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EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-3978-KR 4GB FTW+ GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling w/ Free Installed Backplate Graphics Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I've had this card for about 2 weeks, and it'll run just about anything I throw at it at least holding above 40fps under the heaviest loads. It's just barely small enough to fit in a mid tower case, and it has the ability to stay very cool. People say it only has 3.5 gigs of memory but I'm seeing memory usage past 3.5 gigs using precision x. Card is very well built, the backing plate is a thick 1/8th steel plate, so it's not gonna warp or whatnot. People have complained about the drivers for these cards, but I've bought and used 4 various GTX cards and never had a problem, just do a custom download, and only install the drivers, and physic driver, stay away from the Nvidia Experience thing, it breaks the driver. But so far it's worth every penny of what I paid for it.

Cons: Thick card, heavy, and you could cook an egg on the backing plate if you let the card run on it's own temp range. It wants to run at 80 degrees C, which is way to hot in my opinion, so get a program like Precision X and it'll hold the temps around 65 C under full load. Doesn't have any coil whine, but when using Precision X to keep the temps down, under full load it does sound like a jet engine. But at least it's keeping cool, so I don't care how loud it gets, especially when you can feel the amount of air it's pushing(which is quite a lot).

Other Thoughts: I got this card to play Fallout 4 when it comes out, needed an upgrade over my GTX 760 and this was the most cost effective upgrade. As powerful as it is, it still wont help Castle Wolfenstine: The old blood as much as you'd expect, appears that game is terribly optimized. Bit of a disappointment, but it still makes it look alot better than the 760 did.

If you do have a mid tower case, it'll be a bit of a trick to fit it in, but it will fit, if you're SLI'ing it right next to another card, I'd pick a different one, the backing plate makes it a bit too thick and the fact that the plate gets so hot it might cause you problems. And make sure you have exhaust fans, the amount of air this thing will push, it'll build a lot of pressure in your case, or just leave the side off like I do.

PNY GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST DirectX 11 VCGGTX650TBQXPB-OC 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

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.

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

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.


Ethan H.'s Profile

Display Name: Ethan H.

Date Joined: 10/14/13

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 11/05/13
  • Last Review: 10/05/15
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