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Ashish J.

Ashish J.

Joined on 06/23/08

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Most Favorable Review

Works with small power supplies

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4650 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card 100253HDMI
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4650 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card 100253HDMI

Pros: Runs on small power supplies. I have this in a system with a 220W supply & another with a 300W supply. Price/Performance ratio is quite good. Purchased for 40$ after MIR. Use it to play Eve-online. Game was unplayable with integrated graphics. With the graphics card, it plays smoothly. Comes with a low profile bracket & high profile bracket. Audio over HDMI works well in my HTPC (don't think this was a complaint, but if you were curious about it, it works)

Cons: None, I can think of. Will update if I have any issues or longevity problems. Not really a con, but something to consider before you buy this card. It is a full sized card, & it takes a little effort to get it into a small formfactor case.

Overall Review: Cheap upgrade for a year old HP desktop without a dedicated graphics card. Both PC's I am using this in, have PCIE 1.0x16 slots. I had read, but not confirmed that PCIE2.0x16 is backwards compatible. If you're asking the same question (since a PCIE1.0 graphic card is hard to find today) this will work with the older slot type.

10/29/2010
Most Critical Review

Good System, system i received shuts down abruptly.

HP Desktop PC Pavilion Slimline S3620F(FK785AAR) Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2.50GHz) 4GB DDR2 500GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 7100 Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
HP Desktop PC Pavilion Slimline S3620F(FK785AAR) Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2.50GHz) 4GB DDR2 500GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 7100 Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Pros: The system is quiet, has a decent configuration at an un-beatable price. I use this for playing some games/watching video/email & internet. A more than powerful system for my needs

Cons: The dvd-drive bothers me a bit too, the vertical arrangement takes getting used to and its easy to rub discs agaisnt the edges of the tray causing scratches on the discs.

Overall Review: The system i received looks fine, minor scratches on the case that I had look hard for. My problem is that this system shuts down abruptly after 10-15 minutes of operation. This is not a problem with bad ventilation, because the computer sits on a desk with ventilation holes clear. The fans are also working. I intend to return this unit for replacement

Works with WHS with a little work

Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Large Capacity Low Power Priced cheaper than WD20EADS

Cons: None

Overall Review: For folks wanting to use this in a WHS setup, I wanted to report that I have been using this drive in my WHS pool for a week now. As another reviewer mentioned, this is an advanced format drive & needs to be realigned via the software tool or have the 7-8 jumpers shorted. I've chosen to short the jumpers with 2.5mm jumpers purchased from an auction site (since I don't have an external dock). It works without issues with my WHS setup. Takes all of 5 seconds to setup and add to pool.

Excellent Buy!

Acer Desktop PC Aspire AX1300-U1801A Athlon X2 7450 (2.40GHz) 3GB DDR2 320GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Acer Desktop PC Aspire AX1300-U1801A Athlon X2 7450 (2.40GHz) 3GB DDR2 320GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit

Pros: For this price, it has an excellent set of specifications. The 2.4Ghz processor, 320GB HDD, 3 GB RAM all for the princely sum of 350 dollars. To compare, an acer aspire one purchased in Jan cost 375 dollars & other netbooks routinely cost 450$ The clincher for me was the built in HDMI output. Other PC's sporting built in HDMI tend to be fully loaded in other areas and cost upwards of 800 dollars. Features 5.1 audio output. I use this in my Home Theater - it runs XBMC with AEON, that I control using an Anyware Vista MCE remote via EventGhost. It runs fairly quiet, is able to decode and play nearly any video/audio file without locking up. The small form factor is a huge plus!

Cons: Does not have built in wi-fi. Not wanting to run cable from my router in the bedroom closet to the living room. I purchased a USB Wi-Fi adapter. Unfortunately the adapter wasn't fast enough to stream & play video/audio off my WHS home server. I've now used a 50ft ethernet cable, that is hidden under masking tape & painted over. Streaming is fine now. The bright blue power light can be annoying. I use the power button in the remote to send this ACER Desktop into sleep mode & wake it up with the remote. The blue light wraps around the top and side of the case, and blinks brightly during sleep mode.

Overall Review: Want to see if there is anyway to get the LED to turn off. Acer supplies speakers which is a thoughtful touch. The supplied mouse & keyboard are solid pieces of equipment & look very attractive also (even though I am replacing them with a wireless combo) Would like to see if this PC can support a Blu-Ray Drive. Single PCIX16 allows room for future upgrade. (Perhaps a TV Tuner card?)