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MSI R7870-2GD5T/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Okay performance, decent price ($189.99).

Stays relatively cool at idle, around 33C.

Cons: This card does NOT come with the Never Settle bundle from AMD. Newegg has some Crysis 3 codes left, but that's it. You will NOT be getting Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, or Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon as stated by AMD on their website. I emailed Newegg about this a few times and they flat out refused to give me the games, as did AMD.

Loud fan under load. Not much better than my old 4890 with a blower cooler on it.

Does not overclock well unless you are willing to mess with voltages, and that voids your warranty. Barely got 50MHz overclock out of this before I started getting artifacts and crashes.

Catalyst Control Center is awful. The UI is ancient and doesn't give you half the options that third party programs do.

The rebate process is horrible. I don't expect to ever get my rebate, as Newegg, AMD, and MSI seem determined to do everything they can to screw people out of what is supposed to come with this card.

Shipping also took far longer than it was supposed to. I got Two Day shipping because of my ShopRunner account, yet it took 5 days to get to me. I checked the tracking number and it took 3 days before it moved out of its origin destination in Memphis. The box arrived beat up, like it had been tossed around or crushed. Thanks, FedEx.

Other Thoughts: I wish I had gotten a GTX 660 instead. Nvidia doesn't make false promises like AMD does. Plus, I'd be able to get away from AMD's awful drivers. This will be the last time I get an AMD card.

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DIAMOND A4890PE51G Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Got it for a good discount last Black Friday (2011). The performance is everything I expected it to be. Helps me play Skyrim on mostly High settings (except things like shadows) on my old Intel Core 2 Quad 2.33GHz.

Cons: The fan on this card is the loudest thing I've ever heard inside of a computer before. When it is put under load, it sounds like a jet engine is about to burst through your computer. It's a HUGE 'con' for this card and it made me take off an egg.

The card is enormous. I made sure to measure my case before getting the card to make sure it fit, and it does, but BARELY. Make sure you have a large case if you want to use this.

ATI's Catalyst Control Center is awful, awful software. It's buggy, inconsistent, and crashes without warning. Crashes only happen once in a while, but when it happens, it seems like I wasn't doing anything that should have given it a problem (like watching a stream on Twitch TV). This is the reason I knocked off another egg.

Other Thoughts: It's a good budget performance card that still makes me wish I had more money to spend so I could have gotten something better, quieter, and something *not* ATI so I could avoid CCC.

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FirePower ModXStream Pro 500W 80Plus Semi-Modular High Performance Power Supply 600MXSP
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Runs smoothly. Relatively quiet. Perfect for my budget gaming build, and I'll probably be able to port this PSU to my next computer and save a little cash, too.

Cons: None.

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Display Name: Margi K.

Date Joined: 09/23/09

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 11/21/12
  • Last Review: 07/15/13
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