Acer Space-Saving Multimedia Desktop with Intel Dual Core Processor

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Acer Space-Saving Multimedia Desktop with Intel Dual Core Processor [Refurbished] - $299.99 + $5 shipping

1 * Acer Aspire AX1700-U3700A Dual Core 2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, DVDRW, 2 HDMI, DVI, Vista Home Prem

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2.5 stars on average from Amazon reviewers. Not the best, allegedly.
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AX1700-U3700A-Dual-Core-Processor-SuperMulti/dp/B001O5NTJO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1250226029&sr=8-1

Not very good reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AX1700-U3700A-Dual-Core-Processor-SuperMulti/dp/B001O5NTJO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1250226060&sr=8-1

eSata Will take usb one of these days!!

reviews aren’t that great for it, so I’d say it’s not really a great computer itself, but not a bad price for one to have laying around… you know… for when family comes over and the kids want to get on your computer.

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Just bought one new from JR for $450 - $500 from egg. I should’ve waited a day!

excellent product description.

Correct me if I am wrong here, but being refurbished disqualifies it for the free upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.

What the hell is that last paragraph?

Does this come with the free Windows 7 upgrade option?

Correct.

Unfortunately the recommended processor cache (minimum) for Vista as recommended by Microsoft is 4mb L2 cache, this is a 1mb L 2cache. I have a laptop is an 4mb cache and it runs vista just fine, but half as fast as my desktop that has an 8mb cache and it runs half as fast as my wifes that has a 16mb cache. It’s a system built for XP, not Vista.

Another Meh review:
http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/acer-aspire-ax1700-u3700a/1707-3118_7-33513619.html

Not a pro, just a user review. Bottom line, if you want performance, probably a no. Looking for a Grandma machine… not a bad choice.

What’s the deal with the mouse and keyboard? Are they any good, or should I buy replacements?

Beware. The computer looks good enough, but Vista 64-bit has been nothing but a major, major headache since I wound up with an otherwise-lovely HP from here. What no one tells you is that many, many programs will just not run on 64-bit, and others will have major difficulties. Perhaps one you won’t run: any older-than-two-months-old version of Naturally Speaking. But others, like the projection software or many other big-brand items that a lot of people use, well, they don’t work at all. NO operating version. Beware.

You kids are spoiled these days! Why, back when I was a kiddie just starting with computers, I had to use an audio tape drive to save a program I had to write myself. Why, you ungrateful wretches… You don’t deserve a computer like this! And don’t get me started about telephones!

That is one gigantic keyboard.

Can these types of PC’s be upgraded? I have a PCIe card for a standard tower…can I just pop out their carpy G100 and put in my own?

So can this thing run Crysis in double-digit frames per seconds?