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ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: PCI-E 3.0, Great Fans, Easy To OC, Stable, Good Price-to-Performance

Cons: A tad large (but not giant like a GTI 280X)

Other Thoughts: The ASUS HD7870 is a great card to pick up for those looking for a card that can take on a heavier load with graphically intense games at the 1080-1200p threshold. I am able to run a cool 60 FPS in Guild Wars 2 with everything maxed out (even oversampling), though frame rate greatly suffers with massive PvP events (drops to around 30-35 FPS with 15-20+ players on screen simultaneously). I bought the card for $240 and at that price it was a pretty good buy. The card is harder to find these days, but if you pick it up for under $200 new/like-new it's definitely worth the purchase. Only the obvious 7890 or 7970/7990 can top this before hitting the 8000 series. From the reviews I've read, this card runs Crossfire extremely well, doubling your frame and detail capabilities and then some (probably an increase of 110-115% with 2 cards). Make sure you have a reasonably sized mid-ATX case or you'll be squashed for space with cables since this isn't a tiny or regular sized card like older/less-capable GPUs.

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Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Great read/write speeds
240GB on an SSD is more necessary than I initially thought
Small and easy to install with harness
Stable

Cons: Not THE fastest SSD on the market for read or write, but read speeds are near the best right now and the read speeds will still drastically outperform standard HDDs/Hybrids

Other Thoughts: Been running this since October 2012 and haven't had a single issue. I didn't purchase refurbished but that's the only listing for my SSD that I could find. I initially thought I would just stick to a 120GB SSD, but now that I've owned it for a while I realize that would have been a mistake. I do some PC gaming, though not heavy amounts and I only purchase a couple games per year. Still, my Steam account had a few games on it already and re-downloading those plus running Windows 8.1 and all the apps I have on top of it puts me just under 200GB. Installing big MMOs like Guild Wars 2 and World of Warcraft will eat up a lot of space, so take that into consideration when you're thinking about buying an SSD. I'm really hoping to slot a 500+GB SSD in the next year. I keep a 2TB for all media storage and have deactivated routine disc scans from Windows because those can reduce the life of the SSD by running more frequent tasks on the SSD, something you want to avoid since these have a more finite lifespan than mechanical HDDs. Still, it is estimated to last around 7 years and I will more than likely move onto another SSD in well before that time. If you're looking for a more affordable SSD the Agility 3 from OCZ is worth a look. If you are more enthusiast driven, there are overall faster options elsewhere that will bill you around $250-$300 at this time, but really you're only looking to get a better Read experience, not so much Write.

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Gears of War: Judgment Xbox 360 Game
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs A Solid Entry to the Gears of War Franchise 05/09/2013

This review is from: Gears of War: Judgment Xbox 360 Game

Pros: It's important to take Judgment for what it is: a spinoff of a AAA franchise. It carries all the signature GoW traits but works in a few fun additions/changes to keep things fresh. The Declassify and Overrun variants are two very welcomed firsts, one being a challenge mode for campaign, the other a longer multiplayer engagement that acts more like Battlefield 3's Rush gametype. Graphics are best in series and the soundtrack is awesome. Story delivery is a cool twist.

Cons: Early on there are times this feels like downloadable content to GoW3 (which it originally was going to be) but it's not a feeling I got after the first hour or so of playing.

Other Thoughts: I don't understand some people's deep negative criticism. This is a fun and creative change of pace for Gears, which needs something new if it is to survive the coming years. If you love Gears, Judgment is a no brainer purchase.

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Display Name: Christopher S.

Date Joined: 10/02/07

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 11/15/11
  • Last Review: 05/24/14
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