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EVGA 01G-P4-2650-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is a great performing video card for a variety of applications. It easily runs every game I play at home without issues (dayZ, arma 3, cs:go, crysis etc), and works smoothly with every operating system I have to deal with as an enterprise IT guy.

The 1gb ram is actually a pro if you're putting in an XP machine, and the overall size of the card means it will fit in almost every case you can imagine.

The price is very low for the performance and EVGA is my goto company for video cards due to responsive customer service and consistent quality products.

Cons: Not an SLI card. If it was, I'd have 2 of them in my tower at home and I'd be even happier.

Other Thoughts: Regardless of the application: workstation, school computer or gaming rig, this is a great choice for a single video card rig and a great choice of a company from which to buy your hardware.

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ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, CPU Cooler - Intel & AMD, Multi-Directional Mount, 92mm PWM Fan
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Very effective and quiet cooler, runs relatively low(1500-2000) RPM fan instead of some of the stock coolers that spool up to 5000rpm under load and sound horrible.

The extra surface area of the heatsink and the added efficiency of the heatpipe & blade design means it does more work for less power and less noise.

Dropped cpu temps on a midrange i5 into the 28c-40c range from 35-50c with stock intel cooler.
Tested under full load on all 4 cores.

Never had a fan go bad on one of these, and I installed my first one more than 5 years ago.

Cons: Quite large and sometimes it will get in the way of other things on a smaller mobo or in a small case. Will probably not work with a slim case or a mini atx rig, so make sure you measure from about a 1/2 cm above the actual chip to the case wall to be sure it will fit with room to not rub, and check that it won't get in the way of your ram slots or cpu power socket.

You might have to temporarily remove the fan to add a hard drive to the cage, if the hd cage is fixed in your case, but doing this is a snap (literally).

Other Thoughts: I've used the Freezer 7 pro on a couple different machines ranging from an e8400 oc'd core 2 duo to core i5 processors and it has been a consistently great investment. They've gotten better with every revision.

Cool temps, low noise and low power consumption along with being very affordable makes this cooler a great choice. It looks pretty fancy too, if that's what you're going for.

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Vantec Stealth 80mm Double Ball Bearing Silent Case Fan - Model SF8025L
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Nice Fans - Quiet 07/18/2014

This review is from: Vantec Stealth 80mm Double Ball Bearing Silent Case Fan - Model SF8025L

Pros: well constructed simple 80mm fans with sensing and everything you need to hook them up to either the mobo or molex. no fancy lights, no gimmicks.

They run so that you can't even hear them with a couple of them in a bare steel case.

Cons: No protective fabric wrap on the wires, but they are fairly well coated so its not really an issue and I haven't seen any of them abrade from vibration after using quite a few in different setups.

Other Thoughts: I add these to every prebuilt computer that I buy for workstations just to exhaust the case better, since a lot of those companies skimp on casefans. They keep everything that little bit cooler, for very little cost and almost no power consumption.

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Display Name: Matthew B.

Date Joined: 01/26/07

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 06/17/08
  • Last Review: 07/18/14
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