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Asus V2-P5G31
5.6 out of 10

Asus V2-P5G31

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Overall 4
4.0

AVOID

Anonymous, Newegg
24 March 2009
  • Summary: All these other reviews praising this computer are very old, if you are buying this in 2009 - LOOK ELSEWHERE This thing has been nothing but trouble since I got it, first it wouldn't work with the core due i got it so I had to order a 2nd processor (celeron 430) just to have it boot..
  • Pros: - Nice design - Cheap price - ASUS
  • Cons: - Doesn't support any new cpu without bios update - Problematic with memory - Could be smaller for what's inside it - By default comes with the power supply set on 230w MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE IT TO 110
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Overall 8
8.0

first one was DOA

Maiko M., Newegg
25 February 2009
  • Summary: This mobo is small, so consider that if you have a large cpu cooler that goes sideways in the case. My memory has heat pipe with a fin array and the cpu fan butted against it. I have to run the fan backwards drawing air from the rear, but not a huge deal. Also this mobo has no manual.
  • Pros: Makes for a nice little system. I put 4G of DD2/800MHZ and a Core 2 Duo/1333. It is fast.
  • Cons: The first one wouldn't boot. It was a frustrating experience because I was using brand new everything and had no other system to verify the memory or cpu. I waited on hold for over an hour for Asus tech support (sucked). They determined it was bad, so I RMA'd it with newegg. The new one arrived a...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Deal

Stephanie S., Newegg
26 January 2009
  • Summary: Great basic home computer, too bad they don't just update the BIOS on these boards themselves though. Oh and the ASUS site sucks to navigate.
  • Pros: Easy install. Case is sturdy. BIOS is easy to get around and the updater worked great. Great barebone system for the average computer.
  • Cons: As mentioned in a prior review the BIOS Must be updated for this to recognize certain processors. In this case it was an Intel Core 2 Duo E8200. Might happen on any processor with 1333 FSB? Not difficult, as the system can be booted and installed without updating, you just get a message (can't re...
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Overall 8
8.0

Inexpensive, easy build box

Paul D., Newegg
5 January 2009
  • Summary: For the price, not bad. Not exactly feature rich, but for basic to intermediate systems builds, it's fine.
  • Pros: Mostly decent space to work with. Cables were done neatly. Total hardware build time was 17 minutes. The parts were : WD 250GB SATA 2 sticks of 2GB PC-5300 Lite-On DVD burner drive Intel E2200 CPU 80mm fan for case front It took about 2 more hours to load XP, the drivers, and then the ton of upda...
  • Cons: Retail fan/heatsink install is terrifying. To seat the pushpins requires a LOT of pressure on the mobo. The lack of SATA power connectors. The lack of a case fan...DOH! Printed docs are useless.
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Overall 10
10

Excellent Value

Anthony M., Newegg
1 January 2009
  • Summary: The PSU came switched to 230 instead of 115, so you might want to check it before you start pulling your hair out and assuming you've got a dead Mobo/Processor, lol. Built a very inexpensive and high quality rig for my parents with this as a Christmas gift: E7300/2GB Gskill DDR2 800/1TB Seagate...
  • Pros: 1333 FSB and compatible with the new 45nm Intel Procs. The integrated Intel GMA 3100 video card does a fine job while using a minimal amount of system memory.
  • Cons: As stated by someone else, a Bios update is necessary to prevent problems with newer processors. I found the easiest method was to upload the bios .rom onto a thumb drive and use the Asus EZflash utility inside of the bios itself. Worked like a charm, no need to create a disk. Also, you should pu...
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Overall 8
8.0

Solid performer after Asus Forum Help

Drew L., Newegg
20 October 2008
  • Summary: Aside from the bios, lan drivers and lack of SATA power connectors, this is a solid 775 barebones system. I've built at least half a dozen of these with various ASUS barebones systems and not one has had a problem. The issues I've mentioned are easy circumvented so don't let them scare you.
  • Pros: Solid foundation, inexpensive and when paired with a pair of 2 gig DDR2 800 sticks and an E7200 CPU, is actually a nice quick system. Decent overclocking features as well.
  • Cons: Only 2 ram slots.. not a huge deal if you're building from scratch as you should just buy 2 2gig sticks but if upgrading, it could mean you'd need to get higher capacity sticks. Bios upgrade is required for new intel CPU's to work. Bios flash didn't work from floppy. I had to burn the rom file to...
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