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imaladybug2 08-16-2008 12:28 AM

Is this a good system for me
 
Is this sytem good for me
I need a system for my home i play some online games such as neopets. I want to do photo stuff and that is about it. Here are the specs

Processor and Memory: Intel® Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600
5120MB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM memory (1x2048MB 3x1024MB) (expandable to 8GB) Hard Drive and Multimedia Drives:
750GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive
SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology: 16x DVDR, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R DL, 4x DVD-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 32x CDRW, 40x CD-ROM Audio, Video and Graphics:
High Definition Audio, 8 speaker configurable
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 with 128MB dedicated graphics memory; up to 287MB total available graphics memory as allocated by Windows Vista Connectivity:
10/100 BaseT network interface
56k modem Ports/Slots:
2 external 5.25" (one available)
1 external 3.5" (one available)
2 internal 3.5" (one available)
1 PCI (occupied)
2 PCI Express x1 (available)
1 PCI Express x16 (available)
Front panel 15-in-1 memory card reader supports Smart Media, xD, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital (SD), Compact Flash I, Compact Flash II, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, RSMMC, MMC Mobile, MMC+, Mini Secure Digital, IBM Microdrive
6 USB 2.0 port(s) (2 front, 4 back)
2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) port(s) (1 front, 1 back)
Headphone; Microphone (front)
2 PS/2; Digital Audio Out; LAN; Microphone/Line-in/Line-out; Rear speaker-out; Side speaker-out; Center (subwoofer); VGA-out (back) Keyboard, Mouse and Monitor:
HP wireless keyboard and optical mouse with extended range (up to 30 feet)
HP W2408H Vivid Color 24" diagonal widescreen flat panel monitor with BrightView panel with adjustable tilt and integrated speakers Additional Software and Information:
Muvee autoProducer
Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe
Microsoft® Works 9
Microsoft® Office Home and Student Edition 2007 Trial: 60-day trial version
Adobe® Reader 8: Read and print PDF files
Norton Internet Security 2008: Protect your PC out of the box (60 days of complimentary live updates) Operating System:
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit edition with Service Pack 1


Warranty: 1 year limited PC hardware warranty and software support
Service Delivery: Customer replaceable parts; return to HP for repair; Authorized Service Provider
Desktop icon provides one click access to built-in desktop Help and Support Center
Easy, online access to questions, answers and troubleshooting information via Hewlett Packard Technical Support - select a country or region
Direct, knowledgeable assistance available 24/7 toll-free by phone

lurkswithin 08-19-2008 03:32 PM

Over all, It is another HP over build to try to make it sound better than what it does.

1)As a standard computer it is fine.
2)As a gamer, it will not hold water...so don't expect it to be some sort of record breaker.
3)The memory has to be questioned as to why it is installed in that configuration to begin with. and not set up as matching pairs.
4) no computer is worth its salt with only 1 optical drive installed
5) High definition audio ??????? all sound cards are this so it really isn't saying a thing like what kind of audio card.....so suspect something very cheap and not of good quality!
6) I have to question the USB connectors...the media card reader is powered from an on-board USB connector and so are the two front USB connections...while this may look good it more than likely will cause them all to connect as 1.1 instead of the 2.0 as stated. Don't be surprised when you get a pop-up saying that your flash drive(when connected in front) is operating at a low connectivity and would be better in powered to a higher one
7) other than the Student teacher edition of office and the adobe software...the others are really nothing but resource hogs and mediocre software......I would not use the Norton/symantic suite for anything!
8) the 24" monitor is a pretty good deal...I will say that HP does supply decent monitors with their computers.
9) the dual core processor is really nice but then nothing spectacular.
10) I am not and never will be in favor of super large drives as they just don't hold up. With larger drives the moving(mechanical ) parts of the drive must work harder and thus wear faster than that of a combination of smaller drives.

This doesn't have a thing to do with HP as I will state the same info for Dell, Gateway, or any other computer.

The memory that is coming with that machine is what really bothers me. It is like HP is trying to impress you with more hardware pieces and trying to make something look impressive. As I see it, the large memory capacity they are showing is to allow for the cover-up of the memory intense software that is being used.

All in all, it will be adequate for what you would use it for....but do not expect too much extra from the stock unit!

squirrelnmoose 08-19-2008 11:58 PM

lurkswithin gave a pretty good summary.
I have to agree about the memory configuration.
Not being matching pairs is a little strange coming from a big retailer.
That said it's quite a lot of memory for the other specs. Which is the most desirable spec for photo editing.

Also if you intend on using other software or hardware that you already own (photo editing, printer/scanner etc) you'll want to check if they have Vista 64bit drivers (hardware), compatibility (software) so you will know if they will work with the new system.


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