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ASUS Desktop PC M51AC-US018S Intel Core i7 4770 (3.40 GHz) 16 GB DDR3 1 TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Windows 8 64-bit
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Pros: I started out looking for a high end system for gaming on ultimate settings, future proof to 1440K @120Hz (as soon as I can afford the monitor!). I thought my best bet was to build my own PC and began scouring the budget tech sites for components. After a month of researching I specced out the best high end gaming rig I could afford. I had to make compromises on processor, memory speed, and video card (read: AMD). This 'compromise' gaming rig I designed came to over $1100 without an OS and disc drive. Then while searching for better, cheaper components Newegg politely recommended this system and I realized it had almost everything I originally wanted for cheaper than I could ever find on a component level. AND it comes fully constructed made by a company I respect? I could not shove my money into the monitor fast enough (probably due to the lackluster speed of my old system, definitely time for an upgrade!).
Intel 4770 > AMD 8350 ($200)
ASUS GTX760 3GB > same card at 2GB ($250)
Comes with case ($60), 16GB@1600 memory ($200), m'board ($130), power supply ($80), 1TB@7200 drive ($80), wifi card ($30), case components, fans, etc. ($100).
At time of purchase this entire system was on $50 discout +$100 Mail in rebate and a free game (Assassin's Creed IV) with Newegg's free shipping totalling ~$1050.
No brainer.

Cons: I couldn't beat the price of this system and the only cons are other compromises I had to make for affordability and not necessarily the fault of the system itself.
I would have preferred a small solid state drive for the OS and some games. Since this system comes with the OS pre-installed and no disc I have to jump through hoops to set this up.
And speaking of OS, it comes with windows 8... a definite con.
I would have preferred faster memory but that is a small matter, 1600Mhz is plenty. I haven't looked into whether the m'board can handle faster...
The antenna for the wifi is a cool design but flimsy and I broke it just setting up the computer... no problem its a gaming desktop and will be plugged in but still.
The motherboard has no SLI support, again the graphics card is so good on it's own that SLI is ridiculous but I've heard some amazing results can be gleaned from a 760 in SLI and it would have been nice to have the option.
The processor is not the overclockable 'K' variant but that's only a con in the sense that my new rocket ship doesn't have leather seats.

Other Thoughts: The case is pretty quiet too even under heavy load. All around a very solid machine for an amazing value.


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Display Name: Tristan G.

Date Joined: 12/08/10

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  • First Review: 05/05/14
  • Last Review: 05/05/14
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