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XFX Double D Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition DirectX 11 FX-787A-CDFC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Pros: Used on a new budget build, running with an ASRock Z75 Pro3 and i5-3350P. Works great. Haven't taken it to the max yet but it doesn't flinch with Steelbeasts v3 and FSX, with FSX's settings to the max. I have plans to take it further to the edge...

Cons: Has two 6-pin PCI-E power jacks, and I had to get a connector adapter because my PSU only had one 6-pin jack.

It is also a sizable unit and the fans point down. It fits fine on my build but you'll want to avoid having any PCI cards below it or the airflow could get impeded.

Used rebate card but price could still be lower. Radeon is on to a new video card lineup, so this series ought to be at bargain basement prices.

Other Thoughts: Closely considered this against the new R7 and R9s. It appears that the R9 270X and this card are very similar and have the same silicon inside, so I figured I could get almost all of the performance at a discount by going with the HD 7870. So far no regret and enjoying the cash I saved.

SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-208DB/TSBS
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4 out of 5 eggs Works Fine 04/05/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-208DB/TSBS

Pros: The idea is simple - take a laptop drive and sell it separately in its own plastic shell.

Got it for two reasons:
1. External drive for Asus T100. Works great - Win8 sees it fine. Reading is fine, haven't tried writing yet. Didn't need provided drivers.

2. Bring-up of new desktop build. Didn't want to buy a whole DVD drive just for that step, so used this. The new build booted right off power-up on the Win7 64b CD in this drive. Didn't even need to tell BIOS to boot off it. Super smooth.

Runs entirely off USB, including power.

Cons: Not the fastest drive I've ever encountered - probably because it has to keep a lid on power consumption since it powers off the USB. As noted above, it was used to load up a new blank desktop build and more speed would have been nice, but not a big issue.

Also, it choked on one game install disk, but I haven't tried that disc in other drives to isolate the issue. Also, I never used the driver disc provided in the package, which could also be the issue.

MASSCOOL Fanner-420 Thermal Grease
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5 out of 5 eggs It's Grease 04/05/2014

This review is from: MASSCOOL Fanner-420 Thermal Grease

Pros: Used on a i5-3350P and its stock cooler on a ASRock Z75 Pro3. Works great. No thermal issues.

Cons: None


Brandon S.'s Profile

Display Name: Brandon S.

Date Joined: 07/06/06

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 09/21/08
  • Last Review: 04/05/14
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