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Miles P.

Miles P.

Joined on 07/31/11

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent performance GPU on a budget

MSI GeForce GTX 750Ti GAMING 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card N750Ti TF 2GD5/OC
MSI GeForce GTX 750Ti GAMING 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card N750Ti TF 2GD5/OC

Pros: This card turned out even better than expected. I've always been happy with MSI's Twin Frozr cards in the past, and this was no exception. Staying quite cool even under load. The slight factory overclock was nice, as I generally prefer not to OC my GPU's myself. Really good performance for a card that doesn't require any additional power beyond that pulled by the PCI-E 16 slot. Additionally, the card is really quiet under load. The front 120mm fan on the case drowns out the sound of the video card. Shipping was very fast, got here the day after I ordered it.

Cons: Didn't come with freeze-dried Weinerschnitzl.

Overall Review: Spectacular price factoring in the $25 rebate. For those looking to run a 3 monitor display I would not recommend this card as it only has 2 digital out lines, leaving the third on analog. Though those running 3 monitor displays probably aren't going to be piddling around with a 750ti in any case... On the other hand, having the DVI, HDMI, and D-SUB outputs means that if you're gifting it to someone it's pretty much guaranteed to work with whatever they go to plug into it.

Most Critical Review

2 in 1, well, almost

AMD Gift - FARCRY3 / MOH 2-in-1 Game Coupon
AMD Gift - FARCRY3 / MOH 2-in-1 Game Coupon

Pros: Farcry 3 is a fun game, enjoying it so far.

Cons: It's not actually 2 in 1, it's 1 (Farcry) with a measly 20% off discount for Medal of Honor. So calling it a 2 in 1 is highly deceptive. Also, uPlay is garbage, my initial reading led me to believe that the game could be redeemed through uplay or steam, but in reality it's that the MoH discount was redeemable through steam.

Overall Review: If it was through Steam, and actually 2-in-1 rather than 1.2-in-1, I'd've rated it 5 stars. Also, annoyingly, the current offer is $10 lower for the card, and is an actual 2-in-1.

12/13/2012

Great little case for the money

COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic Micro ATX Mini Tower Gaming Case with USB 3.0 and 12CM Cougar Fan
COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic Micro ATX Mini Tower Gaming Case with USB 3.0 and 12CM Cougar Fan

Pros: Very small footprint, yet still fits a full-sized video card and accepts a normal sized PSU. Makes for a much easier building experience. Nice simple black facade. My wife thinks the front fan panel looks like a car grill, but whatever. Accepts two side 120mm fans and another one in the front of the case.

Cons: Not a con per se, because it was to be expected, but be prepared for a tight fit. I added a front-mounted fan after finishing the build and had to take out the hard drive to reach the fan connector that I wanted to plug it into. Only legitimate con is that the little plastic cap inserts that act in place of screws for holding the drive bays in place are pretty flimsy. They still work fine, but the fall off rather easy (just pop 'em back on) and are definitely not a high quality addition. That being said, meh, it wasn't a big enough deal to drop a star off of.

Overall Review: This case regularly goes on sale, either on Newegg or as a mail-in-rebate from Cougar. If you're fine waiting to watch it you can frequently obtain this case for ~$25.

$5 for 4 fans? Sign me up

COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP Silent Case Fan (4-Pack)
COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP Silent Case Fan (4-Pack)

Pros: Four 120mm silent fans for $5 after mail-in-rebate. Can't argue with that, especially as I was in the middle of two partial upgrades at the time. Showed up 1 day after I ordered it.

Cons: Connector length from the fans was a little short, but not enough to complain about. They still fit into side panel mounted slots, just gotta be slightly careful when taking off the side panel.

Overall Review: Even if I wasn't doing some upgrades at the time I would have still purchased these and just stuck them in the closet for when I (or a friend) needed another fan or two.