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HP Pavilion A6700F Desktop PC (1.8 GHz AMD Phenom X4 9150e Quad-Core Processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium)

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  • Sleek, shiny and powerful black-and-silver desktop with 1.8 GHz AMD Phenom X4 9150e quad-core
  • 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB installed RAM (8 GB max), 16x multi-format/dual-layer DVD drive
  • 54g Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g); 10/100 Ethernet; Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE graphics (up to 1343 MB total)
  • Connections: 6 USB, 2 FireWire, 1 VGA, 1 headphone/line-out, 1 microphone, 15-in-1 memory card reader
  • Pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 (64-bit version); includes keyboard and mouse
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Product Description

Model: A6700F

Product Description

Whether you¿re surfing the Web, touching up photos, or mixing a soundtrack for your home videos, HP Pavilion desktop PCs offer a variety of ways to make your computing experience richer and more rewarding. As you would expect from the leader in consumer PCs and Photosmart printers, every Pavilion PC includes many intuitive features that make capturing and sharing your digital experiences easier than ever. The a6700f ships with Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition with Service Pack 1, 1.8 GHz AMD LIVE Smarter Digital Entertainment and AMD Phenom X4 9150e Quad-Core Processor with 2MB L2+2MB shared L3 Cache, NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Graphics with 128MB dedicated graphics memory, 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM memory (4x1024MB expandable to 8GB), 500GB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive, and Wireless LAN 802.11b/g. Dimensions: 6.89 (W) x 16.28 (L/D) x 15.24 (H) approx., 22 lbs. approx.

Boasting a sleek and shiny black-and-silver chassis, the HP Pavilion a6700f desktop PC comes loaded with the all tools you need to easily create, manage, share, and enjoy your digital photos, home videos, movies, and music. You can easily burn your home video productions to DVD for friends and family with the dual-layer, multi-format DVD/CD burner, which enables you to store up to 8.5 GB of data on a DL disc and provides a super-fast 16x DVD±RW write speed.

The sleekly black HP Pavilion a6700f (monitor not included).
This desktop is powered by the AMD's 1.8 GHz Phenom X4 9150e quad-core processor, which increases the efficiency and speed of the PC as well as improves multimedia and gaming performance. Store more music, videos, and data on the super-sized 500 GB hard drive capacity. Other features include 4 GB of RAM (which can be bumped up to 8 GB), Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE graphics (with up to 1343 MB of total graphics memory), 54g Wi-Fi networking, Gigabit Ethernet wired networking, a wide variety of connection ports on both the front and rear of the box, and a 15-in-1 memory card reader that's compatible with today's most popular digital camera formats.

It comes preinstalled with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (Service Pack 1), which includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center. In addition to easily playing your DVD movies and managing your digital audio library, you'll be able to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV). Vista also integrates new search tools throughout the operating system, includes new parental control features, and offers new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures.

Spec Check
  • 1.8 GHz AMD Phenom X4 9150e quad-core processor
  • 500 GB hard drive
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB maximum)
  • Dual-layer DVD±R drive
  • Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE graphics (up to 1343 MB total)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit, SP1)

The Basics

  • Processor: This desktop is powered by AMD's 1.8 GHz Phenom X4 9150e quad-core processor was designed for megatasking--running multiple, multi-threaded applications such as processor-intensive visual design and modeling and serious 3D games as well all your digital multimedia. With an integrated memory controller and shared L3 cache, AMD Phenom X4 9000 Series processors have low-latency access to main memory for amazingly rapid system response and phenomenal system performance. The 9150e has 2 MB of L2 cache in addition to 2 MB of L3 cache and a 2000MT/s system bus.

    All AMD Phenom X4 9000 series processors feature AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture to blast through performance bottlenecks and provide direct access to DDR2 memory. AMD's HyperTransport 3.0 technology now provides support for full 1080p high-definition video. And with the next generation Cool'n'Quiet 2.0 technology reducing heat and noise, the AMD Phenom X4 9000 Series quad-core processor delivers seamless multitasking and optimum energy efficiency.

  • Hard Drive: The large 500 GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive (7200 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video. This SATA hard drive has a 3Gb/s interface speed that enables up to 300MB/s data transfer rates (double the speed of the current SATA interface of 1.5Gb/s).

  • Memory: The 4 GB of installed RAM (PC6400) helps boost the amount of available video RAM that's shared with this notebook's video card. It also offers a fast 800 MHz speed. This desktop has an 8 GB maximum RAM capacity (4 x 2 GB) when used with a 64-bit operating system (4 GB when used with a 32-bit OS). To receive the faster data transfer benefits of the dual-channel DDR2 RAM, any RAM additions require memory modules of same capacity and clockspeed.

  • DVD/CD Drive: This multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with writing both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer (DL) DVD+/-R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features 12x DVD±R DL Write Once, 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 12x DVD-RAM, 40x CD-R, 32x CD-RW write speeds and 40x CD-ROM, and 16x DVD-ROM read speeds.

  • Keyboard & Mouse: It comes with an HP multimedia keyboard and scroller mouse (both with PS/2 connections).
Video & Audio
This desktop features an integrated Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE graphics/video card with 128 MB of dedicated graphics memory. Windows Vista can also allocate up to 1343 MB of total graphics memory from the system memory. It features NVidia's PureVideo technology--which provides great picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for video content--and full support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 for stunningly realistic cinematic effects for all DirectX-compatible applications. It also offers an integrated audio card that can produce high definition surround sound configurable to 8 speakers.

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
This desktop has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. For expansion, it has one PCI slot (occupied), two PCI Express x1 slot (one available), one PCI Express x16 slot (available), two 5.25-inch bays (one available), and three 3.5-inch bays (two available). It comes with the following external connectors:
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players (2 in front, 4 in rear)
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals (1 in front, 1 in rear)
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • Video output: 1 VGA
  • 2 headphone and 2 microphone (front and rear)
  • Digital coaxial audio input/output as well as surround sound speaker outputs (rear/side/center)
  • 15-in-1 multi-format memory card reader, compatible with CompactFlash I/II, IBM Microdrive, Secure Digital (SD), miniSD, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Reduced Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC), MultiMediaCard Plus (MMC plus), MultiMediaCard Mobile (MMC mobile), Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, SmartMedia, and xD Picture Card.
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • 56K modem

Operating System
The 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium (with SP1) is the operating system for users with advanced computer needs, and it includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center for watching DVD movies and accessing your digital audio library. You can also use Windows Media Center to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV) and to access new kinds of online entertainment content. Computers that include Windows Vista Home Premium and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access key data even when your computer is off. It is also easier than ever to share files between other PCs in your household and to manage your laptop computer settings to more securely connect via Wi-Fi.

Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities.

Preloaded Software

  • HP MediaSmart Software Suite: Your one-stop multimedia and entertainment center to create photo slideshows, share personal videos, listen to your favorite music playlists and watch DVD movies.
  • muvee autoProducer Basic: Automatically create professional looking home videos and burn to DVD.
  • Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe: Automatically fix and edit videos and create CDs and DVDs. Edit, burn and archive data to discs.
  • Microsoft Works 9: Includes a word processor, spreadsheet, database and calendar.
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (60-day trial version).
  • Adobe Reader 8: Read and print PDF files.
  • Norton Internet Security 2009 protects your PC and your identity when you email, bank and shop online; 60 days of protection updates included.

Dimensions & Weight
It measures 16.3 x 6.9 x 15.25 inches (LxWxD) and weighs approximately 22 pounds.

What's in the Box
The HP Pavilion a6700f desktop PC comes with a power cord, keyboard, and scroller mouse. It is backed by a one-year warranty for parts and labor from date of purchase, one-year technical phone service, and 90 days of software application support.

Note: Monitor not included.

Product Information

Model: A6700F
Expand all Collapse all Technical Details
Screen Size1 inches
Memory Speed 800 MHz
Hard DriveSATA
Graphics CoprocessorNvidia GeForce 6150SE
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionGeForce 6150 SE
Graphics Card Ram Size128 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 6
Brand NameHP
Item model numberA6700F
Item Weight24.4 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H16.28 x 6.89 x 9.64 inches
Color black
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive Typedvd_plus_minus_rw, dvd_rom, dvd_ram, cd_rom, cd_rw
Audio-out Ports (#)2
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #61,493 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight24.4 pounds
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 AvailableJanuary 4, 2009
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Customer Reviews

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114 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Rudeboyelvis on January 20, 2009
Model Number: A6700F
Been in the market for a new PC for a while and wound up purchasing this one yesterday, locally from Office Depot (sixty dollar rebate enticed me over the edge ;) )

Initial impressions were that it seemed slower that I expected a quad core processor to run but it is still plenty fast (downloads and loading software from CD where not much faster at all than my old Pentium 4 1.2G)

Where the quad core really shines is when running multiple apps (antivirus scan while surfing, etc.)

The wireless card requires an external antenna (included, but weird) which is invaluable if you happen to be located any appreciable distance away from your wireless router. I have mine on the other side of the house and still register 100% signal.

I really have only a couple of gripes, with just one of them major. 1, the HP suite is an enormous, cumbersome waste of space that does absolutely nothing. Hard to believe that when I ran antivirus on a brand new machine and the Task Manager showed 61 processes ( Yea Vista :( ) running and over 700,000 files already on the hard drive. Which leads me to 2. Windows Vista 64.

If you are looking for a single reason to run for the hills away from this computer - this is it. First and foremost, you can toss anything at all you expect to use peripheraly right out the window. I guarantee if it's over a year old, there are no drivers for it.

Found this out the hard way after spending most of the evening trying to locate drivers for my printer only to find out that the manufacturer no long supports the model and does not and will not write drivers for it. So my 3 year old perfectly good laser printer is now a boat anchor.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Unhappy customer on June 16, 2009
Model Number: A6750F
I bought this computer in the middle of March and began having problems within the first week (random crashes with a Blue Screen). After several phone calls to HP technical support and after doing all the troubleshooting you can possibly think of (I'm still guessing as to why I was the one doing all of that instead of a trained technician?!), the tech finally agreed with me that it was a hardware issue and not a virus and that my computer needed to be repaired.
After the first "repair" no hardware was replaced and the problem was still there. I had to send in my computer two more times (keep in mind that it takes weeks to ship the computer to a repair facility across the country) and both "repairs" did not fix anything. I wanted to have a replacement for my brand new computer right away, but apparently it takes THREE UNSUCCESFULL REPAIRS before any of the supervisors who have the power to give you a replacement get involved. I'm not even talking about trying to get a refund... Now it is the middle of June and I still don't have a computer... Bottom line: HP has HORRIBLE TECH SUPPORT so if your computer (this model or any other) breaks, get ready for a long fight to get the problem fixed.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael N. Davis on February 22, 2009
Model Number: A6750F
We bought this in package form along with an HP monitor and printer to replace our aging desktop. It completely screams when asked to do anything multimedia related, and cruises on native MS programs like Office 2007 as well. If you really want to get some performance out of it, install OpenOffice and Firefox, as both seem to take advantage of the hardware and outperform their MS brethren by wide margins. I can't help but think what Linux would do on such a machine.

The only problem we had, and it WAS frustrating, was that a technician bent a pin in the wireless card during install. It was nothing that anyone would have noticed visually, and the system initially performed well, but after a day, the bad connection was too much and the wireless card only worked intermittently. After an all night session talking with HP Service in India, I located the problem. A new wireless card, free of charge and with straight pins, fixed the situation. I can't hold it against HP. The card initially worked on start-up, so it probably passed the bench tests. These things happen, even at Apple and Dell. HP's customer service was patient and effective, and the new part arrived in 2 days.

Overall, incredible machine. By our "Performance Gadget," we haven't even begun to max the processor or RAM out, even with the latest versions of Pinnacle Studio, OpenOffice, and MusicMaker.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By HarlemOfficial on June 3, 2009
Model Number: A6750F
PLEASE READ THIS: It's important that when you all review which computer you purchased that you please state what model you bought. Amazon is taking all the reviews for the entire 6000 series, and merging them into one row of reviews. (Check a6700f, 6720f, 6750f and so on). It's a great idea to shop around, and see what other people are saying on the computer you're purchasing, to see if everything coincides with one another. By having reviews merged what one person experienced may not be the case with the other.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David L. Roberson on February 8, 2009
Model Number: A6750F Verified Purchase
Following up on my prior review (which has not yet been approved/posted) I attempted to install Vista Ultimate 64 Bit on the machine and it would not take; i.e. the installation said this computer would not take the install and it kept Vista Home Premium 64 Bit installed.

Other than that, and I expect MS to fix the issue, my prior review stands. Great value and performance.

UPDATE via 2/8/10 It runs a lot faster with Windows 7.
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