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Drew S.

Drew S.

Joined on 06/20/10

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Cool & Quiet Performance

MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II

Pros: -Very effective cooler idles at 30c hits 65c under load. -Quite. In an average case this is inaudible. Spectacular in this regard. -Enough muscle to play 99% of titles maxed out at 1080p.

Cons: Not much. It's big and you need an adequate power supply for it. Not a con because that's how it does what it does.

Overall Review: Nice bundle of extras, good looking, well made. I changed out my friends GPU and PSU in his HP mini tower, even in less than ideal thermal circumstances this card runs cool. Looking forward to putting it through it's paces and writing a follow up review.

Solid mid-range choice

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: -Seasonic reputation for excellence -Semi-Modular -Quiet

Cons: The +12V rails.. Well, specifications state it has two rails, but looking at Hardware Secrets review of the M12II 520 it is probably a single rail. Either way won't make much difference... But it nagged at me a bit.

Overall Review: I used this to replace the anemic PSU in my friend's HP mini tower. It's powering his new GTX 560 ti and a Phenom II X6 1045T. The set up is cool quiet and powerful. Great PSU.

Oh so sweet and simple.

Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Built in wire management system -Heavy side panels deaden some sound -Captured thumb screws yes please and thanks -Thoughtful construction for air flow -3 speed stock fan -'Silent' mounting options for hard drives -Simple front mounting system for CD / HDDs -Straightforward documentation -Attractive piano black and silver finish

Cons: -Attractive finish attracts smudges -No massage function...

Overall Review: I used this case for my first 'from scratch' build. However I've been upgrading / taking apart / putting together PC bits for a few years now and haven't had the joy of working with such a quality case before. I will never skimp on cases.. ever... after working with this. The only feature that might've been nice is a removable (sliding?) MoBo tray. I haven't dealt with one but have heard of it. Sounds delightful. Besides that it was a breeze to work with and looks swell as well.