Best machine for the price!
Pros: This is a great machine for $600. ASUS motherboard and BIOS!? I've never had a system like this before but I like it. The Intel i5 is a very powerful processor, it has rarely worked over 10% capability. I'm a student in college and this computer is very reliable, I have not a had a problem what so ever with the BIOs or video card or any other component. Its still very powerful when gaming. The system performance is a 4.7, Desktop aero graphics being the lowest score. Processor and memory are 7.5, gaming graphics 6.2 and hard disk a 5.9. Realtek sound is amazing! One of the best perks. I would recommend a downgrade to Windows 7, windows 8 gave me fits.
Cons: Windows 8. Unless you have a touch screen monitor, its absolutely useless. It's quick, but confusing for the fact that is has 2 internet explorers, 2 control panels, NO START BAR. The UEFI setup that Windows 8 is embedded on sucks to work with, a reformat for the hard drive is required to install Windows 7.
Other Thoughts: I upgraded my RAM from 6gb to 8gb, but I've seen no difference in performance. The BIOs is very nice for the fact that you can control the fans and UEFI settings (before the downgrade) All in all, I would recommend this computer.
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Pros: Ease of setup and use. Truly a plug and play machine.
Cons: You may have difficulty changing the video card. It is a 300 watt machine and the included one is 74 watts. You would not just have to play with the bios you will need a new power supply. I like the card and have no planes to replace this is a response to another review.
Other Thoughts: I have replaced the video card in every computer I have owned, only once did I not have to upgrade the power supply, it will work just unstable with low power. Never known a company that would support all that and maintain a warranty, much less support it.
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I would not recommend this computer
Pros: It is inexpensive and has everything you need in it
Cons: You cannot replace the discrete video card, I have tried several including a brand new ASUS video card. You do not even get the bios screeen, so you need to live with the cheap video card they include until you dispose of the machine. The bios is glitchy. I had to set it to PCIE from auto for it to work with HDMI for my monitor and I had to figure this out myself.
Other Thoughts: I have never before had a computer where you could not replace the video card, though I must admit I have not bought a lot of preassembled computers. The final answer from support was, the only video card we support is the one installed in it and honestly, they did not even figure out the problems with that.
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