Your PC probably sucks

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 in Computers

Meet the DreamBox.

HP 8430

An HP Media Center PC with more bang for the buck than you’ll ever get putting the same thing together yourself for this price. I picked it up at Circuit City for $899. Did I mention that it nearly doubles the stats of the one I’ve had in my cart at NewEgg for 6 months? Oh…well, it does.

I’ve been in the PC market for half a year, never even bothering to look into shelf models because I’ve just had bad luck with them in the past. Packard Bell back in the day, Compaq in high school… The third box I built myself and it was a breeze. I’ve…had that computer since 2003. I’ve had an HP for work for a little over two years, and I’ve had great luck with it. I think that’s why I wasn’t very hesitant to give this bad boy a try.

In my cart sat a Core2 Duo, 2 gigs of RAM, a 512MB nVidia card, and the rest of the components necessary for a home-built PC minus an OS and a hard drive. I figured I’d continue to utilize my copy of XP Pro and the 320GB IDE drive I bought a couple months back. I was pretty astounded to find that a PC just sitting on Circuit’s shelves, barely advertised, with nearly twice the stats (and then some) of the machine I had in my virtual basket in a virtual store in this virtual world we all live in.

Here’s the stats:

  • Mobo: Asus
  • OS: Vista Premium w/ Media Center
  • Processor: Core 2 Quad 6600 @ 2.4 GHz w/ 1066 FSB
  • RAM: 4GB PC2-6400
  • Video: nVidia GeForce 8500GT 512MB
  • Storage: 7200RPM 750GB SATA
  • Media Drive: 16x SATA DVD±R/RW w/ LightScribe
  • Audio: Realtek ALC 888S Integrated HD Audio
  • Networking: Integrated Wireless LAN & 10/100/1000
  • Media Card Reader: 15-in-1 Card Reader
  • Accessories: Optical Mouse, Media Keyboard, Media Center Remote w/ IR Sensor

The thing is pretty much a beast by my standard. Considering I’ve been rendering in Maya and doodling in Photoshop with a 5 year old computer I’d say I snagged a bargain. I’d recommend this machine to anyone and everyone. Don’t let the rumors/facts/reviews of Vista stall you from buying this machine. Microsoft is not stupid, they have the brains and the money to fix anything. I happen to admire Vista myself, with the exception of a few navigational quirks, like no Up arrow in folder browsing, I’d say MS has something here. And by the way, I’m no Mac hater, but I do loathe Mac entusiasts. Please just die…

So where does “DreamBox” come from? For now, that’s for me to know and you to find out! And trust me, you will 😉