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Pros: Nice 2.8Ghz AMD AthlonII X2, 4GB of DDR3 and a decent size HDD (250GB) for the price. Great for a casual user (email, web surfing) but definitely not for gaming.
Cons: I get many Dell OptiPlex 580's for different clients of mine, the price:performance ratio just can't be beat for a 2.8Ghz AMD dual core, 4GB of DDR3 and a 250GB hard drive. For the people I get these for it blows their older minds. I have received 2 machines that I've had to re-format and re-install windows. I'm not sure if it's the image they use or what but sometimes Windows just doesn't want to boot or has issues. The latest issue I've had was the machine would not let you log into windows, it would freeze with a black screen right when you'd usually attempt to login. Again, a fresh install and everything works fine under my stress tests. Cosmetics are also sketchy. I've had complete disasters where customers didn't want the machine (became nice pfSense boxes) because of so many dents and scratches. Sooo, if you don't mind gambling on the cosmetic condition of the machine and MAYBE the pre-installed Windows will work, then this is good for the money.
Other Thoughts: If you don't mind a gable on the HDD or the pre-installed image then you can't really go wrong with the power offered for this price. These aren't good for gaming, it only comes with onboard AMD HD4200 and the slim tower design won't allow for a very heavy-duty dedicated video card, not to mention the AMD dual core will only bottleneck a high end cared anyway.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Gateway 17.3" Laptop 4GB 500GB | NE72219u
Pros: It was not an OptiPlex, this was purchased from a different vendor via Newegg (ThinkGreenPC). I purchased a laptop (17.3" Gateway) for only $299 with 4GB DDR3 and a low-power quad core. My customer was very happy with the laptop, only issue she had was with Windows 8, which most elderly used to old style Windows have. Sorry for the Mixup.
Cons: Windows 8.1 but that's not Brownbox's fault it's Microsoft's.
Other Thoughts: This laptop is perfect for a casual user. It has enough power to multitask (not heavy gaming) for everyday use (email and web browsing). For the price I definitely recommend this purchase, lots of goodies (especially the 17.3" screen).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It works, it's cheaper than some other 990fx boards.
Cons: Ok, first of all don't buy into these 12 phase VRMs. The quality just isn't there, the ASUS 8 phase VRMs are MUCH better, especially when overclocking. Even when you replace the thermal pad on the VRM and NB with some PK1 and attach an 84CFM Tornado 80mm fan to it, you can't reach 5Ghz IBT stable (H110 CLC with 124CFM 140mm fans in push/pull). 4.9 Ghz needs a whopping 1.6375V to be IBT stable pushing only ~94-98GFlops.
Other Thoughts: Ok, so I took off the plastic coverings on the VRM/NB and SB and attached fans to them. The fan headers burnt out and I lost sound, can't RMA because I modded this board quite a bit, plus I'd rather get an ASUS board next time. But beware, even if you don't plan on MODing this board, just plugging in fans into the fan headers may burn up your board and cause future complications like lost USB or sound.READ FULL REVIEW