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MSI R4870X2-T2D2G-OC Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Dude doesn't know what he's talking about with weak drivers. The latest drivers for the 4870s is amazing. I have them installed and have not had one problem with them artifacting with any games... even when playing old games. With new games like L4D, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2, Dead Space or any graphics intensive games, I constantly get 80+ frames with Anisotropic Filtering on Max and Anti Aliasing on Max (16x for both for most games). And at 2048X1536. There may be extremely slight hiccups when the temp goes up because i have my fan to only go higher if temperature goes way up. The highest temp I've seen under extreme load with the fan on 50% is around 67. This card kicks all other cards out the door and still has enough to cook you dinner. This baby has 1600 stream processing units which means when games come out in the future... it will still have enough power to supports these. This is my second MSI card and I would definitely go with them again. 5700 LE is still going after 7 years.

Cons: O-M-G STOCK RPM OF FAN IS TOO LOUD (that was sarcasm). I'll admit that with the first couple of drivers that had there wasn't a fix for this, but there definitely is now. Card doesn't run as hot as most people say... just make sure you have a case that's good enough to put this card in.

Other Thoughts: MSI as a manufacturer has put some cheap stuff out, but that being said their high-end cards like this are amazing. ATI is definitely the way to go right now. For awhile it was nothing but Nvidia for me. But with the 4k series ATI has really stepped up and raised the bar. I would have to say that Nvidia and ATI on pretty much on par as far as GPUs go, but ATI has more stream processors and faster RAM which was the decider for me.

QX9650 @ 4 GHz - 4GB DDR3 1333 - MSI Radeon 4870X2 - 2 Seagate 500 GB - 2 Western Digital 500 GB - 2 Samsung 1 TB - ASUS X38 Maximus Extreme Mobo

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Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have owned this over a year. I have had absolutely no problem whatsoever. I have two WD and two Seagates, all are 500GB and all are running like champs. I have never had a problem with WD.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: They say that its about 5% of WD and Seagates that fail... I haven't had one yet. I've seen too many Hatachis and Fujitsu's fail to even consider them. I also have a Samsung one... but It failed as well. I would recommend WD or Seagate for builds.

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CORSAIR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model VS2GBKIT533D2
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Timing are decent. I've owned this for over a year and not had one problem yet. RAM was cheap and valued well. becoming an obsolete speed of RAM tho

Cons: I believe it doesn't have micron chips...

Other Thoughts: This RAM works beautifully

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Joseph B.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph B.

Date Joined: 12/23/04

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 02/17/06
  • Last Review: 12/12/08
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