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Caleb P.

Caleb P.

Joined on 04/26/03

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And so it is.

XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card PVT80GTHF4
XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card PVT80GTHF4

Pros: My system two days ago: X2 4400+@2.64, 2GB DDR400, GF7600GTPCI-E. My 3DMark06 score was 3406. It jumped to 7837 upon installing the 8800GTS. Then, on stock cooling I over-clocked to 615/1000 and my score is now 8267.

Cons: It is big. I had to move my hardrives around to fit this in. I hear it eats a lot of power, but my Thermaltake Silent Pure-Power 480w is doing just fine, even with overclocking the card.

Overall Review: Every game runs great, but Oblivion still has the audacity to yield low frames when I force 4xAA, 16xAF and have every in-game settings on maximum and at 1600x1200. But only when surrounded by grass, foliage and trees does it go as low as 18fps.

Great.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

Pros: It's RAM. It's fast. It's fairly beautiful. Love the heatsink.

Cons: What cons? It handles the demands of every game out there, and does it without effort.

Overall Review: 16GB is a LOT. No matter what application or game I've been running, coming back to tesktop is immediate, and everything runs swift and easy as if I had just rebooted. Oh! I love having more than sufficient resources!

10/11/2013

AMD... good cards, it seems.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost 100351SR
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card OC with Boost 100351SR

Pros: With the exception of Crysis 3, I can max out every game at my native res of 1920x1200, with AA and AF, and run at anywhere between 50-100fps. Now, don't get me wrong. I can absolutely play Crysis 3, at one notch short of maximum, and still have Anti-Aliasing, and get 40-60fps. This is more than reasonable given that we're talking about Crysis. Maximum is always reserved for future machines anyway. That's just Crytek's design philosophy. And naturally, the game looks mind-blowing amazing. :) In my PC, this Sapphire card reaches a stable overclock of 1100Mhz GPU and 1575 Memory... right out of the box. No aftermarket cooling. Then again, I do have a Cooler Master HAF-X case, so it's pretty breezy in there. But still. You shouldn't have trouble hitting some decent OCs.

Cons: This card literally has none.

Overall Review: I've been a nVidia owner since forever. Had a 4MB Rivia 128, a TNT 2 32MB, GeForce 2 MX 64MB, GeForce 4 Ti 4200 128MB, the 5500, which I kept for all of 2 days before going for the more expensive 6600, which was amazing! Then I was waiting for the 8800 series, and bought the 512MB GTS, which was switched out for the GTX 768 a short bit later. AMD X2 @2.6Ghz 4GB DDR 8800GTX 768MB That's what I've been running for... 6 years now. As dedicated as I was to nVidia, my favor for AMD CPUs held an identical lust. Until last week. When I broke with both of those brands. Case: Cooler Master HAF X Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77 CPU: i5 3570k @ 4.6Ghz) Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Ripjaw, DDR3 1600 Graphics: Sapphire Radeon 7970 3GB System Drive: Samsung 840 Evo 250GB SSD Additional Drives: 2TB WD Black, 360GB Seagate. Liquid Cooling: Corsair H100 Power Supply: Corsair HX750 Windows 7 - SP1 That's the system I've built, and at the heart of it is this graphics card. I could not be happier. Assuming your card is not defective, I can promise you, this gal will not disappoint.

10/11/2013

Quite satisfied

Corsair Certified CWCH100 Hydro Series H100 CWCH100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair Certified CWCH100 Hydro Series H100 CWCH100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: Seemed absolutely new when I got it. Nothing damaged or leaking. Quiet as a good-natured ghost. Overclocked my i5 3570K to 4.6Ghz. Under load it only hits round 60c. Could maybe... just maybe get her to 4.7Ghz if I raised the voltage more, but 1.27v is quite a lot already. Temperature-wise, it could obviously handle it. I'm just not so sure the chip could take the current.

Cons: Right now, none. I'm very impressed with my first outing into liquid cooling.

Overall Review: Will absolutely go Corsair again for my next adventure with this type of cooling.

A beast of a chassis!

Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports
Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0 Ports

Pros: Incredibly well made with a few minor exceptions. Every bit as roomy as you hear. Quiet as a mouse. Brilliant design, with the rare foresight that components will actually go inside. Own a massive graphics card? Not to worry. There is nothing that card will keep you from. Have liquid cooling with a crazy radiator? You're safe with this tower. The front panel is especially nice and sturdy. Two USB 3.0, HD audio, eSATA... very nice indeed. The two front storage bays are possibly my favorite thing about the case. I use them for SSDs, and they just slide in and out with ease. Love it.

Cons: The worst part about the case is the side panels. While the thumb screws are splendid, the panels do not fit back into place with any precision. You will have to wrestle them to an orientation where the screw-holes will line back up. This can be quite difficult at times. With a little further engineering this process could have been much easier. The internal hard drive bays are a little cheep and finicky. Nothing too terrible, but I foresee some hassle here.

Overall Review: I've got a Radeon 7970 graphics card and a Corsair H100 liquid cooler for the CPU. Both these things are rather enormous. They fit inside here without any trouble, and without being in the way of anything. Cooler Master even goes so far as to give you a brace for such a heavy GPU, which I use gladly.

Glorious to behold.

Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" Full HD 1920 x 1200 60Hz 8ms DisplayPort VGA DVI-D 4xUSB 2.0 Pivot Swivel Height Adjustable LED Backlit IPS Widescreen LCD Monitor
Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" Full HD 1920 x 1200 60Hz 8ms DisplayPort VGA DVI-D 4xUSB 2.0 Pivot Swivel Height Adjustable LED Backlit IPS Widescreen LCD Monitor

Pros: Simply stunning image. Clear and bright and happy to impress. The easiest setup I could imagine. Just snap the stand plate into the back of the monitor. It slides right in and you're off. Windows recognized her right away. No troubles finding new drivers either. Came with no dead pixels. A perfect screen.

Cons: It's been said, and it's sadly true, the portrait angle is awkward and brushes the bottom of the stand if it's not tilted upward. Other than that... none. None at all.

Overall Review: This is the finest monitor I've ever owned.