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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 (31102NU) Desktop PC Intel Atom D2700 (2.13GHz) 2GB DDR3 320GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Looks good on paper. "USB 3". Built in DVD ROM. Good price for these options in a micro device.

Cons: Doesn't work IRL. No video processing, no (functional) upscaling, can't push enough bandwidth over the GPU LANE (singular) to display 1080 (p/i, 50/60).

Other Thoughts: Don't mix Iintel and AMD, it doesn't work. 1x PCI-E lane is bad enough, Lenovo isn't exactly know for performance, and especially not for quality for low end equipment. Drivers included are poor versions. Reinstall from scratch for any hope of stability.

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Acer Veriton VM498G-Ui3540C Desktop PC Intel Core i3 540 (3.06GHz) 2GB DDR3 320GB HDD Windows 7 Professional
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good hardware for price, mid tower. Acer's "Business" line, so you can get XP drivers from them. Anything "consumer" grade gets attrocious support and no drivers. Then you're using cpu-z to find the correct chipset and downloading from Intel or AMD (trust me, I've done this multiple times to Acer).

Cons: TINY power supply, REPLACE THIS IMMEDIATELY! You won't be able to add a video card with this power supply, and frankly, it's about maxed out with 2 more sticks of ram and 2 more drives. A higher powered, quality PSU will add a lot of life to components. Don't under estimate the effect and damage of the PSU.

Acer support SUCKS! If you want support, as much as I hate it, go dell. If you want higher quality hardware for a lower price, Acer's pretty good. Acer support is clueless, unhelpful, and will only respond with blind statements and form letters.

Poor airflow, follow Doc's advice and add some fans. This too will add longevity and stability to the system.

Other Thoughts: Just to update Doc, you do NOT need to buy another copy of Windows to run 64 bit. Windows 7 licensing allows you to run either-or, just reinstall to get 64 bit. Excerpt from M$ site about Windows 7 license:

"d. Alternative Versions. The software may include more than one version, such as 32-bit and 64-bit. You may use only one version at one time. If the manufacturer or installer provides you with a one-time selection between language versions, you may use only the one language version you select." (http://www.microsoft.com/About/Legal/EN/US/IntellectualProperty/UseTerms/Default.aspx)


FYI I'm a communications engineer that still does side work and a good deal of work with computers too.

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GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: (psuedo) USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s

Cons: USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps use PCI-Express lanes, and downgrade Primary PCI-Express slot to 8x if enabled.

Doesn't recognize memory properly and tech support is 100% non responsive.

Memory is VERY inflexible, RAM has to be installed ONLY in 1&3 (second and 4th slot, labeled 2,1,4,3, NON-colored) if only using 1 pair. Single chip installed NOT recognized, so troubleshooting one stick is out. Board sees all the memory, but disables one slot. No remapping available, no way to change PCI-Express memory used. PCI-Express memory FORCIBLY shared with available O/S memory, meaning if you install 4 gigs of ram, you only get 1.25 for Windows.

Tech support refuses to respond or acknowledge problem, this is on latest BIOS (7C ATM).

NEVER AGAIN for Gigabyte

Other Thoughts: I'm a communications engineer who's been doing this for 20 years and built hundreds of systems. Gigabyte has gotten themselves added to my list of NEVER TOUCH UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES PERIOD.

Also, NewEgg packed this shipment HORRIBLY, and since they shipped it UPS things were broken and my thermal paste lost completely. This will lead me to look much harder for another supplier for future transactions.

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Display Name: Clay W.

Date Joined: 08/09/04

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 03/12/08
  • Last Review: 09/22/12
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