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Pros: It's a large screen for the right price (when on sale). It's nice and bright and it gets the job done.
I currently have two 27" monitors and I can definitely say that yes 1" does add quite a bit of difference to a panel.
Cons: A screen of this size can really benefit from having a larger resolution. Suppose the adage of you get what you pay for comes into play here.
I found that the Vivid Pixel feature actually made images look worse. I suggest you keep it off.
Other Thoughts: I ordered two panels and one of them had a blemish in it. It looked like a dead pixel, but turned out it wasn't. Not really sure what it was at it resolved itself after a few days.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: When I bought this card this was the least expensive 7850 available.
The cooler was incredibly easy to remove, just 4 screws in the back.
7870 is an extraordinary card. It lags behind the 7950 a little bit in terms of performance, but that the 7950 is $50+ more dollars. A slight overclock with MSI's afterburner program will put this card on par with the 7950.
Cons: Ugly blue PCB. When not on sale price is the same as other cards.
The packaged software is useless. I tried to use it and it tells me I can't. If you want to overclock this card, or any 7950 for that matter MSI has an excellent program called Afterburner. It's available free and is much better than what HIS gives you. Also I don't recommend overclocking this card unless you have an aftermarket cooler.
I'd only recommend getting this card if
A. This is the cheapest 7870 available and
B. If you plan on adding an after market cooler. Like water cooling.
Other Thoughts: Let's face it. Every single 7870 out there is pretty much identical, except for the cooler. This card is equipped with probably the worst I've ever seen. It's a dingy little aluminum cooler with a 50mm fan and an enormous shroud. Also there's nothing cooling the ram. Currently on Newegg there is a 7870 made by Asus with the excellent Direct Cu II cooler, I definitely recommend you take a look at that before making your decision on a purchase.
But yeah, 7870 is the way to go in terms of sub $300 cards right now.
Other Thoughts: It's a pretty good drive. You don't notice that it takes 2 seconds for Chrome to load until you realize it should take less than 1.
The first time I turned on my computer with my OS loaded on it I was really surprised by how quickly my windows loaded.
I'd recommend one of these to a friend with little hesitation.