Joined on 05/14/06
Awesome Graphics Card, Tremendous Value
Pros: Very fast GPU Good size for R9 290 Great cooling system Best value available today
Cons: Older technology Small for R9 290, but still huge
Overall Review: This is by far the best value graphics card as of August 2015. $229 with a $20 rebate. If you pay with Visa Checkout, there is a promo code right now $25 off. That's $205 for a R9 290! With the latest drivers, you get close to GTX 970 performance and completely destroy the GTX 960, which is $20-$30 more for the 4GB version. That is tremendous value. Here's my rig: CPU - FX-6300 Video - Powercolor R9 290 Memory - 16GB DDR3 G-Skillz Motherboard - Gigabyte 990FX UD3 Hard Drive - 480GB SSD OCZ and 2TB WD Blue I am able to game at 1080P with most settings maxed out in current games: Witcher 3 - Ultra Settings - 55-60 FPS GTA V - All settings on Very High - 55-60 FPS Mortal Kombat X - Max Settings - 60+ FPS Batman Arkham Knight - All settings on High - 55-60 FPS Trust me, I did the research for you. If you want the best value, buy this card, it's a beast. Also, as always, Newegg is the best.
It's not Silent!!!!!
Pros: Good airflow Blue LED is nice
Cons: It sounds like a jet engine
Overall Review: I'm using it as an intake fan on the bottom of the case. I know that intake can be a little louder. I saw 19db as the spec, so I thought I would give it a try. I turned it on and I thought something was wrong. I happen to have a sound meter and measured this thing at 45db. That's more then twice what Cooler Master is advertising. It's $5 after the rebate, so not worth the RMA efforts, but I'm thoroughly disappointed. I used Cooler Master for everything, and this is my first bad experience.
Good solid case
Pros: Very solid build Good cable management Very roomy Nice look
Cons: Front panel won't stay on, come loose on top left Almost too big for mid tower Seems to be below average for air circulation
Overall Review: I do like the case. Been building PCs for 22 years and this was the cleanest build I've ever done because of the cable management. Sometimes you do have to sacrifice on the size for cable management, but this case is bigger then it looks in pictures. It's a little weird that Thermaltake didn't make it possible to put a 2nd intake fan on the front. My biggest complaint is the front panel. It comes off easily, but now it won't go back on correctly. It's loose at the top left and over time, it keeps coming off. Thinking about an RMA, or just taking some time and break out the tools to fix. Overall, good value case that has a premium feel.
Great video card
Pros: Cheap Perfect for entry-level gaming Small
Cons: Already at it's limits
Overall Review: System: Phenom II X4 965 8GB DDR2 Ram 120GB SSD 500GB SATA Using this PC as second system in office downstairs. Mostly for internet browsing and for the kids to play some basic online games. However, I installed my Steam account and tried out a few games and I was pleasantly surprised. GTA V = 1080P, 40-50 FPS Mortal Kombat X = 900P, 30-40 FPS Batman Arkham Knight = 900P, 30-40 FPS Battlefield 4 = 1080P, 40-50 FPS All at medium to high settings and very playable. If I drop settings or resolutions slightly, I can achieve 60 FPS. Not bad for a $60 card (after rebate). Very happy with it. I am now eyeing the Powercolor R9 380.....
Pros: Has the most features for this price point. IEEE 1394, optical out, eSATA, and HDMI. Build quality is excellent, as is expected with Asus. Paired it with a Phenom 8750, 4GB G.Skill, and a 9800GT. 5.9 across the board in Vista and 35.5 FPS in Crysis on high settings. I'm extremely satisfied.
Overall Review: Great board for a budget HD or gaming rig.