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ASUS K55N-HA8123K Notebook AMD A-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7640G 15.6
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Sleek, chic-let style keys, nice screen, great for mid range gaming. It woked with team fortress 2 and left 4 dead 2 with no issues.

Cons: Flimsy cd tray, Shared video memory so get it to 8 gigs ram As soon as you can. No recover disks or a way to make them since the recover partition is removed. You even get a note explaining this so be noted that you might have to come up with your own OS later if the system fails.

Other Thoughts: I was looking at a $600 laptop with a GPU and glad i waited. This system holds its own just fine. It lost two eggs being your on your on with a recovering OS. This is one of the most critical things missed on today's pc market.

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MSI N450GTS-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice software bundle,
Very nice card for the money. This thing runs at 22c idle compared to the HD 4850 it replaced at 48c idle!! But i have a roomy case too.
Performance is very nice. In L4D2 i get 80-85 fps and after i installed afterburner it got 90fps. In TF2 it bounced from 90-120fps with overclocking in afterburner. The hottest i seen this card get was 32c! yes i did turn up the fan a bit but not much. Uses so little power compared to that old 4850 beast.

Cons: When i got home from work it didn't have my dinner ready.

Other Thoughts: I got sick of my older 4850 running so dang hot and using too much power. I was deciding on a 430 gts at Best Bu... A big box store until i saw this for the same price with cool software. Was a no brainier after that.

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ASUS Eee PC 1201T-MU10-BK Black AMD Athlon Neo MV-40(1.60GHz) 12.1
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 2 gigs ram right out of the box. Beautiful screen! Netbook with a GPU! others with this are around $500. After over a week I love this thing. Very quick and small netbook. I installed xp and it runs it fast, boot up is only 45 seconds. I mostly wanted a netbook with a small GPU for light casual gaming and browsing while on the road. This system works well on Steam, I got running with no issues: Torchlight (didn't need netbook mode just turned down some), Plants vs zombies, Peggle, World of goo, Guild Wars, Star wars galaxies (low graphics setting), Gratuitous Space Battles.

I used the driver disk that came with it to use the super hybrid system then placed it into high performance mode and it zooms. It's even faster then my 4 year old Gateway with a 300m.

Cons: Scratch and fingerprint magnet (no biggy to me), Keyboard moves in as I type (makes it look flimsy). Heat blows out the left side in high performance mode while gaming and most of us rest our left hands there. Could not get 1080p to run at all in xp but will run in full screen 720p just fine. Ill try 1080p later with Win7.

Battery life is not great in performance mode but thats the price you pay on any portable system using a dedicated GPU. Had to change bios to Native-IDE before it would take any OS. Default kept telling me no HD was there during an ubuntu or xp install. No HDMI out but no biggy to me since I have a main system for that.

Other Thoughts: Only almost two hours in gaming on super performance mode while using battery power. With power saving mode on I got 3:30 hours. I can't wait to get win7 to see if its a little better in performance.

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Display Name: Michael W.

Date Joined: 07/14/05

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 08/15/05
  • Last Review: 08/01/13
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