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EVGA 01G-P4-3650-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Wow is this thing fast !
AND SMALL!!
I haven't used an NVIDIA card in over 10 years...boy have I been missing out. This card was a lot cheaper than the ATI Radeon 4850 that I bought last year and AT LEAST 3-4x as powerful. I can't believe I spent/wasted all that money on that ATI card and had nothing but problems all last year with it. This GTX-650 is seriously powerful. It feels great to finally run my games on full graphics instead of everything on "Low". Installing the drivers was a snap! For the first time, I downloaded ONE driver package and it JUST WORKED!! I didn't have to see which one would work with my PC and download the last 5-6 versions of the drivers packages just to test which one worked with my computer.

I swear, this is like walking into the sunlight after living in darkness for a year. I will not be going back to .

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Great value!
Low noise!
Better performance!
The drivers JUST WORK! (no downloading 5 different versions to see which works with YOUR pc like with the wacky radeon stuff)

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AMD FX-4170 Zambezi Quad-Core 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: FAST FAST FAST!
I haven't ever used a cpu this fast and powerful before. I've been stuck in AMD-64 fx land for the past 5 years and I've been waiting to upgrade. This is like being able to breathe again after having a horrendous stuffy cold for 4 years.
Why did I wait so long....

I used a "COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO" for cooling since i heard bad reviews about the stock cooler. It fit perfectly and wasn't that hard to install. Very VERY quiet too!

Cons: None, this thing BLAZES without even trying.
I love seeing the 4 bars of the cpu in my win-7 monitor gadget!

Other Thoughts: This CPU runs all of my games without even trying. I am kicking myself for struggling to get my games to work for the past 3 years instead of spending the money to upgrade my gaming rig.

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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Latest Iteration of my Gaming Rig 04/29/2013

This review is from: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Ease of use = 100%
Does what it states = 100%
Design and color = 100%

Cons: No support for ide devices at all.
I didn't catch it when I selected this motherboard and I do not have a sata dvd-rw. So all of my old IDE hardware is useless. Not a huge issue as I can copy stuff to usb and install from there, but it surprised me.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard is the nicest that I have seen so far. It combines all of the functionality of a UI based BIOS with the ease of use in overclocking that I've been searching for since I started gaming. I hate having to look up settings for clock timings and stuff when I want to overclock slightly. This bios takes care of the 10,000 individual settings for you. I also love the layout of the bios, it gives you granular control over your fan settings, cpu settings, memory settings and even your sata settings. Very easy to setup, install hardware to and the color is just phenomenal!

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Display Name: Mr. A.

Date Joined: 11/10/04

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/27/12
  • Last Review: 04/29/13
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