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COUGAR CF-V12HB Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan (Black)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quiet. High air flow. Quality product.
Easy install as a side fan in an Antec 900 case.
Quietest fan in the case.

Cons: Price.

Other Thoughts: Should replace all the fans in the Antec 900 with this one, but then they would cost almost as much as the case.
Would by again.

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MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Massive performance increase from HD 5850 to GTX 970: 3,010 to 11,449 3DMark Firestrike. That’s 3.8X! Frame rates improved from 15 to 60 FPS in 3DMark.
Improved visuals: crisper text, better contrast.
Takes advantage of the latest drivers and features.
Silent operation - cannot hear it over the Antec 900 case fans.
No coil whine.
Cool: idles at 27c, games at 41c.
Easy installation – just plug in and install the software.
Nice control software: MIS Afterburner, Gaming App.
Easy access three operational modes: OC, Gaming, Silent. Silent is only 5% slower than OC in 3DMark.
Lower power usage.
Packaged and presented like a quality product – nice job MSI.

Cons: In a tower case the unsupported end of the card sags down - rectified with a daisy chain of cable ties.

Other Thoughts: I build my system in 2008 with a GA-X38 motherboard, a Q9650 @ 3.75GHz and a XFX HD5850 Black Edition. Playing mainly EVE, it has served me well, but with XMAS approaching I told my wife that I have enough sox and want a real present. Hence a new video card – but which one???

Having been a Radeon user since the 3870x2, and having the XFX HD 5850 serve me faultlessly, I naturally was inclined to get another AMD. But since a high-end card can easily last 5 years, I decided to explore the options….

First stop: Tom's hardware Best Graphics Card For The Money reviews. Wanting a high-end/enthusiast card, I was inclined to go with R9 280x/290/290x or the GTX 970. Before the prices started dropping I thought I would get the 280x but during Black Friday week I saw the 290X drop to ~ $300. So this is where I was heading. But …

I spend a lot of time reading Newegg’s user reviews and to my disappointment I found that the ratings on the Radeon cards were between 20-30 satisfaction points lower than those of the GTX. Even if I bought the XFX Radeon card with its lifetime warranty, I didn’t want to go through the hassle of returns. So the GTX 970 was the one.

So, Black Friday comes and all the Radeon cards are discounted but the GTX 970’s are off the discount grid. I thought I would wait out Black Friday to Cyber Monday for a deal – but no change. In the end I paid the higher price for this MIS Gaming model because of the better feedback, sophisticated heat sink and expected better quality.

The thing is, I am an AMD share holder and need their stock which is at a rock bottom $2.50 share price to go up, so I really wanted to buy an AMD card. But, as a consumer, to me, price/performance is only the deciding factor when the quality is comparable. But, based on Newegg’s customer reviews it isn’t. AMD are you reading this?

In conclusion: Great card – well worth the extra cost.

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SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast, quiet, cool.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This SSD brought a new lease of life to my HP Pavilion DV7 laptop that originally had a 7200 RPM 1TB HDD. It’s noticeably faster in boot & access & quieter. Acronis image copied the HDD to this SDD & still had 90GB to spare. Highly recommended upgrade for a laptop.

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Display Name: Paul S.

Date Joined: 04/20/04

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 10/06/08
  • Last Review: 12/13/14
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