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11-27-2008 11:17 PM
I am strongly considering buying the HP Pavilion Elite m9452p because it does NOT have a video card.
I believe that I will be saving money by buying a PC that does not have the additional cost of a low budget video card at a premium price. I will be able to install the video card that suits my needs and not be bothered trying to sell the factory installed card to recoup it's cost.
The m9452p has the following specs: Intel core 2 Quad (Q8200) 2.33 GHz (95W) 1333MHz FSB, 3
50W power supply,
8 GB DDR2 SDRAM PC2-6400 MB\sec,
750 GB HD at 7200 rpm 3 GB\sec,
typical optical drives,
motherboard Asus IPIBL-LB (HP named it Benicia- GL8E), FSB 1333MHz, Intel G33 chipset,
PCI-E x16 for the GPU,
7.1 channel high- def audio,
memory card reader,
and an IR receiver for TV remote.
I am willing to spend around $250.00, but I do not want to buy a card that I will never realize
the full potential of, because of a bottleneck at the main processor.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
12-05-2008 12:14 PM
incase there are more gamer savvy than me to help
12-09-2008 11:24 AM
12-09-2008 09:37 PM
Thank you so much for all of your good advice. I will make sure to check out Newegg. Like you, I may not play much, but my son sure does. When I do sit down for a little video game stress release though, I want to see pretty graphics and a decent frame rate for my money. Since I posted my question, I have been doing some serious research into PC hardware and have been flirting with the idea of putting together my own PC. Buying the components is a really slippery slope though. It's always the case that just a few more dollars can get you one step higher....and a little more, and a little higher...and so on. So for a little more that the HP Pavilion Elite m9452 (which is up now to $949.00), I can build something much better - for around $1200.00 (slippery slope)! I'm on the verge of taking the plunge but, times being what they are, I'm starting to look at Xbox and Playstation3 as a cheaper alternative. My back is up against the wall though. My son has Fallout 3 under the tree and he is going to need something to play it on very soon. Like me, he insists that a keyboard and mouse are the only weapons he wants to use. I'm still looking into some third party converters that claim to allow a keyboard and mouse to be used on the consoles, but it does not seem to be well documented as a truly functional work around. I can't believe that Microsoft and Sony are willing to loose the business instead of making their consoles mouse and keyboard friendly - it honestly blows me away. Thanks again. Have a happy and safe holiday. -Acqua