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SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 100362VXSR 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support TRI-X OC (UEFI) Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Sapphires Vapor-X cooler does a really good job at keeping the card cool while also looking amazing imo, especially since i have a blue theme going on with my system

-On top of being aesthetically pleasing, the backplate does help a lot with card droop which you often see with longer cards like these

-Runs everything I've thrown at it at max or nearly maxed out graphic settings and with very good frames (while it's running but more on that in other thoughts)

-Extremely quiet, the fans used for my all-in-one cpu liquid cooler re more audible then this card even when it's running a bit hot

-Comes with 4 games (at the time of this review) and i was able to get the card out the door under $300 on promo.

Cons: -This thing is an absolute beast in many ways and eats like one too, it with suck all available power your power supply has to offer it

-This card is quite long so take that into account when buying his; i knew this card was long but seeing it in pictures and seeing IRL are 2 different things, to put it into perspective i have a cm storm stryker full atx case i had about an 1.5 inches between the end of the card and my drive cages.

-Due to the coolers size it does also take up 3 slots so take that into account if you plan on getting multiple cards and putting in crossfire

-really only other con is sapphire's trixx software, would crash every so often and doesn't give you any detailed graphs about power gpu voltage, temps, ect. but tbh most people are most likely going to use afterburner to monitor there card and do tweaking anyway.

Other Thoughts: So sapphire recommends a 750W min power supply requirement but you might aswell throw that out the window and get something beefier, reason i say this is my system currently has a 750W power supply and about 15-20mins of playing bioshock infinite, my system completely shutdown on me due to my power supply not being able to handle the power requirements. Granted my AMD FX-8320 was OC'd, had a total of 7 fans connected and the pump for my AIO liquid cooler, aswell as 2 WD Blacks (storage) and a WD Velociraptor (boot) but to make sure it wasn't the card i unplugged EVERYTHING that wasn't necessary to minimize power draw and and the same thing happened after about the same amount of time had gone by so i'll be having to upgrade my power supply in the very near future if i plan to playing any demanding titles (hence the reason i upgraded from a HD 6670 to this monster), but with all that taken into account the card is still a good buy especially at it's current price and the level of performance you get at that price (so long as you have a large enough power supply to power it of course)

Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 150GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, reliable (so far), not too loud, bought this to put my OS on along a few programs and what have you and so far runs great, cheaper and little more space then similar ssd

Cons: Not ssd fast but i knew that before i bought it (it does use platters after all), isn't crazy loud but is audible if i read/write a file to it sometimes but not annoying (least to me).

SILVERSTONE Tundra Series TD03 ALL-IN-ONE Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Brought this to cool the FX-8320 i was installing in my first build and so far, even under a pretty heavy work load, my CPU hasn't broken 45C. Can't even hear the pump. Radiator is well built and thick. Also matches my case color scheme.

Cons: stock fans do move a heck of a lot of air but are crazy loud at full blast (but i knew that from reading previous reviews) until you lower their speed in the bios; still somewhat audible in a quiet room but otherwise not bad, Tubing if pretty stiff and kinda hard to work with and thinner then i was hoping, installation can be a bit of a pain if no one is around to lend a hand and the manual is a bit vague at time but over all nothing worth docking an over.


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Display Name: Geoffrey U.

Date Joined: 06/08/12

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  • First Review: 02/10/14
  • Last Review: 11/14/14
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