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DELL XPS 8700 (X8700-1876BLK) Desktop PC Intel Core i7 4770 (3.40GHz) 12GB DDR3 1TB HDD Windows 8
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The speed of this PC compared to the price is outstanding. The only downside is the video card was made specifically from Dell, so you can't use the nvidia drivers (such as the latest up-to-date ones) - you have to rely on Dell to release updates.

Secondly, pop in an SSD and reinstall Windows 8. You can order the Windows 8 disk for FREE from Dell, and it only takes a couple of days for it to get to you - they send it via air - how cool!

Other than that, this computer can easily handle multitasking! All the USB's are USB 3.0 with USB 2.0 fallback. There are 3 extra SATA ports available (from what I remember) as well. A quick reliable PC, not too loud either, 5/5 eggs.

Cons: Doesn't ship with an SSD

Other Thoughts: If you're looking into hardcore gaming, such as supporting the latest games, this wouldn't be the PC for you. However, if you play some of the older games (not too old, but not the latest and greatest) - I'm sure it could handle it. I use this as a multitasking office workstation for development, image (photoshop), and video (sony vegas) production. Works well and renders fast!

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OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Worked great for about a year. 12/30/2012

This review is from: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: These were fast for their time (wouldn't buy them now with the competition that's out there). Great value as well.

It worked great for the first year and a half, then out of nowhere I booted out of hibernation and the drive completely failed. Could not read SMART, could not get anything from the drive. Tried it in multiple computers without any luck.

OCZ's RMA process was quite easy. When the Agility died on me, they sent me a Vertex 3. Going to end up selling it and switch to a samsung 840 pro series

Cons: Died after a year and a half without any warning - even though all diagnostics showed the drive to be in good health. Would have expected this thing to last longer and would have wished it could have given me some sort of warning to back all my stuff up on to. For the future, I am using my raid1 drive for my documents/vids/pics/etc.

Other Thoughts: Great drive and company, but no longer for me.

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SIIG IC-510012-S2 5.1 Channels 16-bit PCI Interface SoundWave
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Best bang for the buck 03/10/2010

This review is from: SIIG IC-510012-S2 5.1 Channels 16-bit PCI Interface SoundWave

Pros: Great audio quality; installed in under a minute (Windows XP SP3 x86). Comes with drivers for XP, Vista and Windows 7

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: My onboard chip recently burned out (somehow) and while I'll be upgrading my comp soon, this shall suffice. Plays 5.1 (6 channels) flawlessly along with EAX support. Somewhat helps your gaming, though wasn't noticeable for me.

Great alternative to on-board sound, though1

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CHRISTOPHER M.'s Profile

Display Name: CHRISTOPHER M.

Date Joined: 10/14/08

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 11/04/08
  • Last Review: 10/19/13
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