I tried a 3.0 PCI-X card on my 2.0 PCI-X system and it was nothing but problems from day 1.

This is the 3rd card in my system and its wonderful. No complaints so far.

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Pyle - 32' to 50' Flat Panel Articulating TV Wall Mount
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Heavy Duty Wall Mount 04/30/2012

This review is from: Pyle - 32' to 50' Flat Panel Articulating TV Wall Mount

Pros: Very heavy duty wall mount. Very clean looking once installed. Perfect for heavier plasma TVs. It is by far one of the more adjustable and stable wall mounts I've owned. If needed, the mount extends about 12 inches from the wall all the while maintaining its ability to pivot and swing.

Comes with plenty of screws and installation gear to meet virtually any condition, including cement/block walls.

All in all, very nice product.

Cons: Not really a con but...

The back plate that attaches the mount to the wall is meant for exactly 16" on center studs or solid surfaces like cement. While 16" on center spacing is typical in most situations, it would have been nice to have a back plate with a little wiggle room.

Other Thoughts: For those just wanting to mount a light weight LCD, this is probably over kill. This is really meant for heavy plasma sets.

I have a 55" LCD attached to this mount. You get the feeling that the wall itself would have to be ripped down before this mount would fail or loosen.

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EVGA 160-LF-E659-KR LGA 1156 Intel P55 Classified 200 SLI Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Very stable, but a few minor things 10/15/2010

This review is from: EVGA 160-LF-E659-KR LGA 1156 Intel P55 Classified 200 SLI Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board has the better, hence price, 1156 socket. The CPU pins have 300% more gold - meaning that they will have better power delivery - the primary reason for buying this MB. EVGA F-T-W boards use the cheaper sockets, so beware of this if you plan on over clocking.

The switchable 3x BIOS is nice, but I rarely - if ever - use it. It's meant for over clockers - which I don't do. I prefer to run the voltages at their default state, this ensures your CPU temps stay nice and cool, thereby allowing for a longer life span of your rig.

So far, its been nothing but stable using an i5 750. I put a Noctua LGA 1156 after market cooler on this and idle temps run around 27c-28c with an ambient room temp of about 24c. Load temps range from (Adobe CS5) 32c to around 45c (spikes) running a big game. But they usually average around 38c under heavy load.

Cons: As others have stated, the voltage display doesn't work - at least on mine it only shows the CPU core 2 temp. But then I haven't needed to use this, so I could have overlooked something in the BIOS that would properly display this? No matter, it's not a big deal.

One thing that I discovered was if the quick boot is "ENABLED" expect the possibility to have SATA port errors. Once I disabled this, it takes a few more seconds for the BIOS to initiate, everything is seen and Windows 7 64bit runs smooth as silk.

Other Thoughts: Whatever you do with this board, just remember to disable the quick boot in the BIOS.

After I upgraded the hard drive to a Corsair P128 CMFSSD-128GBG2D 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive, this board really slides through Win 7 64bit with little effort.

From the reviews I've read here on newegg about the memory slots failing, I have to think, how far have these individuals pushed the over clocking? While the i5 CPUs can be over clocked to the extreme, if you build your rig correctly, there really isn't any need to do so.

One of the biggest performance improvements can be had by getting a quality SSD and enabling the TRIM feature in Win 7.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this board.

If you are using Win 7, I would suggest letting Windows Update install the sound drivers. I have re-installed the OS 3 times using different hardware configurations and each time I installed the EVGA sound drivers, it seemed to make the sound distorted.

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Display Name: Robert S.

Date Joined: 03/29/04

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  • Last Review: 03/12/13
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