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MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It looks cool. The twin frozer cooler works really well with my overclock. Scores higher than the gtx 590 stock when OCed to 1005 MHz and ram at 2450 MHz on benchmarking and shows it in games like World of Tanks and Sword of the Stars and Portal 2. The fan is really quiet at its idle speed which is about 30 to 32% and on full load it gets a bit noisy but i am sure it is better than the reference cooler that would come with the 560 ti.

Cons: The black metal reinforcement bar that runs along the top was in the way of the tool-less clips on my HAF 932 Advance case. I had to fix the clips so that they could snap down. I don't blame the card so much because i installed to Radeon 5850 cards in the same case for a friend and had the same problem. Kombuster gives you errors when you download it and wont run. What you have to do to fix it is download DirectX 11 from Microsoft and it will work. Same problem with Windows 8 Developer Preview but DirectX 11 is built into it so i have not figured out how to fix it yet.

Other Thoughts: OC settings:
1005 MHz core
2010 MHz shader
2450 MHz memory
1075 mV core voltage
tested with 3DMark 11
Rig:
intel i7 2600k @ 4.5
8 GB dominator ram
Asus P8P67 Deluxe
WD Caviar Black 2TB

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Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This case has plenty of room to do what you want. There is a nice air duct for directing air right onto the back of your video cards which can hold up to 3. It is pretty quiet, not the quietest but good for a gaming rig. plenty of front facing ports (4 usb, 1 firewire, 1 esata, headphone and mike). The window is cool. I upgraded from the Antec 300 and all of my temps dropped about 10 degrees. It is heavy so no one can steel it and you get the feeling that it would survive a decent drop with out any damage being made out of steel. the place where the fill port spot is is a great place to put your sell phone, usb drives and ipods.

Cons: It is red and everything i have is blue lol. No air filters in the case. They give you stickers for your CD drives and stuff because of the way the face plats mount. i think it is kinda tacky but i painted my CD drive flat black so i didn't need them. I had a problem mounting the video card with the clips because i have the MSI GTX 560TI hawk and it has a reinforcement bare that runs along the top that got in the way of the clips but i guess that would be more of the cards fault. The usb 3.0 cord is really long and my usp 3.0 header on my motherboard was right behind it so it was funny with all the extra cord in my situation.

Other Thoughts: I have built a few crazy computers in the storm scout and and the nzxt phantom and i like this case a lot more. If you are handy it doesn't look too hard to make an air filter of your own for this case. I fix computers a lot so i used the fill port on the top to have a sata connector and a molex power connector coming out of it.

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Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Cooling Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This cooler is pretty big but should fit in most cases. It was fairly easy to mount on my ASUS P5QL motherboard. It seemed pretty secure especially with the back plate that has double sided tape to hold it to the board. It looked pretty cool and the fan control had cables that where long enough for any case. The fan was pretty quiet and with the fan control you can make it even quieter.

Cons: When sliding the fan out of between the aluminum fins it seemed a little rough coming out but you shouldn't really need to take the fan out unless you plan on getting a better one. The fan control knob was too big to fit through the expansion card slots on the back of my case but the knob pops of so it was not a problem.

Other Thoughts: After finishing a bunch of modding work on my case and other components a re-built my system and my motherboard would not even enter the BIOS so i don't know how well it performs but is will be giving it to my friend so i will know soon enough. I could try and figure out what the problem was but i just took the chance to get myself an ASUS P8P67 Deluxe so i had to get a new cooler because it doesn't support the 1155 socket.

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Display Name: Michael T.

Date Joined: 06/02/11

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 06/19/11
  • Last Review: 12/15/11
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