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Pros: This is an excellent low/mid tier card for the beginner or casual gamer whos not looking for crazy frame rates in the newest games. I upgraded from a PNY GTx 550 TI and it's a pretty noticeable jump in performance. The 550 did almost everything I wanted it to, but it just couldn't handle the newer games very well. The 650 ti pretty much blows it out of the water. I know benchmarks don't show a huge jump but to the eyes it's very noticeable. It's also pretty small, even with 2 fans and copper heat pipe heatsinks, which is always a plus.
Cons: The current Nvidia drivers out right now are utter junk, especially after 327, and the 331 game ready drivers are terrible, which really put a damper on this cards upper end performance, but it's been perfectly stable in my simple setup, unlike some nvidia uses who are experiencing bsods and lock ups. If your CPU is under 2.8 ghz then it will bottleneck this gpu. Didn't like the location of the 6 pin power connector on the top of the card, had to bend my connector wires against the side of the case, just a minor thing.
Other Thoughts: I've seem to be having good luck with PNY despite everyone saying they are a cheap manufacture. I know the card is a bit outdated compared to the 700 series and nvidia are trying to weed these cards out but I say get them while you can, they are great budget build cards.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great board, I got my $20 cheaper cause it was an open box deal, but after I opened it nothing had ever been taken out. Popped this puppy in, plugged everything in, the sata cables were a lifesaver being so long since my new case moved everything around, and off it went. Recognized the processor any my ram instantly, BIOS is just the coolest thing ever, super easy to overclock if you want to. Very happy with this board. Everything is well placed for the most part, nice tight fit for hardware, so it's not coming loose. If you move anything around, like say a GPU, it wont run the drivers at first, but if you restart it'll find it and run the drivers again, kinda neat.
Cons: It is a tad flimsy, has only 6 mounting points, moreso towards the left side of the board, so the side is flimsy. Putting anything in the slots is pretty hard, very tight fit into the slots, was afraid of breaking the board trying to get the ram in. PCIe slots could of been placed better, if I wanted two graphics cards in there I will only be able to use 1 PCIe slot, since the card will cover the other one. Not really a problem for me since I can't afford 2 GPU :(
Other Thoughts: I bought this for my first gaming computer build, I gutted a HP craptop for parts to make this work. Raidmax case, Patriot Viper 3 ram 2(2x4 1866mhz), PNY GTX 550 TI(outdated but works well) AMD Phenom II 830 x4 Had to reinstall windows, wasent very easy since I had to restart it about 7 times to even get the option to to reinstall, guess it's just my lack of understanding.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black/Blue SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Sweet looken case, seems to be built sturdy enough and lots of blue and black. Come with all the hardware to mount your motherboard and other accessories. Has enough room to mount most things in there, has enough to route wires and such decently. Has two intake fans, a 120 mm on the back and a 80mm on the front with a filter, and a exhaust fan on the side. And lets not forget the blue led fans, makes for a epic looking case.
Cons: Case was a tad to thin for my cpu heatsink, had to remove the side exhaust fan and carefully cram the side cover on. But I managed to put the fan on the outside to make use of the exhaust right above the cpu. Installing the CD drive was a bit of a pain since the screws holding the front panel on were in a tight place.
Other Thoughts: I wish it was just one inch wider and was built a little bit more sturdy, but all in all it's a great buy at a great price, can't get any better at this price point.READ FULL REVIEW