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    ... I've got a good chance to pick one of these up, not an actual HP distributor but still unwrapped and brand, spankin' new in the box with all the accessories, and possibly HALF the price of it here on Best Buy.

    HP - Pavilion Desktop with Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor - p6140f

    Yea or nay, and why?

    Thanks in advance to those who give me a legit, informed opinion.
     
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    Depends upon what you are using it for.
    If you are doing anything with graphics, it is weak in that area, but that can be changed.
    I'd avoid Window's Vista as the operating system, it sucks.
    Other than that, seems like a good machine.
     
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    Quad core, lots of RAM, hard drive is a little slow. You might need to upgrade the graphics card. Windows 7 will ship when available. Otherwise, looks great right out of the box.
     
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    More pictures, music, multimedia sort of thing for me, no graphics, no gaming. I can upgrade the OS to Windows 7 later on if Vista is that bad. I already have a Seagate 1Tb external hard drive, but I've had three people try and get this screwed up Realtek sound on this computer fixed now and they've all failed. I've also been told that upgrading or doing a full install of another OS probably won't fix the problem either, so I'm fed up. I'm buying a new computer. I've got probably a hundred CD's ripped that I can't listen to... screw this.
     
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    For the price it's not a bad system for an OEM. 64 bit means you can probably go with 16GB of RAM but that is dependent on the motherboard, (mobo). The mobo seems to be one of the cheaper ones, no s-video, crossfire, etc, I'd really like to see the specs on the mobo. The hard drive is a little slow for a 1 Tb, and you will definitely need a graphics card, at least a half a gig and possibly a good sound card. There's about $190 right there, retail (cheap side), $110 on E-bay, new. The major drawback is Vista but you can upgrade to 7 when it comes out. Quad core is great but unless you're willing to fork out the bucks for the peripherals that match it then it's pretty much a waste.
    Don't know how savvy you are with computers but I know I can build one twice as good as the one you're looking at for about the same money (not offering to do it but I will offer guidance).
     
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    Hardware looks decent, but the software is ... blech. ;) I would be good for a multimedia computer, but don't expect it to be "perfect" ... my computer has about the same hardware specs, but it still has issues with video acceleration, especially back when I first got it (had XP on it). With that hard drive I would partition a swap of 1 gig ... but then you would need Linux ... which would speed it up a lot.
     
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    It's going to come loaded with all kinds of crap you would probably want to remove.
    HP is good (bad) to do that. I don't like any HP products. They are a PITA...IMO
     
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    It says that it is upgradable to 16 gig of memory, and as far as hard drive speed, I'm sure it would be more than sufficient for what I'd use it for. I might upgrade it with a sound card because I have a ton of music ripped onto my external hard drive, and use that to listen to all the time. I do have a Denon receiver and a Denon DVD-3800BDCI Blu-ray player, so I wouldn't be looking to it for better video than it probably already has. The video, and audio for that matter, in the Denon 3800 is second to none.

    I am interested in what you could build better than that though for under $500.
     
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    My Dell FLIES, 2.6 quad core. 6 MB memory. HUGE 22 incu flat panel. I just need some programing classes next semester. Oh 750 HD. The only thsy scares my is viruses and spy ware. I don't to sites that I am not familiar with but sometimes you havv to take your chancens.
     
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