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Steve H.

Steve H.

Joined on 10/29/13

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Most Favorable Review

Better on GOG than Steam

NVIDIA Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GTX Game Bundle
NVIDIA Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GTX Game Bundle

Pros: FREE with GTX 960/970/980. This has been my most anticipated game for the PC.

Cons: none.

Overall Review: This is for GOG (gog.com) and not for Steam. At first I was bummed out it wasn't for steam because all of my games are on Steam. Then I learned GOG is a sister company of the Witcher 3 developer, CD Projekt RED. Getting this game on GOG will directly support CDPR and will give you bonus content not available on Steam. Plus, GOG is DRM-free, which means you buy the buy and it's yours to own; unlike Steam where you buy the right to rent a game.

Most Critical Review

Not for gaming

APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500 W ATX Power Supply
APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500 W ATX Power Supply

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Cannot handle builds with decent graphics card on heavy load/gameplay.

Overall Review: I was using this to supply a system with: AMD A85X, A10-5800k, 2x 4g 1866 RAM, and a Radeon HD 6700. Worked fine with normal everyday use and light gaming. Then I upgraded my graphics card to an R7 265. 10-60 minutes later I would smell a burning plastic smell and computer would crash (no other hardware overheating). Buy this if you want a cheap PSU - for a cheap build overall, and won't be doing intense gaming, etc. DON'T buy this if you will do some gaming with at least a decent graphics card. You get what you pay for. If you have a decent build (maybe $500-600+ total), buy a decent PSU, and save prevent damaging your other components because of a bad PSU.

Amazing Card, Amazing Deal

MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G
MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G

Pros: - BEAST of a card! - Best bang for your buck ($330). - Never goes to 65 degrees under load. - Super quiet (fan doesn't even spin under 50 degrees). - Easy setup. - Came with a free game, Witcher 3 (promo).

Cons: - No backplate (but you can buy one separate).

Overall Review: - I upgraded from a Radeon R7 265, and benchmarks showed an 80% increase in performance. - This card is longer than it looks, it fits in my Rosewill Challenger nicely, but any longer and it will not fit. - I am running this card with an FX-8350 and it runs superb. - The GTX 970's vram issue of 3.5gb + .5gb does not affect me at all. I play only on 1080p and all my games run flawlessly on max settings (including DA Inquisition, Shadow of Mordor, Far Cry 4). - I am using a 650 watt psu and it is more than enough. - I recommend getting the MSI gaming app to very easily OC this car (and even change the LED animation on the card).

Plug and Play

TP-LINK TL-PA2010KIT AV200 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 200Mbps
TP-LINK TL-PA2010KIT AV200 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, up to 200Mbps

Pros: Needed wired internet to a modem/router in another room. I literally plugged them in and that's it.

Cons: none for my purposes

Overall Review: 2 or more pairs will need more steps to sync them up. Otherwise, you don't need the cd it came with, or read the manual.

SAPPHIRE Ultimate  Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready  Video Card (100326UL)
SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (100326UL)

Pros: - Low price - Silent - Dual Graphics - Can run recent games on med-high with very good FPS

Cons: - The shield of the card was a little big and would not fit into my tower slot, I had to bend metal and force it in. Partly my fault for buying a cheap case. There is no free Dirt 3.

Overall Review: Bought this card mainly so I can use it for dual graphics with an a10-5800k. Benchmarks showed a 30-40% increase in performance with dual graphics. This is a good choice for a casual gamer on a tight budget. Your computer case should have good airflow for this card.

12/10/2013