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Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W BX80623I52500 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Have had this in my machine for over 3 years now and still running strong.
It runs at a decent enough speed with the capacity for OC.
Have not had any problems with it. I have hosted up to 6 VM's on my machine at a time, use for programming and gaming without any issues.

Cons: Factory fan but easy enough to replace.

Other Thoughts: Excellent CPU. Have not had one issue with it in the 3+ years of use.
Would recommend 100%

HAF 932 tower
750W Roswill PSU
i5-2500 CPU
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P mobo
16GB G.Skill Ares RAM
R9 390 GPU
2x 240GB Samsung 850 SSD
2x 1TB WD Black HD

GIGABYTE Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 GV-R939G1 GAMING-8GD 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready ATX Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This card is a beast; it handles with ease anything I can throw at it.
I turn up all my settings when gaming and see 200 to 300 FPS on CS:GO, average 59 FPS on Batman Arkham Knight.
I suppose it is a good thing the card can handle heat well although I try to keep it around 40C.
Good amount of ports.

Cons: Must switch fan from automatic to manual in OC Guru in order for it to turn on and even then sometimes it still does not kick in until I go back in there and make an adjustment which is annoying.
Loud. I upgraded from an MSI GTX 560 Ti which I could not hear running; this R9 is the loudest component to my system.

Other Thoughts: I keep seeing people saying that they have problems with the card turning on but the only issue I seem to have with the power is when my cat steps on the power button, usually while I am gaming.
After reading about this card I uninstalled the Geforce drivers from my old card and installed the correct drivers for this one and the only issue I have had has been with the fan not kicking on when it is suppose to.
Idles around 40C.
I regret not saving and waiting for the 980Ti.
It is a decent card but...I am not sure if I would go beyond decent.

Haf 932 tower
i5-2500 @3.3Ghz cpu
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 mobo
R9-390 GPU
G.Skill Ares series 16GB ram
Rosewill 750 Watt PSU
2x Samsung 850 EVO SSD
2x WD Black 1TB

GIGABYTE Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 GV-R939G1 GAMING-8GD 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready ATX Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This card is fast and has been able to handle everything I have thrown at it.
It is easy to OC if you are into that kind of thing, personally I have no intention of using this feature.
Can handle 3D (Can't wait to try it with Oculus Rift).
Plenty of ports.
I play games sometimes and having all settings maxed out I am able to see FPS rates of about 200 to about 300 while playing CS:GO, average 59 FPS in Batman Arkham Knight.
It is nice that it can handle heat well although I try to avoid my system getting that high.

Cons: Fan is loud, the loudest component in my system and does not always kick on when needed.
Not sure about other people but the fan would not kick on for me until I switched it from automatic to manual in the OC Guru settings but even still, there are times I notice the fan will not turn on until I go back into the settings to make adjustments.

Other Thoughts: Temperature seems to stay around 40C when idle; I have seen it go up around 55 before I changed the settings in OC Guru.
I bought because I plan on upgrading my system soon and thought I would begin with the graphics card since upgrading to Skylake would require new RAM as well as the CPU and mobo but I regret not waiting a little longer to save up and going with the GeForce 980Ti. It is a nice card overall, don't get my wrong and it seems decent enough for those on a budget.

Cooler Master HAF 932 tower
I5-2500 @ 3.3Ghz
G.Skill Ares 16GB DDR3 1866
Gigabyte Radeon R9 390


Adriano N.'s Profile

Display Name: Adriano N.

Date Joined: 07/10/12

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 12/15/12
  • Last Review: 11/19/15
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