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PNY GeForce GT 730 DirectX 12 (feature 11_0) VCGGT7301D5LXPB 1GB 64-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Pretty fast card, very economic (33W), doesn't need extra power supply connections. This is one of the most powerful cards that fit into a half-heigh slot. This is a surprisingly fast card, and great attention should be paid when gettings geforce 730 cards, because some of them have 96 cudas, and some (like this one) has 384 cuda cores. This 730 is pretty much the same as 740 cards performance-wise. It plays source games maxed out like there's no tomorrow. It plays Crysis 2 pretty well, 1080 on low. Borderlands 2 maxed out. You'll obviously have to lower res and settings for new games.

Cons: My HDMI connection socket was messed up, and I couldn't plug anything into it. I probably got a defective card, I couldn't straighten it out (for the fear of ruining the card in the process), so i just ended up returning it. This is unlikely to be a common problem.

BIOSTAR NM70I-1037U Intel Celeron 1037U Dual-Core 1.8GHz Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Absolutely awesome. I have the previous version of this board with 837 CPU, which was great for HTPC. The celeron 1037U is actually good enough for fairly heavy gaming (it's processing equivalent of mobile i3 processors), I paired it with geforce 730 ddr5 (the 384 core version), and it plays at Crysis2 1600x1200 at "low" settings (which still look awesome). And it maxes out original Crysis just fine. It flies in older source games (cs, l4d, portal, hl2) maxed out. It flies in borderlands series almost maxed out, etc. It's a very decent build on the cheap. I bought it for HTPC with light gaming duty, and it works better than expected. As for HTPC duty - It plays 1080 and all that with barely any cpu load. I've become a fan of this CPU x37-series (don't confuse these with Nxxxx celerons, or other atom derived combos).

Cons: Lack of USB 3.0

DIYPC HTPC-Cube-BK Black USB3.0 Aluminum/Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer case, can support 120mm Radiator, Standard Size ATX PSU
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a very well made case, and has plenty of room for everything, the area around cpu is maximized and the area around the video card is maximized... I had no problem fitting a ATX (full size) power supply, and a long card. It's tight, but very manageable. Plenty of space for hard drives, you can also stack them vertically. I've read some reviews about how very careful you must be to assemble this in the "right" order - either those people have assembly miniITX computers before, or they're failing to use common sense in assembling the computer inside this case. This case is ROOMY in comparison to 2 other miniITX cases I've built before. It's mostly thanks for great (on the side, and not over the MB) power supply placement, and the fact that they forewent without the 5.25 slot (for Cd-roms and such). The look of it is very nice (MUCH better than the previous miniITX plastic boxes I've tried before).

Cons: The one con I have is that the included fan has no speed control, it's fairly quite, but still audible. My power supply has enough air ventilation to keep the case cool, so I just removed it. The lights are not too annoying, and don't project into a blinding spot. Maybe it's the fact that the surface is very scratch prone, so you have to be careful. Some people mentioned that the power cable has to go over the fan - absolute nonsense, I tried my Power supply in both orientations, and it's easy to feed the power cable out of the way.


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Display Name: Oleg P.

Date Joined: 04/29/02

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 11/27/12
  • Last Review: 06/08/15
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