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CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra 2175 Desktop PC AMD FX-Series FX-8100 (2.8GHz) 8GB DDR3 500GB HDD Windows 8.1 64-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: o Speedy browsing
o Quiet

Cons: o Came slightly damaged - dented case on both sides
o Errant screw rattling around in case
o Windows 8.1
o Smallish hard drive - 500 GB
o NO memory expansion slots - Maxed out at 8 M
o Only 1 mother board expansion slot usable - PCI. PCIe expansion slot blocked by graphics card.
o Case is miserable for CD/DVD drive use - door swings only 1 direction, limiting box placement for practical use to top of desk and left of screens.
o Power on/off button needs to be on top of machine
o No documentation for the machine, just MSI board and graphics card. Not even a packing slip with system details.
o Graphics card documentation miserable.
o No USB 3.0
o Had no use for the gaming keyboard and mouse - trash can.

Other Thoughts: Not a gamer. Buy gaming systems for securities trading. Gaming systems geared to graphics power/speed over raw processing, which is what I look for in a desktop. Was very disappointed with this purchase though.

Computer was damaged. Both side panels dented. Had to have happened at manufacturing plant. No signs of damage to outside packaging. Plus, errant screw was rattling around inside the case. Not good. So, terrible shipping QC. Too much trouble to return it. Still, ticks me off.

Machine fired up OK though and runs well.

Couple of issues in addition to cons listed above. I absolutely deplore Windows 8. If you can, avoid it at all cost. Took me many hours to understand how to do the most basic of tasks. What a waste of time.

Multi monitor set up can be difficult. Needed to attach 5 screens. Little to no documentation on how to get it done. Thorough internet search no help. Upset that graphics card had DVI, Display Port, HDMI connections. Display port = nightmare to understand. My screens are DVI/VGA. Solved problem by hanging only 1 screen off graphics card with DVI. Went into MSI mother board settings and changed primary graphics default to internal on-board graphics instead of PCIe. Connected one DIV and one VGA to internal graphics connection. Then, used two older EVGA USB to VGA adapters. Next, uninstalled the Radeon 7750 graphic card to delete Radeon Catalyst Control Center software under display adapters in device manager. Rebooted. BAM, all five screens run like a charm. Took 16 hours of toying to make it happen though. The graphics card companies hate their customers. Radeon does a miserable job at explaining how to complete what should be the most simple of initial setup tasks. And, it's control center software prevented basic USB to VGA adapters from working.

This case is horrible. Too difficult to locate the box under the desk because the power button is too far down on the case. Plus, the swinging door to gain access to the CD drive limits placement to the left of the monitors. So, unless you're planning on putting this ON your desk to the left of your monitors, I'd buy something else.

Overall - it'll do. Not a great deal. But, it will meet my needs.

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MASSCOOL UHB-2221SD Aluminum 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is a really solid, and nice looking case. I appreciated too the opportunity to use it for either IDE or SATA. Only does USB 2.0 given the IDE connection. But you want USB 3.0 and just SATA, you can buy model UHB-2221U3. Currently both sell for the same price. But, be careful in making your selection. Know whether you want 2.0 vs. 3.0, IDE vs. SATA. Initially, I thought my drive would not fit, but I had failed to remove the internal drive bracket and a front-end SATA attachment that allowed the drive to fit into my laptop. Once I stripped the drive down to bare bones, it fit nicely in this case. This is simply a cool product. Nice job MASSCOOL.

Cons: Can't think of any cons.

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Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Good, solid fan.

Cons: Makes just a little too much noise. LED lights not very substantial.

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Jeffrey W.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeffrey W.

Date Joined: 11/06/05

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 09/27/08
  • Last Review: 12/06/13
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