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SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100358VXL Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The HD 7770 Vapor X is the elite of the 7770 series. It is also overclocked by the factory. This card runs very cool, and quiet under full load. It handles games extremely well. Any game developed before 2012 the settings will max out, except for rare circumstances. The Card bears two fans and needs only one PCI-E 6 pin connector. This card also is easy on a Power Supply. A simple 500 watt power supply is all that is needed. As for the comparison between this card and the HD 6850, I would recommend this card. This card is cooler, requires less power, and with new drivers and updates it is on par if not better than the HD 6850. It is also silent. As a bonus they threw in a VGA adapter. This is a steal for 125 US dollars.

Cons: The only minor nitpicks are the size, locked voltage, and drivers. The card is somewhat large. Be sure to have a nice control over the cables in your case. The size is not very large, but can pose a problem to smaller cases. The biggest con is the locked voltage. You cannot overclocked the card. This is not a large problem due to the card being overclocked by the manufacturer. The drivers can be confusing to beginners. If you can avoid downloading from the disc. Use the drivers from the website. All in all these are very small flaws.

Other Thoughts: This card is great for beginning system builders. It is cheap, simple, and strong for every modern game. Do not expect this card to be able to display on the maximum resolutions, highest settings on demanding games with 5 monitors going. This card can run eyefinity, and is in the mid end category. This card is exceptional and deserves recognition.

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ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: A motherboard that includes USB 3.0, 8 channel audio, Crossfire ability, UEFI BIOS, Ivy bridge compatibility, onboard HDMI, DVI, and VGA outputs, aftermarket cooling space, SATA 6.0, and being UNDER 150 United States Dollars is a great board for a budget. The UEFI BIOS is a major upgrade from the complicated DOS BIOS. SATA 6.0 that can make use of Solid State Drives. Ivy bridge compatibility. USB 3.0 is a exceptional addition. Great for builds that are standard and on a budget.

Cons: Somewhat picky with Ram, check the manufacturer page for Ram it will save you a headache. Ironically installing the I/O shield was the most difficult part of the build. Razor sharp edges on the shield and the left over aluminum from the output port areas made lining up the ports frustrating. Second PCIe 2.0 slot runs at 4x speed but knew that when purchasing it. Just nit picks really.

Other Thoughts: A 120 USD motherboard with more features than a board worth 250 USD is quite a deal. Strange dimensions but not really a pro or con. The black/second PCIe 2.0 slot is at 4x speed. Which means it will run slower than the Blue/first PCIe 2.0 slot at 16x speed. This Crossfire is primarily designed to take off heat from the first GPU. All in all this board is amazing for the price. Don't be fooled to buy a cheap motherboard with little to no expandability, this board will give you more expandability in the long run.

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Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Simply works 07/28/2012

This review is from: Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap

Pros: Six foot long cord, and velcro strap. Just lock the button to the metal top of the strap and tighten the strap to your wrist, then attach the clip to your chasis and you are static free. The system works and I have this to thank for the extra insurance.

Cons: Just nit picks. The cord and metal top feels slightly cheap and made of low quality materials. Somewhat difficult to swap on to the other wrist in the middle of putting components together.

Other Thoughts: All in all this anti static wrist strap works as advertised. There is no reason to spend more currency on the other "upper level" wrist straps. If you want insurance for your build this is it.

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Display Name: James B.

Date Joined: 06/03/12

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  • First Review: 07/28/12
  • Last Review: 01/01/13
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