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Corsair Graphite Series 730T Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Gaming Case with two 140mm red LED fans
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great bang for the buck.
• Solid quality construction with great flexibility in its interior setup.
• Hinged removable doors give excellent access when you’re doing builds or major changes.
• Good internal air flow. You can add additional fans. Installing these has to be balanced (where to put what) if you’re installing internal water cooling radiators.
• Power supply intake air filter. Not all cases have them. All filters are washable.
• Huge flexibility in mounting SSDs and HDDs, mostly tool-less. HDD cages can be reconfigured from their default side-by-side position to vertical if you wish. And per-chance you only have SSDs (the time is probably coming), you can remover the 2 HDD cages for a cleaner interior.
• Cable routing setup is very flexible with 5 pass-through holes. This allows a much cleaner cavity surrounding the motherboard, graphics cards, etc. removing the rat’s nest of power cables, SSD cables, etc. from this main area.
• I like the looks of this case. My tendency is toward KISS and that can be either a pro or con. Everyone will have to decide for themselves.

Cons: A few negative points to consider that may or may not affect you.
• If you have external water cooling as I do, you’ll need to make a trip to the hardware store to purchase rubber grommets to protect your tubes. Metal punch-outs can (and do) leave rough/jagged edges.
• As is common practice, the PCI expansion slot covers (and thus installed cards) use screws to secure them. I’ve found over time these strip out and become a problem and can’t support either the cards or covers. Cases (730T, 750T and 760T) of this quality should have a tool-less PCI holder.
• No locks on side panels might be needed if computer is accessible to small children.

Other Thoughts: • Full towers take up space, make sure you have room. This is slightly smaller than the 760T model but bigger than the 750T.
• Black finishes do show scratches more easily.
• If you add fans, set them up so flow is through the case. I prefer out the top and back with a slightly positive pressure in the case --- positivity internal pressure over room pressure tends to keep room dust out.
• If you want a window then you’ll have to get either the 750T or 760T. For these other models there is a difference in size and cost.

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ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It is pretty if you like that sorta thing.

Cons: I have run ASUS boards for a number of years and have been quite happy with them BUT of the 2 Hero VI boards (original and replacement) I've gotten, neither can keep time. You can reset it all you want both within Windows or the bios, no joy. This causes a number of problems with various application and their sync.

If you consult the ASUS ROG web site you'll see this is a known problem and no sure solution is known.

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ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Beware 4-way optimization & BSOD 05/23/2014

This review is from: ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: See my previous review on 4/29/14.

Cons: This information is available elsewhere and is noted by reviewers of this item here too.

Assuming you're using a K version of the CPU:
4-way optimization does not optimize CPU performance, thus it is really only 3-way. The ROG boards need to be hand-tuned the old way using the bios (UEFI BIOS). Instead "4-way optimization" sets the CPU ratio to 42 (advanced options allow 44 or 46) and then adjusts the remaining capabilities such as voltage, fans, etc. If your CPU is a poor overclocker then you may get a BSOD when the board tries to run its auto tuning. You'll need to manually go into the bios and reset the ratio to something lower than 42.

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Display Name: Ralph N.

Date Joined: 05/04/02

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  • First Review: 05/29/06
  • Last Review: 06/29/14
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