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Pros: Solid components. Good price. Started from day one. Runs Tribes Ascend, World of Tanks and Company of Heroes 2 (Beta) without issue.
Cons: Windows 8. First time using it and while it's acceptable there are some issues.
It wanted my old microsoft ID during registration. Little did I know someone had hacked this thing years ago and changed the user name to ... jennygirlie. So my computer wanted to call me that name and it was on the main user file and I could not change nor rid myself of it. After 3 days I stuck in the recovery CD and started over. Fixed but my Windows.old file still has a jennygirlie....I'm a guy FWIW.
There is something wrong with scrolling and it also extends into EverQuest 2 when I attempt to grab an item from a bag and drag it to another spot. The item/icon drops off the mouse pointer. When I scroll in say a web browser it also drops off the mouse. Also in EverQuest 2 when looking around it's just not smooth. I don't have this issue in newer games I also play. Windows 8 isn't terrible but there seems to be some underlying issue. Also when I plugged in a couple of USB items (like my scanner)it did not recognize them and install the drivers like Win 7 did.
NewEgg warranty vs Avatar Warranty
Here at New Egg we get a 1 year warranty. If you purchase the same system directly from Avatar you get a 3 year warranty . so I'm stuck with a 1 year warranty instead of 3.
Other Thoughts: What's actually in the box.
*16 MB Crucial Ballistix Sport RAM 9-9-9-24 .. BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0
*MSI brand NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650Ti 1GB
*GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 Motherboard
*LEPA B650 Power supply
*WD Blue 1TB HDD .. WMC1S2899863
*IN WIN G7 case with one front and one back fan
So far the system is solid and should do what I need it for over the next 3-5 years.
Feel the components are solid as well. Probably the only thing I had actually wanted to upgrade was the 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650Ti but so far this card is doing just fine.
Windows 8 isn't terrible but wish I had gone with Windows 7 this round.
Not sure why Avatar doesn't allow the same warranty they do if I purchase it through them. No point in registering it with them IMHO.
Pros: System runs great for my games (CoD: Black Ops, World of Warcraft), watching cable television over my Hauppauge card, streaming on justin.tv, browsing the internet and anything else I throw at it. First system that I didn't build myself in about 10 years. Felt the price was reasonable.
Other Thoughts: Can't speak for the mouse or keyboard as I am not using them. Have my own personal preferences there.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good memory. Used the same model only in 2GB for a system I built a little over a year ago. Just added this 4GB to the system and it's running great.
Cons: No Cons on the item, just that my MB seems to be limited to using less than 4GB of RAM while using a 32 bit OS, which made this particular purchase a waste it seems.READ FULL REVIEW