Summary: I bought this to replace an ancient P4 2.6gzh that I was using in the bedroom to stream netflix. This system is more than up to the task of basic streaming and video playback. I reformatted and installed win 7 x64 just incase I ever wanted to add more RAM. The product key included activated windows with no issues.
Pros: For a little bit more than the price of a windows 7 key you get a complete system. Granted this system is old, however the core 2 duo is a great processor that's still up to web browsing and internet streaming, which is exactly what I was looking for.
Cons: Biggest issue for me was that the displayport is video only. This means that even with a displayport to HDMI adapter you will not get audio to the tv. I ended up using the VGA output to the tv (thankfully my tv has a vga input) It would have been nice to have an all digital signal to the tv. The picture, and audio still look and sound great. You could always remedy this situation with a cheap low profile HDMI video card.
Pros: This PC is the easiest to open up and make changes. It uses a "tool less" case. I added a video card and changed out the DVD for a DVD burner in very little time. High quality unit albeit a little long in the tooth. You must use half height cards and be sure to install the video card in the Black PCIe slot. (it will disable the on board video + the audio). Very quiet.
Cons: None you get value for money when it's on sale.
Summary: Early delivery, excellent setup, quality much better than expected. I had to replace my laptop and this purchase was a great buy. If you don't need a leading edge machine, go the refurbished route and save a bundle of money.
Summary: With a WDC hard drive, I was able to download the free WDC Acronis backup software which is an excellent product. As long as you have a WDC hard drive or even an external USB WDC drive, you can use the free WDC Acronis backup software. I also plugged a 6-foot USB3 cable into the USB3 port on the back up the computer and wrapped it around the computer so that it's available from the front.
Pros: This arrived with a disk that lets you install either Windows 7 Professional 32-bit or 64-bit. I purchased 4 GB of additional (used) memory for each computer, swapped out the 160GB SATA HDD for a 500GB Black WD hard drive, swapped out the DVD-ROM drives with CD/DVD-RW drives, and lastly added low profile USB3 PCie-x1 cards. These computers made great gifts for a couple of friends.
Cons: None, I only wish I purchased more than 2. Excellent price and fast Newegg Service.