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February 28, 2010 3:48:20 AM

K so I'm gettin a new computer and i just wanted to see if what i'm getting will be good. i'm ordering a custom hp pavilion off of costco.com:
AMD Athlon(TM) X4 620 quad-core processor [2.6GHz, 2MB L2, up to 4000MT/s bus]
3GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
FREE UPGRADE! 500GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 320GB
Integrated graphics - ATI Radeon HD 4200
Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio ports
2 USB, front audio ports
No speakers
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
HP multimedia keyboard and HP optical mouse
Integrated 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) Ethernet, No wireless LAN
LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
No additional security software
No TV Tuner

Included Features:
Type: Great productivity PC
Chassis: uATX
Memory card reader: Optional
Total memory slots: 4 DIMM
Ports: 6 USB (2 front, 4 back), 1 IEEE 1394
Audio: Front headphone and mic ports (7.1 speaker capable)
Total slots: 1 PCIe (x16 graphics), 3 PCIe (x1), 1 MiniCard
Energy Star Qualified: No
Power supply: 300 watts
Storage bay: N/A
Dimensions: 16.85"(L) x 6.97"(W) x 15.32"(H)
Modem: Optional
Network interface: Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps (Ethernet)
Software kit: HP Pavilion bundle with MediaSmart Software Suite
Productivity software: Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
DVD/CD burner software: Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe
Security software: Norton Internet Security 60-day subscription
Tools: Desktop icon for built-in desktop Help and Support Center
Warranty: 1-year limited hardware
Support: 1-year limited software, 1-year limited hardware support

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February 28, 2010 4:27:25 AM

"Good" is relative. Depends on what you want out of it.

This computer will be good at basic internet stuff, moderate at playing HD content, and probably poor at playing games.

Well, there are also some issues I have with HP, but those are only with notebooks so don't really apply here.
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February 28, 2010 5:25:48 AM

As traken said, "good" is subjective. Not objective. Unless you tell us what you expect out of the computer, we can't really help. Also, a lot of people have issues with most OEM computer manufacturers. Personally I wouldn't worry about it. You can't guarantee to yourself the reliability of your computer unless you pick the parts yourself and build it.

I agree with the description: Great productivity Desktop.

For any more details in help you will need to give us what you want to use the computer for. The question shouldn't be "Is this computer good?"; it should be "Is this computer good for blah blah blah?"
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February 28, 2010 6:12:09 PM


Ya sorry i wasn't more specific. Basically i had an old home built computer that i bought off my friend, had that for about 2 years, got completely screwed up, so i decided to save up for a new one. I game but i play most of my games on my xbox. The newest game i play on pc is cod4, will it be able to run it, even at lowest settings? Cause my last pc ran it fine. I mostly play couter strike and the orange box and stuff like that tho, so mainly wondering if it could run those at high settings as well.

Other than those few games all i really do is basic web stuff. facebook, myspace, youtube etc.
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February 28, 2010 6:50:58 PM

How much is that HP gonna cost you. With the integrated graphics you will not be able to play COD you will have to buy a dedicated card for that at least a HD4670 which you can get for $60. For just the box no monitor i wouldn't pay more then 200 for that. To upgrade your video card your not gonna be able to put anything more then a 4670 in it with its little 300 watt power supply. My suggestion is build your own you will get better and more quality parts for your money
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February 28, 2010 7:51:19 PM

I agree with SAAIELLO above. You would be better off building your own as you get much more value for money and get exactly what you want. I happen to use Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics on my desktop rig. It's a great solution if you don't use your PC for gaming like me but if you were going to be playing games I would definitely invest in a dedicated graphics card, even if its a lower end one. I know on my Gigabyte motherboard I can "hybrid crossfire" my onboard graphics with a dedicated card but I can't vouch for this on any other board. It's an option to look into though if you don't want to spend too much on a graphics card and are settled on your motherboard. And also as SAAIELLO mentioned you'll need a more powerful PSU. Not much more, but just make sure it's a good one.
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February 28, 2010 10:18:08 PM

Your question was could you play Cod4 at least on minimum settings. The answer is yes. You will be able to play it at 640x480 with AA turned off and all settings turned on low and get above 30 fps.
I agree with the others about building your own BUT if you are set on this HP, you could spend $80-100 on a radeon 4670 or 5670 and not need a more powerful power supply (just barely but you won't) and you will be able to play the game at over 50-60fps on high settings with AA turned off.

And that processor will work fine with cod4. With your other things, it will be more than enough. It will be especially good for doing all those things at the same time.
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March 1, 2010 1:41:44 AM

Ok and thanks everyone. I probably wont even dl cod4 on this, atleast not right now, seeing as i have it for xbox. and if your wondering why i have it on both its cause i played it on pc before i got my xbox. I just wanted to know the capabilites of it.

Honestly i'll just be playing cs:s and the orange box, not much more at all. I'm pretty set on this pc, thanks everyone for your input it truly helps.

O and i'll be paying $505 for this and it comes with an HP wireless keyboard and HP wireless optical mouse.
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