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PNY GeForce GTX 1060 DirectX 12 VCGGTX10606PB 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Quiet and cool
-Lowest priced 1060 out there
-Overclocks to match the highest priced 1060's on the market

Cons: -Not a 1070 or 1080 ...
-That's reaching, though. I don't have a single complaint.

Other Thoughts: This is a bare bones card, no frills, no lighting gimmicks, no water cooling vapor chambers ... you don't need it for the GPU on these cards anyway. It OC's to compete with the best 1060's on the market, but for a lower cost. If you wants lights / colors ... add them yourself. :)
Now, I only game in 1080p, as that's my monitor's native res, but I'm gaming at 144hz. And my system still rocks that great i5 of old, the 2500k. With that in mind, I still regularly hit 70-80 fps in BF1 on Med / High settings. Any older games, like Shadow of Mordor, L4D2, CS:Go -- those games hit over 100 fps. This card is all you'll need at 1080p.

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VANTEC UGT-CR513-BK All-in-one USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Memory Card Reader/Writer
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Got it to replace an old reader that finally started dying after 3 or 4 years. Hopefully, this one will last just as long. It's a lot thinner and lighter, so easy to carry but also easy to knock off a desk, if you've got it lying there.

Cons: Not many.

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GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-2807 (rev. 1.0) 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Black Mini-PC Barebone
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Low cost, low power, high performer. Runs Win7 and XBMC perfectly, pumps out video at 1080 without a hitch. Wouldn't recommend high-end gaming on it, but other versions might have even better graphics ... I haven't looked. Haven't needed them for what I want.

Cons: No optical drive. Makes installing the OS a bit tricky.

Other Thoughts: What a phenomenally good purchase this was for me. My ageing full-tower media pc (XBMC) was just getting slower and slower, and burning up $30/month or more in electricity costs. This little Brix devil outperforms the older system, processes video faster, and is totally silent ... all for less than the price of a few cups of coffee a month in electricity.

The lack of an optical drive is only an issue for me, in that I can't play DVD / Blu-Ray right from the machine, but then I rip most of my media before access anyway. I put a 128 Gig SSD in the box and have a 2TB HDD external, and no slowness on access. I'm thinking of getting another one and building my own NAS with a reliable external multi-disk enclosure.

HEADS UP: when installing an OS from a boot USB disk, make sure you set the BIOS correctly to boot from USB. It didn't come setup by default, and there was some tweaking I had to do ... can't remember what ... but use Google to search for it, it wasn't difficult.

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Jon E.'s Profile

Display Name: Jon E.

Date Joined: 04/15/05

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 06/05/09
  • Last Review: 11/17/16
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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