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EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti DirectX 12 (feature level 11_0) 02G-P4-3651-KR 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Despite being toward the low end of gaming cards, I have gotten very good performance. Matched with an i5 3570 and 8GB of RAM, I get good to excellent performance at 1920x1080 resolution.
I get a solid 60 fps from Portal 2 and Dear Esther on max settings (both Source games, which are usually easier on hardware). I get 45-60 fps on Miasmata with settings at max except for water and antialiasing (this game is known to not be particularly optimized). I get about 30-60 fps in large battles in Shogun 2 on medium-high settings--no antialiasing and a couple other settings lowered (the large variance relates to how close the camera is to the action, how many units are in view, etc.).
Besides giving good performance, this card also uses less power than comparable AMD cards.

Cons: If you use HDMI, be aware that this only has a mini-HDMI port. That didn't really matter to me since I plugged into the DVI port.

Other Thoughts: There is an improved version of this card available now, so you might want to check that out too--it's called the 650 Ti Boost.

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The construction seems sturdy, though since this was my first build I can't compare it to other motherboards.
It has lots of USB ports, and doesn't waste space on things like Firewire.
The BIOS seems user-friendly.

Cons: I have had no real problems, but some of the connectors were hard to plug into, especially when I was trying to connect the main power cable from the PSU. I'm not sure whether that is the fault of the board or the PSU.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you download the necessary drivers for this board. Otherwise most of your USB ports will not work. Gigabyte's website makes it easy to find them, so I give them credit for that.

HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It works, and it looks pretty. I don't buy internal parts based on looks, but nice-looking never hurts, especially when it goes on sale.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: As far as I can tell, most brands of RAM are pretty similar these days, so non-overclockers like me should focus on price.


Benjamin G.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin G.

Date Joined: 12/03/12

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 12/21/12
  • Last Review: 04/12/13
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