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Pros: - Seriously affordable. I purchased mine for $100.
- Everything works.
- New keyboard & mouse included.
- Hasn't had a single hiccup in a day and a half of running.
Cons: Considering the price and listed specs, there are none worth mentioning. It arrived at my house fully functioning and ready to go, and that's the most important check-box to tick when you spend $100 on a complete computer.
Other Thoughts: These were almost definitely leased out, as opposed to actually sold to the seller. Therefore, they are likely to be in better shape than actual "used" as in "fully owned, abused, broken, then sold" would be.
They also tend to be "luck of the draw".
Actual components might be different between two different computers.
For example, mine isn't truly an m58p. It's an m58 (7638-A2U). Not a big deal to me, but worth mentioning. This system shows in some places as being expandable to 16gb RAM, but it's truly only expandable to 8. It CAN handle 609.5 mhz, and it can handle low-latency kits as well. The mobo is PLGA775, though it only indicates as LGA775 on the mobo itself. There is, contrary to popular belief, just enough difference that I won't be able to plop one of the reasonably capable Core 2 Quad procs in as a replacement. The included drive is SATA II but the mobo only supports SATA I.
There is, actually, room for a slim GPU (low profile, of course) and still space afterwards for a wireless networking card.
None of these things concern me in the slightest. I needed something very basic to last me 1-3 months, and this is far better than I would have expected, before even considering the price.
I only mention these things because someone out there will be curious of exactly what to expect. I was trying my best to figure out particulars before ordering.
- Proc: e6550.
- HDD: Samsung HD161GJ (Very clean, could well be new.)
- RAM: 1 Micron 1GB, 533 mhz (Jan 2010). 1 Elpida 1GB, 533 mhz (Nov 2009). Is DDR3, supposedly 204-pin (sometimes referred to as 'laptop memory') as opposed to 240-pin (desktop memory).
Hopefully that pile of stat can give you a more specific idea of what's in the box.
Just know: if you need a backup desktop, this really isn't a bad choice.
Pros: Well, none.
Cons: Sadly, neither stick turned out ot work properly.
The first was immediately (though not physically) and obviously not working properly. Bluescreens in Windows, system faults in Lubuntu. A memory test showed error after error with that stick.
The second stick seemed to be a winner, and I was content to just have 2gb for the time being. Sadly, it has also failed at least once an hour since I popped it in. I haven't run memory testing on it, but whatever the cause, I now have 2 sticks I can't use, and therefore RMA is necessary.
Other Thoughts: I love G.Skill products. Seriously.
I'll continue to order them. Seriously.
This is the exception to the rule, so far.
If it becomes` the rule, though, I'll be finding a new favorite brand. Please don't make me do that, G.Skill. That's a massive pain in the backside.
Don't send me any more defective RAM.
Pros: Provided exactly the boost my old laptop needed. Shipped in good nick, popped in just fine.
Cons: Only one of the sticks works properly. The other won't work properly, whether I try to run Windows or Lubuntu, or try installing either.
I tried running with both sticks installed, then after repeated crashes, I tried each stick seperately.
One stick works perfectly, the other (or both together) can't make it through boot under any circumstances I've tried.
Other Thoughts: I would like to RMA for a replacement, but I would obviously have to send both back, and I can't afford to have my only computer out of commission for a few days or weeks while I wait out the process. I'm going to have to make do with the single stick, which is still double what I had before.
Hence the 4-egg rating. I know this would be a great purchase if both worked properly.