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Russell M.

Russell M.

Joined on 11/10/08

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing value!

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283-2L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283-2L

Pros: Very low power usage, very low noise, very low temperatures (mine's idling at 37C, ran Furmark for 3 hours, max temp was 72C). It benchmarks just below an HD4870, but when you crossfire them, they benchmark just ABOVE an HD5870. 'nuff said.

Cons: None. Zero. It does exactly what I want, and I'll be ordering another one in two days.

Overall Review: As I've stated before, this will benchmark JUST BELOW an HD4870, but has way lower power usage, temps, and noise. Since it has better scaling than the 4870, two in crossfire BEAT two 4870s in crossfire. Buy two! They're a steal with free shipping and at this price. This thing absolutely smokes the 3870x2 it replaced.

Most Critical Review

Waste of Money.

NZXT ZERO 2 Crafted Series CS-NT-ZERO-2 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
NZXT ZERO 2 Crafted Series CS-NT-ZERO-2 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Potentially good airflow, looks nice.

Cons: Cable management= none. No included fans for the side panel or top panel. Had trouble getting a GTX 260 Core 216 in there, had to twist it before I put it in the PCIe slot to get it to fit.

Overall Review: Buy the Zero 1 if you must have something like this case. It includes the fans.

A great case

BitFenix Shinobi Window White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
BitFenix Shinobi Window White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: As of 10:30 tonight I have had my computer up and running in this case. So far the pictures do not do the case justice. The powder coat looks amazing and the white really stands out. Air flow is pretty good as long as you have the right fans.

Cons: The Corsair h60 has extra long screws for the radiator/fan assembly, and the backs of those screws will deform the back of the side panel door. The only way to avoid this is to acquire some normal-backed screws, or cut a "V" in the back of the case.

Overall Review: I subtracted an egg for the Corsair issue. With as popular as those pre-sealed liquid coolers are with their target demographic (enthusiasts), it does not make sense to keep a flaw such as this. Also, if the HDD rack would be a bit better if it was rotated to the side, so that you could have a longer graphics card, as well as HDDs.

Actually a PC P&C Silencer

XFX XXX Edition P1-650X-CAG9 650 W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
XFX XXX Edition P1-650X-CAG9 650 W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Excellent PSU, it's really a PC Power And Cooling!

Cons: The cables are a little stiff, that's all.

Overall Review: This PSU is actually a PC Power And Cooling Silencer 650W, so you KNOW this thing is quality. It also has tons of connections for GPUs that require two power pins, although I wouldn't really recommend running dual two-plug GPUs on a 650W. But you could.

Just let windows 7 find the drivers...

Linksys Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter with Dual-Band (WMP600N)
Linksys Wireless-N300 PCI Adapter with Dual-Band (WMP600N)

Pros: Good signal (to the reviewer below, maybe there's something interfering with the signal.), decent speeds, works with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Cons: Installation CD was pure garbage, don't even bother putting it in if you're on Windows 7. I'd say just pop the card in and get the drivers yourself.

Overall Review: I currently own two of these, the AdHoc functionality is great for when we do little LANs here. 2 pings for 4 computers, all playing Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance. Whoot!

Incredible Price/Performance

XFX Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-577A-ZNFC
XFX Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-577A-ZNFC

Pros: Very small card, fits inside my girlfriend's case (GMC Toast). Runs very cool even under high loads, benchmarks similar to a 4870, but with added DX11. At 1600x900, was able to max out MW2 and get 50+ fps, with occasional dips when there's a lot of smoke and/or baddies on screen.

Cons: Fan is a bit noisy on 100%, but that's not really a con. I'd like to see the price go lower, but for the price it is now it's a great purchase.

Overall Review: Anyone considering this card might want to look at XFX's other cooler style (Fan Shroud) as opposed to this one (Batmobile), as the fan shroud apparently gets better temps and lower noise.