"Big Bang for your hard earned PC buck!"4.0 starson by yocalif
Pros: How can you not like a 3.2ghz cpu, 8gig ram, 1 T HD, at a price so low you couldn't DIY build, at least in Sept 2010. What a great starting point for a mid range PC.
Cons: The case sucks, it is HUGE, the slanted face top door doesn't open far enough to easily insert headphones or a mic. However the size allows for upgrades with room to spare.
Summary: I was shopping for a big bang for buck fast PC, fast enough to play any current game without dialing back the settings. ASUS Essentio CG5275-AR003 was being offered by the egg guys as factory refurbished, $535 WOW, instant sale. I received the CG5275 and opened the case inspecting all the components (there have been many complaints about refurb units having components just hanging inside of the case) the inspection revealed one MB screw floating loose inside the case. With the screw reinserted and tight, firing up the CG5275 and subsequent system initialization windows 7 was loaded and I was looking at the Windows 7 desktop in about 30 min. Fastest booting windows system I have ever had. Setup for 64 bit means I have to upgrade some software, which I really don't mind since most of my apps are 10 years old or more like MSoffice 97, now I'm running MSofficePro 2010. While the CG5275 has ok video with the I5-650 built in video, adding a good video card is a must for gaming, that is my next upgrade.
The package I received came with the system, and included 2 cds, one keyboard, one IR mouse. There was NO bloatware on my refurb CG5275 (man does that make me happy). I have owned the CG5275 for two months and have zero complaints except for the oversized awkward case. One mod, I added a COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200mm fan inside the case suspended with wire, my system is running very cool, and I hardly hear any sound.
Buying a refurb unit can be a bit of luck of the draw, however if purchased from a reliable vendor who has excellent customer service and return policy, any failures should be able to be easily replaced less some shipping costs. That is why I chose the egg guys.
I highly recommend this unit, and would recommend it to a friend or buy another for myself. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars because of the case, I can deal with the size but the slant face is not a very bright idea.