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Pros: At first I thought this card was broken. Nothing would come up on the screen but I noticed that my hard drive would not work either whenever the card was installed. I traced the problem back to a weak power supply. According to specifications my older power supply should have been able to handle it but that was not the case. I ended up having to purchase a new power supply which I was in need of anyway.
The card runs cool. It is small and does not take much room inside the case. You will only receive the card in a box, nothing else. Windows 8 installed the drivers automatically but I visited nVidia’s website to verify anyway. I can play the Sims 3 with the highest settings.
Cons: My Zalman VF1000 cooler would not fit on this card. The mounting holes of the card would not align with those of the cooler. The miss alignment was small so I grabbed my power drill and made the holes slightly larger on the card. This was scary but it worked! I always had the option to leave the stock cooler in place but the original plan was to use my Zalman cooler and I am persistent.
Other Thoughts: Buying a refurbished item can be daunting but mine has been working fine even after some modifications. It looks like the people at the quality control department of EVGA are doing a good work. I would recommend this card to anyone that wants to save money and is not interested in playing the latest games at the highest settings. So far I have only played the Sims 3 with this card. I plan to buy more games later on.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This CPU is fast and runs cool. Perfect for a budget build. Comes with an AMD sticker. Runs perfectly fine with Windows 8 and 8.1.
Cons: I was reading the warranty section of the manual and it states that if you use a CPU cooler other than the one that is being provided (stock) the warranty is voided. I went ahead and ignored this but just so that you know…
Other Thoughts: I recommend this CPU to anyone planning to use Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, etc. Also, I play the Sims 3 from time to time and I haven’t had any problems yet (along with a graphic card of course). We know Intel is faster but speed is not everything.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade
Pros: It is faster than Windows 7. All my drivers were downloaded automatically. I am starting to like the start screen … mainly because of the customization.
Cons: You can only upgrade within the same “bit version” of windows. For example, you cannot upgrade from Windows XP 32-bit to Windows 8 64-bit.
Half of the apps do not work unless you provide Microsoft with an e-mail address. Want to use the calendar app? Yeah, give us your e-mail first. Other features also require this.
If you have multiple user accounts, it will automatically sign you in to the last one that was used the next time that you power on your computer. There are no settings to disable this and I really wish they would add one.
I had to change the default programs that open the music, picture, and video files because it kept opening them with the tile apps. Windows Media Player can no longer play mpeg video files. What???
The selection of wallpapers is poor and there are no user account pictures to choose from (unless you upload them).
You can no longer add gadgets to the desktop.
There is no Windows Classic theme.
Other Thoughts: I can only recommend it if you don’t already have Windows 7. The key will not activate unless you perform an actual Windows upgrade. It will not activate from a clean install. The Windows 8.1 update takes forever and I have to say that I like it more than the regular Windows 8. The whole Metro/Desktop switching thing feels broken and lazy on behalf of Microsoft. I feel like I am running two different operating systems at once.
It already comes with an antivirus software installed but it does not appear in the notification area of the taskbar when running. At first it made me think that the antivirus was not protecting my computer.
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