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Too bad it comes with Windows 8.

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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.

[1] http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2013/04/26/chip-shot-4th-generation-intel-core-coming-soon

[2] http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/05/its-official-microsoft-says-windows-blue-is-coming-later-this-year/

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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.

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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).

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@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.

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@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.