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Acer Certified Refurbished Desktop PC AXC-603G-UW13 Celeron J1900 (2.00 GHz) 4 GB DDR3 500 GB HDD Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The 2Ghz quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM mean that they can actually run Windows 8/10 reasonably well. Unlike some other ultra-cheap, small PC's, it's got an HDMI output, a USB 3.0 slot, a DVD-RW, and it uses an actual power supply (not a laptop power adapter)! Also, very low power usage means we'll save money over time vs a standard desktop CPU.

Cons: The hard drive is slow. No built-in WiFi. The keyboard and mouse are literally just tossed into the box so they bounce around during shipment. Like a couple of other reviewers, I had to reattach a few keys that had fallen off the keyboard. Some crapware, but nothing malicious or that you can't uninstall.

Other Thoughts: We ordered three of these at $140 each. All of them worked were in like-new condition and worked fine out of the box. They're running "Windows 8.1 with Bing". After installing all the updates (1.4GB) I was offered the free upgrade to Windows 10 (another ~3GB). Be prepared to set aside several hours setting everything up.

You're not going to be doing any video editing or gaming on this low-powered machine, obviously, but these work great as simple office workstations. We use them to run Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, and that's about it. They're really a steal at this price if you don't need a lot of power.

Rosewill ARC-750 ARC Series 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Single +12V Rail Intel 4th Gen CPU SLI and CrossFire Ready Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Worked fine out of the box. Plenty of connectors and nice, long cables. Relatively inexpensive for a "brand" name power supply of this wattage.

Cons: Unfortunately, after about 3.5 months it developed a delay between hitting the power button and actually powering on the system. The delay started small, a second or two, and then got very long-- over 10 seconds. Finally, the power supply just refused to turn on. I replaced it with another, known-good power supply and my PC powered on immediately and ran fine.

Other Thoughts: I haven't tested the power in my house so I don't know how "dirty" it might be, but I do know that my previous power supply before this one (I had to replace it when I got a newer, more power hungry video card) worked without an issue for almost 2 years.

PNY GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) DirectX 11 RVCGGTX560XXB 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Upgrading from an old Radeon HD 4770. My motherboard only support PCI Express 2.0 (not 3.0) so this GTX 560 is about the best I can find on Newegg. It's benchmarking (using 3dMark) at about 2x the performance of my old 4770 so I'm pretty happy, especially at a cost of $109 shipped.

So far I've run Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 on it and I'm getting smooth gameplay at 1680 x 1050 with the highest quality detail settings.

Under load the card runs at about 75-80 degrees C. I can't really speak to the fan noise of the card because the stock AMD CPU fan is so dang loud that it drowns out any other case noise.

The card does require two 6-pin PCI-E power connectors. My power supply only had one, but I had an extra 4-pin to 6-pin adapter and that worked fine. The manufacturer recommends a 450W power supply, but mine runs fine with a 400W power supply.

I haven't experienced any driver crashes or "pink screens" that some of the other reviewers below have. Maybe Nvidia's latest drivers fixed the problem, or maybe I just got lucky on got a good card.

Cons: I thought the card was DOA at first because all I got was a black screen all through boot up. The computer would start, Windows would load (I could hear the starting sound), but my monitor said it wasn't receiving a signal. Turns out that the DVI cable I was using with the old 4770 just wouldn't work with the GTX 560. When I swapped it with a new DVI cable everything worked. Strange.

It's not really the fault of card, though. I only mention it on the off chance that someone else runs across the same issue and reads this review.

Other Thoughts: My system consists of:

AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0Ghz 95W CPU
ECS Black Series GF8200A (V1.0) Motherboard
2 x 1GB CORSAIR XMS2 DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
2 x 1GB G.SKILL DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
FSP Group ZEN 400 400W Fanless ATX 2.2V Power Supply


William A.'s Profile

Display Name: William A.

Date Joined: 05/21/02

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 05/22/09
  • Last Review: 11/24/15
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