Well I'm going to be honest and although I'm telling the truth, there will be some people to vote this "review" down, but that's ok, I've done my best. I've been using my old system for quite awhile now and figured it was time for an upgrade. My old system is an AMD Sempron 2600+ system (low-end CPU) with 2GB of RAM and an nVidia GeForce 7100 graphics card. Well this system is kind of a low end system and it runs circles around my old system. When I say "kind of a low end" system, I'm saying that the graphics is comparable to my old system. In Windows 7, my old system got a Gaming Graphics WEI rating of 3.1. This one gets a 3.2. BUT, the CPU gets a 7.3 WEI while my old system got a 3.1. Compare that to the i7 where the quads usually get a 7.9. So, you see the compromise? You get a lot of processing power but not much gaming performance. That's ok because I'm not a gamer. I'm a programmer and I run virtual machines under VirtualBox. And this thing is awesome for that. I can't tell that there is any speed difference in the emulated virtual machines anymore. The computer is very attractive visually. I was VERY impressed with its design. Very small, very attractive. There is a fan on the inside that ramps up and gets LOUD when the system is pushed to its limits. It sounds like a blower. I mean it's loud, very loud. But during normal use you can hardly hear it, if at all. There are no PCI slots in this thing, only PCI-E. So if you're upgrading from even a 5 year old system, you won't be able to run any PCI cards. But no big deal, the sound card in this thing is great IMO, and I bought a wireless USB wi-fi adapter. So that leaves my TV card out of being able to run with this system. I was surprised to see that it has PS/2 keyboard/mouse slots. I thought those were long gone. It came preinstalled with all of the usual bloatware though. For best performance, format it and stick a copy of plain old Windows on it.
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