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Pros: For everyday use, this PC will meet all your needs. Has a fresh version of windows 7 installed. Small footprint.
For gaming, this PC has an i5-2500, which is still a decent cpu. The 8GB is generic, but does the job. All you need is a videocard. I installed a Gigabyte GTX 750 TI 2GB low profile card and it is running with no issues. For $289.98 total, not a bad budget gaming desktop.
Cons: This PC is refurbished, and it looks refurbished. There are scratches all over the place, the gray edge trimming is peeling, and inside there was dust everywhere. However, if this PC does break down (being refurbished), I feel I still got a good deal in parts, considering I get an i5-2500, 500 GB hard drive, and Windows 7.
Other Thoughts: For those who are looking at upgrading (case, power supply, videocard, etc.), the power supply is 240W, and the motherboard does not have the standard 20+4 pin connector. The power supply is also a proprietary power supply, as it is installed over the hard drive on a hinge. Replacing it in the original case might be difficult.
The PC did come with an ATI videocard that has a proprietary DVI connection. I removed the card and used the onboard VGA connection for first startup. I installed the gigabyte GTX 750 TI 2GB low profile card after initial setup.
After the videocard upgrade, this PC is still a low range budget gaming desktop. Do not expect this to be anything more than that. If you want a true gaming desktop, be ready to spend this much on a cpu or gpu alone.
Pros: Almost GTX570/660 performance for $120. Can't beat the performance at $120.
Cons: None, for the price.
Not really a con, but this card is not a high end card, so do not expect max settings on all games.
Other Thoughts: I bought this card on sale and with rebate. For $120 this card is an excellent value. For the original price of $170 (if you can't get it on sale/rebate) I would think about spending a little more and getting a GTX660 or 7870 LE (sale/rebate).
5 eggs for $120
4 eggs for $170
I own both the GTX 570 and 7870 LE and have compared the performance of all three cards.
This review is from: PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) DirectX 11.1 AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (UEFI Ready)
Pros: Got this on sale for $208.
Best bang for your buck.
Cons: Fan is not the quietest. I have mine idling around 30% so it's not louder than any other component in my case. However, during gaming you can definitely hear the fan. No egg off as this is what you can expect from this type of fan design.
Other Thoughts: Replaced a GTX 570 on my second gaming computer. Performance is better, but overall not super amazing.
This card does not max out every game at 1080P (I have this paired with an i5-2500k and 8GB ram). Details, textures, and settings like these I can have at the highest, but to include max lighting, shadows, AA, AF, this card comes no where close maxing out every game.
What makes this card great is the price for the performance. If you understand what you are getting, and can get this card on sale, then I highly recommend this card.
Main Gaming PC
NZXT Phantom 410 Black
i7-3770k @ 4.2 GHZ
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
EVGA GTX 680 2GB
16GB Kingston HyperX
Corsiar M4 128GB SSD
Rosewill RBR1000-M 1000W PSU
Second Gaming PC
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition
Asus P8P67 LE
i5-2500k @ 3.3 GHZ (stock)
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
PowerColer HD 7870 Myst Edition 2GB
8 GB GSKill Ripjaws X
Thermaltake TR2 500W PSU
Left Over Parts PC
Cooler Master Elite 310
i3-2120 @ 3.3 GHZ (stock)
EVGA GTX 570 1.25GB
8 GB GSkill Ripjaws X
ULTRA 600W PSU