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Pros: Purchased this computer in November for about $480 with a discounted price and promo code. A steal for what you get.
I got it mostly to play a few games like WoW (high to ultra), Diablo (high), Aion (mid), and a few games from Steam (ultra/high/mid). It's been able to handle most of what I've thrown at it. Probably upgrade it down the line as needed.
-Decent entry-level graphics card
-Loads of room for expansion
-Easily accessible internals
Cons: No wireless or Bluetooth integration. Might be an issue for some, but I've got mine tethered to my notebook for internet until I feel like moving my router. It's personal preference, especially with wireless keyboards and mice; it's just nice to not have to worry about batteries. Ugh...
Fans run a bit louder than what I'm used to from previous computers (notebook, all-in-one desktop), but that's to be expected I suppose. And it's nothing that can't easily be fixed by adjusting fan speeds or replacing them with something quieter altogether.
The supplied mouse and keyboard do feel a bit cheap, but still work great. Keys do, however have a nice responsive feel to them. And again, nothing you can't swap out. I have been using the mouse as it is a bit better for gaming then what I was using.
Not a huge fan of Windows, especially 8. As someone who's been using OS X for the last eight years or so, there's a bit of a learning curve when it comes to navigating the UI. I used 7 here and there, which I thought was very nice and user-friendly compared to previous versions. But of course, it's nothing against the hardware.
Definitely not worth detracting any eggs over any of these issues.
Other Thoughts: A few things that are omitted in the specifications are that the GPU memory interface is 128-bit with 384 Stream Processors. I believe the video card is slightly different than the one that shipped with my unit a few months ago.
Also, like many other reviewers here mine came with a 430W PSU. A modest upgrade from the 350W listed in the specs. Still, you'll most likely want/need to upgrade it if you're planning on swapping out the GPU for something a more powerful.
I was a little worried about the case itself looking a bit tacky, but it's much nicer in person. It's also very light and durable, and has very easily accessible panels for components and cable management. I also didn't think I'd care for the LEDs, but they're a nice touch that adds to the cosmetics of what would otherwise be a dull black case.
Shipping, as is usually the case with Newegg, was very fast. The computer was packed up safely in two boxes with good packing materials.
All-in-all a great entry level PC for someone looking to build their own, but not quite up for starting from scratch. A must buy for any enthusiast!
Display Name: Brian D.
Date Joined: 12/09/09
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