dealsfamous maker amd hexa-core 6gb 1.5tb hd 7570 bt 4…

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In case you don't know, Famous Maker is the name that HP puts on their refurbs. So this is basically an HP PC.

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I've bought Famous Maker (HP refurbs) in the past and been very happy with their quality and durability. I'd recommend these to nearly anyone.

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This looks seriously legit for a $350 PC. Am I missing something? It's a $120 video card and 2gb stick of ram from being a decent gaming PC.

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This is a nice deal and a well balanced PC. The 6-core AMD processor performs nicely, on par with a higher end I5 processor. The power supply is 460 watt which will allow for upgrading of a graphics card if so desired. The included graphics is pretty decent though and will do OK with moderate gaming. The 1.5 TB drive is 7200 RPM which is also a nice feature instead of the common 5400 rpm for the larger drives. It has HDMI out, and this could be the perfect candidate for a home theater-...but windows 8 mediacenter is an upgrade you have to pay for, so you will either need to pay for this upgrade or use a freeware solution (and there some decent solutions http://www.howtogeek.com/132462/5-alternatives-to-windows-media-center-on-windows-8/ ). I think this is a nice deal. Add an SSD for the OS drive and a blu-ray burner and you could have a really nice system for not much more. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a desktop system for less than $500- at $350 its a great deal.

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How would this fare as an HTPC?

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Just so we're up front here, the warranty was updated from 90 day vendor to 90 day Woot.

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Note: there is no PCI slot on the mother board. This is a show stopper for me since I have a M-Audio sound card that I wanted to use with this computer

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@smallbigtall: This would be perfect for an HTPC- but Windows 8 does not come with mediacenter- so you would either have to buy the upgrade to mediacenter, or pick another software (see my comment above that I wrote). Hardware wise it is perfect for an HTPC, and it has enough processing power in case you want to add cable tuners or something like that. If you are going to use it as an HTPC, I suggest you at least add a blu-ray ROM, if not a burner. You can buy a blu-ray ROM today for $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136268
Burners run about $70- I use my blu--ray burner all the time.
This would make for a complete HTPC solution. I have an SSD in my HTPC along with a quad cable tuner, and found that an SSD for the OS drive only marginally improved performance- so if you are going to use this purely as an HTPC, I don't think an SSD is worth the expense. If you are going to use this primarily as a workstation PC then I would highly recommend an SSD.

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@cfelliott: Ah, I missed that. However it does have three PCIEx1 slots.

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@johnt007871: However, I just Google'd and it seems there are PCIEx1 to PCIEx16 adapters for a few bucks.

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Any idea if you can find Win7 drivers for this PC?

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Would be nice to know what mainboard is in this thing, I don't know why they never list that on woot. It's kind of important to know.

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Which version of Win8 is this? Considering buying this and then downgrading to Win 7.or installing Linux

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@jmaldrich: There are two consumer versions of Windows 8:

Windows 8
Windows 8 Professional.

This comes with Windows 8. It does not come with downgrade rights to WIndows 7 so you would have to purchase a Windows 7 license.

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Anyone know if I could use this as an ESXi host?

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@thunderthighs: Thanks for that info. May just buy one and move my Linux box to it instead of using Windblows 8.

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Does anybody have any experience comments regarding the fan in this thing? I need to replace a PC with a seriously noisy fan and this looks like a great deal. I don't game or do anything strenuous - but I need a big hard drive. Comments?

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this is a nice desktop, will the Radeon HD 7570 handle high setting games like marvel heros battle field 3 and dota? since its 2gb

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The hardware looks good for the price. With the windows 8 SL . . . can we verfiy that the SL (Single Language) is English? There are no language packs for the Win 8 SL version as indicated in this thread:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/regarding-windows-8-sl-64-bit-os/6a7c460a-1031-43b9-b0b0-36417495b8e9

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With Windows 8, just get Start8 (or an equivalent) and don't worry about downgrading. This brings back the Start menu and boots to the desktop. Other than that, there's no reason to prefer 7 over 8.

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Doesn't look like a Dell, so it is probably an HP.
I have a similar six core system. For desktop workstation and gaming purposes, they're not all that they're cracked up to be. However, if you want an affordable, small machine that is capable of running a group of virtual machines on VMware ESXi, this is a good deal.

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@lboban: This by all means is an HP, and generally all their towers are pretty quiet. I would not worry about fan noise.

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@deeluxx: With HP, Dell, Acer...or any mass produced towers you will not find the mainboard manufacturer- until you get it, and look at the numbers on the board and try and trace it that way. The mainboards are generally contracted out to Asus, pegatron, Gigabyte, MSI Foxconn...they are spec'd out by the PC manufacturer- and someone above make the OEM board for them. They purposely don't put the manufacturer on there of the mainboards, because all the bios/drivers are supposed to go through the PC manufacturer. Basically for stability purposes and technical support HP doesn't want a consumer trying to update the bios/drivers from a similar model from lets say via Asus web site and causing issues that they can't easily troubleshoot. It introduces too many variables to the technical support staff at HP when people start updating their drivers/bios outside of the OEM sourced ones. People that know computers, can figure out the manufacturers and update what they need at their discretion.

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@hootny: Yep- I think you hit it, the only difference I saw was in the amount of memory

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@ac6styles: If you Google that video card there are youtube videos of people playing BF3 etc. I wouldn't expect high settings on BF3 (probably low), but the others are less demanding I think and might be better.

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@gak0090: I agree. I am unsure if this has the beats audio like the HP?

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@hootny: Even if it's not Beats audio- no big deal. http://tunelab.com/2012/01/09/what-exactly-is-beats-audio-update-an-answer/
1. Redesigned headphone jack– reduces ground noise
2. Discrete headphone amp – more powerful with better stereo separation
3. Dedicated audio island – isolates audio components on the circuit board
4. Function + B – engages Beats Audio profile
Those might also apply to the speaker connections. Either way Beats Audio is kind of a marketing gimmick. I had an HTC rezound when the whole beats thing came out, and I wasn't impressed. Basically $20 earphones and an EQ setting will get you the same result.

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"Radeon HD 7570 graphics card with 2GB DDR3 dedicated memory for lush images with stunning detail."
Even if it can't play all the games, the fact that it can display " lush images with stunning detail" means it's at least ideal for surfing porn.

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If you want all of the specs, check out this EBAY ad: http://www.ebay.com/itm/FAST-HP-ENVY-h8-1534-6-Core-4-1Ghz-10GB-DDR3-2TB-HD-HD7570-2GB-24-Monitor-/200956831908?pt=Desktop_PCs&hash=item2ec9f5e8a4

This is a similar model and even shows the details of the MB and many of the internal components. It appears that you can load windows 7 on it, if you know what you are doing. UEFI W8 boot mode, to legacy boot mode. see this link for more info:http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1674653/work.html

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@bmaass24: Here is a link to some info about loading windows 7 on this PC: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1674653/work.html

Somewhere within the BIOS, there will be an option to switch from UEFI W8 boot mode, to legacy boot mode, thats why you have issues seeing drives during W7 setup, as for the AHCI drivers, if HP don't have them, the generic ones from Intel will work just fine.

This guy is selling a similar model on ebay, and loaded windows 7 on it. Here is a link, scroll down the page and you will see all the MB information- you can look for drivers: http://www.ebay.com/itm/FAST-HP-ENVY-h8-1534-6-Core-4-1Ghz-10GB-DDR3-2TB-HD-HD7570-2GB-24-Monitor-/200956831908?pt=Desktop_PCs&hash=item2ec9f5e8a4

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Appears to be a good deal..... I don't think it can get any cheaper than this. Just ordered one!