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Other Thoughts: To be honest, Front Source Tech is a company I would never use again. I bought this Refurbished Dell Optiplex 755 for a customer of mine since she needed to upgrade from an XP machine. First problem was they were 2 weeks out on the delivery when they specified only one week. Secondly, when I finally received the unit and got it fired up I discovered that the DVD burner was defective and did not work at all. Also, it only came with one stick of 1GB ram when the order specifically stated 4GB. Windows 7, even with a duo core processor, is not going to run very well on 1GB ram. I guess FST figured they would take a chance and hope the customer wasn’t computer savvy enough to check all that out.
Because I had received the unit late on a Friday afternoon I could not contact Front Source Tech until Monday due to the time difference of me living on the west coast and them being on the east coast. Lost 2 more days because of that. Called Monday morning and they were agreeable to send me a different DVD drive and the allotted 4 gigs of ram. Had to wait another week for those parts. Meanwhile, I have an unhappy customer waiting 3 wks now for her computer.
Since I had already been burned for the DVD drive and ram I was wise enough to send away for a DVD burner (brand new this time) from Newegg figuring that if the burner they sent was bad I would have a backup drive ready to go. If the burner was good then I would have a spare for my inventory. I also sent away for 2 sticks of used 1GB ram from a company whose name ends in bay. This, of course, was just in case the ram from FST was also defective. That also proved to be a good move because, sure enough, the ram they sent me was defective. Now what do I do?..... call FST and have them send me more (possibly defective) ram? Not even worth my time.
This was a lesson to be learned. I highly recommend that you do not buy anything from this company. You will wait for weeks and end up with a defective product. If you do buy a refurbished unit, make sure it comes from another refurbishing company that Newegg uses called Blair Technology Group. I bought a computer from them (via Newegg) and had no problems.
This review is from: ASUS GRYPHON Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: UEFI BIOS-able to use a mouse. Nice GUI
Military grade? TUF components. (Hopefully true)
3- 4 pin chassis fan headers laid out on the edge on 3 different sides.
1- 4 pin CPU OPT header
1-4 pin ASST fan header
I/O shield easy install.
BIOS flashback utility
4-Rear 3.0 USB ports
Header for 2-front 3.0 USB
Angled SATA ports makes it easy for good cable management
Nice board for gaming
Cons: Not really a con but not crazy about the light brown/brown color scheme. And with all the mods in today’s world, it would be nice if we could choose any color scheme for any board. Maybe someday. I suppose you could just buy the optional armor kit and paint that. Idk
Other Thoughts: My first board was an A7N8X bought in 2003 at Newegg. This board is still running, and for the most part used, in a printer server computer in my first build of that same year. That lifespan alone for a motherboard is good enough for me to keep using ASUS. 11 years and still kicking. What can I say?
A big plus for me on this board was the 3 chassis 4-pin fan headers. I have a 3 pairs of fans so I was able to take advantage of those headers without a fan controller. Computer fired right up the first time, recognized cpu, ram, and reported cpu temps and fan speeds immediately. Since I was using a Laing D5 Vario pump with the speed control lead plugged into the CPU fan header, that too was reported immediately and accurately. Sure, every mb is going to have advantages and disadvantages, but honestly, the positives far outweigh the negatives.
btw- this business of the board feeling flexible? Felt to me lke any board I've ever worked on. It is perfectly fine. It is bound to feel flexible to a certain degree.
My son’s gaming rig:
Corsair 350D Case
ASUS Gryphon Z87
i5 4670K 1150 3.4Ghz
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
G.Skill Sniper Series (2x4GB) 1866
Seasonic SS 760XP2 PSU
XSPC Raystorm Extreme Universal CPU Watercooling Kit w/ EX240 Radiator/D5 Pump/Res
Primochill Advanced LRT tubing 7/16" x 5/8"
Monsoon Free Center 6-pk matte black 7/16" x 5/8"
2- Corsair SP 120 PWM High Performance Edition Fans
2-GELID Solutions Wing 12 PL Silent 120mm PWM Case Fans
Lutro0 Customs 550 paracord Royal Blue
GIGABYTE GV-R7265WF2OC-2GD Radeon R7 265 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0
Windows 7 Pro x64
Pros: Well constructed. Solid. Not cheesy at all.
The hook part of the TV mounting bracket (not the wall part) is sleeved in plastic. Nice. This means no metal to metal contact (between wall and TV brackets) and you can slide the TV left to right (at least several inches in my situation) after it is completely mounted. That makes centering the TV a very easy thing to do after the fact. Why? Because of stud lay-out, the wall bracket may not center where you want it to.
Well packaged. I like the fact that they used a hardcore-type egg container-like material instead of Styrofoam. Makes recycling the packaging a good option.
Mounting hardware is complete with all the screws, nuts, bolts and washers you need.
Mounting to wall is straight forward and not too complicated. Will require some pre-calculation so the TV winds up close to where you want it height-wise.
Tilt mechanism works excellent. I found it a good idea to slightly tilt the TV downward to help take away some of the glare from lights or windows.
Comes with these security locking tabs. Once those are swung into place you can actually use a padlock to lock the TV to the wall bracket. Nice feature.
Price is very reasonable for how well constructed this unit is. (Forty dineros)
Cons: A little too far off the wall for my taste (3.5" from wall to back of TV) but the reason for that is the tilt mechanism takes up space in the bracket. That would be normal so I guess not really a con.
Made in that ubiquitous far east place we all love so much. Too bad. But what the hey is a guy gonna do?
Other Thoughts: I own a 42" Panasonic Plasma TV. Model #TC-P42S1
I am a finish carpenter. I have installed tons of fixtures in houses. Towel bars, TP holders, ceiling fans, cabinets, etc., anything on the finish end of house construction. This was my first tilting TV mounting job. It's gonna take you a while to get the job done. Set aside a couple hours at least. If you did the same installation day-in and day-out you could do it in minutes. Don't rush it. Get those wall brackets mounted to those studs. They provide 6- 2.5" lag bolts with a 1/2" hex head. I used 4. If for some reason you can only use 2 then you better make sure you use a gnarly wall fastener for the other 2. My TV weighs 60 pounds. With those 4 lag bolts bolted into studs, I could hang my refrigerator off it. They key, however, is getting that wall bracket snug as bug against the wall. Too loose, no bueno. Too tight?.....well.......you don't want the lags stripping out in the studs either.
First, I had to figure out how I was going to mount the TV brackets onto the back of the TV using the included spacer washers. In my case, I only needed about 3/16" worth of spacers because of the mounting threads being that much recessed from the actual backside of the TV. So I just used 2 washers to build up the space for each threaded insert (8 total). That brought the brackets up flush so they wouldn't push into the back of the TV while being bolted into place. The included spacers are 15/16" tall. That would have meant my TV would stand proud of the wall about another 3/4". I felt the dang thing was already too far off the wall.
Now about the manual. The manual wants you to install the wall bracket first and then mount the TV brackets to the TV.
I found it much wiser to mount your brackets on the TV first. That makes it easier to measure where the wall bracket needs to go as far as the height is concerned.
Overall, I am very pleased with this wall-mounting bracket system. Almost shocked that it was this well built considering where it came from. I am not easy to please because I have installed so much weird cheesy stuff over the years. I know a quality unit when I work with it.
Considering the quality, solid construction, and price of this unit I would highly recommend it to anyone. If the president called me up.......I would recommend it to him too. No question.