HP Pavilion p6-2427c Desktop PC
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- Get reliable performance from the AMD A8-5500K quad-core processor; 8GB DDR3 memory – For multitasking power, expandable to 32GB; 1TB SATA hard drive has plenty of space to store your digital albums, music library and rich media files - Windows 8.
- Enhanced viewing with the integrated Radeon HD7560D graphics SuperMulti DVD±RW drive – watch movies on your computer; read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats.
- 6-in-1 memory card reader: (MS, SD, MS Pro, xD, MMC, MMC Plus) makes it easy to transfer photos, music, and other files to and from your digital camera and other peripheral devices; Atheros AR8161L gigabit ethernet controller 1000-Base-T Ethernet for up to 10/100/1000 Ms/s data transfer; Wireless RALINK RT5390 802.11b/g/n
- 8-Channel (7.1) HD Audio; (2) USB 3.0; (4) USB 2.0; (1) DVI-D; (1) VGA; (1) RJ-45 LAN; (1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out
- (1) Headphone Jack; and (1) Microphone Jack.
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With a AMD Quad-Core 3.2GHz processor, 8GB of ram, a 1TB hard drive and the Windows 8 operating system, the HP p6-2427c Desktop is sure to please.
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The issues come when you try to add anything. The specs are solid enough to where the P6 would- in theory -make a great foundation for a serious gaming machine or work station with the right upgrades. Sadly, you're looking at the wrong desktop for that. Your first clue is in the specs where a number of expansion bays are listed as "occupied". This is code for no hardware mounting provisions whatsoever beyond what is already installed. For example, while the specs happily list a number of SATA expansion ports, you can't actually add another HDD or like device because there is literally no other bay to mount it in. There is still some space and I was able to wedge another 1TB HDD in using Velcro tape as my mounting solution. Yay me.
Next we come to the power supply. 300w is adequate for most applications, except that the cable runs and power plugs are paired down to the absolute minimum. Even with the redneck mounting solution listed above, there is barely enough cable to actually get to the next device you're installing, which in turn leads to problems with anybody looking to install a real graphics card that requires a six pin PSU input. SATA power plugs are your only option so if you don't have an adaptor, you're SOL. Even if you do, it might not reach and there are only two free. Choose wisely. If you have a high end card, 300w might not be enough anyway. I solved all of these issues by tossing in my beefier Antec PSU. Thank God for standardization.
Okay, so you surmounted all that. Now why won't your shiny new gfx650 boot with video? You can thank the secure boot BIOS for that. After beating my head against the wall and a lot of internet searches later, I finally found that there are serious incompatibilities between HPs secure boot BIOS and, say, the only thing you would probably want to mount in a PCI Express x16 slot to begin with. Thankfully you can disable the secure boot option and revert to legacy booting to actually run a video card. With video. What a novelty.
Long story short, this Pavilion is adequate in stock form, though any upgrade beyond throwing in a stick or two of RAM will require considerable patience, ingenuity and quite possibly extra parts for you to pull off successfully. That doesn't make it a bad machine, just know what you're getting into before you pull the trigger on this one. Final upgrade configuration: x2 1TB HDD, gfx650. Aside from the PCI expansion slots, there's not room for much else.
If you have any intention to retrograde back to Win7, stop right now. A fresh Windows 7 install is not likely to recognize the on-board ethernet or USB3 ports. Compounding the issue is the fact that HP drivers only support Win8 and will reject Win7. Even worse, the BIOS is incredibly invasive and tends to hinder the installation process outright without unless you are intimately familiar with the settings. The long and short of this setup is that HP has ensured you will use Win8 and only Win8 regardless of your preference.
As such, I can barely give this machine 2 stars regardless of the raw performance.