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Thermaltake SMART Series SP-750PCBUS 750W ATX 12V 2.3 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quiet and cables are thin. Handles my Radeon 270X and GeForce GTX 570 simultaneously at full load mining LTC.

Cons: - Not modular
- First one DOA

Other Thoughts: The first one I got was DOA but the amazing NewEgg handled it like expected and sent a brand new one to replace it that works beautifully.

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EVGA 02G-P4-2663-KR GeForce GTX 660 FTW Signature 2 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Not as loud as one may expect.

Cons: I "upgraded" to two of these in SLI from my previous GTX 570 but after multiple benchmarks and CUDA testing, there seemed to be very little (and some applications showed less - namely source engine games) improvement over a single GTX 570. I wish I could say there was a bottleneck somewhere but honestly, check my sys specs below and you'll see - there are none.

By the way, these results were seen in both Windows 7 x64 Pro AND Ubuntu 13.04 x64, all with fully capable drivers and settings optimized.

Other Thoughts: - Intel Core i7 3930k @ 4.17GHz
- ASUS Sabertooth x79 Motherboard
- 16GB G.Skill DDR3-2133 RAM
- 256GB Samsung 840 SSD
- 3TB Hitachi SATA3 64MB cache
- Corsair AX1200i PSU
- Antec Twelve Hundred case
- Corsair H100i water cooling

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Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Overall decent 04/13/2013

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)

Pros: - New graphical enhancements to the Windows GUI make it much easier and more efficient for me to navigate windows. Corners have been turned into non-clickable buttons saving desktop space. Being a strong supporter of Gnome 3, I was already used to this feature and was very happy to use it.
- Integration with the Windows Store and the apps that come with it is seamless. There are TONS of different things to use that help make your experience more enjoyable, many of them free.
- Boot time is cut way down. Windows 8 takes full advantage of any UEFI booting and will (on new hard drives) set them up as such to begin with. This made dual-booting Windows and Linux so much easier and didn't require any change of the Windows boot-loader to do it. Most systems made in the past 3-4 years have this enabled by default.
- Integrated with Windows sign-on and will still function without internet access with the same login information. I never really used the SkyDrive feature but set-up is easy and I got it installed on my parents' computer, which they now love.

Cons: - Silverlight seems to have big issues when you leave it open (this was a 5+ version silverlight on fully updated Windows 8 as of 2 weeks ago). I'm sure it will be fixed in time but for right now, watching Netflix then pausing a video for any length of time will result in problems after. It will either force the video to disappear, freeze Silverlight forcing a browser restart or will freeze after starting a new show.
- Although the installation is very easy on a new PC, the installer will set your hard drive (no matter its size) to a GPT partition table. Most people won't notice (nor care) but for me, I use TrueCrypt System Encryption and with a GPT drive as my OS drive, it refused to install. There are always other options but TrueCrypt is the best in my opinion.
- Alt-Tabbing in and out of video games is hit or miss. Sometimes it will go to the desktop as it should and others, well, it will fake it. The screen appears to revert to desktop but then immediately returns to the game.

Other Thoughts: I knocked off a star due to the complications I found and since those three things (Netflix, TrueCrypt and video games) are the main reasons I ever use Windows at all, it just isn't worth it.

And since it's probably just user error I left this off the cons list: Skype (metro app version for Windows 8) does not explicitly turn off for you when you quit it. It may go offline but the offline-messages will still show up as notifications (which can be turned off but when you quit something it shouldn't be doing anything anymore).

In the end, I re-installed Windows 7 for my gaming needs. Oddly enough the same CD Key activated it on the brand new computer I just built (while the other one was still active).

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Deryck H.'s Profile

Display Name: Deryck H.

Date Joined: 09/05/04

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 06/26/05
  • Last Review: 01/24/14
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