I ended up picking up the Asus – Essentio Desktop with IntelÃ‚Â® CoreÃ¢â€žÂ¢ i7 Processor from Best Buy and I have to say I am very happy with this machine, I feel like a kid that just gotÃ‚Â a very coolÃ‚Â toy for Christmas.Ã‚Â The first and only bad experience I had withÃ‚Â this computerÃ‚Â was it wouldn’t boot up,Ã‚Â so I took it to the Geek Squad and they fixed it by re-seating the Ram. I’m sure it must have come loose during shippingÃ‚Â . I didn’t attempt to troubleshoot it because I had just bought it and it was under warranty. I will end up voiding the warrenty later though because this baby just screams for an upgrade, aÃ‚Â higher wattage Ã‚Â power supply, higher end graphics card or twoÃ‚Â and added cooling. Plus the I7 920 cpu has some serious overclocking potential. This system has the potenial to be turned into a seriously Super Powered PC!!!
My old machine runsÃ‚Â well withÃ‚Â a slightly overclocked Q6600 @3GHz, 2-gigs of ram and a GTX 285 but this PC runs even better. I had a tonÃ‚Â of Apps open and running on the desktop and this baby didn’t even flinch, you’ve got to love that . This is the biggest architecture change for cpu’s since the move from single core to multi core cpu’s and you can see it in the performance. It looks like the I7 family of cpu’s will be around for awhile.
I ended up loading a few games onto it like Bioshock, The Sims 3, Crysis,Ã‚Â world in conflict and Farcry 2 and they all ran veryÃ‚Â well on the Asus.I really noticed the smoothness and cool directX 10 effects especially on Crysis, Farcry 2 and Bioshock, they looked amazing.Ã‚Â I can’t wait to load some more games ontoÃ‚Â this system and also check out some future titles like StarCraft 2, Diablo 3 and Cod 4 Part 2, those games are going Rock on these new I7 systems.
Again my suggestion if you buy this computer is to pop in a higher watt power supply(it only comes with a 500Watt), higher end video card and add another cooling fan to the case and you will be set but even with that said this baby is still Bad Ass in it’s stock configuration.Ã‚Â If you have been looking into upgrading to one of the new I7’s check it out, you won’t be disappointed.Ã‚Â Oh yes as a reminder you also get a free coupon to upgrade to Windows 7 when it is released on October 22nd. Have a good one.