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ASUS DirectCU II GTX780TI-DC2OC-3GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good looking card, metal shrouding, minor color customization options (still cool), powerful, software interface is easy to use

Cons: Unstable, can't get it replaced, expensive, out lots of money

Other Thoughts: I RMA'd this GPU to ASUS about a month ago and all they did was send it right back. And it is still defective. I decided to chat with someone and explain to them all of the troubleshooting I've gone through and why I am 100% sure it is the GPU and all they said was "The GPU is out of stock... keep checking back with us." -Wait, so you can't notify me when you have a replacement available? I even asked if I could pay extra to swap the card for something newer. Nope. Great.... So now I am out a load of money on the most expensive GPU I've ever purchased and can't do the one thing I bought it for: gaming. Why? Because without fail, 30-45 minutes into gaming, it causes a system crash. I suspected many things at first, but the only remedy came when I pulled the GTX 780 out of my wife's rig and put it in mine and all the crashes stopped. Slap the 780TI back in and the crashing resumed. Thoroughly displeased. I've purchased a lot of ASUS products in the past... my last rig and my current rig are like 80% ASUS products (in terms of cost ratio, not component) and I used to love them. I'm wondering if it is time for me to find a new reliable manufacturer.

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

Pros: One of the best cases I've owned to build in. Plenty of cooling power with the case fans. Lots of space under the Mobo chasis side to organize cables to maximize internal air flow. USB 3.0 up front. Great case

Cons: I bought the ASUS GTX780-DC2OC-3GD5 to install in this case. While the card actually fits in the case very nicely, the way that the back of the case locks the card into place didn't support the large size of the video card easily... I had to snap the locking tab off two of the bay locks so they wouldn't push against the card. They still lock just fine, though.

Other Thoughts: Great case, lots of goodies, elegantly wired for easy connectivity to MOBO.

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It does what it is designed to do... it efficiently transfers heat from the CPU to the heat sink allowing the CPU to stay in regulated temperature ranges. I always use Arctic Silver.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I end up buying a new bottle for every build because I keep misplacing it (not like it breaks the bank)... maybe they should come with some kind of velcro you can hide inside the case so it is out of the way but always securely there!


Matthew M.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew M.

Date Joined: 02/20/11

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 07/15/13
  • Last Review: 04/13/15
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