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BIOSTAR TA970 Ver. 5.3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've owned two of these motherboards for quite awhile, and I have had ZERO issues with either. I mean, absolutely none. I'd buy a third if I needed another Socket AM3+ system without the slightest hesitation.

Cons: Honestly can't think of any outright cons. I suppose I'd say that this board probably isn't the ideal candidate to overclock a 125W FX processor, although I'm sure a few people have done just that quite successfully. I'm just not that adventurous. I mean, let's keep in mind these aren't selling for $125.00, or even half that amount.

Other Thoughts: System #1: FX-6300 and 2 X 4Gb DDR3-1866. "Up" time of over 2-1/2 years.
System #2: FX-8370e and 2 X 8Gb DDR3-1866. "Up" time of about 1 year. Pretty sweet platform.

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PowerColor Radeon R9 270 DirectX 11.2 AXR9 270 2GBD5-DHV2/OC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Here is an opportunity for those who might be looking at something like the 750Ti or GTX 950. It will absolutely out-perform the former for the same price, and pretty much match the latter for much less. (Although you will need a solid 500W or greater PSU.) It also compares more than favorably with the R7 370, having 1280 stream processors vs. the 370's 1024. The card is quiet, and rather compact at just 8-3/8" long. Clocks are as advertised at 955MHz core, 5600MHz (effective) memory.

Cons: My particular package did not include the DVI-to-Analog dongle, but I really didn't need it and I already have several anyway. The included disc has the Catalyst 13.10 driver, which is ancient, but will work in a pinch. Not deducting any eggs for these very minor issues.

Other Thoughts: Card is un-branded with any PowerColor identification or logo, and along with the plain-Jane packaging, I'm guessing this was intended for OEM use. It does come with a valid serial number should you require it. If you're assembling or upgrading a system with 1080 gaming in mind, and aren't sitting atop a mountain of money, you should give this one a close look.

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XFX TS Series P1-650G-TS3X 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Power-wise, this unit is fine. Voltages, measured with a VTVM, are great at idle and under load. Fan on my particular unit is very quiet, even under heavy use.

Cons: The 24-pin cable on my unit has some pretty pronounced "twists" along it's length that makes routing it neatly a bit challenging. Also, all the SATA cables on my unit are flipped, so that the natural path of the cable to the drive bays causes the orientation of the power connector to be upside down. The obvious work-around is to mount the drives upside down. However, the optical drives are another matter, and called for a bit more creative solution. Hopefully, this little shortcoming won't be present in your particular PSU. Minus one egg in any case.

Other Thoughts: I'm not generally too focused on aesthetics, but I'd recommend that XFX dial-back plastering "TS" all over the PSU.

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Date Joined: 11/03/05

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  • First Review: 04/16/17
  • Last Review: 04/16/17
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