Date Joined: 08/02/04
Pros: When it works the card is amazingly fast, and incredibly affordable.
When it Works...
Cons: I'm on my 2nd RMA with this things. On my first it never worked at all. On my second it would not boot into games at stock overclocks (900/4800) I had to downclock it for it to work. On my THIRD card (which I have currently) I received it back and it had the loudest coil whine you could possibly imagine, but otherwise worked fantastically. After two weeks however, it will only boot into windows and any to boot into games results a grey screen of death. I'm at my wits end, as I've honestly spent more time RMAing this card than using it. At this point I don't know if I even want to bother RMAing it. I just want something that works.
Overall Review: Seriously MSI is usually an amazing company, I've gotten some great things from them. But three bunk cards in a row is too much for even me. I know there are flukes in this world, but take my advice, if you can get your hand on anything but the TFIII version of this card take it. There is obviously something very, very, wrong with this batch of cards, because apparently the odds of these things failing are very, very, high. Take a TF IV model if you can instead.
P.S. I'd love to have a rep get in touch with me about this on the site. I know I'm going to have to RMA it again anyway, but if there is any chance you could, y'know, get me out of this TFIII 7850 nightmare loophole I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm not too keen on spending another 3 weeks without a functioning computer.
Pros: Beautiful case. Ton's of interior room for a tweener Mid-Tower. Power supply mounts on the bottom (giving you plenty of after market Heatsink options), cables can be run through the rear of the case to hide the nonsense, and fan's are reasonably silent considering how large they are.
The design is certainly an eye opener as well.
The material itself is surprisingly light.
Cons: -No way to snap rear panels back on after removing them.
-Open space on the rear of the motherboard tray is not big enough to add heat sink mounts (or do much of anything with really)
-Plastic clips on the side of the hard drive tray are pretty fragile. I've lost two removing it.
Overall Review: The Con's are one egg deductable worthy unfortunately (mostly because they seem to be things that could be easily fixed), but overall I love this case and it's look and highly recommend it to anyone building a new rig, and want elegance without having to pay a premium.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 c3
XFX 1 GB 4890
Thermaltake Element S- Mid Tower
Western Digital 750GB Black Edition 7200RPM
Windows XP Professional
*Quick note, this case will fit a 5870 (and likely a 5970) if. and only if, you remove the HDD tray, (None of which is Thermaltakes fault so don't take it out on them).
Space for a video card really should be considered by New Egg in the product specifications. Till then it's up to us to inform the general buying public if it's a lost cause with a case if you own any of the new 11.5 inch cards or above.
Pros: Really, really good ram. Stable, reliable, Overclock's really well with fancy pants heat sinks to boot.
Cons: Lemme clarify something to the lot of you for deducting eggs on these sticks because your motherboard defaults the ram to 1333 timings and the wrong voltage. That is your motherboard doing it, not the ram.
I have yet to see an instance (other than an acceptable level of defective sticks) with this product where setting it to it's proper voltage and timings has failed to bring about the desired speed, so please people stop deducting eggs for this.
Overall Review: Windows XP Pro, 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series SDRAM DDR3 1600, AMD Phenom II X4 965 C3 stepping OC'd to 3.8 Ghz, MSI 790FX-GD70, XFX 1GB 4890, and a Thermaltake Element S means good times all around.
Pros: Absolutely amazing piece of budget hardware. She shipped out nice and clean, no dead pixels, and a fantastic picture (after some manual adjustments). Looks good both DVI and standard connections.
Cons: As mentioned, speakers are pretty awful, but if you're buying a monitor for the speakers, I suggest you differ to a more knowledgeable friend for your tech needs. Picture does take some manual adjustments to get perfect, but this is a $159 dollar 22 inch High Res monitor, I think for that price we can forgive poor navigation menus and speakers.
Overall Review: For the price its pretty unbeatable. My old gaming CRT was failing me and I finally bit the bullet on choosing a monitor after much procrastination.
The answer after a few weeks of use is, yes, it can compete with the big boys. If your on a budget, but don't want to feel like you are, you really can't go wrong with this puppy.