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PNY VCGGTX7803XPB GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Some say, having just one, is enough.
Other say, that there is no reason to get one over a 770.
All I know, is it is not the Stig, but it is the Stigs weapon of choice in his Racing Simulator...

Quiet, fast, solid built, sort of sexy (in a nerdy hardware way). The drivers have gotten more solid with each version. Streaming to an Nvidia Shield is flawless, and paired with a 2nd GTX 780, SLI works nearly flawlessly with tons of games. 3D Vision also has continued to slowly improve and with 2 GTX780's the Frame Rate never becomes an issue (unless the game is poorly programed to not take advantage of SLI or more than 1 CPU core, which is still sadly more common then it should be).

Cons: Nvidia had to go out and release a new Ti version shortly after I purchased my 2nd one. For the price I paid vs what the new Ti offers, I don't feel ripped off, but I am disappointed that they needed a Ti between the plain 780 and the Titan in the first place. It is cruel marketing to make a "Top of the Line" card, and its only a nerfed version of the real "Top of the Line" card that they release later. It extends the market life of a Core design, but still burns a little.

Other Thoughts: While one of these cards are still good for almost anything right now, 2 or more are even better. SLI 780's are nearly essential for 4K gaming or Surround gaming and overall, having no issues with Frame Rate or stutter in any current or future game for the next few years is always a big plus.

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Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Some may say, that this CPU is needlessly overpowered for most users needs.
Some say that Overclocking it is a waste of time and effort.
Some say that compared to its Ivy Bridge or lesser cored, Haswell Cousins, it is a power hog.

All I know is, it is an "E".

And "E" must stand for Extreme because even though it is not the "X" Extreme Edition chip, it has ample bang for the buck and overclocks exactly the same way if just a hair less then an "X" version of the SB-E or IB-E chips.

While it is no longer the undisputed king of the "K" Series now that IB-E is out, it is no less potent and while PCI-E 3.0 support isn't Official with the SB-E chips, it has worked flawlessly on a ASUS P9X79 Deluxe board with SLI GTX 780's.

Also while the newer IB-E chips, like their non "E" counterparts, use a bit less power, you can still make this chip sip when idle if you are careful and patient with overclocking based on Load instead of a raw 24/7 overclock. To have this CPU turbo up to 4.6Ghz but idle at only 1200Mhz is a pleasant and cool achievement, literally. The CPU doesn't need to be a space heater when it isn't in fact being used so make sure you work on getting a stable overclock with variable voltage and all the C states enabled for maximum efficiency.

Cons: At full load, this chip does suck power and being so big, it does create heat, however neither are unmanageable if you plan ahead with a good cooler, a good PSU, and adjust your overclock accordingly.

Other Thoughts: Don't just throw it up towards the 4.5-5Ghz realm and leave it there, these cpu's have such advanced turbo abilities that there is no need for it to idle at max speed all day unless you are just shooting for benchmarks. Even then, benchmark numbers vary very little with proper turbo configuration.

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Corsair Carbide Series 500R Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Very Good Case for the price. The case is solid, looks great inside and out, the layout is spacious and easy to organize for parts and cables while letting things breath through filters. No weird vibrations or noises and the lights are a subtle nice touch.

Cons: Front USB3.0 ports have been known to break/die but Corsair's 5 year warranty covers them without a problem. Replacing them is also easy since the panels on the case are easy to remove not only to work on it, but to clean the filters throughout the case.
Also with a top mounted H100 cooler or similar, the top black grill while stylish, doesn't let the airflow though as well as removing it and letting the air flow more freely. Depending on your heat production this may not be an issue for some.

Other Thoughts: It is almost a requirement to use a Corsair H100 with this case as they were made for each other. The top mount of this case is specially fit for the H100 and its tubes so everything looks professional and clean when you are done.

However like in the Con above, the top grill looks great, but also restricts airflow a tad. I leave mine off and added 2 bBlaster 120mm fans to the top of my H100 radiator to pull the air through the radiator to increase airflow without increasing noise. With everything idle my 3930K @ 4.6ghz system is nearly silent and at full tilt, it still is a manageable level that isn't too disruptive at all.

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Display Name: Robert R.

Date Joined: 06/20/06

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 02/26/07
  • Last Review: 02/26/14
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