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MSI GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 GTX 960 GAMING 4G 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic video card for older computers!! Or those on a budget! 10/10/2015

This review is from: MSI GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 GTX 960 GAMING 4G 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card

Pros: Power efficient! - Works with older computers with 400W+ power supplies, using only 120 watts - 10 more than a GTX 650 Ti 1GB card.

Very quiet - Variable speed fans; each is independent and only come on when the video card is being heavily used. (

Very easy to install, as it replaced the aforementioned GTX 650 Ti 1GB. Didn't even need to remove or install a video driver, since they were both NVidia cards.

Excellent low cost, high performance video card.

Cons: None for me at all.

Some will need to consider the size of their computer case to see if the MSI GTX 960 4GB will fit (those with small or medium cases), and that they have at least a 6 pin connector from the power supply for it (most power supplies have at least that). It comes with a 6 pin to 8 pin adapter. The card, itself, has an 8 pin connector. Luckily, my power supply did have a 6+2 pin connector, so I didn't need the adapter.

Other Thoughts: Great video card for those with older computers who want to be able to play their games on max or very high settings without buying a new computer. Just check that computer case and power supply are both large enough, in size and wattage, respectively.

The cost is affordable at around $190-200 for a GTX 960 2GB and about $240 for the 4GB version, and it requires a minimum 400W or better power supply. The GTX 970 4GB card is at least $100 more and requires a 500W or higher, something many older pre-built computers do not have.
To give you an idea of the computer this went into, this is my computer: 2009 model Dell 435T XPS with a first generation Core i7 940 cpu @ 2.93 GHz, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 475W power supply with the only upgrades being a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD replacing the hard drive and the MSI GTX 960 4GB video card replacing the prior GTX 650 Ti 1GB, a previous upgrade.

Rosewill RX-C200P 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Simply works perfectly; comes with more than enough mounting screws.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: So easy a caveman could do it! Well, he might have trouble with the screws and finding a screw driver... lol

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quiet, of course; fast at boot ups; fast application and Internet page loads - amazing, actually, compared to the hard drive it replaced! 5 year warranty (important to me).

Cons: None, really, just don't defrag your SSD - it doesn't need it and defragging can shorted its life cycle. Some utility programs know about SSDs, that they are very different from mechanical hard drives. TuneUp Utilities, a program I use all the time is aware, and so, will not defrag the SSD, but everyone should check their specific utility programs for SSD awareness.

Other Thoughts: My first SSD. I rarely used more than about 180GB of space on my old (failed) 750 GB hard drive, so I decided to go with the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD. I did some research and play mostly games on my computer. The Samsung 840 Pro is very good for this and with it's 5 year warranty, I shouldn't have to worry about it for some time. This SSD went into my old 2009 model Dell XPS 435T Core i7 940 (1st Gen i7) computer running Win 8 Pro 64-bit. This SSD is by far the best upgrade I've made to this computer!

Additional info: Because my hard drive would not boot to Windows, after I received my SSD from Newegg, I installed Win 8 Pro on the SSD from my Win 8 Pro 64-bit boot copy disc, the one I created from my original installation. Then I had to call Microsoft to get it activated, since my original installation was an upgrade from Win Vista to Win 8 Pro. Microsoft now has a system where you can leave your phone number and they will call you. I got a call almost immediately and explained my situation to the tech. He got me activated in a few minutes. Very positive experience for me.


Edward S.'s Profile

Display Name: Edward S.

Date Joined: 10/15/01

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  • Last Review: 10/10/15
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