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HP Desktop PC DC7900 Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 3.0GHz 2GB 160GB HDD Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent value for the budget minded 02/08/2014

This review is from: HP Desktop PC DC7900 Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 3.0GHz 2GB 160GB HDD Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

Pros: Excelltn Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU, pre-equipped with Windows 7 Professional, small form factor ideal for use in a media center for a television viewing setup.

Cons: VGA output only for video. Form factor means a power supply upgrade is tricky and requires compromises to be made.

Other Thoughts: For the price you are paying, this is a great computer. Keep in mind that it is a 4+ year old computer, after all, so compared to the Intel i5 Core computer I have, this isn't that fast but it will still hold its own. My intent for this computer was to use it as a web streaming machine for my television, so this PC being a smaller form factor fit all my needs there. Once I upgraded the hard drive with a solid state drive, the on-board video card with one that had HDMI output, as well as the power supply to power the new, power thirstier video card, I had a nice functional machine which I can now utilize on my big screen LED television. The solid state drive makes a world of a difference in boot up performance for this PC, while opting for a video card tat had HDMI output meant a far superior picture quality on today's LED TV than the VGA output that this computer had. Unfortunately, because the video card requires a 300W minimum power supply and the equipped power supply is only good for 230W, I had to upgrade the power supply. The power supply form factor for this PC is very unique and is not readily available, so I ended up buying a standard power supply that had to sit outside of the PC casing to power this PC. Nevertheless, because this computer resides in my cabinet, having the power supply sitting next to my PC is a non-issue, but for those of you wanting to use this as a main PC but with a better video card, be aware of this need.

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ViewSonic VX2270Smh-LED Black 22
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good performing screen with excellent color contrast. Viewsonic X-Series performance at good pricing. Perfect size for my space limitations. Multiple inputs accepted (HDMI, DVI, VGA).

Cons: None so far after 1 month of usage

Other Thoughts: Have always had Viewsonic monitors from the past. Had a 17" CRT monitor, then to a X-series 19" LED monitor which has lasted about 10 years now, and now finally upgraded it to this 22" X-series monitor. My space constraints for a monitor upgraded limited my decisions out there as it is hard to find smaller widescreen monitors, but this one fits the bill, looks good, and has the usual Viewsonic quality that I've become accustomed to.

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EVGA 01G-P3-1312-LR GeForce 210 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Needed a cheap video card for a refurbished HP dc7900 computer I bought here as I am not a fan of using a VGA connection to my 60" LED LCD TV. This card is budget friendly, has a HDMI port on it that would supply both video and audio to my TV on one convenient HDMI cable. Installation was a cinch though I did have to upgrade my power supply to meet the minimum power requirement of this card, and, at least with the dc7900 computer, had to go into the BIOS to re-enable the on-board audio as this card will install its own NVidia audio drivers to allow for you to utilize the audio/video function of the HDMI cable.

Cons: As others have mentioned, the fan on this card is quite loud. It won't be a big issue for me as my computer will be located inside a cabinet that has doors on it, but if you have it sitting out in the open, you will hear the fan.

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Display Name: ALAN Q.

Date Joined: 12/21/03

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  • Last Review: 02/08/14
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