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Great Performance at an Outstanding Price at $429.00
on December 21, 2012
I spent a few weeks looking at computers from $350 to $800, and over all I found this computer was the best buy. I did add a graphics card but that's not a big deal, and is about the easiest and most important upgrade anyone should do when looking at computers under $600 or so. I used the Intel web-site to compare the difference in the chips and yes there are some differences in the some of the more expensive chipsets but to experience a significant improvement it would have not been cost effect to acquire those minor performance gains. The power supply at 300 watts is ok and will allow you to add a decent graphics card (I added an Nvidia Geforce GT 630). The Beats Audio is better than I expected and adds a nice EQ to the mix. The performance over my two year old Acer 3900 series with an Intel Core 2, 2.8 GHz processor is significant even with the upgrades I did to the old PC. This PC seems to perform well with the pre-installed 8 Gigs of Ram, but I would really like to be able to expand that to maybe 16, but I'm not sure what the limitations of the OS are, and I feel for that for most of us this is not going to be a big issue yet!
(1/1/13) the limitations in regards to Ram are in the MB, but you can upgrade the processor to any of the current Intel processors)
Pro's are (1)The Hard drive (2) the I-3 processor (3) The inside of the case is roomy and not cluttered making additions easy so adding another HD or optical drive should be simple. (3) 3 open PCI slots (4) Simple onboard wireless connectivity. With one Video card slot and three standard PCI slots it does give you room to add and upgrade you're main components, and even swapping the power supply would be easy with the amount of space provided.
Con's are simple, limited to 8 Gigs of Ram. 300 watt power supply (note 300 watts is very typical and is what your going to find in most off the shelf computers)
Over all, at the current price of $429.00 I felt this was the best buy I found, in fact other stores (as of 12/21/12) are selling this computer up from $558.99 to $600 (found while doing a Google Search), so after considering the options this was just to good of a packge to pass on. To see a real improvement meant I was going to have to spend at least a couple hundred more on a PC with minimal gains, and I feel that if you add a graphics card that might set you back $100 at the very most your going to be way ahead of the game. In my case I bought a 2 Gig Nvidia GeForce that will allow me to do anything I want on a computer.
Would I recommend this to family and friends? without a doubt, with the simple addition of a $40-$80, graphics card you will have a solid performing PC that will keep up or pass anything you'll find at or under the $600 mark.
BTW The Beats Audio is Great, I honestly didn't expect that much sound quality from my PC but the Beats Audio is a huge improvement better than I had first thought when righting the review.
I forgot to add a few things I would have found useful when I was researching my purchase.
1. The computer has a 300 watt power supply.
2. There are only two slots onboard for Ram.
3. There is a computer image onboard in case you ever need to restore to factory spec's.
(Update 1/1/13) The two USB 3 Ports are on the front of the PC, and the USB 2 ports are on the back.
The link below will take you to a diagram of the PC with some potentially very useful info.
(1/24/13) I meant to add this earlier and some might find this useful but it depends on the user. The Mother Board is the Joshua-H61-uATX (Joshua). If you use your favorite search engine you can find out just how capable this computer can be. I tried to place a link here earlier to the entire information page on the computer supplied by HP, but Amazon removed it, so hope this helps.