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This review is from: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-D-B 850W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
Pros: This was a great and reliable power supply for well over a year.
Cons: After I recently purchased another graphics card to run SLI, I kept smelling something funny when I was playing BF3. I couldn't figure out what it was until I looked at my power cable which had practically melted completely off. Now I need to get a new PSU.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: EVGA 132-GT-E768-RX LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: 3 PCIe ports. My last motherboard (ASUS P6X58D Premium) had three as well but the third was so low on the board that with a full tower you couldn't run SLI in slots 1 and 3. Purchased this board as a replacement so my two graphics cards wouldn't be right next to each other.
Works as advertised - I was really concerned based on all the negative reviews, but the fact it has 6 DIMM slots for RAM, 6 USB ports, 2 USB 3 ports, 2 Intel Gigabit ethernet ports made it a nice upgrade for my rig. No problems so far even though it is refurb'd.
As another pro, when I upgraded from my last mobo, the BIOS on this one is slightly more advanced and customizable. For whatever reason my last mobo wanted to run my RAM at 1066Mhz instead of 1600Mhz, but that was much easier to fix on this EVGA mobo.
Cons: No major cons so far.
The one minor con I have is that the pin slots for your PWR, PWR reset, PLED, etc. was really tough to do right. Not a whole lot of room for your hand, but not problematic enough to warrant a lower rating.
Other Thoughts: If you are replacing your old mobo, BE SURE TO READ THE FORUMS. I replaced my old mobo with this one thinking my computer would be able to boot up fine. Boy, was I wrong. Windows Seven Forums was infinitely helpful for getting me up and running in the least amount of time possible.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've had this card for over a year now and I have to say, it's the best graphics card I've ever owned. For the overwhelming majority of games I've played (and in no particular order): Batman Arkham Asylum, all of the recent COD games, Battlefield 3, Resident Evil 5, Metro 2033, Skyrim, Portal 1 & 2, Crysis 1 & 2, TF2, League of Legends etc. etc. this card has yet to skip a beat in anything and everything I throw at it.
Battlefield 3 at 1920x1080 with everything on Ultra, Vsync on, 16X AF, and the like makes the card work its tail off, but if you got a good case with lots of fans and you set your graphics fan speed to kick in earlier than the standard settings you won't run your card hotter than 80 C.
It's certainly not the cheapest card out there, but you really get a ton of performance from this one card. I've been tempted to give my card a twin brother, but my case/motherboard layout won't support it :'(
See cons for a little comparison to Nvidia's latest GTX 680 card.
Cons: For whatever reason Batman Arkham City has given me some issues with stuttering in game. Even though the Nvidia website says this card should run fine at full everything. However, I haven't played it since the last driver update, so performance very well could have been improved since my last time playing.
Only other con would be now it is a year old card - latest GTX 680 uses 25% less power than the 580. Other than that and AF, the 580 stands up to the 680 in overall performance.