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iBUYPOWER Desktop Computer CHIMERA SERIES NE431FX AMD FX-Series FX-8320 (3.50GHz) 16GB DDR3 1TB HDD 120GB SSD AMD Radeon R9 380 4GB Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Good performance after Win 10 does its initial scans (See below)
-Stays cool with my aftermarket heatsink on the CPU
-Well designed case - LED's are pleasing and the pc itself is quieter than my old one (See below)
-Got it on sale, really good value for an 8320 + 380 4gb card not to mention 16gb of DDR3 RAM

Cons: -Stock heatsink for the cpu is junk. Terrible. As in, it was so loud whenever I would do something as menial as opening Chrome that I could almost swear I heard my neighbors cussing me out next door. We're not talking "Oh Tim you're just sensitive to sound" loud, we're talking "OH MY GOODNESS, THE COMPUTER SOUNDS LIKE IT'S ABOUT TO BLOW UP!"
-Built in Wifi is absolute junk, at least one the pc I received. I think the highest speeds I got on it were ~330kb, and I'm about 100 feet from the router in my home.
-Windows 10 initial "burn in" or "setup" phase - as much as I like Windows 10, if you've never used it before you should be aware that for every Win 10 install I've done or seen, there's a period of 1-3 days where Windows does its thing and you don't have the top performance your machine is capable of. This isn't anything permanent, just something to be aware of.

Other Thoughts: -I put in a DeepCool Beta 400 ST heatsink after less than 24 hours, because the stock heatsink the PC came with would rev out of nowhere when nothing was happening on the computer to cause this. I sleep in the same room as my computer, and I like the white noise of the computer running as I have mild insomnia from time to time, and this helps me sleep. Was not possible with stock cooler.
-This pc has 3 case fans - one in front for intake, one on top, and one in the back, both for exhaust. Because the side panel that detaches is not designed to have a fan mounted, the computer is a lot quieter for me than my old one, which was a lot quieter than the one before that. Just something to think about.

All in all I highly recommend this pc, even at the current price (I believe today it's selling for $839.99 USD - still worth it) - just be prepared to replace the heatsink. Also, the RAM is ADATA brand if anyone is curious. PSU is iBuyPower branded, SSD is SanDisk, and HDD is Western Digital. I had no problems with the HDD being recognized. Seems like depending on who puts your build together at the factory, it determines if you have to do a lot of extra work or not.

Safe travels!

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME176CX-A1-WH) Intel Atom Z3745 1GB Memory 16GB eMMC 7.0
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -Easy to use, especially if you're familiar with the Android OS
-Generally, it just works. It has its moments, see below
-Beautiful tablet

Cons: -Comes with bloatware that you cannot completely remove, but to my understanding this is true for all tablets?
-If you don't use CleanMaster (a cleaning utility that comes with the tablet's OS) regularly, you will notice the RAM gets eaten quickly, and certain apps like to run in the background constantly, eating up your tablet's RAM as well as battery life.
-Takes forever to charge if you plug it into a usb port on a pc. Kind of to be expected though.

Other Thoughts: -I would buy this tablet all over again if given the choices I was given when it was purchased. It's a good tablet, it's not as powerful as some of the more expensive ones, but if you're like me you are looking for something that doesn't need to be rooted to do more than read books ;)

An interesting note: The most taxing game I've played on this tablet has turned out to be Hearthstone. I have to run Cleanmaster to boost my RAM as well as hibernate background apps to get it to play without too much interface lag.

More thoughts: There are many cheaper tablets supposedly better but by brands you've never heard of. I've worked in retail long enough to tell you just because something costs less, doesn't mean it's more value. Value should mean the quality of product in relation to its price, not just the price alone.

Don't let the bloatware scare you. It's an integral part in all modern Android OS's for some ungodly unknown reason. It's easy to go into the settings and turn the programs off so they don't auto start when you power on your tablet. If you're just wondering if this tablet is worth the cost? In my very humble opinion, it is.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium - 3 PCs / 1 Year - Download
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent anti malware 01/14/2016

This review is from: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium - 3 PCs / 1 Year - Download

Pros: -Was easy to set up and use
-Got at a great discount
-3 machine activation for those with multiple machines

Cons: No cons

Other Thoughts: Other thoughts: Great product, has stood the test of time. Does not completely replace av software, but works in conjunction with it to protect you better. Worth the money, especially when it's on sale.


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Display Name: Timothy R.

Date Joined: 05/15/08

  • Reviews: 21
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  • First Review: 07/22/11
  • Last Review: 01/25/16
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