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Pros: This processor has given me exactly what I have been looking for in a processor.
I was looking at getting a devils canyon i5/i7 but they cost around 300 for the processor. I had been saving up until my current motherboard popped a capacitor. I am upgrading from an Abit pro motherboard with a core 2 quad, 4 gigs of ddr2.
My current rig is this processor, an asrock z97 extreme6, and 16 gigs of ddr3 1600, with a 2tb sshd.
I decided to make a decision and purchase this wonderful, inexpensive, and what i figured would be a temporary processor while I saved up for the i7. Got this one on sale for $105 here at Newegg.
Here are my thoughts:
First of all, it has contacts instead of pins so no more bent pins!
It has yet to bottleneck whilst playing 3 clients of eve online, with firefox having a million and a half windows, and 2 virtual machines in vmware running Debian linux and windows server 2008.
It is EXTREMELY snappy and satisfying at base clock speeds.
The maximum recorded temperature with the stock cooler is 66c. This is with factory thermal paste, in a thermaltake case in a less than ideal location without much room to breathe.
Cons: My only real con is the stock cooler. That thing looks like junk. It's quiet, yes... but its the smallest cpu cooler i've ever seen, with a fan shroud that does not prevent the 4 pin fan wire from accidentally being hit on the fan. I think it's a trinket they just threw in the basket simply because it had to be there.
Other Thoughts: If you're considering this processor and you do not need more than 2 cores (most games do not use multiple cores), Buy this!
Spend the cash, get a reliable, quality processor and buy an aftermarket cooler because the OEM one is garbage.
Pros: Nice layout. Everything works perfectly. It was for an office desktop so I'm not too concerned with performance, but it does outdo all the others in the office with the A4 and 8 gigs of ram. Everything fits nicely and is labeled properly for ease of setup.
Cons: Diddn't have an IDE port haha! Whoops, that one was my fault :) Other than that... No cool stickers?
Other Thoughts: Board works great and is well built from a name that I trust. I don't see any potential problems with anything on the board, and it looks pretty solid for almost any application I can throw at it. Happy :)READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very cheap, Tiger Direct shipped them extremely quickly. Great specs for the money. ($249 free shipping).
Cons: Very bad QC is done for this product. I purchased 3 of these for a doctors office. I had set one up, had driver issues with a wifi card (which I actually had to break the sheet metal flap that isnt one of those inserts that slide out so I could fit my PCI Wifi card in). I have an old XP laptop in the room directly next to it, and the speed on the laptop is very fast, while this one wouldnt go past 5 kbps. I tried this same card on a dell inspiron 530 and it worked perfectly fast.
I unboxed computer #2. I set it up, plugged it into a GFI protected outlet, and turned it on. I heard a clicking noise, and a part of the cord actually burst into fire! Luckily it happened then when i was there, otherwise it would have burnt our office building down. I did try the tower with the cables from the working one, and it didn't boot the first time, and the second time it bluescreend before the boot screen even went up. The mouse and keyboard are flimsy, and the construction overall is TERRIBLE!!!
Other Thoughts: It seems that eMachines is really as bad as people say... all I have seen is terrible construction, poor performance, and very cheap manufacturing, quality control, and design.
I have owned an emachine etower before, and it was great for me about 4 years ago. We also had a newer emachines in which the PSU had a resistor that actually fell out and got banged around inside of the little psu case, and it fried the MB.
Bottom line is I would go with a better or more reputable company instead of eMachines/gateway. If you want cheap, buy an old dell with XP on it. If you want cheap and up to date, look somewhere else.
Should've gone with newegg :(