Date Joined: 08/18/15
Pros: I mean, I got this thing at $400. That's pretty solid right then and there.
Everything works. Probably a big plus.
-2TB HDD. You're proooobably not going to run out of storage space unless you've got a lot of playboy hiding around, but that's pretty alright. It also being 7200rpm is good, I'd probably hurt myself if it were 5400rpm. This will play into something on the other list, though.
-FX-8310 is definitely a pretty solid processor. Now granted, I probably might be smoking something in the eyes of a high-end wannabe, but it does everything that I want it to, and it's good at its job. Plus, it doesn't explode or overheat!!!! ...Not that I've ever actually had that happen, but the thing remains pretty silent overall. I don't know (or care) how much better an intel processor of the same class would be, and that's not to say I'm an AMD fanboy, I'm just going to say I couldn't care about a 5% increase in performance when everything's already solid overall. I like my juicing, but not for $100-$200 extra. I'm not rich. Why do you think I only spent $400?
-Video card is a nice STARTER card. However, probably not your choice for running everything on ultra.
-Build quality seems pertty solid overall. Nice job, ASUS.
-Product was not a lemon. I don't know what happened to the other reviewers, but my product came... 99% fine. Bit of a ding on the box, but I blame FedEx. the actual contents were undamaged, and there's obviously protection inside the package for things like that. LEMON FREE!
-Does NOT make a loud grinding noise. That **** isn't normal, and I'm not sure how come that happened to other users.
Cons: -The video card IS an r7 240. That might be a problem to some, so it's not going to be running everything at Ultra. 1080p medium is enough for me. I'm a simple guy. Go for a GTX 950 or something for 1080p ultra! (DISCLAIMER: statement was ballparking. I haven't done enough GPU research.)
-Does not come with free drinks.
-Might not be the best investment at its full price, but I'm not 100% sure about that.
-It doesn't actually come with a PS/2 port, if anyone's wondering. Someone ought to take that down. :p
Overall Review: I would recommend this to anyone looking for a wallet-friendly, solid machine. It'll do the job pretty well. I come from an AMD A6-3400m APU laptop, so an upgrade to this machine is a welcome one. It's quite fast and still surprises me, but that's ME. I'm a simple guy, and I've got simple standards. Nothing's really been slow or unusable, and that's a huge plus.
It isn't very difficult to set up in the slightest (unless you're 70), and you'll be up and running within an hour. I would probably recommend taking advantage of Windows 10's free upgrade, mainly because it's a lot less annoying than Windows 8.1 all in all. Some people will probably go "BUT PRIVACY IS 0," and to that, I say "smartphones." :p
For a prebuilt machine on sale, I'd probably buy another one if someone was looking for a prebuilt at around a $400 price range.
There aren't any real surprises with the machine, and that's most likely a good thing. I use the machine as an all-around unit, for programming, playing some games here and there, and... well, I'm sure we all know what we do with computers.
Good job, ASUS. It's a pretty reliable machine that I'm currently using at the moment.