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Lenovo M57/DC-2.5 Desktop PC Dual Core 2.5GHz 2GB 160GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Had one of my friends recently purchase this, on my advice, and I set it up for them. Came packaged really well, and functions perfectly.

Surprisingly powerful with for Pentium Wolfdale, and only 2GB of RAM. Came with Win 7-32bit, which works just fine with this setup.

Cons: The BIOS is not for noobs. This is obviously a former corporate unit, and as such, had BIOS settings foreign to most home users. Once I got the BIOS straightened around, and turned off all the corporate network stuff, all went well.

There were no instructions of any kind included with the computer, so if you're thinking of buying it, and know nothing about how to setup BIOS, or know someone who can do it for you, be prepared to do some studying.

Other Thoughts: This is a perfect little computer for those who just want do some internet cruising, office work, emails, and even watching movies. A great value.

I installed the (free) Libre Office suite, and it works great with it. Be prepared for several hours of Windows updating after you do the initial BIOS setup and Windows bootup.

Had only one tiny little covered scratch. It's not new, but it's not priced like new. It did come with a new keyboard and mouse (both cheap, but usable). Hard to believe one can buy a computer that runs Windows 7 well, for this kind of money!

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BIOSTAR TA970 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Where else can one buy a functional and decent AMD 970/SB950 MB for less? Have purchased two of these in the last month from NewEgg. Each has functioned flawlessly, and both have withstood hours of non-stop full-bore torture testing, without a hiccup.

A good "value" board that I will be buying more of to use in future builds.

Cons: Not really a con, but know what you're buying. This is an 4+2 phase MB, not an 8+2 (or more), and is not suited for all-out, pedal to the metal, over-clocked gaming.

The UEFI BIOS, is *not* graphical, does not operate with a mouse, and is not on a par with more expensive MB BIOs' in this class. That said, it's a usable BIOS, but not one for noobs.

Lastly, the size of this MB is smaller than many ATX class MB's. Installed one board in a new Rosewill Galaxy 01 case, and the other, in a Thermaltake Versa II. In both cases, a couple of the "east-side" mounting holes did not line up correctly, leaving the RAM/Power Plug side of the board with out good support (where it's most needed). Easily remedied though. I simply fashioned some plastic supports out of some material I had, and used those.

Other Thoughts: One board was installed with an AMD 965BE (over-clocked to 3900Ghz), and the other, with an FX6300 (over-clocked to 4000Ghz). Cranked at 100% for hours, all temps stayed below, and within spec.

Be sure, if you're overclocking, to get your BIOS fan settings right, first, by installing a decent monitoring program, like HWiNFO64, which gives *correct* readings of the NB (where heat could be a concern).

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Rosewill RK-700M Black 104 Normal Keys 12 Function Keys USB Wired Multimedia Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Hard to beat this for the price. It works fine, but... (see cons)

Cons: The keys area are a little high. The worst problem, is that after 6mos. or so of use, the lettering is wearing off, to the point where a "hunt & peck" typist, like myself, can no longer see the letters/numbers/etc. These are obviously not higher-grade laser engraved keys.

Other Thoughts: For the price, the "disappearing" lettering on the keys is not a big deal. It's a decent keyboard, and in keeping with Rosewill's value driven product line.

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Date Joined: 12/07/06

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  • Last Review: 11/07/13
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