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Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p (59390909) Intel Core i5 4200M(2.5GHz) 6GB Memory 1TB + 8GB SSHD Hybrid Drive 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: *Huge 1080p capable screen
*2 750m Nvidia cards with SLI
*USB 3.0
*Cheapest laptop with these specs- period.

Ok I got this laptop for under $900 off of a NewEgg special. The Y510p is better than the Y410p because the 410 does not actually support Ultrabay which makes future SLI options non-existent. The computer has a non-gaming battery life of about 4 hours and a gaming life of 2 and some change depending on your brightness settings.

Cons: Mouse pad is a little to far to the left which makes ----*WASD gaming sometimes trigger the mousepad to do weird things.
*5600 rpm hard drive is not acceptable for an OS.
*Requires a fresh install of windows 8 to have a good experience.

Other Thoughts: This laptop comes loaded with bloatware and Lenovo apps that are unnecessary and slow down the natural Windows 8 experience. The first thing you should do with this is get a new hard drive that is preferably SSD but at least 7200RPM and install a clean Windows 8 OS. I ordered a 256gb SSD with the laptop and had no issues installing a fresh copy on it and running smoothly. Second, Windows 8.1 will disable SLI for some reason. So do not install 8.1 if you value this feature. I was unable to get Nvidia to recognize the second graphics card until I reverted back to Windows 8. After everything was fine tuned this laptop is able to run everything on 1080p with high or ultra settings. Everything being Black Ops 2, Resident Evil 6 and SWTOR. I have not tested much else. Boot time with an SSD is about 4 seconds but that is normal. Remember to manually enable SLI in the Nvidia control panel as it is by default disabled.

PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPP Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-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: Fast and smooth performance
Easy overclocking interface
Fits well in a midtower setup
Included a stand to support the weight

Using this card and a z75 board with Ivy bridge i5 and 16gb of ram I run 80fps in Tera with all settings maxed. SWTOR is 90fps on max. Crysis maxes at 320fps with an average of 72fps. Skyrim with the HD texture pack runs slightly choppy at max settings with a low of 24fps.

Cons: Powercolor's website has bad links to get updated drivers. Tried more than 1 computer and the links are just bad. Really disappointed because I did not have an optical drive and I had to rip the disk to an external drive using someone else's computer.

FYI you can download Steam and it will update the driver to the latest available version.

Other Thoughts: The hardware and bundled software is perfect and this card is a great value. The card is always cool even under loads for hours in my Coolermaster Elite with 5 fans and a stock cpu fan.

ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good for boards without on board audio 10/13/2012

This review is from: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: Easy to install the card and drivers
Decent sound to headphones
7.1 emulation and amplifier on headphones is nice

Cons: 7.1 emulation on the headphones isn't perfect. Hard to explain but the sound is somewhat distorted. I have tested this with both Bose headphones and Aviators.

Other Thoughts: Best to add to boards with bad or missing sound integration. I went with this card over the more expensive ones because of the built in headphone amp. The amp does work and improve headphone sound but the card overall is just slightly better than onboard sound.

I use an Asrock z75 pro motherboard.


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Display Name: Vernon P.

Date Joined: 03/15/12

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  • First Review: 03/27/12
  • Last Review: 11/08/13
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