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The workstation was ordered as an upgrade from an XP system currently in use. We were looking for something cheap but functional. Having a 3GHZ dual core CPU was a big jump from the old single core 1.5GHZ of the previous model.

According to the research we did before ordering there was only supposed to be two DIMM slots so we ordered a 4GB kit (2GB of RAM is simply not enough). However I was surprised to find that there are four DIMM slots so now the system is running 6GB of DDR2-800 RAM. Though on one hand this is good, we could have saved some money and used a couple of 1GB sticks we already had. This was probably my fault for not doing proper research.

I personally wanted this unit for the RAID functionality. We had another 160GB Seagate SATA2 drive lying around and configured this for RAID1.

Unlike what is pictured (but is in the description) the unit came with an NEC monitor. Specifically the LCD1770VX-BK-2 which has DVI input. Though the computer does not have DVI it does have a DP out so a simple DP to DVI cable would make this perfect. I did not test the monitor as there is already one in place.

The keyboard and optical mouse are from iMicro and the keyboard says it is waterproof (not tested). Both are very basic. The unit has built-in speakers which are very loud. Great for everyday use.

It was shipped with Adobe Reader, CDBurnerXP, OpenOffice, and 7-zip preloaded. They also had an installer for MSE on the desktop. We also received both 32 and 64bit Windows 7 Professional SP1 install discs.

The last thing I wanted to mention was how quite the system is. You can barely hear anything come from it.


• The unit was physically scratched pretty badly, but honestly that doesn’t matter since it will be under a desk.
• We found a lot of large dust balls inside.
• The lid wasn’t properly latched and was loose when it arrived.
• The RAM was not in a proper dual channel configuration which caused some problems during the RAM upgrade we did.
• It came with 32bit Windows 7 Pro installed, so we had to re-install using 64bit (the performance was much better after switching).
• It still had the Vista badge on the chassis (but that’s being picky).

Other Thoughts:

With a 3GHZ Core 2 Duo, 4-6GB of RAM, 64bit Windows 7 Professional, included digital monitor, and at the sale price we paid $200 ($250 w/ RAM upgrade) this was a home run for a basic workstation. Didn’t have to pay HP $400 for a new low end model and no one dangled Windows 8 in front of us.

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