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Pros: I've been having a lot of difficulty getting a flat bed scanner that works with 8.1. I guess not too many flat beds are sold and they are a low priority, I tried several brands including Canon and Xerox.
With this computer and software from the epson web site I have been able to make multiple page pdfs so I guess I'm back in business.
Cons: BUT I still can't get it to work as a simple copier. My old flat beds used to do this easily.
Also, no luck using it with scanner utility in windows 8.1.
Other Thoughts: I don't know what the message is here but the majority of the market seems to have moved to combined scanner-printers. My old Canoscan was great but the move from XP to Win 8.1 has turned it into junk. Never mind driver downloads the companies aren't really serious about making these work.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Put it on an ASUS mobo and gave it 16 gigs of DDR3 1600 RAM not because I need it but just for once I wanted to have way too much RAM. I build a second identical machine for upstairs and it works fine with only 8 gigs.
I didn't buy AMD to save money I bought AMD because I like AMD. I have noticed that the computer provided for me at work is an Intel at 2x the price and that this computer is markedly inferior in graphics performance even though the university has superior high speed access.
Cons: There are a lot of comments here about the need for an aftermarket fan. I favor a quiet build and I can't imagine why *anyone* would want *anything* but an aftermarket fan. OEM fans tend to be small fast and noisy as a result of being fast. I'm running a Noctua fan low rpm, big blades, and temps are usually in the 30s. I also have three additional low speed fans in the box, two exhaust and one intake.
Other Thoughts: For a while I was addicted to Battlestar Galactica on line and was getting anywhere from 60 to 150 fps.
In order to run two screens at once I had to buy a graphics card. This is mainly a question of what the mobo permits in terms of hookup. I have it set up so that a movie can be streamed in the living room while I work on the same computer with a spreadsheet or word processor.
By building ahead of the curve in terms of minimum processor and RAM requirements I expect that this hardware will work on the next OS upgrade. I invested in a top end "gold" power supply to enhance longevity. With an SSD for the OS the system boots in less than 30 seconds cold and less than 5 seconds from sleep mode.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Pros: If you want it to act like windows 7 then do this: right click on your task bar, select PROPERTIES, click the tab NAVIGATION, then select "go to desktop instead of start."
Henceforth it will act a lot like Win 7. When you want the start button you don't have to go to lower right, select, then select again. Just hit your window key. You will be in a large easy to navigate "start" environment. You will however, have to delete from this environment the weather and sports news and other junk you don't want or get elsewhere.
The built in child supervision account is really much easier to use than the software add-on I had with XP, which crashed half the time (Norton).
Very reliable system.
Cons: NO BUILT IN CD/DVD player! For this you have to pay $15, AND IT DOESN'T WORK. That really ticked me off. I downloaded the free utility VLC media player and it works better than the MS utility that you pay for. I could go on a rant about this but needless to say Microsoft doesn't care.
Other Thoughts: Even though I use 7.0 at work I have installed 8.1 on two home builds and am about to put it on a third.READ FULL REVIEW