dealshp pavilion p7 quad-core desktop for $349.99 + $5…

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As is often the case with these woot/hp pcs, replace the power supply and video card and you've got a decent machine. This one seems like a better deal than most.

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Very good pc, typing in one myself. Great for gaming, but must need a seperate video card. Mouse and keyboard works great. I bought it from bestbuy for 410, and it was refurbrished. Very quiet, and very easy to modify or add usbs, etc. hope this helps.
PS. It is super fast.

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@chipgreen: Where do you find more powerful power supplies for these? Is it a standard form factor or an HP proprietary form factor? My father-in-law bought a replacement power supply for his HP and even though it said ti was compatible, I had to enlarge the back panel of the case where the power cord connects because the power cord connector was covered by about 1/8".

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@joshthegeek: This PC looks like a standard ATX form factor.
Any power supply SHOULD work.

If your in-law's PC was a slim design, then maybe that's why he had trouble with it.

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Perfect timing Woot! Needed new units for 5 staffers at office and was pricing desktop reburbs the past 2 days. This is a much better deal for a far superior system to the low brow junk units I'd been getting pricing back on. Now I only have to fight with bossman about reimbursing me for the 2 that went on my personal account. Oye!

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Anyone want to link to newegg and a good example of a PSU and video card that would be compatible?

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i have a very very old laptop need something with more power for videos and such, would this be a good buy?

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AMD? I want Intel! An i7 would be nice! Looking for a low price Linux server, so don't care much about video performance since I normally connect remotely.

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@joshthegeek: Hi Josh, maldito is right, any standard PS should work with this case. I would go with at least 400w.

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Hi guys, this is my 1st time posting this. My office needs a new computer. How are Refurbished computers? Are they reliable? I been looking for a lot of deals. What do you think its better? http://www.staples.com/Dell-Inspiron-620-i620-4231BK-Desktop/product_424958 from staples or this woot product? Thanks in advance for your inputs.

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A quick word about these refurbished units: Most HP units like this are not post consumer units - IE: They were never sold to the public, returned, then refurbished. Most were contract units - 90 press room machines for a convention, for example. They were built for those events, and most of the time, were never even unpacked at site, before they were returned to HP and resold as refurbs.

Second, a lot of these units have an OS that is tied to the serial ID on the hard drive. If you decide to upgrade the hard drive, even if you make the restore media off of the unit, it may not work if you upgrade or replace the hard drive.

Last, using this power supply and this video card, my daughter has had zero issues with any game she's thrown at it. It is mild overkill, actually.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G0WPLK/
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047ZGIUK/

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Now, my experience with these machines. This specific combination of processor I use every day in the office. 32 Internet Explorer windows open at once is normal for me, each displaying a thousand items with active x extensions - hardly a blip from the machines after a year of hard use.

I use only Microsoft Security Essentials (free download) - I uninstall all the anti-virus programs that come with the machine, uninstall all the HP Diagnostic and support utilities, as well as any other crapware I can find, then install MSE and the machines are good to go for heavy day to day office work, or home entertainment. I have one which is in the bedroom as my television there (networked HDHomerun dual tuners, Mediacenter) - haven't heard it yet, even with heavy netflix use.

These are very solid computers that should last a good three years of hard use. The only weak point isn't the internal power supply, it is the internal processor fan. An easy replace for later.

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Definitely a decent machine at a great price. Add on usb 3.0 and a 400W power supply and this thing will rock. In for one

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Regarding HDD upgrades, as kingu mentioned you'll have trouble. You'll need the HP DMI utility to "tattoo" the hard drive with the proper tag to allow the recovery media to accept the HDD.

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No HDMI port, weak power supply and graphics, could use a USB 3.0 port and a blu-ray player, but the price would be higher if after all of these improvements. This is a good deal.

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@jlkm2000: The one your looking at staples only has a dual core. The woot one is far better just for that alone.

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Bought the HP7-1054 in Nov and just recently have it working right, had to send back to HP 3 or 4 times before I got a working motherboard. It was DOA then after sent in and returned the clock would lose 10-15 minutes a day.Sent in 2 or 3 more times till it was fixed right.

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That Intel Core i3 would most likely perform better than the AMD. Thehe Dell has N-Wireless which could matter to some. The HP Radeon integrated graphics is better than the Dell integrated graphics. Of course inegrated graphics suck. All that said I'd get the HP simply because its cheaper. If the price were the same I'd get the Dell.

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Is all the power supply talks for gamers? We just need beefy computers at work that can handle someone compiling in flash with browsers, photoshop , dreamweaver and FlashDevelop open all at once...

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Darn you hopping buy button!! Didn't have time to talk it over with the misses, in for one.

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Was waiting on this deal again. Had my order from TigerDirect for their quad $299 machine canceled (they suck), but this has more features, bigger HDD and more RAM. So glad it happened! Just need to add a PSU and graphics card and this is a great machine for my 11 year old to replace his 4 year old slower than molasses PC. In for one!

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@airkat: You would only need to replace the power supply if you were adding a graphics card to replace the integrated graphics. You would really only need one of these for gaming as the integrated graphics should be fine for everything else...

tl;dr Yes, a psu upgrade would only be for gamers.

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dangit, jumped out of bed to buy 4... sold out

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Wonder how this compares to the similar model from the recent Wootoff?
http://www.woot.com/Forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=4863138

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I have the HP Pavillion P7-1054 that I got elsewhere for same price(Refurb unit also). It is the exact same PC - but has a 3.1Ghz processor & built-in PCI-E mini Wi-Fi card(b/g/n).
Had my PC for 4 months now, no problems at all, wanted to be able to back-up Blu-Ray movies that I own, replaced the the on-board graphics with a 1GB XFX GT 430 Graphics Card using the PCI Express x16 slot that was available. This card has a DVI, HDMI, VGA outputs on it and works great! The Card recommends 400w PS, I got a 500w PS. I got both @Newegg.com - great website! I also bought a Blu-Ray burner, USB 3.0 Card for one of the PCI Express x1 slots available.
PS problem: make sure the PS cord clears the case with the plug @ top of the PS, NOT toward the bottom! Look closely at the PS to see what I mean.
I'm sure that I could've saved some $ by building a PC from the ground up, but overall I find this to be a GREAT price depending on what you do. I may even buy another one here & add what I want.

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@kingu: I don't think you could use that graphics card because its only got room for a single slot one, two item #s on tiger direct would make this a pretty sweet rig. I always overkill on PSUs because they are so cheap!

tigerdirect.com and search item #s
V261-6770
O261-2018

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Hey, all you computersavy people, if you still are hanging around, I need a computer and that one was sold out way to quick. so how does this: HP Pavilion Desktop Intel i3 3.3Ghz 6GB 1TB Hard Drive at http://www.cowboom.com/product/986443 compare? ANd how hard hard is it to install an OS and whatever you need. I am an enduser only and have no computer experience, but I can read, think and follow directions.
thanks a lot all :-)

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@ridebuerton56: I am using the Graphics Card I mentioned & it works great!
The PS you listed @TigerDirect is a GREAT PS & would work with this PC. I usually check with Newegg.com because they offer alot of FREE s/h whereas TD doesn't unless you join their Inner Circle club for x$ per year.
Unfortunately as others have mentioned, this PC is already SOLD OUT!
If another HP Pavillion similar to this becomes available, it is a great buy, believe me!

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@reego: I was about to suggest that HTPC users--not just gamers as someone else suggested--need slightly better graphics for these Pavilions (I have a P7-1010). My upgrades are pretty much along your lines, except I got a Sapphire HD 6570 and a 430W Antec Earthwatts PSU.

A double-check with your PSU hints: PSU pictures are inconsistent as to which side is top vs. bottom; also, most components in the Pavilion case are upside-down compared to standard cases. In the Pavilion, the side of the PSU with screw holes in both corners is the BOTTOM, not the top; PSUs with the plug oriented to that side won't work without cutting or bending part of the case (as I learned after the fact with my PSU), and those with fans on the opposite side won't work at all as the fan will be on top (not bottom). Finally, make sure your new PSU is standard depth (5.5") or it won't fit in the retaining clip designed for the stock PSU.

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@urslf: The PC that you have a link to is only a Dual-Core Processor & will only be able to use a Max of 8GB of Ram since it only has 2 memory slots available & according to HP's website, that is the Max the MB will allow. This is a direct link to that PC from HP: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03011622&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=5156949&tmp_track_link=ot_search
So, in my opinion, it is NOT as good a buy - I'd pass it up if I were you. I would wait until Woot, Buy.com, Newegg.com or TigerDirect has something similar to this.

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Spend $150 on a decent video card and power supply and it will handle just about anything you can throw at it. A Radeon 6770 can be had for less than $100 that works best with the AMD processors. A 500W power supply with the proper connectors for the video card is a must. A coolmax modular one runs $50 and eliminates all the extra cables not needed. Try microcenter for both.

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@reego: That was I was trying to do, but it seems everytime I am done reading and it is a good buy it sold out by the time I am done reading. But, I can wait. Thank you so, so much for your help.

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I want to stab everyone who thinks that every computer made needs a bigger power supply and video card. 99% of people who use computers won't even remotely come close to needing the capability this computer has.

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@skrutinizr: ...Apparently you don't know that if you decide to upgrade your PC to make it last longer & more productive, that the the stock PS is almost always very meager - just enough to get by with so PC Manufacturors can save money. Alot of problems that users have with their PC can be attributed to an underpowered Power Supply. If you don't ever plan on upgrading a PC, sure the stock PS will be just fine. I think that it would be MUCH less than 99% of users to find the stock PS adequate when it comes time to upgrade your PC instead of buying a NEW one, so take that into account skrutinizer and stab away!

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@skrutinizr: I imagine the reason people recommend a new PSU is because they are the most common failure point on branded PCs. I would replace it regardless, it is cheap insurance vs. frying your entire system.

New GPU would be preferable but ultimately not necessary for any gaming.

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@urslf:

Don't listen to others. The 2120 is a great processor. It is only a dual core, but it will out perform many quad cores.

Here is a link that compares a 2100 and a 645. These aren't the exact same processors, but they're pretty similar to the two processors these computers have, and this site is commonly known to be the best benchmark site: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=188

As you can see the 2100 overall outperforms the 645 (make sure you look if a higher or lower number is better, as about half of the bars the 645 has a higher "score" but really you might want a lower number.

Here's the passmark benchmark for both processors. These can be kind of accurate, but results can vary... http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i3-2120+%40+3.30GHz

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Athlon+II+X4+650

Also, if you're going to be using this for any gaming, the I3 2120 is WAY better, as games only fully utilize 2 cores anyways.

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@urslf:

Also, that computer already comes with 6gb of RAM. 6gb is plenty for pretty much ANY applications, games, etc. If you really want to, in the future you can upgrade to 8gb but unless you're doing some extremely heavy video editing or something like that, you would never need more than 8gb. Trust me, people love to overkill the RAM, but 6gb will be absolutely fine.

Also, if no OS comes installed, then you will need to spend around $100 buying Windows. If you're a student you can get it for cheaper. If you do install an OS, it's extremely easy. If you have any problems you can just use google, but it's not that hard at all.

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@bmason3604: A lot of new games are now optimized for quad-core systems. BF3 and Skyrim both are. Look at the recommended settings. If it recommends a quad core, then it is most likely optimized for one.

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I'm confused. Why do these systems need a stronger power supply? I feel HP is a pretty good company that makes a decent product, so if these systems needed more power wouldn't they build it that way?

Whats the benefit? Better gaming somehow? I bought an HP slim s5730f off of here about 6 months ago and it seems to be doing good (I don't game much), but would it be even better with more power?

MAybe this will help others who have that same question.

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@threet320: They don't. People just think "mo bigger must be mo betterer"
There is no need to upgrade the power supply unless you install more power consuming parts in it. Reliability issues are NOT because of stock power supplies not being mo big enuff- that's so damned stupid I can't imagine who thinks that way. Yes, power supplies can fail but you don't need to swap in a different one from the start because it MIGHT (unlikely) fail.
I can't even count how many computers I've been responsible for in my career, but it is in the thousands. Mac, Sun, NeXT, SGI, and PC's since the XT was the shiznit. I've seen power supplies fail in any platform- but it's not that often and usually linked to heat (fan fails or fills with dust).
Just use the computer, back up your stuff, and live your life.

I missed this one- but I'd have grabbed one if I could. I have the older version and it rocks.

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@eraten:

Yeah, I misspoke that all games only use two cores; however most games only fully utilize two cores.

But still, the 2120 outperforms ANY AMD processor when it comes strictly to gaming. See this link:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

(don't confuse 2120T with 2120. Also, the x4 650 isn't on there, but the 645 is close. Also note that the EIGHT core FX 8120 is pretty far down the list. More cores does not always mean better processor WHEN IT COMES TO GAMING)

This link also has the best CPU's for the price:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html

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@threet320: You don't need to upgrade the power supply simply for the sake of it, you would only need to do that if, as many people in here suggest, you were to also upgrade the video card(and possibly other components in the machine).

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@skrutinizr: I don't think anyone is suggesting you upgrade the power supply only. They are saying to upgrade the power supply and video card. And if were to get a decent video card you would definitely want to upgrade from the current power supply.

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@blade2000: compare -w00toff box was almost 1ghz slowerwith half the ram.

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@akivaj: Actually I see that the AMD Phenom II X4 840T in the $299 box only being 300 MHz slower in clock speed than the X4 650 in this one. Not a full 1GHz. Where are you looking? Also they look to be pretty comparable performance wise (if you look at the benchmark ratings). I'd rather have the $299 system and put $20 worth of RAM if I want 8GB.

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Shipping Update

HP Pavilion P7 Quad-Core Desktop has completely shipped via FEDEX Ground. All tracking has already been emailed out. You can also find your tracking number by following this link and use your ORDER NUMBER as the reference number.

https://www.fedex.com/AltRefTracking?cntry_code=us

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Got mine today. Everything appears to be fine and this thing flies.

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Mine arrived today as well. No problems with this one (last HP I bought from Woot was DOA and had to spend a few weeks going around with HP for warranty repair).