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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: With proper case ventilation and fan placement, this card can stably exceed upward of 175% of the base clock speeds designed for the chip set it was built on, and can achieve 125% GPU speed without the use of its fans. Average full load temperature with the fans running should be around 32 to 45 degrees centigrade. Without fans at 125% it runs at about 75 to 95 degrees centigrade.

Features may be lacking in types of Antialiasing, but it does process application-based AA just fine.

Cons: The software shipped with it is outdated. After initial driver install from the DVD it come on, you will need to go to NVIDIA's website and download the latest GEForce drivers for the GTX970.
The version of GPU Tweak II it ships with is buggy, so don't install it and go to ASUS's support site for the card to get the latest version of GPU Tweak II.

Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend this video card for those willing to experiment with NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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ARCTIC Freezer 13 CO CPU Cooler - Intel & AMD, 200W Cooling Capacity, for 24/7 Operation
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It is a large unit to say the least. It keeps my overclocked Core i7 67000K cool at a comfortable (for a CPU) 40~42C at nearly full load. It is also surprisingly quiet in normal operations mode. ARCTIC Freezer 13 CO CPU Cooler is a perfect cooler for a budget build.

Cons: The only real con I can think of is the unit's size. It barely fits inside my Corsair Carbide 200R, which made it almost impossible to connect the CPU fan on my ASRock Z170 Extreme 7+ motherboard.

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Yorkfield Quad-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 95W BX80569Q9650 Desktop Processor
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Quite a fast and efficient CPU whose TDP is only 165 watts (allows for a worry free upgrade for other components that draw power).
It has 12MB 8 way level 2 cache which is much more efficient than 2 MB level 3.
It is actually faster than a stock Core i7 at the same clock speeds.

Cons: Stock cooling unit is noisy but only at extreme use (no game I know of requires 3.0 GHz clock range and only if you have a slow video card.

Other Thoughts: It appears faster than my intel core i3 @ 2.4 GHz on another computer I own, technically they are supposed to be equivalent but I would still rate the stock Core 2 Quad Q9650 much fastener as the core i3 has level 3 cache and only 3mb of it. For those who don't know, level 3 cache is very slow and inefficient, so Intel decided to unlock the clock rates on the core i series for compensation.

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Nathaniel A.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathaniel A.

Date Joined: 02/02/12

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 02/10/12
  • Last Review: 12/03/16
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