Asus - Essentio Desktop / AMD Phenom™ II X6 Processor / 8GB Memory / 1TB Hard Drive
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- Energy Star CompatibleNo
- Processor BrandAMD
- Processor PlatformVISION Premium
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3
- Audio8-channel high-definition
- Wireless NetworkingNone
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Available Expansion BaysExternal: 1 (5.25"); Internal: 1 (3.5")
- Other Control Devices (mouse, etc.)USB mouse
- Operating System PlatformWindows
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
- Best Buy PC AppNo
- HDMI OutputYes
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Drive Capacity1TB
- Desktop TypesPremium
- Discrete GraphicsYes
Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 63 reviews(63 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Super fast, but with limited expandibilityPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought the refurbed for $599. No issues with creating the back-up cd's like other users reported (and put DVD's in the computer for safekeeping) Please note: 64 bit os will run 32 bit programs slower than a 32 bit os. So for everyone stating they don't know why their XP machine is faster than Win7 64 bit, now you know. Your programs are most likely for a 32 bit os. CPU speed is CPU speed, regardless of the number of cores. Running an XP machine with a 2.7 processor and 32 bit programs will run faster running the same program on a Win7 2.8 processor 64 bit OS. This pc loaded all my media software (some standard and some advanced), antivirus, and updates in under an hour. Took 2-3 hours on old xp machine. ATI 5450 graphics are more than enough for day to day users and support dual monitors. I personally do not hear any non-normal fan noises. Win7 evaluated my system (with my upgrades) at 7.4 out of 7.9 (1 being the lowest for software compatibility). Not too shabby. Asus website lists this as a gaming pc with plenty of room for expandability. 2 PCI slots is OK, but not when adding an ATI 5770 video card you find you loose one PCI slot. Also, unit comes with 8 megs RAM. However, they use all 4 RAM slots. So, to upgrade RAM, it it not like going out to buy another stick. You need to replace all sticks for 4 meg RAM. Top peripheral ports are dust collectors. ASUS logo stays light 24/7. If I ever need to go wireless, then I will be limited to using a USB wireless adapter. Also, if I want to upgrade audio (not sure why..onboard is excellent), would need to go with USB as well. No Firewire ports, so I had to install Firewire card on only available PCI slot. Added a 120mm fan inside (piece of cake), replaced powersupply with 600 watt and installed ATI 5770 graphics. Disconnected the logo (unplugged and tapped off end..easy). Using core office tools, including project and visio. Music engineering with Mackie hardware and traction software. Medium gaming use. Photoshop and video editing. Dual monitor user (full DVI and HMDI use for watching hulu on tv). Upgrading software to 64 bit versions to make full use of this powerhouse. If you are a hard core gamer, buy a model with 2 pci express 16 slots. This one only has 1, and it blocks another pci slot. Regular home user, this is overkill, but you will be good for the next 6-7 years with no issues.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent tower and great pricePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I love this computer. I have used Intel computers at work and AMD computers at home for the past 15 years. I am really happy that I didn't pay $250 more for the Dell that Best Buy has. This is plenty to do anything you need to do. Since I saved $250 over the Dell I bought a 2-year BB warranty that lets you open it up and change hardware out without voiding the warranty, purchased the key for Office 2010, and paid the $20 for the security software. I immediately put a 650 watt power supply in from my old computer and a GTX 260 vid card from my old computer. Since I bought BB's warranty, it is still under warranty for two years. Anyway, I came in way under the Dell still and now this puppy is fast. Really fast. With a good graphics card you can play even the most recent games on max settings and it's smooth as silk. I was downloading songs on iTunes for quite a while (bought the Beatles box set), surfed the net, ran several programs all at once and it just laughed at the stress. I consider the fact that I can put a 1090T processor in later when they are $50 and get 3.2 GHZ with a 3.6 GHZ turbo to be pretty much "future proof". Any neighborhood computer nerd can put the fastest processor in for you and AMD's fastest that goes in this board is only about $200 right now. In a year it will be dirt cheap. Try that with an Intel computer. I haven't had any problems at all. I'm very glad I bought this computer. Just make sure if you need graphics power to buy a nice, modern card for it and a power supply to accommodate the card. It's VERY easy to change out both by yourself without knowing anything about computers. Then, later update the processor and you'll have a great rig for easily 5-7 years. No kidding. I am an electrical engineer by the way and do not subscribe to hype and marketing (read Intel nerd), I just buy the best stuff. This Asus is the best deal if you're not building your own.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good computer!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I just recently purchased this computer instead of having one built on cyberpowerpc or building one myself. I am lazy and have an issue with waiting, so I went to bestbuy and purchased this ASUS. So far I can not complain! I got this computer with the understanding I would have to upgrade the PSU, GPU and cooling systems. So far I have added only a 120mm exaust fan and I think this will be enough. My tower is cool to touch (probaly because I have it sitting beside my TV on the floor about 2 feet from my sliding glass door. But I have just begun to play with this thing, so far it plays SWG and WOW on ultra settings fairly well. It will only get you about 20-25 fps on ultra playing WOW at max reso, but, you could always scaled back a bit. I think the GPU is about the only flaw so far, well also the Mobo. It is base so, there is no overclocking ability, (maybe through my ignorance, but I have yet to get the bios screen to come up) all in all this is a good computer, you would pay a little less on cyberpowerpc but for the ease of purchase and returning, this is to easy.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
OVERALL A GREAT COMPUTERPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
At first I was not to impressed about the speed. So since I only had 14 days for the return policy, I changed internet provider and got the fastest one in my area as fast as I could. Now with a great internet connection, This computer is VERY fast. Love the specs! Great hard drive, memory, speed and processor. The video card is not so bad I was able to play large games with no problem. I have not used BIG programs but I have tested it with playing 3 movies at the same time, about 7 YouTube videos running at the same time, while playing online games. Just to make sure it would not slow down and it did not. Works awesome! Only bad thing I can probably say is I did not like where the power button is located, the case is HUGE and the fan makes a bit of noise when I'm burning dvd's. Not so loud but noticeable. other then that, I'm not disappointed and overall its a awesome machine.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Rough start-new brandPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought this machine today based on research and recommendation. Right off the bat had a system disk error on initial power up, would not load windows. Kind of rough start. I contacted costumer support center, did not wait longer than I thought was reasonable, about 10 minutes. Working with the support center contact we we're able to get into the "bios" discoverd a hard drive issue, not present! I was instructed to return machine to Best Buy, I asked for another option, the call center tech said I could open the machine to troubleshoot if I was comfortable with doing so. Ok, I am technically inclined so I did, found hard drive SATA cable not connected to the mother board, easy to fix? yes, now works, it is booting. Ok so now I have broken that seal on the back case, you know the one that states "if seal is broken warranty is void" now I am wondering if my warranty is void, asked call center tech, told no as long as I have not caused any damage attempting the fix, ok I do not think I have, so we're good, they are sending a new seal, thinking I will not put on the machine, keep in the desk drawer for the future "just in case" evil smile :) but not an impressive first day, I will give it a few weeks to move me over to the impressed site of the fence.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A good computer to put it simplyPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
My old comuter was running 1g of ram, amd athon 2800+ single core, and a radeon 2400 agp card. That being said, it was time to replace. After looking throughout costco, bestbuy, dell, HP, and various other companies, I resolved to buy this one. And let me tell ya, it flies through anything that isn't super graphic intensive. To do a stress test on the processor in this baby, I opened 150 internet explorer windows and closed all of them at the same time. It took under 7 seconds and the processor barely burped. I have yet to even use half of the available RAM in it for any of my applications. Runs World of Warcraft at a maximum of 20% cpu usage. Processor kicks itself in high gear when dealing with cpu heavy applications. The only reason thiscomputer isn't as good as others is the graphics card. It only comes with an ATI 5450, an entry level graphics card at best. It cannot run shadows, sunshafts or liquid detail on the highest settings without your FPS going very low (around 13-14 in 1900x1080). However, the reason I bought this is it comes with other very nice components at a low price, and I can upgrade this card in the future easily. You will have to replace the PSU if you do this though. Summary; Pros: Great processor for the price and a ton of RAM. The computer sets up easily; you should have no problem running this machine through its startup. Easily runs hard multitasking jobs. Cons: Bad video card, you will need to replace if you want to run higher end games at max settings, as well as upgrade the psu to put a better one in. With the hardware in this machine, I'd put it as more of a business model, but the crossfire/sli support is a big plus.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Fast machine for the money, didn't upgrade wellPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Let me start by saying this is the first PC I've ever owned that was not an HP. I was told by a friend that ASUS was a good brand. When I got the PC it came with only 1 DVD drive - I wanted 2 so I bought a second dual layer DVD burner to install when I got home. I had to void the warrenty to install the drive. Who does that? Why have a tower with an expansion bay & then have the warrenty card say if you open the case the warrenty is void. Here is the bad part - I couldn't get the new DVD drive to install into the case. There is a steel frame inside the case with a pop out you need to remove before inserting the dvd drive from the rear. The opening in the pop out was not alligned with the frame the dvd drive was in & for the life of me I couldn't get it installed. I finally had to get a file & open up the opening by 1/2MM or so in order for the drive to install. I also added a wireless lan card at the same time - that was simple. It booted right up & seems to be very fast - I spent 2+- hours creating back up /recovery disks & kicked off the download from my cloud based data storage. Thats it so far - havent had time to play much with it, but I'm looking forward to some good video crunching!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent ValuePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I purchased this tower about 6 months ago, and it has been fantastic. It is a Windows PC built to a price point, so there are trade-offs on features/expandability and BSODs (runs 24/7). But overall, I have been very satisfied with the performance (online/solo gaming and web browsing) and functionality (media reader and burner). This was the first pre-built PC that I have ever bought, since I used build my own. I doubt that I will ever build another PC, and will likely buy another of this model soon.
Q: QuestionCan you hook up two monitors to this desktop.Can you hook up two monitors to this desktop.
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer Yes, you can hook up two monitors to this desktop for dual display. The ATI Radeon 5450 graphics card has 1 DVI output and 1 D-Sub (VGA) output so you can use both outputs and have a multi-display setup.
Answered by Asus_Answers
Asked by dark.
- A:Answer Any PCIe x16 (So most modern ones) desktop graphics card will work with this computer, but you will need an upgraded power supply for anything that needs a 8-pin connector.
Answered by RealSgreninjaYT
Q: Questionis the Essentio expanderble ?I am thinking about perching this computer and would like to make some additions and upgrades I know you can double the memory but can I add a second graphic card and witch card would be comparable
Asked by Dogstar.
- A:Answer Yes, you can replace the AMD 5450 graphics card that comes with this system to a higher end PCI-e graphics card. The power supply in this desktop is 400W so you will need to make sure that whichever graphics card you purchase requires a power supply of 400W or less.
Answered by Asus_Answers