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ASUS GT730-2GD3-CSM GeForce GT 730 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Great bang for buck, strange boot-up delay 02/25/2015

This review is from: ASUS GT730-2GD3-CSM GeForce GT 730 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: Based on the NVidia GT 730 chipset, this is an excellent value card. Fanless, runs quiet and runs cool under load, I used this card to upgrade my daughters two-year-old budget system (with a very budget card that wasn't adequate two years ago). I got a huge performance boost in her system, she's able to play World of Warcraft (WoD) with good smooth framerates and her other 3D games too, all for a very wallet-friendly price.

Cons: Almost thought I had a defective card... after installing and initial boot, I was greeted with an almost completely black screen for some time (though there was something written in the very bottom right of screen)... the computer just sat there doing nothing, being almost totally black... after awhile (90 seconds to be exact, I've since timed the delay), the card proceeds to boot normally to Windows without any other problems and performs fine once you're up and running. After some research, it seems this card has a slight problem in the card's own BIOS that is searching for which video to output too (it has VGA, DVI and HDMI options). I have a DVI monitor, and ran DVI to DVI and got a 90 second delay to boot... I tried a HDMI to DVI cord and still got the 90 second delay, so I dunno how to solve the boot delay, but its definitely a card BIOS problem... minor overall, as the card performs just fine once the system is up and running without problems.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a very solid card, for a solid price, that runs quiet and cool and is great in a budget system or for upgrading that old system that you don't want to drop a lot of cash on. Its not for hardcore gamers, but it will perform admirably on graphics for a budget price. I'm giving this 3 out of 5 stars... while there's nothing overall "wrong" with the card, I cant help but think for the same price, I could get the same chipset on a different manufacturer's card without the odd BIOS 90-second boot delay. This is an odd oversight from an otherwise very reliable ASUS company.

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HEC Vigilance400 Black 0.5 mm Thickness SGCC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case with Dual 8cm Fan, 2x USB2.0, Audio HP400 400W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I can't recall a better deal with both a very nice solid case and a 400W power supply for $45 (at time of purchase). The case is roomy, with plenty of space for a MicroATX MB and whatever else you'd like to add. The case looks sharp and has a nice solid feel to it, I couldn't be happier with this case!

Cons: included case fans are 4-pin Molex fans and do not directly connect to the MB... its a minor grumble to be sure and easily replaced if it bothers you. The included 400W* power supply is an HEC ORION HP400 PSU of dubious quality. It only had one 80mm fan on the back of the unit passing air through a stamped grill. While it is advertised as a 400W PSU and has the model# of a 400W PSU (the HP400-series), the only label on the PSU itself proudly boasted a total wattage of 95Watts... that's not a typo... 95watts... I have read of others with the same HP400-series of PSU where it read 230watts... I also understand it may well not be the TOTAL output of the PSU, and only a portion of some of the lines involved (it probably is 400W total in some secret way), but I just felt uncomfotable trusting my system to an obviously budget PSU that screams "hey, I got 95 watts for you" on the label. I did run the system on the ORION HP400 PSU for a week (without problems) for a week before I replaced the PSU with a Sentey 525Watt PSU (for $30) for peace of mind.

Other Thoughts: Overall, i'm giving this product 4 out of 5 eggs... I might have gave a lengthy "Con" to the PSU in this case, but really, the case alone without a PSU is well worth the $45 asking price, and if you're a gambling man, the included PSU may well work for a long time without issues... I just decided to up it to a better 525watt PSU for an extra $30 for peace of mind. I am still very happy with this case, and would buy another without hesitation as I find it a very good value (i would just replace the PSU in another build). Overall, great value and a very nice case... and thats what I was focused on... a very good case, which this is.

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Display Name: Steven S.

Date Joined: 05/28/01

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  • Last Review: 02/25/15
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