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Look elsewhere for good value,
This review is from: HP H9-1033uk Desktop PC (Intel Core i7-2600 Processor 3.3GHz, RAM 6GB DDR3, HDD 1TB, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 1 GB, Windows 7 Home Premium 64) (Personal Computers)
This computer is a very attractive model from HP, presumably aimed towards gamers. Despite the fact that this computer is manufactured from a major brand - a factor that would result in an instant "No" from any avid gamer - it isn't actually that bad. The processor is excellent and is one of the best currently on sale meaning general usage will be a breeze (although I notice the HP doesn't use the overclockable version of the chip for safety). The computer has a reasonable amount of storage and enough RAM (temporary storage). The graphics card is a gamer's card, and should be enough to play the latest games on medium settings, but it's nothing incredible.
Whilst the computer is definitely not a bad PC, and is great for an average user and manageable for a gamer, it's the value for money that really brings my rating down. For the absolute best value, you need to build your own computer. However, I know that this is beyond most users' comfort zone. If you want excellent value but don't want to run the risk of building your own PC, there are companies that let you choose your own components, or if that's too hard they offer recommendations of good combinations and they build the computers themselves and ship it to you. Whilst this isn't quite as comfortable as ordering a nice pre-built PC from Amazon, you're almost guaranteed better value for money. A personal recommendation for one of these companies is Chillblast as they offer great costumer support with excellent value for money, although others like PCSpecialist and DinoPC exist. One thing I suggest against, though, is CyberPower. They advertise a lot of models on Amazon as well as on their website, but the value for money they offer is way below what you can get from, for example, Chillblast.
As a conclusion, this is an attractive computer with powerful components, but the value for money is far below what you could expect from that price.
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2011 19:22:18 GMT
M HINDS says:
Are you commenting as someone who has purchased on of these?
Posted on 29 Jan 2012 08:06:38 GMT
R. J. Lister says:
Don't use DinoPC. I did and they delivered late, their customer service was non-existent, and the build quality was tragic. They're cheap but not good value.
Posted on 2 Apr 2012 23:23:14 BDT
Mr. R. Carter says:
Its just a good processor, the rest is trash, i could build better for £450.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 14:32:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Apr 2012 14:32:52 BDT
P N Davis says:
Does your "Build better for £450" include the cost of the processor and graphics card
In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012 08:57:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 May 2012 09:01:06 BDT
> Does your "Build better for £450" include the cost of the processor and graphics card <
I'd say £450 was cutting it a bit fine. But for around £600 you could for sure buy and build as good a spec or better. This HP showboat looks great but hasnt that much graphics power under the hood. The card is a GTX550-Ti, which is ok but is basically a lower budget card that scores not so well on online comparison charts.
You can buy this card for around 90 on Amazon.
So where's the rest of the money going on this expensive HP "gaming" PC I wonder? 200 on vat for a start.
Posted on 17 Aug 2012 14:34:55 BDT
P. Marshall says:
I bought this PC..... BUT immediately upgraded the RAM to 16 gig of matched memory (I know - total overkill but I don't care, windows is "forced" to run in RAM & I use Corel Graphics Suite a lot) and an Intel 256 gig SSD. Still worked out a lot cheaper than the higher-spec 1040 model. And it FLIES. Adding the SSD and cloning the HD with the supplied Intel software was a breeze. As a very long-tem Dell customer I'm happy to have bought this HP (basic reason, Dell UK wouldn't ship to France & Dell France insist you have a French-only OS). I'm clearly perfectly capable of upgrading a commercial PC but, although I could if I wanted, build one from scratch, I really can't be bothered when you can get performance like this straight out of the box. Unless you're a gamer, maybe, the graphics card is perfectly respectable and runs twin monitors (2 x Dell U2711) with ease. So well done HP, you have another long-term customer.
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