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Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: When used with programs that are capable of accessing and making use of all 6 cores, along with appropriately powerful cooling, this chip will justify the price tag.

Cons: Prohibitively expensive, with returns only being visible on the most incredibly demanding computer tasks. If you're able to make full use of this chip, liquid cooling should be seriously considered. This thing runs HOT.

Other Thoughts: If you're using your pc for things like autocad or rendering for graphics design or video game creation, this chip is absolutely worth the extra cost. For pretty much everything else, its unlikely you'll be able to make full use of its power. Mundane tasks don't even stress a single core, and unfortunately, the majority of pc games right now don't have optimization to allow them to even access the 5th and 6th cores.

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EVGA 04G-P4-3688-KR GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: At 1920x1080 resolution, this card easily chews up any game I run through it. High VRAM allows for extensive and excessive game modding with no worry of overwhelming the card. Skyrim will collapse under it's own programming limitations when HD modded long before this card will max out. Cooling system is very effective with the card never exceeding 65c when fans are set to auto and it quickly returns to about 34c when not in use.

Cons: The fans can get pretty loud during heavy use, but not enough to disrupt gaming. This card is also very large, and may not fit in small cases, or even mid size ones depending on their layout.

Other Thoughts: This card works wonders for online games. Populated areas with dozens of character models on screen are easily displayed on max settings with shadows until player count gets into the hundreds. The price tag can be a huge turnoff, but I can't stress enough that this card will prove its worth.

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Scott D.'s Profile

Display Name: Scott D.

Date Joined: 01/05/08

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 03/06/14
  • Last Review: 03/06/14
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