HP 6005 Pro AMD Dual-Core 1TB SFF Desktop

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HP 6005 Pro AMD Dual-Core 1TB SFF Desktop
Price: $199.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 Business Days. (Monday, Jun 20 to Thursday, Jun 23) + transit
Condition: Refurbished

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Here are the Passmark benchmarks for the Athlon II X2 B24.

This AMD processor clocks in around the Core 2 Duo E8200 range.

This is a close comparison and the computer gets real mixed reviews, but the reviews seems to mostly be older 2014/2015. Not sure if it is worth the risk to get this refurbished computer.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883250750

Poking one of the Woot staff…

I have a question from yesterday about another computer that Woot is offering.

12 GB of RAM should help the speed a bit, since it shouldn’t have to swap.

But if you want to max the RAM, beware that it has 12GB of RAM and four slots, which means two 4GB sticks and two 2GB sticks. So you’d have to get rid of the two 2GB sticks and replace them with two more 4GB sticks.

Price Reduced

Oh my gosh! Look at that, Marge! Someone done lowered the price on this here HP 6005 Pro Small Form Factor Desktop computer that comes with an AMD Athlon II X2 B24 3.0GHz CPU, 12GB RAM, a 1TB SATA Hard Drive and Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit. Woowee! I think we should buy one of these here humdingers right now before someone changes their mind!

TL;DR: Price dropped

Remember, if you already purchased, we’ll be sending that $20 back to your pocket soonish.

Can this be upgraded to windows ten?

This person on Amazon says they updated easily.

I bought a previous version of this with less RAM several months ago and just updated to Windows 10. The only issue I’ve had since updating is that my wireless connection sometimes fails to find the internet (connected to the router, just can’t go anywhere else). But that was 1) a problem with the cheapo wireless dongle I am using and 2) seemingly resolved with a driver update.

I actually upgraded mine to 12 GB RAM and swapped in a SSD and it’s pretty snappy. Not a gaming machine, but plenty fast for malware analysis, web dev, and beginner Android development.

I am actually working on setting up an HP 6005 Pro for one of my users at work as I type this. This is a solid machine. We first got them in about 3-4 years ago. They are still holding up and we haven’t had one (out of the twenty or thirty we ordered back then) go out of commission yet.
Don’t know of any common issues these might have needed to be refurbed for, but I think this is a pretty decent price point for them. If we weren’t so corporatey now I’d grab up a few.

Can a better processor be put in this one? If so would the cost justify it?

In general, the only computer I’ve found to have a problem upgrading from Win7 to Win10 is a Dell factory delivered with Win7 before about 2012. Some of these don’t have compatible drivers and/or will lock up when upgraded. You can easily check this by going online to the Microsoft website and run their hardware compatibility test. Also, if you think you want Win10 but aren’t sure, you can upgrade for free before the July 29 deadline, then restore it to the Win7 afterwards (within 30 days). You will have the digital key imbedded in the computer so you can reinstall Win10 for free anytime after the deadline. Otherwise, it’s $120 to upgrade after 7/29/2016.

I’m not sure about this one, however motherboards are made for specific CPU’s, generally a choice of maybe two or three at the most. And an AMD motherboard (like this one) will under no circumstances accept an Intel CPU of any type. And, if there is an alternate CPU that will work on the motherboard, it won’t be greatly different from the existing one. And it will cost at least half the price of the computer. And other components may not work with it. And the drivers may not be compatible. And you will need thermal paste (and the skill to apply it) to keep the new CPU from frying itself. And on and on and on…
So, my advice is to be happy with the computer you buy, if it’s not what you want, don’t buy it. (Even though it’s going to be hard to find a more serviceable computer with more guts than this one.)

There are a few processors that would probably work, but the increase in speed would be marginal and in my mind not worth the cost. Although if you do decide to upgrade, it’s an easy chassis to work in.

According to the HP Website this machine can take up to a quad core Phenom II X4 B95 processor running at 3.0 GHz.

The Phenom II costs around $40 to $50 on eBay. The Phenom II B95 has a better average Passmark score (3858) over the Athlon II dual core (1849). However, the single thread scores for both processors are nearly the same (Phenom @ 1069 vs. Athlon @ 1027).

Basically, if you know your tasks are mostly single threaded (meaning the software will only use one core) you won’t see much of an improvement. If your work is more multi threaded (software written to use two or more cores such as audio or video editing) then it is definitely worth it.

Here are the HP specs:
http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c03414737

I bought one the 12Gb of RAM is using 3 slots, one is still open.