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MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Super quiet, even under load. Doesn't seem to run too hot either.. I'm not the kind of gamer who watches temps like a hawk but when I put my hand to the rear exhaust fan the air is only warm, not hot, under load. When not under load, it's cool. Within seconds of closing my game, its cool again.

Cons: Well... out of the box mine would randomly lock up my PC and crash the display driver. It would only happen a couple times a week so it was hard to pinpoint the problem.

Changing display driver versions didn't help, updating my motherboard's BIOS didn't help, so before taking it back (bought it locally, sorry Newegg) I flashed a different BIOS version onto the card. Initially I thought the problem was fixed, but then after another week and a half, BAM driver crash. This time, I flashed the very newest BIOS available that matched my card.

That was a month ago, and it's been running like a champ ever since. I think it's fixed for good this time, because it surely would have crapped out by now.

I'm no stranger to this problem, as this is my 3rd high-end video card I've had IN A ROW that has had this exact same problem. Before this I had to flash a new BIOS onto a HD5850 and before that, a HD5770 to get them to stop crashing the display drivers. I guess I just have horrible luck when I buy higher-end cards because I've bought a lot of video cards in the last 10 years and not one of the lower end ones have ever come back to me with a problem like this.

My (relevant) system info:
Core i7-3770
ASUS P8Z77-VLK motherboard
This card
Antec Earthwatts 500w PSU
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.

Old system, the one I had when I owned the HD5850/5770:

Core 2 Quad 9450
Gigabyte EP45-DS3R motherboard
Corsair 520w modular PSU.
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.

Other Thoughts: It has two 8-pin connectors? POWER HOG... lol I was kind of worried that my 500 watt ANTEC couldn't handle it but it turns out that it handles it with power to spare. I certainly wouldn't trust a cheaper brand "500 watt" PSU to power this card though.

At least it came with two 6-pin to 8-pin adapters.

also, it's HUGE. It's no bigger than my previous HD5850, but it just looks a lot bigger.

And a huge thank you to TechPowerUP for hosting just about every VGA BIOS file for every card you can think of. You've saved me the hassle and expense of several RMAs in the last few years.

HGST Touro Mobile 500GB USB 3.0 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Basic reliable no-frills drive 05/28/2014

This review is from: HGST Touro Mobile 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive 0S03452 Black

Pros: Performance is not bad, it works well and seems about as fast as my Toshiba Canvio and WD Passport USB 3.0 drives. Blue light is visible, but not overly bright like many products these days. For the price I paid for this it's about what I expected. A no-frills, simple external drive.

The drive DOES in fact turn off after a period of inactivity but the light stays on so the only way to tell is to put your ear next to it and listen if it is spinning or not.

Cons: Pathetic 1 year warranty tells me HGST doesn't put much faith in this thing lasting for the long haul.. -1 EGG for that

No rubber feet on the bottom means this thing slides across smooth surfaces easily like a hockey puck, but I fixed that by attaching rubber feet I bought at the big box store's crafts section

Other Thoughts: The USB connector it uses is a typical SuperSpeed (a.k.a. USB 3.0) MicroUSB connector. It's not proprietary. Check any other USB 3.0 portable hard drive and chances are it uses the exact same connector.

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It works and has all the connectors you'd need for anything but a high-end computer.. probably has enough juice to power even a modest gaming PC with a single video card and one or two hard drives. I've got two older versions of this PSU (80 plus but not "bronze" 80 plus) and they have been nothing but quality so naturally I got this when I needed another PSU.

Cons: No power cord included! This is not a con for me as I have a ton of them lying around (brought 'em home from work) but for someone who is building their first PC and overlooks this fact, it's a BIG CON that can set them back another $20 and a trip to the Big Box store to buy a cord. I didn't even realize it didn't come with a cord until I opened the box... not going to knock an egg since it does say "no power cord" in the description and again on the box... but I'd have been miffed otherwise.... y'know a power cord being packaged with a power supply is something you just take for granted and assume it's going to be included.. UNTIL NOW apparently...

"Save the Environment by using your existing cord" yeah right Antec... more like "cut costs by not including a cord".. it might not seem like a lot but by selling a million of these things without power cords they're saving quite a little chunk.. don't spit in our face and tell us it's raining

Other Thoughts: It's green. Literally.


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Display Name: Jeff B.

Date Joined: 09/24/08

  • Reviews: 34
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  • First Review: 11/21/08
  • Last Review: 07/02/14
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