I recently had an opportunity to get one of these new HP Phoenix gaming rigs for about $900 through my business with a nice discount. Here was the listed specs for the system I can buy (which is normally about $1300 in this config).
HPE Phoenix h9t
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• 2nd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 processor
• Premium HP keyboard and optical mouse
• 16 GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM
• 2TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
• Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
• Norton Internet Security(TM) 2012 - 15 month
• 1GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti [2 DVI, mini-HDMI. VGA adapter]
• Liquid Cooling Solution
• Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
• Premium Wireless-N LAN card
• 15-in-1 memory card reader, 4 x USB 2.0 (front), 2 x USB 3.0 (top)
• 600 watt Power Supply
• Beats Audio (tm) -- integrated studio quality sound
I've never bought a pre-built like this before, but this seemed decent and came with a 2 year warranty. The 15 month Norton was a pretty nice add on, and so was the USB 3.0 as well.
I have a XFX Radeon HD 6950 graphcs card to replace the weak 550 Ti, so thats not a worry (it comes with a 600 watt PSU). I also did some checking and the liquid cooler is made by Asetek. I can change it to air cooling if I want though.
Any opinions on this system? I can't build one with these components for $900 bucks. I tried.
It seems like a pretty good deal (especially with that warranty), and like they are trying to bring back the image of the old Vodoo gaming rigs to compete with Dell/Alienware.