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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value., 20 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: NEW R7 260X 2GB GRAPHICS GAMING PC PRE-INSTALLED WITH WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM 64bit (FX-6350 Six Core 4.2GHz Processor - Asus M5A78L/M-USB3 Motherboard, AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB Graphics Card, 1TB Hard Drive, 8GB DDR3 RAM Memory, 24x DVDRW, HDMI 1080p, USB 3.0, WiFi, CORSAIR 450W Gaming PSU, Cooler Master Elite 430 Gaming Case) (Personal Computers)
First impressions on opening the box it came in were good.
The case looks very nice.
The wiring is acceptably well tucked out of the way/sight.
It is quiet.
It is fast. (for it's price)

Product details not mentioned by the seller.
The case comes with a front mounted intake fan, and a rear exhaust fan, both 120mm, blue LED type.
The case has provision for 4 more such 120mm fans. 2 on the top, 1 on the base, and the last on the transparent side panel.
The 8Gb ram comes as 2x4Gb. (At least it did for mine.)
There are 4 rear USB ports, and 2 front.
The PSU draws air from under the case, and exhausts it out the back, so it does not act as an addition exhaust fan, but the PSU will/should run cooler as a result.

It has one old style keyboard/mouse PS2 (the round one) connector that seems to be universal.
The motherboard has on board-graphics, so there are 3 redundant sockets on the back of the case: HDMI, DVI and VGA.

My thoughts:
The motherboard is dual-channel supporting up to 32Gb (4x8Gb) of RAM.
This allows the option to upgrade to 16Gb, Win-7 Home Premium, the supplied operating system's max RAM without having to discard the supplied RAM. The down side of this is that you do not get the benefits of the "dual channel" (slightly faster memory access) UNLESS you add the additional RAM. I can live with that, and will probably get another 8GB anyway.

I noticed:
The CPU cooler & fan (Stock AMD) looked woefully undersized, and turned out to be so. Running a program that put all 6 cores to 100% had the CPU at over 65 degrees in well under 2 minutes, and that was on a cold day (under 15 degrees) with the heating off and an outside door open, WITHOUT overclocking. IE it was 50+ degrees hotter than the air.
The default settings for fan speed in the Bios did not help, as even at 65 it did not turn the fan up to its max (BIOS put it up to 1800rpm, max 2500.)
Had it been a hot summer day with the ambient air over 25 it would probably have fried the CPU. The MB temp stayed nice and low at around 25, so it was not lack of ventilation, just lack of CPU cooling.

I fitted my Cooler Master TX3 that has 2 x 92mm Fans (Salvaged out of my last PC - the PSU blew and fried the MOBO in the process) using Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste.
Running the same test now, and have been for well over an hour. CPU stable at 51, MB at 26, and it's warmer than 15. Also the Artic Silver is still stabilizing, so it might drop a degree or two yet.

Will add 2 more 120mm fans (in the top of the case) to increase airflow out, and one in the front to push air in, and a fan controller to control them and the 2 on the CPU cooler.

Very happy with my purchase. Just be aware it needs some help keeping cool.

PS:
It claims to be "unlocked" and allow the CPU's to run at 4.2Ghz instead of their standard 3.8Ghz, but as soon as I do that windows Aero themes stop working and it becomes slightly unstable......
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