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Pros: ASUS quality! Good price ($319) for a basic computer, adequate for running most applications. Also, Windows 7 (64-bit) OS is a plus.
Cons: WARNING LABEL on rear case states that opening the case voids the warranty! Limited expansion options. Two available mobo slots: one PCIe-x16 and one PCIe-x4. One available slot for an extra HD or SSD. Two RAM slots (one available). No on board wireless.
Other Thoughts: To add wireless you either have to use an external USB wireless adapter, or, open the case (see warning) to add a wireless card. If you want to upgrade RAM, space if a bit cramped.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: See earlier review posted on 3/17/14.
Cons: As advertised, the Arctic Freezer A11 cooler is rated at "150W cooling capacity. I initially installed it for cooling an AMD A10-5800K CPU which is rated by the mfr at "100W." My CPU temps had begun to exceed 60 C with subsequent shutdowns. I have recently replaced the A11 cooler with another brand. Since replacement, my CPU temp has not exceeded 50 C, nor have I had any shutdowns.
Other Thoughts: The Arctic Freezer A11 cooler manufacturer does not specify the criteria used to establish the "150W Cooling Capacity." I can only say that, in my case, this cooler did not maintain my CPU temp in a range allowing for effective operation.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LEPA N Series N500-SA 500W ATX12V Power Supply
Pros: New Build: AMD A10 5800K 100watt CPU; ASUS F2 A85-V PRO Mobo; 8 GB Kingston HyperX 1600 DIMM. Crucial 240 GB SSD. Although mostly used for gaming, I haven't seen the need for a dedicated graphics card yet, but this PSU has ample reserve power if I decide to add one later. I've overclocked the system 24% and all the critical voltages are steady. The PSU fan is very quiet. Amply supplied with connectors. Construction just looks high quality, overall. For this price, I think it would be hard to beat.
Cons: None, so far, but I've only used it for a short time.
Other Thoughts: I was looking for a PS to replace one in my gaming computer that blew (literally) during a power surge due to a faulty surge-supressing power strip. After installing the new PS, I found the Mobo was gone also, and possible other components as well. So, I decided to rebuild from scratch with all new components. I figured 500 watts was sufficient for the system I wanted but I didn't want to go "high end." I came across this PSU and it seemed to fill the bill.READ FULL REVIEW