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Introducing the HP Compaq Elite 8300 Convertible Minitower; our largest, most expandable business PC form factor with impressive power.
Pros: My employer purchased 4 of these. No problems. Nice fast Core i7 CPU
Cons: Limited Intel graphics. I need an AMD GPU.
Other Thoughts: Ships with Win7 Pro x64 pre-installed. Comes with DVDs to wipe and load Win8 Pro x64 - a bit zippier in comparison to Win7. I prefer the iobit StartMenu8 add-on to boot to desktop.
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Decent machine - but is it worth the trouble of upgrading?
Pros: The only benefits I found were:
Cons: When I was all done, the results were not impressive to me as compared with my older xw4400. The machine feels marginally faster, although I’m still waiting on the extra memory. I also was a bit too frugal on the video card and realized I should have ordered one with more power for video editing. So, that’s now on order too (upgrading from an NVidia GeForce GT 210 (bottom end) to a GeForce GT 650 (about $80 more). But, from past experience that upgrade may help with the video editing; it won’t make any difference except if Windows Aero is turned on.
Other Thoughts: My wife’s PC crapped out a while ago and she’s decided to work on training videos using Camtasia Studio. Video editing is one of the most taxing processes a PC has to do. For example, my 4 year old HP xw4400 workstation takes about 20 minutes to process a 5 minute video which means I can’t do much more than surf the web and email while it’s working.
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