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7th Generation Intel Core i5-7400 Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
12GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
2TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive
Intel HD Graphics 630
Windows 10 Home
Acer Aspire TC-780-ACKI5 Desktop PC comes with these specs: 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7400 processor (Up to 3.5GHz), Windows 10 Home, 12GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, Intel HD Graphics 630, 8X DVD-Writer Double-Layer Drive (DVD-RW), 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive, Digital Media Card Reader -Secure Digital (SD) Card, High Definition Audio with 5.1-Channel Audio Support, 3 – USB 3.0 Ports, 4 – USB 2.0 Ports, 1 – HDMI Port, 1 – VGA Port, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB Keyboard and Mouse, 18.43 lbs. | 8.36 kg (system unit only), 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty with Toll Free Tech Support (DT.B89AA.033)
: Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
|Processor||3 GHz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||12 GB DDR4|
|Hard Drive||2000 GB Mechanical Hard Drive|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
|Item model number||TC-780-ACKI5|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Item Weight||18.43 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.4 x 6.9 x 15.7 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||17.43 x 6.89 x 15.67 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Hard Drive Interface||Serial ATA|
|Hard Drive Rotational Speed||7200 RPM|
|Optical Drive Type||DVD-RW|
103 customer reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars
|Best Sellers Rank||
#118 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
|Shipping Weight||20.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)|
|Domestic Shipping||Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.|
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|Date First Available||September 18, 2017|
Setting this machine up was as easy as plugging it in. After booting up and configuring Windows, it asked for my Microsoft account login, and I was using it to surf the internet. You only need a monitor (or any TV that takes HDMI, which is every TV these days).
The basic setup of the case is sensible. Plenty of older school USB 2 ports in the back for peripherals, and a couple of USB 3 ports in the front for your USB drives full of movies (or whatever you need to use quickly). The power button is obvious, on the top, and easy to access. The case has a nice, conservative brushed metal look to it, but it’s plastic on top. It’s a mid size tower and it’s easy to fit on a desk.
The little added features are great. Bluetooth, wifi, DVD drive, SD card reader. I used them all, and they just work like it’s an appliance and not a computer. It used to be a hassle to configure these features, but on this computer they are very seamless. I had this thing sending music to my bluetooth soundbar and playing Hulu and it hadn’t been out of the box for ten minutes.
The specifications on the hardware are very good with one exception. The 12 gb of DDR4 memory is great! That’s a modern spec of memory and a generous amount. The processor alone, an up to date i5, is worth $185. This level of i5 is about as good of a processor as you can buy before getting an eight core processor. This may mean nothing to you, but it’s basically the best processor you can get today that isn’t the premium i7 or AMD 8000 level costing a lot more money. Even if you’re getting this machine to play games, this is a potent processor and probably more than enough. It’s also a value sweet spot as this computer will be useful and relevant for several years, but wasn’t super expensive. 2 TB of hard drive space should be enough for you.
The one problem with the specs is the graphics. I am actually pretty surprised with how good the integrated intel graphics are. If you’re just watching movies or the games you play are more like Candy Crush, this computer is going to have sharp graphics, have no problem decoding compressed video, and it’s going to be an efficient user of electricity. Personally, I recommend you upgrade this machine with a GTX 1050 graphics card (which is about $120). That’s a massive upgrade in graphics complimenting its RAM and processor making this a great gaming machine, but it’s also a value conscious computer. You could play any modern game (even VR) with this computer and that level of graphics card.
It is not surprising or a flaw in this computer that it uses integrated graphics, and in fact the Intel 630 is good for integrated graphics and your budget, just understand that this is the one area where this computer is not impressive in its capabilities. Integrated graphics for a computer this price is absolutely the norm.
To upgrade any component on this computer, you would unscrew two screws on the side panel. I did so and it was easy to access the guts on this machine. It would take two minutes to add another hard drive (such as a small SSD) or a graphics card.
I really like the Acer included keyboard, which is cheap but pleasing to type on and responsive. This is very important as most people getting this computer are getting it for some kind of work, like typing papers in college or running an office. I review a lot of this stuff and I would take an Acer keyboard over a much more expensive one. The mouse is kinda average in my opinion. Acer has come a long way and their computers have lasted under heavy use in my house.
So in conclusion, if you need a computer that just works, this is not that expensive and you get a pretty powerful computer, so long as you aren’t playing graphically intensive games. And if you want those games, this is still a pretty good choice for as a robust home for a graphics card that you buy separately. So even though it’s not perfect, I give it 5 stars for value.
If you are considering upgrading this PC’s video – IE adding a video card, (it doesn’t come with one) – avoid purchasing this. Your older video card will possibly not be recognized. The (possible) fix for this is to disable the on-board video in the device manager and then install your new video card. I did this and it worked for me (but the BIOS) option screen doesnât come up anymore at boot up.. The other solution might be to get a UEFI compliant video card (mine was not)- but I can’t confirm that. All this really shouldn’t be necessary, because at the very least, it should be possible to disable the on-board video in the BIOS or the PC should work with older non-compliant UEFI video cards. Acer technical support has no clue about this and just tells me they are not authorized to provide support for third-party hardware. What? That is what the open slots on the motherboard are for!
This PC has some nice components. I took the computer apart to see what was going on inside. It uses an Intel 4 core processor (great) at 3Ghz. The processor was well seated under the heat sink/fan. Acer used thermal paste for good heat transfer. It has a Toshiba DT01ACA200 two Terra-byte 7200rpm hard drive (slightly faster then the 5200 rpm variety). It has two sticks of 12 GB RAM total. That’s about an optimal level of RAM for most users. One stick is 8 GB the other is 4 GB. One is branded Kingston (a well known name in RAM) and AData. Itâs recommended that PCâs use identical sets of RAM to avoid data errors (the blue screen, that is), but it hasn’t been a problem so far.
There is no PCIE video card on the motherboard. This PC uses Intel motherboard integrated graphics, which are always considered more limited compared to an add-on video card. Also, there is no DVI port on the back of the PC to connect to your DVI port on your monitor. You could connect your monitor using the VGA graphics port, but VGA graphics are low resolution. However, there is an HDMI port on the PC for better resolution (1280 x 1024 on my monitor) and it works well, but if your current monitor only has a DVI connector you will have to buy a HDMI to DVI cable for $10.00. Most monitors have a DVI connector, but fewer have HDMI.
The FSP Group Inc. power supply is 300 watts. This is a problem if you want to add a video card later. You are going to find many video card manufactures recommend a power supply of more than 300 watts, most especially if you are using gaming video cards. Many video cards also need a 6 pin supplementary power connector directly from the power supply which the included power supply does not have.
There is 1 open PCIE16 slot where an add-on video card would go and there is one open PCIE1 for another add-on card (but not a video card). There is a SATA 3 port being used for the hard drive and a SATA 2 port being used for the DVD-RW. SATA 3 is the newest and fastest of the two. If you ever get a solid state drive, you will want to connect it to the SATA 3 port. If you want to add a second hard drive, youâre going to have to either disconnect the DVD drive and use its SATA 2 port or buy a PCIE1 SATA 3 add-on card and connect your 2nd hard drive to the port on the card. I added a second drive, but I chose to disconnect the DVD player and used the SATA port it was using. I have a USB external DVD player I can plug in if needed.
By the way, there is plenty of space for a 2nd hard drive. The side of the PC slides off. Drives are removed easily with 4 screws.
Keyboard and mouse are just fair.
There are 4 USB 2.0 ports and 1 USB 3.0 in the rear and 2 USB 3.0 ports in the front. There is also a camera card slot in the front.
I wish this PC had a video card. For this class of PC, it is really too much to ask the consumer to buy one and install it. An extra SATA port for expand-ability would be good, too.
This is a OK computer for a web surfer only, but not for enthusiasts or anyone wishing to upgrade in the future.