Joined on 12/07/06
Some issues but resolved without too much hassle
Pros: It is a great value for the price. It contained all of the hardware I was already looking to build and decided to go with this ABS machine. It was cheaper than buying the parts individually, not to mention that there is a warranty on this machine. While I had an issue with the motherboard within the first 3 months, ABS was able to send out a replacement with thermal paste (to reinstall the CPU) which resolved my PC issues. One other note is that the only thing I wished was different on this machine was the brand of video card (MSI) and brand of the M2 drive (Patriot). Other than that, they used nothing but high end parts in this machine, and I have no buyers remorse whatsoever.
Cons: Working with ABS wasn't painless on getting my PC fixed during the warranty. Without going into detail, there were some communication issues trying to get the PC issues fixed, but ABS did eventually deliver. It took a few weeks to finally get the right parts, and it wasn't very fun having to replace the motherboard. Other than that, there weren't any other cons.
Overall Review: When the motherboard went bad, I started to worry. I recognized that I had an active warranty on this PC, especially since it was just over 3 months old. These things do happen with manufacturers, so ABS couldn't be blamed. It took a few times working with ABS to finally get the right parts, and I am happy that they were able to deliver on their promise to warranty these items. While replacing the motherboard in this build, I was able to see the quality of this build from ABS. I was expecting an easter egg in the PC somewhere, and surprisingly found none. They applied sufficient thermal paste without it getting all over the CPU socket, the wire routing was OK and not horrid, no bent pins, no hot glue over the board, they did a pretty good job. I am not Steve from GamerNexus, but I can say from my own experience that ABS did OK with this build. Overall, I would recommend ABS if you are considering a custom gaming rig, or unable to source a GPU for a new custom build. The fact that you get the high-end parts and have a warranty to cover it makes this PC infinitely better than an Omen or Alienware PC.
Great use of spare PCI Express slot
Pros: Does not stick out of the side of the laptop, benchmarks prove higher values than manufacturer, works as expected.
Overall Review: I have an SSD drive in my existing laptop and decided to purchase this for the temp files, local machine profiles, email files, etc. It may be a bit overkill, but I keep my 120 GB SSD light and this for handling local profile stuff. I felt the heat but I am not getting it as hot as others on the web have claimed. Seems just fine to me.