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Too bad it comes with Windows 8.


As always with something moving as quickly as computers (and now mobile devices), it is better to wait a few months before jumping in. Intel will release new processors based on Haswell later this summer[1] and if you are into Windows, There will be some sort of Windows 8.1 (Windows Blue) later this year[2].

Basically, if you can afford to wait and don't need a computer right away, you should wait. This is what I'm telling myself.



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@11dndd11: Or if you've got a couple of bucks to spare, both StartIsBack or Start8 seem more polished and get mostly great reviews.

@k87: Also I'm not sure Windows "8.1" is really any reason to hold off on a computer purchase. It will surely be an installable update that is relatively cheap (perhaps even free) to existing Windows 8 users. Also it sounds like an early preview release this summer, but not an official release until probably very late in the year so you might be waiting a while.

The next generation Intel CPUs also probably won't do a whole lot for desktop PCs in this range. Intel seems laser-focused on power efficiency and integrated graphics performance for Ultrabooks of late. I've seen numbers like 10% better performance and "up to" 50% less power consumption on mobile CPUs, which may be a good enough reason to hold off for a while on an Intel-based laptop/ultrabook purchase, but isn't all that relevant to a midrange desktop PC like this.


Looked at this for the last few months whenever it's come up for sale. Really don't need another desktop, but figured the pricing and the availability of Windows 8 would be a good entree to the crappy Windows 8 world. Admit it pc users, Windows 8 will eventually be the OS from Microsoft. They're getting rid of XP, Windows 7 will be the next OS I migrate to since it will be supported for at least another ten or so years. BUT with this PC I can play around with the Windows 8 environment the next few months and see where I'm going to be forced to use anyway. A little planning ahead. Thought of buying a Dell or Gateway refurbished for my entree into Windows 8, but I like the way the guts of the HP's are: easy to remove the hard drives, replace power supply, etc. Drivers updates aren't a problem since I use driver update software (check those out since it will save you a lot of time hunting for obscure drivers).


@k87: Yeah, state of the art also means state of the art pricing. Learned a while back paying $2,000 for a Trash 80 with 16 meg of standard ram and a Computronic printer that printed only in caps for another $2,000 wasn't the way to go in hi tech. Wait till new stuff comes out and buy the old stuff that still has a lot of life left in it.


@ronnyboy: If you had a TRS-80 with 16MB of RAM people would have thought you were the lord of all computers. I think you mean 16 Kilobytes of RAM.

Anyway, I can see both sides. There have been times when I bought a relatively high-end (just a step or two from top of the line) PC and, while I paid a lot, it lasted me many years and still beat the cheap low-end stuff even a couple years later. Other times, I've gotten refurbished or discontinued lower end stuff and enjoyed more than adequate performance at a fraction of the price.
I do try to buy the new tech if there's just been a major shift, for example, I got one of the early PCs that had SATA way back when because it was obvious it was going to replace IDE/ATA and I didn't want to buy a dead-end system. The same went for the switch from ISA to PCI, VLB to AGP (1x, 4x, 8x, Pro), and PCI to PCI Express, etc.

In this case, I don't really see any changes of that magnitude on the near horizon and it's not a huge investment.