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PNY VCGGT4302XPB GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Price and Performance at unbeatable price! 01/10/2013

This review is from: PNY VCGGT4302XPB GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: - Super easy to install
- NVIDIA provides great driver support/updates
- Great Price

Cons: - Gets somewhat hot but remains stable even when overclocked

Other Thoughts: First of all, there are two things that I couldn't find much information on before I purchased this model and I hope I help someone looking for this info:

1) Overclocking headroom
2) Gaming performance

I took a chance though (can't beat the 29.99 after rebate) and bought the card. First of all, you won't yield as much overclocking as you would on a high end card but I easily pushed this little card to 900 core/ 695 Memory over the stock 700/535 and it is running entirely stable. Like another reviewer said, you should definitely consider overclocking to get the most out of the card - It's easy with programs like MSI afterburner.

Second, gaming performance was on par and somewhat exceeded my expectations based on related reviews of other GT 430 cards. I run my games at 1920x1080 and, sure, you might have to play around with the settings to get the best performance (and also don't expect max/ultra settings especially at higher resolutions) but to give you an example I can run Fallout 3/New Vegas at 1080p low/med settings at 55-60fps. Black Ops 1080p low settings 65-85 fps and I have yet to try it out on a few other games.

Also note that if you have a monitor with a lower resolution (there's a lot out there that are only at like 1366x768, then you can expect a big improvement over running games on a 1080p monitor)

Those stats may not seem like much but I'm assuming if you are looking into this card then you may not have a super high end system, or are looking for something with less bells and whistles, otherwise you should probably look into the higher GTX and Radeon models.

For the price, you get a lot of performance from this card and it is very useful if you have a budget gaming system/occasionaly do some light gaming and/or do graphics intensive work.

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MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Not working so well.. 10/29/2012

This review is from: MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Good Price (If you consider the rebate)
- Great Bios Settings (Click Bios)
- PCI 3.0
- 6.0GB Sata

Cons: - Constant Blue screens

Other Thoughts: Tried installing both windows 7 and windows 8 using this motherboard. I bought the rest of my hardware new and know for a fact that they work fine. I kept getting BSOD and freezes.

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Hanns-G HL248DPB Black 23.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: * Great Price - seems to have regular sales on it as well
* Great Picture Quality
* 23.6" - Also cheaper than some 19-23 inch monitors by other brands if you catch a promotion
* Full HD 1920x1080
* (Very) Thin Profile - Not bulky, looks great on a desk

Cons: * Probably the only downside that I can think of in regards to this monitor are the speakers. Even with max volume the speakers aren't very loud and sound hollow (I wasn't expecting much to begin with, but it's something to consider.)

Other Thoughts: - If you don't already, you will more than likely want to go with external speakers of some sort. The sound quality is not all that good with small speakers emitting sound towards the rear of the panel.

-Great bang for your buck. In all honesty I gave Hanns-G a shot, not having heard much about them in the past, on this monitor because of the great price and am not dissapointed!

-As I mentioned, I had not heard of Hanns-G monitors much but now I have new-found respect for their company after my purchase and I hope my review can help someone on the edge of purchasing one of their monitors

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Jose C.'s Profile

Display Name: Jose C.

Date Joined: 05/16/11

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 05/22/11
  • Last Review: 01/10/13
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