Date Joined: 06/01/08
Pros: Good build overall
Cons: Possibly used (tape was cut, inside of case did not have all packing foam)
Bent cpu cooler (will be contacting support and possibly lowering or raising score based on their response)
Invalid windows key (see below as this is fixable)
Bios not set correctly for ram speed out of the box (only an issue if you didn’t know to fix it)
Overall Review: I was very concerned when getting the box as all tape had been cut except for one strip that seals the top of the box. This could not have happened in shipping and I believe this was used and returned. Upon opening everything was there that should have been except the inside of the case only had packing foam underneath the gpu. The entire area above around the cpu and ram was unprotected. I don’t know if this was simply forgotten or because it was returned and then sent to me.
The cpu cooler was bent towards the back of the case (note the angle in the photo), copper tubing bent and I don’t have any thermal paste to remove and reapply it. This is simply unacceptable and I didn’t want to take off score points until I get in touch with support and see how they resolve it after I fully stress test the cpu to see if heat issues are there since the pipes might have bent back enough to cause small gaps and lower cooling efficiency. However for normal gaming the cpu temp is acceptable.
Next issue was Windows being invalid. Again this might have been due to the pc being used...however I knew how to fix this and will paste the fix at the bottom of my review since I fixed it myself without needing support.
After all of these negatives why did I leave a 4 star review? Because the build itself is good. The price is fair considering the components. It runs extremely quietly. There is no bloat ware. It runs games I play both on my 4K tv and 1440 monitor @144hz flawlessly and doesn’t even sound like it’s working at all to do it. Gpu temps don’t leave the 60s. The rtx3070 (asus Dual) is amazing.
Ram is good but bios is not configured correctly out of the box. Because of the cpu speed you are limited to 2933 but the iOS setting was significantly lower (I forget how much). An easy fix though, just go into bios and change it. You can’t go to the full speed of the ram due to intel’s restrictions and that isn’t the fault of the pc here unless they used another motherboard.
All in all this is an excellent pc flawed by some questionable and shady issues of it possibly being used and a bent cpu cooler. This is a 5 star pc at this price if these issues were not present.
Now I will explain how to fix their mistake and validate your copy of Windows.
Press Windows key + X
Click Windows PowerShell (admin)
Enter the following command:
wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey
The product key will be revealed, copy the product key
Click Start > Settings > Update & security > Activation > Change the product key then enter the new product key then click Next to Activate