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GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-2GD GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 3X 450W Video Card
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Pros: Solid, no real major pluses. It runs fairly quiet and uses less power at idle than my old 5870. No muss, no fuss, just the perf needed for gaming at 1080p.

Cons: The width of the card. It is about 17% wider than it needs to be...see other thoughts...

Other Thoughts: The length is fine, almost identical to my reference 5870 at around 11.25". So if you can already put a known big video card in your case you're fine length-wise.

However, it has the absurd protrusion that says "WINDFORCE" adding 5/8" to the width. That doesn't sound like much but cases are almost always strapped for width. There is no point for this thin piece of plastic that markets not the company but the marketing name for the card. "Windforce" means nothing and it's a waste of space and plastic. So, I must remove my side case fan, a functional piece of plastic and metal, for a piece of marketing guano that no one will ever see anyway because it's sitting face down in a computer case.

I was going to give this card 4 eggs, given that is it solid for the price but isn't going to blow anyone away given the fact that it's just an overclocked two year old GTX 680. But, this piece of truly worthless piece of marketing is forcing me to dock an egg. Usually I wouldn't be so punitive about this, but it just irks me that companies do this and makes me reconsider Gigabyte for my GPU purchases. Seriously, don't make card that's 16.67% wider for NO GOOD REASON, GIGABYTE.

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KINGWIN Lazer Platinum Series LZP-550 550W ATX 12V v2.2 / EPS 12V v2.91 / SSI EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Solid Construction: Nice and heavy, what you'd expect from a nicer power supply.

Efficiency: It's an 80+ Platinum, you're getting 90%+ efficiency out of this unit. I personally used a Kill-a-Watt to measure old supply vs. this new one and got a solid 18% wattage reduction at low, medium, and high load on my system. Idle went from 123 to 100, medium load from 204 to 167, and heavy load from 330 to 270. Though those we're scientific measurements so your mileage may vary a bit.

Overall, though, I'm very pleased with it.

Cons: Long enclosure with large modular connectors:

I have a blowhole fan in the middle of the top of my case. With the length of the supply and how large the modular connectors are at the back of the unit I can't use the top row of 3 receptacles. It's not a problem for me, I'm only using 2 anyway, but it could be a problem for others.

Other Thoughts: There have been a couple of complaints I'd like to comment on...

The hardwired cables are what you're going to need in most modern systems: a 20+4 motherboard connector, a 4+4 CPU connector, and 2 PCI-E connectors. I needed all of them and the only thing you might not need are the PCI-E connectors, but if you're dropping this kind of money on a supply you probably have a GPU that needs it.

The modular connectors to the power supply are pretty easy to get in and somewhat difficult to get out. You're not going to be taking cables out very often and you want a solid connection. So, it seems to me, that it's perfectly reasonable.

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