Great value, but I expected more out of this machine. With 16gb RAM, the newest i7 4770k processor, a decent graphics card, and 3.0 USB technology, I expected the M51AC to be 10x faster than my other 10 year old PC.
The fact is, 3.0 isn't all it's cracked up to be, 5gbps is unattainable, Windows 8 slows the machine down just enough that the processor, graphics card and RAM are a wash, and installing a SSD helped a little bit when used as a Ready Boost Drive, but not very much.
Very fast, 4th-gen CPU, Dedicated sound card
Aside from its mostly unnecessary abundance of RAM, the XPS 8700 Special Edition is a well-rounded performance desktop that's a good fit as a family PC or a dorm-room power tower. It's powerful enough to handle pretty much any task that you throw at it, from high-end media creation to high-resolution gaming. And its desktop form factor and upgradability mean it won't have to be replaced as soon as one of the components gets too slow or fails.
Touchscreen Display Really Helps Windows 8 OS
The Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 is one of many new touchscreen all-in-one's that consumers can choose from but frankly it doesn't really offer all that much from the competition to set it apart. It is decent system if you want a touchscreen are are willing to sacrifice some 3D and CPU performance to get it. In particular, it uses an older processor with less memory. It makes up for this with a faster hard drive and better access for potentially upgrading memory and hard drive.
Good value, Beautiful 23-inch 1080p HD display
The stylish design of the Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 is one that catches our eye in tandem with its budget price tag. The 23-inch 1080p touch screen works well with Windows 8 and looks great for multimedia viewing. Performance is good, especially for the price, but it does make a slight compromise with a Core i3 CPU.
I was a little leary at first about it being a refurbished desktop, but it was such a good price, i couldn't pass it up. It arrived earlier than expected, which was wonderful, and came with all the correct parts and user materials. It is in excellent condition, and runs like a champ! Overall, i'm thrilled with this purchase.
Good For Multimedia
The HP Pavilion Elite h8-1010 desktop features a mini tower case that is great for college dorm rooms or smaller apartments. The system has an Intel Core i5-2390T processor, which is a dual-core chip that runs at 2.7GHz. The HP Pavilion HPE h8-1010 also features an AMD Radeon HD 6450 video card that can handle non-intensive games, such as World of Warcraft.
Good for the Price
It's a Dell and I have always found them to be reliable.
It has tons of memory, some added software for a trial basis such as Office 2010, Skype and Media software I never heard of, Cyberlink they call it. Since it's Win 8, which is the hardest part. The cons are that to open or close the DVD drive, you have to get to control panel. NO button, only power button exists. But for the most part, I only need this machine for email and some creative writing.
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