Date Joined: 02/04/16
Pros: Windows 7 pro 64-bit (can't stand windows 8 or 10)
*i5-3470 with four(4) physical cores. It does not have Intel Hyper-Threading. Intel has made other i5 processors before and since which have 4 physical cores and don't have Hyper-Threading which are beasts. This processor runs at 77 watts. The watts is important as you are forever limited to 320 watts from the power supply because HP did a poor job designing this system. This processor is a great processor though.
*Comes with 4GB 1333Mhz RAM (2 sticks of 2GB). 2 RAM slots available.
*DVD+R DL Drive
*10 USB ports total. (Four 3.0 ports in back, two 2.0 in back, four 2.0 in front.
*Easy to install expansion slots no screws.
*The front of the case looks brand new. There are some very minor scratches on both sides of the case. It's refurbished and I got this for under $200 so not a problem.
Press F10 on startup to go to BIOS settings.
Cons: The power supply is the Achilles heel. It can never be upgraded. You have to use a slimline GPU. The mother board connectors for the power supply are proprietary, meaning only HP's rediculous power supply can interface with the motherboard. Why HP designed a powerful system and limited it with a 320 watt power supply makes no sense. I'm sure it will work great for any office interested in doing spread sheet calculations. So will Intel processors from 15 years ago.
250 GB Hard Drive. I Upgraded with a TB hard drive then cloned the OS onto the new HD.
Overall Review: Office work:
Graphic Designer/3D animator
That's what this processor is made for but you are limited with GPU options because of slimline factor and the the fact you can't upgrade the power supply.
The processor in this system is a beast that will handle modern games. It is possible to find a good slimline GPU from Nvidia that will work but you will not be playing modern games at 1080P resolution. You will have to settle for 720p or less. The problem is the power supply.
Pros: This CPU is awesome with 4 physical cores (no logical cores). The CPU fan and system fan that came with it work great. Set fan at 100% in bios. According to RealTemp temperature has not gotten above 49 degrees C and that's while playing Skyrim on Ultra High Settings for about 5-6 hours non stop.
Cons: Broken on arrival. Did not meet Microsoft refurbished guidelines. Would power off and screens would have static and random colors and lines, nothing wrong with the different monitors tested on this system. Turns out wrong type of RAM was installed, not even appropriate for this motherboard. Now has 4GB RAM as that's all I can afford till next month. Also came with a rootkit virus infection. Was able to remove malicious files but some windows system files were not found on system after that which are needed for windows update. It does have a recovery partition but that didn't work either. Complete OS reinstall needed in order to work properly. I'm the one doing the refurbishing.
Overall Review: Installed a MSI nviida GTX 750 Ti (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127783) and as this card does not have or need a 6-pin plug for power from the power supply I installed a EVGA 400 watt power supply. Recommend getting 90 degree SATA cables as any gamming GPU is going to go over the SATA ports on the motherboard. Hours of Skyrim at Ultra High settings and the GPU never got above 26 degrees C according to log. It works because I fixed it. Edit: But I did spend less money than on a comparable retail system overall.
Pros: No drivers to install easy install of HD into case. The USB cable got tugged on and this case with the HD inside went flying and slammed onto the wood floor. The HD still works and so does this product.
Overall Review: Buy it
Pros: This card does not have or need a 6-pin plug for power from the power supply. Running great with a EVGA 400 watt power supply. Skyrim Launcher set itself at Ultra High settings. Played about 6 hours non stop and according to MSI log GPU never got above 26 degrees C. I did change the fan speed on the GPU before hand. It is running tightly fit in a Mini Tower case with a i5 2400 CPU.