HP Quad-Core i5 12GB DDR3 Desktop

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HP Quad-Core i5 12GB DDR3 Desktop
Price: $469.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days (Thursday, Jun 26 to Tuesday, Jul 01) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned


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Previous Similar Sales (May not be exact model)
5/22/2014 - $499.99 (Woot Plus)

CPU Benchmark

Pavilion 500-297c Suppoprt Page

Win 8.1 Drivers

Ye of little words gave a 5 star rating, FWIW

Since I’m not seeing it, I guess this thing doesn’t have HDMI out? If so, deal breaker (and no, I don’t want to buy a graphics card, because then I probably have to buy a power supply, and that is just too much for me; plus I suck at installing…)

Just a thought, Monoprice has a DVI-D to HDMI Female adapter for $2.28… then you simply plug your standard plug into the adapter. The adapter is about the same size as a DVI to VGA adapter provided with many video cards. I’m thinking an I5 Quad system at this price is not a bad deal?

No bluetooth preinstalled, but with 8 USB ports, I think i can live with that.

BTW, Sams is showing specs as having:
2-USB 3.0 ports in the front
2 USB 3.0 ports in the rear
plus and additional
4-USB 2.0 ports in the rear

woot is showing only 2-3.0 ports in the rear, plus 4 more 2.0 ports in the rear and finally 2-2.0 ports in the front…

Maybe a moderator could clarify this for us?

The # of USB ports appears to be correct. You’re inquiring about the 2 Front USB ports being 2.0 or 3.0?

We can can ping Sellout Staff and find out.

UPDATED: Front ports are USB 3.0. Sale is fixed. Thanks!

HP specs say

2 USB ports on front are 3.0
2 more 3.0 on back
2 USB 2.0 also on back

This is actually a pretty good deal.
I would have bought this if it would have been an ENVY not a Pavilion

If you buy this download PC Crapifier to remove HP bloatware. They really load them up.

Hm, with 12 gigs of RAM I wonder if it can accept full size video cards to make a little HTPC/Steam box in my living room.

HDMI carries video and sound, while DVI-D carries just video. May or may not matter.

But if lack of HDMI isn’t a problem, looks like a nice machine.

I was thinking about this system but the 300 watt power supply and the need for a better graphic card is a killer for me. I think I am going to go for the holiday release of the Dell Alienware Alpha steam box sure it is only an I3 but better graphics card and HDMI out the box starting at $549.99

Interesting specs for a HP tower, if I were in the market for a new desktop it would be tempting but I already moved to a workstation notebook.

HP lists the motherboard as uATX but spacing wise & case design more mATX-like, you’re stuck using a low-profile GPU(fan can’t be overly big/long like a GeForce _60+ models) & replacing the PSU for anything powerful will put you into Alienware/iBuyPower territory.

If you use a low HSF-profile GeForce 430/630 or AMD Radeon 6670 class GPU it’ll be the fastest PCIe-powered video card you could squeeze into this HP… most HP A10/i3/i5/i7 usually mirror Dell Inspirons w/300-350W PSU. Keep in mind with a GPU, you’ll only have enough “extra” headroom for a 2nd HDD & PCIe TV tuner card.

…never owned a HP desktop, however my mum has a Dell Vostro with a similar rated power supply & stable w/GeForce 430 & HDTV tuner.

Do you think that this one is better?


HP ENVY 700-216 Desktop, AMD A10-6700, 12GB DDR3, 2TB HDD, USB 3.0, Radeon HD 8670D, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, Win 8.1

Processor: AMD A10-6700 (3.7GHz) Up to 4.3GHz Turbo
Processor Core: Quad-Core
Memory: 12GB DDR3 (PC3-12800)
Max Memory: 32GB
Memory Slots: 4
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 8670D
Hard Drive: 2TB SATA (7200rpm)
Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD±RW
Audio Codec: Integrated IDT 92HD73E
Sound: Built-in 7.1-Channel Audio
Network: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth: v4.0
Top Panel:
(2) USB 3.0
(1) Headphones
(1) Microphone
Front Panel:
Multimedia Card Reader: (SD, miniSD, MS, MS Pro, MSD, MSPD, CFI, CFII, MS, SM)
(4) USB 2.0
Rear Panel:
(1) DVI-D
(1) VGA
(2) USB 3.0
(4) USB 2.0
(1) RJ-45 LAN
(1) Digital Audio Out (S/PDIF)
(1) Audio: Line-in
(1) Audio: Line-out
(1) Audio: Center/Subwoofer
(1) Audio: Rear Speaker out
(1) Audio: Side Speaker out
(1) Microphone
Expansion Slots & Bays:
(3) PCI Express x1 slots (available)
(1) PCI Express x16 slot (available)
(1) Minicard (occupied)
(2) 5.25" Drive Bay (1 occupied)
(3) 3.5" Drive Bay (1 occupied)
Operating System:
Genuine Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Power Supply:
300W Max
16.7"(L) x 6.8"(W) x 16.2"(H)
21.61 lbs

In the box:

HP ENVY 700-216 Desktop
HP Wireless Keyboard
HP Wireless Mouse
Dongle for Keyboard and Mouse
Power Cord

Can I have 2 monitors attached to this system?

According to this hard-to read-document, I believe so. One would connect via VGA and the other via DVI.

un-Fun fact: The “μ” in μATX actually means “micro”. It’s a greek symbol. It’s just a different way of saying microATX.

That said, looking at the motherboard in this at HP’s site, I’d say you could get away with a normal sized card just fine. I have the considerably more cramped Jasmine 7778 board in the version of these I purchased and it fits an HD 7850 just fine. Do check the dimensions of the custom cooler though. Some companies make them huge.

Lastly, go check newegg. A 500W power supply can be as low as 40 bucks. Hardly gaming PC territory.

The HP product page for this seems to suggest that the CPU is a vanilla i5-4440, not the ‘S’ variant…