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Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Quality "Value" Power Supply 03/22/2014

This review is from: Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible

Pros: I bought this power supply for a 2nd system that I didn't plan on doing much with. However, plans changed and now this unit is powering an overclocked 4670K and an R9 280X with no issues.

System components:
i5 4670K @ 4.2GHz
Asus Z87-A motherboard
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo in push/pull (2 fans)
8GB G.skill DDR 3 2133MHz
XFX R9 280X TDFD
1TB HD
3 120mm case fans

This system is mining cryptocurrency with both CPU and GPU, consuming 350 watts according to my UPS. I'm glad to report I haven't had any power-related issues.

Cons: It's a little loud when under the stress my system is putting on it, but it's not too bad.

Other Thoughts: A lot of people greatly overestimate how big of a power supply they need to run their system. This should be just fine for the vast majority of systems as long as they don't have ultra high-end video cards, multiple video cards, or an unusually high number other components.

Also, I had to use two adapters in order to power the video card:
6 pin PCIe -> 8 pin PCIe
2 molex -> 6 pin PCIe

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G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C10D-8GAB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This RAM runs at the stated speeds using XMP and is completely stable. It will also run at 1600MHz with 1.5v at 9-9-9-27-1T timings. I haven't tested speeds, timings, or voltages in between, but I'm guessing it's fairly flexible.

Cons: I'm not a fan of G.Skill's flashy heat spreaders in general. The blue heat spreaders on these sticks aren't hideous, but they do clash with the rest of my system. I also wish they ran at 2133MHz at 1.5v, but 1.6v doesn't seem to hurt anything.

Other Thoughts: I'm happy I purchased this RAM as a ShellShocker deal. They run great in my system:
i5 4670K @ 4.2GHz
Asus Z87 Pro
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
GTX 660
Seasonic M12II 750W
Fractal Design Define R4

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EVGA 02G-P4-3657-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This card is a huge improvement over my old BFG 8800 GT OC:
- It's much quieter and cooler, both at idle and while gaming.
- It uses the Nvidia reference design cooler and blows the hot exhaust air out the back of the case.
- The 6-pin power connector is on the top of the card instead of the end, so it fits in my case (Antec P182). If it were on the end of the card, I would have had to remove a case fan to make the card fit.
- It has a number of different outputs, one of which is HDMI with audio, which is great for connecting to TVs.
- It's basically a GTX 660 with less cores; performance is very close to a GTX 660.
- I've heard good things about EVGA customer support, not having dealth with them myself.
- Includes $75 worth of codes for 3 games, one of which I play. These can be easily used, sold, or traded.

Cons: GTX 660 cards can be found for about the same price after rebates.

Other Thoughts: I installed this card in my almost 5.5 year old system hoping it would last another year or two and still play a few modern games (Hawken and BioShock Infinite to name a couple). I knew my CPU could be a bottleneck, but I've still seen a great improvement in gaming performance. I'm getting a score of P5200 in 3DMark 11 with these specs:

Q6700 @ 3.2GHz CPU
4GB DDR2 1066 RAM
Asus P5E Motherboard

Also, one reviewer mentioned the fan sounds like a jet engine at max speed -- I wouldn't go that far since I've owned loud video cards before (FX 5950 Ultra). But then again, I've only had this one up to 74% fan speed as limited by the EVGA Precision X interface. I'll have to play with it or use another app to see what 100% sounds like. Either way, I doubt the card will ever hit 100% fan speed during gaming based on the default fan speed/temperature curve.

The same reviewer said they had a Windows Experience Index of 7.8 -- mine is 7.9 in both Graphics and Gaming Graphics with no overclocking on Windows 7.

One more thing -- I'm hopeful it will be possible to flash these to GTX 660s. Based on overclocking benchmarks, I'm convinced the hardware can handle it. Of course I'll let others try it first before I risk bricking mine.

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Display Name: Eric W.

Date Joined: 12/25/04

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  • First Review: 09/01/11
  • Last Review: 03/22/14
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