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This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION
Pros: - Comes with two Molex adapters for poor people (seriously, who uses Molex for anything besides a fan splitter these days?)
- Nice packaging
- Fairly quiet
- Keeps cool
- Plenty of VRAM
- Overclocks better than a champ
- Uses surprisingly very little power to run
- Amazing price to performance ratio
- Hurts so good when I jam my fingers into its fans
Cons: Okay really, there isn't much so I am over-exaggerating
- Can't change the WINDFORCE logo from blue to red or other colors
- Makes a bit of noise
- Fanless mode disabled and can only be enabled by flashing
- Doesn't have more VRAM
- Hurts when I jam my fingers into the fans when they're moving at full speed
- Uses energy
Seriously, there isn't anything I can think of.
Other Thoughts: The performance I am getting surpasses my expectations for poorly optimized games and comes at a very fair price. The build quality of the card is amazing and the backplate tops it off so well. I also got a $30mir and two games that I only slightly care for. This all seems good enough to keep me happy with what I paid for.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: + High capacity
+ 7200 RPM
+ Made by WD
Cons: - A bit on the loud side
Other Thoughts: When the HDD is writing it is the loudest component in my computer with three Fractal fans and a stock Intel cooler (which happens to be the second loudest) but this isn't enough of a detriment to take off an egg. This is totally worth $50 and I'm glad to see WD offering a decent drive at such a low price. I doubt this drive will die on me and if it does then I can easily get a replacement, rest assured. Do buy this HDD.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: AMD 760K Richland Quad-Core 3.8 GHz Socket FM2 100W AD760KWOHLBOX Desktop Processor
Pros: + Extreme overclock ability
+ Great architecture; doesn't bottleneck with mid-tier and some upper-mid-tier graphics cards
+ Stock heatsink can be loud at times but it's very decent if you have great cooling in your case; I only reached 64 Celsius at 4GHz OC but it still varies based on what you're actually doing. Stock heatsinks are meant to be replaceable but very usable and this is a good balance.
+ Great buy for the money; it benches near the haswell i3 and it's only $90 NOT on sale
Cons: - A little less stable when overclocked; a custom cpu cooler is pretty much required 4.1 or above in heavy usage or you'll have to listen to the stock fan yell at you. If you're going to overclock, you won't notice a difference in performance unless you have something like an h100i and come near the range of 5ghz and even then, it's only a big improvement on benchmarks
- FM2 socket type; while this processor saved me from having to buy a new mobo, the FM2 socket type should be avoided unless you are on an extremely tight gaming budget and don't plan on upgrading
- Get a high end mobo or you could tear yours up; this CPU can start some serious heat and damage cheap motherboards when overclocked
Other Thoughts: This CPU will run just about every game (Battlefield 4, specifically) on high at a solid (or rough) 60fps (down to 45-50 usually when recording) and other games (Just Cause 2, for instance) at maximum settings at a very solid 60fps. For gamers who don't care much for framerate, [near] maximum settings on games such as Crysis will still bring you a satisfying 30 to 50fps.
For the money, this buy should be highly considered. However, unless you are on a tight budget, I would suggest going the AM3+ rout and buying an FX processor. While currently some may not provide the best bang for your buck, the AM3+ line will offer higher end processors years down the road for cheap upgrading. If you do decide to go the AM3+ rout, be sure that you have a mobo with a 990FX (and SB950) chipset.