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XFX Double D FX-785A-ZDF4 Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Awesome performance for the price!!!
Needs/costs relatively less electricity to run!
Stays very cool, I haven't seen it reach 60c (my room temperature is ~25c, my case is the Lian-Li PC-P50).
Very quiet, I never hear the fans run.
It will play all the highest-demanding games such as BF3 on ultra at 40fps, 60+fps if you turn down Anti-Aliasing (tested on a single 1080p monitor and a Phenom II 965).
Short PCB so it will fit in small form factor cases.

And it looks cool!

Cons: Only 1GB memory on this particular model (however the price is much cheaper compared to a 2GB model), but this is not a problem for games if you are playing on one monitor <= 1200p. It may become an issue if you plan on using eyefinity with high texture resolutions or using texture mods (on a single screen), for example GTA or Skyrim high res mods.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a stock 1GB 5870, and this card runs games significantly faster while using less power and running cooler! According to AnandTech benchmarks, the 7850 uses 57 less watts on idle and around 100 less watts during load.

If I ran my computer 6 hours a day and played 2 hours of games a day, and assuming one KWH costs 13 cents, I would save around 25$ a year just from upgrading.

At the time of this review, I have owned the card for 2 months.

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NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Steel / Plastic Gaming mATX Computer Case
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Lightweight
Best looking microATX case imo
Black cables

Cons: The handle is dangerous! After about a year, it snapped, luckily while being picked up and not while being carried. Surprisingly, it didn't break where the screws are (the handle is attached to the case by 4 tiny screws). The plastic itself broke between the area where you grip it and the area which contacts the case.

The side panels get stuck and are very difficult to remove.

Installing a 3.5" card reader was extremely difficult, it didn't seem to fit correctly.

Probably won't fit a 120mm cpu cooler.

Other Thoughts: The quality of this case is terrible. Things don't seem to fit in place, and the handle isn't strong enough to hold a computer!

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NZXT CB-LED20-RD Sleeved LED Kit - Red, 2 m
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs A fun toy 07/07/2011

This review is from: NZXT CB-LED20-RD Sleeved LED Kit - Red, 2 m

Pros: Flexible lighting not in a tube

Black, stylish PCI plate, buttons, circuitboard

Nice black wrapped cables as expected from NZXT

Cons: Brightness level III did not work on arrival. However, I fixed it by loosening the screws which attach the circuit board to the PCI plate.

The circuit board gets in the way of my motherboard so it may not fit in some situations.

Other Thoughts: LEDs focus light in one direction like a flashlight. When installing, point the LED to the area you want lighted. The bad thing about this is the lighting may not be smooth, it looks like a bunch of tiny flashlights pointing random directions. If they aren't positioned perfectly, viewing your case at certain angles will shine a light right in your eye.

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CHRISTOPHER P.'s Profile

Display Name: CHRISTOPHER P.

Date Joined: 08/21/09

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 12/07/10
  • Last Review: 07/28/13
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