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Pros: This gpu can handle any game thrown at it. I don't do 4k or anything, but I am a big gamer, and a married one.
Cons: Failed 1 month after the 1 year warranty. Of course it did.
Other Thoughts: This is most likely a fluke as all my previous gpu for the last 8 years have been msi. However, the clear obvious quality of all computer components (not just MSI) have degraded rapidly over the last 5 years leaves suspicious on the fact that of course it failed 1 month after the 1 year warranty. Go figure.
Asrock 970 extreme 3
HAF 932 full tower case with 8 fans in it
So I know it's not build.
This review is from: Cooler Master NotePal X3 - Gaming Laptop Cooling Pad with 200 mm Blue LED Fan
Pros: Looks cool, nice lights.
Cons: Does not cool anything. I put a piece of paper (straw wrapper for like a fountain drink) on the cooler. Could not even blow it away. Tried with plastic that the usb power cord came in.... couldnt blow that away either. So it looks cools and has nice angle, but thats it. returned.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -the price
Cons: -driver issue with windows 10 (not serious as the driver is with some equipment not used for anything important.) Only one driver could not be used for a serial port. The hardware in question is used only for remote access viewing for like a big business who may monitor their employees live via remote access. This does effect the basic remote access programs such as windows remote access or team viewer. It's more for a business that runs a separate video line to each piece and hooks up to the hardware plug in question. The drivers you can find online. But you cannot install them in windows 10 as Microsoft will not let you because it's not approved Microsoft software. I've tried many workarounds to bypass Microsoft's block on the driver install exe but no luck. I just left it so that hardware is disabled due to lack of drivers. Not a vital piece. (Note: with the windows 7 pro that was already installed when I got the pc did not have this problem, the driver was already installed. This lack of driver issue only occurred on windows 10.)
Other Thoughts: So my overall review.... this cpu is more on the high end of cpu spectrum. The ram that came with it was indeed 8gb but only 1333mhz. Still it booted up fast. I'm the family tech guy and I ordered this for my sister as she needed a good school computer. This would natural be a great gaming machine with the proper case, motherboard, and gpu. But this case is a thin one and I doubt the motherboard could handle a high end gpu let alone wouldn't fit in the case. It comes with an ATI HD 6350 if I recall correctly, but I have never seen that type of connector. It's not vga, hdmi, nor dvi. But the pc came with the necessary adapter which actually split into two vga plugs for two monitors. Plus the on board Intel for a 3rd monitor should you need 3. I do not believe the Intel built in gpu was active on windows 7, but that's a simple install of drivers if you want 3 monitors. It does come with both a wired optical mouse and keyboard, and the hdd was indeed a 500gb in which about 10gb, was partition separately for recovery purposes. The site states it comes with recovery cds. This was not true in my case, but an email settled that and they replied with a simple shipping it out asap, sorry for the trouble. The case had a few scratches but no dents. The vent area of the case had some dust, but not enough to my standard to warrant a cleaning and i clean my own custom built pc every 6 months. The inside of the case was impressively clean, didn't see a single spec of dust/dirt. If I wanted to upgrade this to a gaming pc, I would buy a standard gaming case, a new motherboard, a new gpu, and maybe upgrade the ram to a 1600mhz speed. The cpu alone is worth the $200 for this pc (almost). I didn't notice any sluggishness like you do with most work/corporate pcs as you can quickly tell that's what this was used for. The pc came clean. As soon as you turn it on, you have to go through the setup process. Sure comes with some bloatware like Norton and a bunch of other stuff you will need to uninstall. But your not dealing with anyone else's mess. Everything as expected was compacted in the case as it is a small case, made me feel cramped just by looking at it. So I am not sure if anything is upgradeable. I mean, you can swap out hard drives for an ssd in sure, swap out ram, but adding more ram? I didn't check as its intended use is not mine so I didn't bother checking. The build is perfect for my sister and then some. The gpu I saw could be upgraded to a better gpu if someone wanted to install a better one for gaming, but you will not be able to go to the top of the line gpu. It will be required to use a micro/small gpu. But I know they make small ones built for gaming, may not be able to play far cry on high settings, but medium sure with the right micro gpu upgrade. After buying this one, I have already recommended these to a few clients asking for a simple but powerful pc. This is definitely it. I also took advantage of the free windows 10 upgrade. Only had the one driver problem mentioned above which in 99% of cases won't matter anyway as not many business use that type of software/hardware for remote access anyway. I will buy another one of these to use as a server for my family as that's what we use instead of cable tv. Who pays for tv anymore? I will just upgrade the hard drive.READ FULL REVIEW