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Pros: Can't really say since the combo deal I got this in, the motherboard/ video card were DOA. So I honestly haven't the slightest clue if mine actually works. Mainly just here to say-- (read cons)
Cons: -- The stock cooler that comes with this is junk to say the least. I was surprised it didn't (if it hasn't already, I'll know when my other parts come in) burn out the cpu.
First thoughts when I took the stock cooler out of box: "This'll do just fine, I don't get why people are saying it needs a better one." Until I put it in. Got a preeeeetty hot, didn't care for that at all. I even applied some better thermal paste to see if it would help.
I could still easily fry an egg on it. Maybe a steak if I was patient enough.
Also, I upon installing the stock cooler, I felt as if I was going to break my motherboard in half.
AMD y u no make your coolers easier to install? I seriously needed to almost hulk out to secure it to my MB. Almost.
Other Thoughts: I just got a Hyper 212 EVO cooler. I installed it, tried to get the rig working (again). Kept the cpu nice and cool. (Forewarning: This cooler is massive.)
Haven't really looked into water cooling. 1: it's not in my budget and 2: I don't really want to press my luck on water around my computer. Especially IN my computer. Not with my luck that is.
Do whatever you want but you def's need a better cooler then the stock that comes with this.
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Pretty awesome. Kept my CPU nice and cool (being an 8 core, that's not the easiest task). Has the capacity to have another 120mm fan installed which is pretty neato I think.
Cons: It's not necessarily a con BUT.
This thing is huge. It /barely/ fit into my tower case. I think it pushes on the side panel just the /tiniest/ bit when mounted and closed. My case is 8 inches wide.
Other Thoughts: Works great for the price. Not exactly as flashy as others but it definitely gets the job done. You for sure need a big enough case if you (like me) need this beast.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Lasted a long time, Cheap as hell
Cons: Pen is flimsy, lots of bugs.
Other Thoughts: This tablet. This was my first tablet I've ever owned. I've had it for about... 4+ years now. At first I loved it, it was everything I needed (and all I could afford at the time). The most prominent thing noticed at first was the feedback was a little jittery, even when I was holding the pen completely still. I, however, have an odd format for a screen size, so I wrote it off due to that. Over the years, more and more problems came up. Before I was gifted a different tablet I had to do so many "fixes" to deal with the problems. One I even had to come up with myself. Apparently it was very common due to LOADS of people thanking me for the fix after I had posted an answer to someone who had the same problem.
The programs that come with it are nothing more then additions to getting the tablet. I've personally found no use for any of them and one of them (the write-to-type program) only got annoying and in the way and was a pain to figure out how to get it to go away.
HOWEVER. It's a durable bit of plastic. It's lasted up to about a year ago now with only the bugs to deal with. My lifestyle (not of choice mind you) tends to be a rather harsh one. Anything that can last a year or longer with me is pretty okay in my books. The pens though... they couldn't last. They're pretty flimsy and anyone with a bit of hand strength would be able to tell that just by holding it. I've had to go through two of them and I'm sure the only problem (why it doesn't work now) is because I need another. This must also be a big problem as well, because just about anytime I'd go to their site to purchase one, they're out of stock. Because of this (and having been given a different tablet) I gave up on it and now it sits in it's box collecting dust.
All in all, if you're willing to put up with the bugs and go about quick fixing these problems, you've got a mighty tablet that's pretty darn cheap. Be prepared to deal with a lot of bugs though...
The only reason I'm giving it a 3 our of 5 in because I can't go 2.5 out of 5. It's an okay tablet to start out with, or maybe it's all you can afford. In the long run though, without the technical know-how (or at least willingness to look up fixes and take it apart to fix it yourself), you'll most likely be running into a lot of problems.