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HP 8000 Elite Desktop - 2.9 GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB Memory 250GB HDD DVD Windows 7 Professional
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good price for relatively modern hardware; lots of USB ports, clean inside and out, not much updating needed, good warranty.

Cons: Given that these are refurbs, and the hardware they come with is stated right in the description, I can't see much to list as a con; they come with what they say they do, and run accordingly.

Other Thoughts: I almost never buy refurb anything; prices are so low on new computers, it hardly makes sense, and you don't know the history of what you're buying. That said, I had a customer that had truly ancient stuff that was falling apart, and they couldn't afford new, so this was the next best alternative. I was pleasantly surprised when I got the three units I ordered; they had obviously been cleaned on the inside, and while I see some people have gotten some scuffed ones on the outside, mine were in very good cosmetic condition. All three booted right up, there was very little I needed to do to get them updated, and they were fast enough for the tasks they were slated for, and much better than the ones they were replacing. Many cheap refurbs have inadequate amounts of memory, and often use surprisingly expensive DDR 2 memory, so after the necessary upgrades to make them usable, they aren't such a great deal. These came with 4 GB of RAM, so there was nothing that needed to be done (though I would have preferred 8 , of course). There were no unpleasant surprises when I plugged them in.

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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Pleasant Surprise 04/01/2015


Pros: Surprisingly good case for a very low price. It has practically every must-have feature you could ask for, great cut-outs, good cable management, even a "bulge" in the side panels to allow routing thick cables, and easy access to any hard drive bays. The style is understated, yet stylish.

Cons: As many have mentioned, and rightly so, the metal is very thin. The retention locks are sort of odd, and I snapped one while trying to mount a DVD burner.

Other Thoughts: In spite of a few cons, I gave this case 5 stars because, relative to its price and intended market, this is an excellent case. Perfect? No, but much closer than others that cost more. As noted by other reviewers, the metal is thin, but I see that as a con only in that it could be easily damaged in shipping, and the side panels may not align with the "fit" feel that cases with heavier metal do. Once the computer is built, unless you plan on moving these a lot, I can't see this would be a problem. I also would agree there was some difficulty getting the stand-offs to line up with my board. It's worth noting the stand-offs come pre-installed, which is nice. Also, like many cheaper cases, the front panel wires mount directly to the front panel which means if you remove the front panel, you must be careful not to tear the wires off the motherboard. Front panel is held on by 6 plastic snap-ins, and those could be easy to break. Where cheap cases usually fall down is in cable management (Cooler Master Elite series, for example), but this one is great, no complaints, and hard drive mounting options. This one excels in both. I did not notice an option for a front cooling fan, however, but as I was using an SSD, that did not bother me, and the hard drive mounting points looked like they would allow for an attached hard drive fan if necessary. All in all, perhaps the best case I've seen for 75% of the builds you'll ever want to do. Even the odd retention clips are not really a problem, as there are screw holes for traditional mounting.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Wretched Support 04/28/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Pros: Easy post attachment
Looks nice
Radiator assembly fit well

Cons: Cooler absolutely did not work; idle temperature on an Intel i3 35 watt part was 70 C, much worse than a stock cooler. The unit is not all that difficult to assemble...assuming you go to YouTube and watch a video. The instruction manual is near worthless.

Other Thoughts: I've bought a lot of Corsair products over the years, and generally been happy with most of them. I understand now and then something is not going to work. However, when something does not work, and it is not user error, I expect some ability to get help quickly. I was building a computer for a customer, and this computer was specifically designed to work in a high-ambient temperature environment (maybe 95 F). I specifically used low-heat parts (SSD, i3 35 watt CPU, lots of case fans, and a hydro cooler) to achieve this, and ironically it is reporting higher temps than if I had simply used a stock fan. I removed the cooling head from the CPU twice, checked the thermal paste (both times there was a square, indicating it was making contact) and cleaned the CPU and cooling head and re-applied Arctic MX 2 thermal compound. Now, after a user has done the obvious troubleshooting, one should be able to contact the manufacturer and get some sort of resolution quickly. Instead, here is what you will be greeted with (from the Corsair website) after you have created an account, and jumped through hoops trying to find a part number:
Corsair has received your request. Your ticket # is 6460298. A Corsair Representative will respond within 2 business days. Corsair Customer Service and Technical Support is available Monday – Friday, 7:00AM-5:00PM Pacific Time (excluding weekends and holidays).
Isn't that nice? If you have a problem, you can wait two days (or longer, if that crosses a weekend) for someone to e-mail you, and you an bet the initial e-mail will just be re-hashing what you already told them. Corsair, you need to provide better tech support than that.


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Display Name: John P.

Date Joined: 05/28/02

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  • Last Review: 04/01/15
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