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HP - Gaming Desktop - AMD Ryzen 7-Series - 16GB Memory - AMD Radeon RX 580 - 1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 214 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Modest AAA/1080p performance @ modest price point

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    WyldeBlue
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    PROs: - Compact form factor saves or recovers desktop/shelf space for small offices or cramped TV/gaming rig set-ups - Not garish for a gaming rig (no glass windows or pulsing lights)--the brushed finish and green LED treatment on the power button and center "laser-slit" are kind of cool-looking - Increasingly rare these days, this rig actually allows you to watch DVDs and install non-digital games/software via its laptop-style drawer-fed DVDRW optical drive - Latest Ryzen 7 CPU and OS loaded on a snappy M.2 SSD makes for a smooth and incredibly responsive Windows experience (about 26 seconds from power-up to desktop) - Thankfully, there are limited pre-installed add-ons and bloatware; easy to manage and free up space on the somewhat cramped 128GB SSD - User-friendly HP Jumpstart hub provides quick access to basic usability tweaks and maintenance tasks--an ideal "starter" PC for someone unfamiliar with the Windows environment/customizations - Virtually silent in operation; the single RX 580 blower fan, single case exhaust fan, CPU fan, and small PSU fan actually make for limited noise even under load--I had forgotten what it was like to game in a quiet environment! - Onboard wireless means no need to purchase a USB adapter, internal wireless card, or hunt down an Ethernet cable to get this PC online - Plentiful I/O ports--the front includes 2 high-speed USB 3.1 and 1 USB-C port (cool!), a memory card reader, and a combo audio 3.5mm jack (for mic/headphone setups that only have a single cable connector); the back has separate mic and audio inputs and outputs, an Ethernet port, 2 USB 2.0 and 4 USB 3.1 ports, and the HDMI and DP ports on the Radeon RX 580 video card - Easily handles today's VR requirements--ran my Oculus apps (From Other Suns, Seeking Dawn, etc.) without any noticeable stuttering or slowdown - For grins, I used the included HP system restore utility to completely reset my PC after a few days of use...the process was straightforward and took almost exactly 1.5 hours of unattended re-installation time to return the PC to its original factory state; definitely reassuring to know that a catastrophic system recovery is possible with relatively little effort on my part CONs: - When it comes down to it...a gaming computer is pretty much all about the games. This one can run yesterday's games like a beast, but struggles to keep above 60 FPS with some of today's AAA titles at 1080p on settings above HIGH (see summary review findings below)...those looking to power ultra-wide monitors (1440p) or 4K for today/tomorrow's AAA titles should probably look elsewhere - Internal layout is efficient but there is VERY limited room for expansion or growth--only one open PCIe x1 slot for an expansion card down the road, and only a single open SATA port on the motherboard with an empty power connector means you only get room to add a single 3.5" HDD or 2.5" SSD sometime in the future - 16GB RAM is definitely plenty for Windows 10, Windows gaming, and most run-of-the-mill productivity and creativity software; but if you want to upgrade to 32GB (max the mobo will support) for more demanding tasks like video editing or working with massive databases, you'll need to replace both memory modules as there are only 2 slots for DDR4 RAM which are already occupied - Not really a drawback, but the green LED motif feels better suited to an NVIDIA-based PC. This is an AMD rig--"Team Red" is begging for a red LED array. And sure, the LEDs look fine, but there is no user control--no pulsing, breathing, or scanning (that last one would be cool)...a missed opportunity - The included optical scroll mouse is serviceable as is the chicklet-style non-adjustable keyboard, but the keys are very short with limited throw (think laptop); I will probably look for a cheap mechanical gaming keyboard. Neither keyboard nor mouse have LED lighting Summary review: Bottom line...this is a modest, relatively simple, definitely user-friendly, budget-oriented gaming PC. It is MORE than capable enough for home office or student use, but it also happens to be a pretty capable gaming rig, at least at reasonable detail/video settings in today's more demanding titles if displayed at 1080p. It will definitely handle an Oculus VR headset and you might even be able to push 1440p with some older titles at higher settings. Paired with a budget-friendly Freesync monitor, this system will provide for a smooth and pleasantly satisfying gaming experience, at least for games running from about this point backwards...see my (admittedly limited) sample performance benchmarks below for more on this front. I would characterize this system as a starter PC for casual gamers, or one for gamers on a budget who know precisely what their dollar is going to buy them...there are little to no enthusiast/advanced features, and little room for growth or expansion beyond an additional drive. Gaming potential/performance is already somewhat limited by the budget-friendly video card. In particular, this RX 580 is the 4GB variant with only 1 HDMI output--those looking to use this system for VR and gaming on a TV will need at least one DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter. The limited video RAM also reduces potential/capability to run games at resolutions much higher than 1920x1080 (i.e. 1080p). If you have a large catalog of older games and/or are gunning for a quality 1080p experience, you might not outgrow this system too quickly; otherwise, I would think more serious gamers might start getting frustrated with the performance limitations of the hardware within a year or two (despite the budget-friendly price today). I found no overclocking utilities for the CPU or RAM in either BIOS or via HP apps--only the overclock utilities already integrated in the AMD drivers for the Radeon video card will give you any room for incremental improvements in gaming performance. Ventilation is adequate with a side-panel vent and a single exhaust fan at the back but there are no open fan headers on the motherboard or places to put another fan inside the case...liquid cooling on the CPU will require a 120mm radiator replacing the rear exhaust fan. The Ryzen 7 is actually a very capable CPU but there is limited space in the compact case for a different video card down the road--by my measurements, there is only about 2" of additional space beyond the end of the existing RX 580 before you hit the inside of the component cage. For the curious, here's the hardware I found when I cracked open the case: - Sunflower mini ITX motherboard; inner cage has installation/attachment points for one additional 3 ½" HDD or a 2 ½" SSD - 1 open PCIe x1 slot; PCIe x16 occupied by the Radeon video card - 1 Samsung M.2 128GB SSD w/Windows OS loaded - 1 laptop style HLDS 16x DVDRW (I confirmed with a spare drive I had that you can swap this out for a laptop BD drive just by removing the plastic face-plate) - 1 WD Blue 1TB Hard Drive I tested this rig on an AOC Agon AG352UCG (3440x1440) & Dell S2319NX (1920x1080) monitor; performance given as (video/detail setting): average FPS, minimum FPS, maximum FPS Shadow of the Tomb Raider 3440x1440 (High): 34, 28, 53 1920x1080 (High): 64, 48, 110 1920x1080 (Highest): 54, 41, 94 Middle Earth: Shadow of War 3440x1440 (High): 24, 11, 80 1920x1080 (High): 76, 28, 193 1920x1080 (Ultra): 56, 20, 166 Assassin’s Creed Origins 3440x1440 (High): 34, 3, 66 1920x1080 (High): 55, 25, 81 1920x1080 (Very High): 52, 23, 77 1920x1080 (Ultra High): 47, 3, 79 Here are a few older titles just for comparison's sake: Tomb Raider (2013) 1920x1080 (Ultimate): 96, 43.8, 130 3440x1440 (Ultimate): 53.8, 42, 66 Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor 1920x1080 (Ultra): 88.76, 59.78, 131.98 For a "plug-and-play" gaming PC with respectable performance at HD resolutions on yesterday's and [probably most of] today's games, this rig might well fit the bill, especially if you're on a tight budget or perhaps buying this system for someone else. I personally find the lack of hardware expansion possibilities and performance customization options somewhat limiting. The Pavilion is a fine starter gaming PC for my youngest daughter, but it doesn't necessarily suit my own tastes or gaming expectations going forward. With a somewhat tepid assessment overall, I would personally have a hard time recommending this PC to anyone other than a casual or cash-strapped gamer; or more to the point, to someone whose gaming tastes won't grow much beyond where they are today and/or don't require the "everything to Ultra" settings in the most demanding games now and those to come.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful and Versatile; Great Gaming Computer

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    callmeageeth
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    I've been a gamer my whole life, but have generally stuck with console gaming because it was easier and seemingly less expensive. Nowadays, gaming PCs are a dime a dozen. My a tech enthusiast and I know what parts make up a PC, but I feel behind the times in terms of which graphics card is best (AMD vs. NVIDIA) etc. But I can comment on how this computer performs, both in terms of gaming and all around performance. I've been extremely impressed. WHAT YOU GET in the box is a pretty sharp looking PC that isn't too over the top (see Alienware) but is much better than a black looking PC tower. For me, my PC sits under a desk so while I like that it looks different, I'm not so much concerned with lighting effects. The green lighting is a nice touch, and the brushed metal pattern gives it a premium look. The only thing you get in the box besides the PC itself, is a cheap keyboard and mouse and power cable. Pretty standard nowadays, but I do which companies would spring for better than basic keyboards. You'll want to invest in a solid keyboard (I prefer mechanical) and mouse if you spend a lot of time at a computer. I do want to comment on the ports. There are lots of USB ports and display ports, not as many as a comparable Alienware PC, but there's plenty. The one thing I'm not sure about, and I would research this if it matters to you, is how expandable this PC is. For example, I'm not sure if you're able to add another GPU down the road. The case seems big enough to, but I haven't opened it up to try. But again, for me, I'm a guy who doesn't typically tinker with PCs (not because I can't or don't want to) other than maybe storage and RAM. EASE OF SETUP and BLOATWARE Like any computer the setup process is relatively seamless. You turn it on and Windows walks you through the set up. What I absolutely hate, in phones, PCs is bloatware. Some of it is necessary, like programs specific to graphics cards, but a lot of it is just unnecessary. HP can tend to be the worst. Yes, some programs are useful, but it's overwhelming when setting up a PC. I much prefer to install programs as needed, rather than sort through everything. And while some people might appreciate limited video editing software, for me, no thank you. I'll stick to my Adobe Premiere Elements. But my complaints apply to all computers/phones in general. PERFORMANCE As I said before, I'm not a guy who overclocks my PC, or tweaks with a lot of settings. While I want a powerful PC, I generally like to buy pre-built PCs and rely on the company to tweak it for optimal performance. Basically, when I judge a computer, it's based on out of the box performance. I've been really impressed with this PC. For gaming, I've been playing Far Cry 5 and the graphics are great. (note that I'm using a 2016 model Dell 34 inch wide monitor). I do, however, run into some graphics tearing, which is the hot term nowadays given NVIDIA GSYNC and AMD Freesync technologies. I was playing on a non Freesync compatible monitor and while I noticed the tearing it was in no way "bad" enough to ruin or really affect my enjoyment. I've played on a GSYNC compatible PC and monitor before and there's definitely a noticeable improvement when your graphics card and monitor refresh at the same rate, but for me, it's not an absolute must have. Bottom line, this baby kicks butt in gaming. I kept most settings on high on Far Cry 5 and consistently hit high frame rates. The textures are smooth and the animation fluid. I didn't experience any hiccups. In terms of load times, it seemed a little sluggish. The system boots up on the SSD drive really quick, but the 1 TB HDD seems to run a little slow. This may be normal, again, I mostly game on consoles (and I keep Steam closed until I open it) but it seems to take a while to get to playing the game with the loading. But we're talking first world problems, maybe waiting a few extra minutes to get into playing a game is no big deal. In terms of overall performance, this computer is even better. I do some light video editing on it through Adobe Premiere Elements and it doesn't skip a beat when editing. Sometimes it slows down with 4K videos, but nothing like my old computer which is what I compare this too. Unlike, gaming, everything else boots up quick, even when waking the computer from sleep. Thus far I've experienced no performance hiccups. I credit that to the processor and RAM...I can keep lots of programs open and switch between them on the fly with no issues. Even older database applications that I use for work seem to work better. MONITOR I mentioned monitors a bit earlier and while I don't think someone should overreach in getting Freesync technology, that does seem to be so prevalent nowadays (as in there are a lot of affordable options out there) I would highly recommend a QHD monitor. I prefer the higher resolution over any Freesync FHD option, but I think that's personal preference. Once you go QHD it's hard to go back and I'm willing to sacrifice resolution over eliminating screen tearing. Although if you can afford both, then that's the way to go. Just know, just in case you're buying this for someone else and don't know, this computer doesn't come with a monitor. CONCLUSION All in all, this is a fantastic PC for a great price. It's not budget by any means, but based on my research it is a great value, you're getting the latest Ryzen processor, lots of RAM and storage (which is always upgrade able) and high end AMD graphics card. That applies even if gaming is only secondary to you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid 1080p performance/components. Great value

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    skylog
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    This HP system checks quite a few boxes. It has some solid components, performs well, is a good value and is a great choice for those looking to get a mid to upper tier gaming pc in one simple purchase. The design is somewhat muted for a gaming PC, something I appreciate, with a black brushed metal finish and slight green lighting and highlights. It is a good look. The case has a small footprint, which is good for space and placement, however, that size does come with some caveats. More on those later. A basic wired keyboard and mouse are included. Windows 10, several HP utilities, as well a 30-day subscription to a McAfee Security package are all included. There are a few things you may not want, but, overall, it is nice to see minimal bloatware. A welcome change from the typical metric ton of unwanted software that typically comes installed on a system. The system is loaded with ports, and generally speaking, loaded with current and useful ones. The back I/O has basic audio, HDMI (only 1), VGA, LAN, 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.1. Even better, the front panel I/O has 1 audio, 2 USB 3.1 and a memory card reader. Lastly, the front panel also has a USB 3.1 Type C, which is a welcome addition. HP did a pretty good job with component choices, but it is a little bit of a mixed bag. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700 is a fantastic chip. Great value, excellent single and multi-core performance. Perfect. AMD Radeon RX 580 is also a good choice. A solid performer. It is only the 4GB model, so they could have done better there. Still, a good card. Hard drive choices are solid as well. A 1TB mechanical data drive serves its purpose. I love the inclusion of the 128 GB NVMe M.2 SSD, it gives great speeds and saves space. Boot times are quick. I would have loved to see some more capacity there, but it is nice to have, nonetheless. HP also includes 16GB of DDR4 RAM, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and a DVD/CD optical drive capable of various reads and writes. All in all, on these fronts, I like what HP has done with this system. Save the Ryzen CPU, and to some degree the Radeon GPU, the components may not be “performance” models or top specs, or top-shelf names, but they are all solid and capable pieces. Now, there a couple of things I do not like. To begin, while the small case is great for desk space, it does limit the options on the inside. There simply is not a lot of room to expand the components down the road. Further, there is not a lot of air-flow. There is one true case fan included, and the CPU cooler and PSU fan do not move that much air. Now, that does make for a very quiet system, which is really nice, but does not help system temps. Further, while the included PSU fan is platinum certified, it is only 400W which also limits options and possible upgrades in years to come. Finally, HP could have done better with the motherboard. This may be that I am used to building my own systems, and having motherboards with robust offerings, but this is a fairly basic board. It is not a bad board, by any means, but you lose out on some options, upgrade options and future-proofing. So, what does all this mean when you fire it up? Well…this is a quick system. In daily use, browsing, e-mail…etc there is no lag. Everything is quick and snappy. Same goes for music, photo and light video editing. Gaming is much of the same. Games load quickly. Performance is great at 1080p with most games, although with some new titles you do have to scale back some settings. Ultimately though, good frame rates and good performance that I am happy with. I know this is a rather lengthy review, but in closing I will try to keep it brief. I like this system. It comes well equipped, performs well and I think is a tremendous value. It will play most games rather well and do everything else in between. Simply, for many people, this is a great choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    This is not the Gaming/Streaming PC for you

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    OmieOne
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    This was a fairly easy setup. Open box, unwrap, plug into Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse and turn on. After a few answering some Questions, Windows 10 1809 is setup and your computer is on your network and registered with HP. Kudos for a simple a process. The included programs were minimal, with minimal bloatware, unlike you normally get on OEM computers. It was lumped into three categories: Branded HP Programs including Support help if you need, WildTangent and McAfee. Feel free to remove McAfee, Windows 10 comes default with Windows Defenders, the default Microsoft Anti-virus program that is free (McAfee is only a 30 day trial) and I find it works better than McAfee. At this point the computer is usable and you can install the games/setup Windows 10 the way you like and the computer will be adequate if you have basic needs. Congratulations. However if you are planning on actually using this computer continue reading. After looking at what/how HP setup the PC out of the box, I examined the case, and noticed there is no real airflow. The holes on the side that look like air can get it, are mostly blocked by the side mounted drive sled holding the 1TB drive and DVD Burner. HP decided to go for this small sleek look and overlook cooling in the case and stifle airflow. No front intake fans, no side intake fans, just the one exhaust fan on the back. It being winter, it was nice to come back into the house and rest my hands at the back of the computer and warm them from the air coming out. This is important because both the Video Card (RX580 4GB, not bad card) and the CPU (AMD 2700) can boost to provide extra power during heavy usage, however, this gets more limited as the components get hot and will throttle back to stay cool. On idle this computer runs around 45 Celsius. Compared to the other two desktops I have in the house, one Intel and one AMD, this computer runs at idle about 15 degrees hotter. To ensure a good gaming experience I have been limiting the machine to 60 Frames a second in games like Overwatch, Destiny 2 and Forza Horizon 4. This means the GPU and CPU aren't running at 100% keeping the machine "coolish" and giving the appearance of a smooth game performance. However if the case had better cooling, I could unleash the full performance and get more frames, which anyone playing Overwatch, Fortnite or other online games will know, more frames make for a better experience and help. This case won't do it, and it is a shame, because the parts HP used are good. The CPU is an AMD 2700, very good for games and streaming at the same time with all the threads, the SSD is made by Samsung, while small, its drives are some of the best, the 1TB Storage drive is a 7200 RPM Western Digital. The RAM is 2666MHZ and actually clocked to that speed (even if the timings on the RAM are looser then we like, CL19 according to H/W Info) from Samsung. Even if HP doesn't have a decent BIOS to help with overclocking (with the thermals in this case I can understand way) Ryzen Master would let you overclock if you could get some cooling. If they had even sunk a side fan to help suck in the air, I'm sure that would help. I know I am harping on Thermals, but it's important. Cooler computers, means cooler components, which mean longer life. This hotbox also impacts the RX 580 Video card. Since the air is hotter in the case, it runs a bit hotter, which means a bit less performance. Now I can see HP designers were targeting the computer to run at a solid and boring 60fps and this machine can do it, but at the loss of performance. What is the point of having these nice components if you can maximize the performance. Honestly HP has a good PC, just a horrible case, a not great motherboard (it's not bad, just not good and good be better, again for getting the most out of your CPU/GPU). The biggest annoyance is the Wireless card that’s part of the motherboard, is only a 1x1, which means it can only run one channel on Wireless AC. This limits the wireless speed and overall performance of the wireless card. It works, but it could be a lot better. Most wireless chipsets are 2x2 or more allowing for a better Wireless experience. Where I have it in my house its only 30 feet in a direct line of sight from the router, but you may have problems depending on where you place, if you get this PC. Overall the biggest problem is the case. HP took a great CPU, perfect for a teen to do light streaming and gaming with no issues and killed the overall potential of the platform. Yes it works, and I'm sure HP tested to ensure it will work within spec, but it could be a lot better, and if you game and know Hardware you want to get the best price/performance you can get and in all honesty you won't from this PC. At this point, I'm going to get a new Motherboard and case, and move the parts into something that will allow these parts to perform as I know they can. I do not recommend this PC for gaming. It will work, but there are better PC's with better cooling, and if you are thinking of moving this PC to a new case, just buy your parts and build from scratch. I give it two stars because it works, HP used a decent set of parts, there was minimal bloatware installed and it was an easy out of box setup, but beyond that, there is nothing to recommend this PC to anyone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great PC - 2 changes made

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    JofreJKD
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    I'll start by saying I love this PC. Performance is phenomenal. so fast. and multitasking is awesome. I use primarily for multimedia/graphic design work (Photoshop/Illustrator/video editing and conversion). Gaming works very well. more than enough RMA and video card more than ample. Cons: not thrilled with the laptop DVD drive/it's slow and well, it's the clunky fragile kind made for laptops. will still give 5 stars though. My set up is with a dual monitor set up (2x 23in HP Pavilion 23xw's) I also have a an HP external USB Floppy Drive (I have a Yamaha keyboard/piano that uses floppy) and I use a Logitech Z506 5.1 surround set up. --- 2 changes I had to make for this system (this is to help others avoid problems). - The Primary SSD hardrive is by far the fastest type of hard drive (NVMe M.2 SSD) and was great; however, the small 128GB size was not sufficient for someone like me who installs Adobe suite/etc. I upgraded to a Western Digital Black SN750 500GB NVMe M.2 SSD (up to 3470MB/s) (can get 500gb-1TB for around $100-$130 or so. It also increased performance/speed slightly and slightly noticeable faster boot up as well. set aside original as a back up. - sound: some will find this very helpful- PC has many ports even for video, but sound is where I found it lacked. It has 1 sound output jack on the rear for stereo only (virtual surround at best). No bueno. One might suppose to simply buy the latest Asus or Sound Blaster Sound blaster card as I did- I mean, it has an open PCI-e slot right? WRONG. it's physically there. you'll install the card. it will show the card hardware in Device Manger. it will not install software or function at all despite Windows even identifying it. It's listed, but not there. Listen carefully. The PCI-e slot is not to be used while you are using aNVMe M.2 SSD drive. It utilizes the PCI-e slot's pathway to function (part of why they are so fast verses standard SATA SSD's. so the slot is not functional. Workaround: press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to open Task Manager. scroll down to find Realtek Audio Manager. Right click it and select OPEN FILE LOCATION. Right click the same icon (now labeled as RtkNGUI64 app and create a shortcut for yourself (make life easier). open the audio manager. click on Listening Experience. then on Speaker Configuration. adjuster to your 5.1 set up (check mark Center, Subwoofer, Side Pair. Bottom shows Back Panel where colored ports are for Stereo out, Mic in, and Line in. plug your main stereo wire to the main port (green). then plug in the pink one your center/subwoofer, then the blue one side speakers. It automatically configures those input ports to now be out put ports. VIOLA!!! you have full surround sound. (Not as premium as a dedicated sound card, but it works just fine. - If you need a mic, buy a USB mic or headphone/mic set. If you still need a premium sound card, rest assured that the many USB 3 ports on the back of the PC will gladly take an external sound card, which will work just fine also.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Versatile gaming computer

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    Reddog
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    HP - Gaming Desktop - AMD Ryzen 7-Series - 16GB Memory - AMD Radeon RX 580 - 1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive - Shadow Black With A Brushed Hairline Pattern The HP - Gaming Desktop - AMD Ryzen 7-Series is a nice starter gaming PC at the entry level and was intended to play games at the popular 1080p resolution. It is not really intended to play at higher resolutions although you can, just be prepared to turn some of the graphics setting down. This is normal for an RX 580 which is a good graphics card and where it plays the best. Looking inside the small mid sized chassis you will find it cramped with the dreaded OEM non-standard designed parts. You can do some limited upgrades but I don’t really think you should buy it with that in mind. Other reviewers go into great detail on the specifications but in brief, you have a good gaming video card in the RX 580. It is a 4Gb card but at 1080p that will be fine for most games today. The processor is probably the bigger star here. The Ryzen 7 2700 is a fine processor and will play games well and do most any office tasks as well. Paired with the 16Gb of ram and an SSD drive assures snappy performance. I do wish HP had used a larger 250Gb SSD inside but you can work with the provided 128Gb drive, you just need to put most big files on the second 1Tb HDD. I think this is a great home office computer for someone who also wants to do some gaming. You could also make the case this is a fine family computer. It can do anything most people do on the internet, it will play most games very well when needed and is small enough it can fit on any desk. This is not a computer for a experienced PC gamer or for someone who wants to buy it today and upgrade it later. I have enjoyed this computer and respect the amount of power packed inside this small chassis. Buy it, take it home or to work and and enjoy it’s versability. BYW, it is small but looks good. It has a touch of the popular gaming look with some mild lighting on the front but no so much it can’t fit well in most any decor. The mouse and keyboard are average at best. And don’t be afraid to uninstall the included applications you don’t need like the virus protection package.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Everything Most Will Need For Gaming

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    DotNetJon
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    This desktop from HP comes with enough horsepower to satisfy most non-extreme gamers, in a super easy to setup and get going package. It has a small form-factor, for a desktop, and will fit on top of a desk nicely, if needed. It looks great too, so in my opinion, that's a great place for it! The dark brushed aluminum with the glowing green lights on the front looks pretty cool, especially in a darkened room. The system comes with a mouse and keyboard, which will get you by, but I'd say most gamers will want to upgrade those to a mechanical keyboard, and gaming mouse, as they are pretty basic. The keyboard is a small footptint style with chiclet keys and is comfortable to use. the mouse is wired and also comfortable in the hand. The system did great in benchmark tests from userbenchmark.com (here are the results): Overall this PC is performing way above expectations (91st percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 9 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components. This PC is likely operated by a technical master! Processor With a brilliant single core score, this CPU is the business: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle typical workstation, and even moderate server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 91.5%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is outstanding. Graphics 63.9% is a good 3D score. This GPU can handle the majority of recent games at high resolutions and ultra detail levels. Boot Drive 104% is a very good SSD score. This drive is suitable for moderate workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and ensure minimum IO wait times. Memory 16GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's more than sufficient for nearly all games. 16GB also allows for very large file and system caches, software development and batch photo editing/processing. The system has plenty of external ports. The front has 2 USB 3.1 and 1 USB-C port, memory card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack; the back has mic and audio inputs and outputs, an Ethernet port, 2 USB 2.0 and 4 USB 3.1 ports, 1 HDMI and 3 display ports. With small form factor cases comes reduced expandability, so this PC isn't going to be a good fit for someone that wants to do a lot of hardware upgrades. There is only 1 open PCIe x1 slot, and 1 additional SATA port, so if you have additional component cards or internal drives you need to install, this is probably not a good fit. With USB-C devices becoming more prevalent, though, having the USB-C port does provide some additional avenue for expansion devices. I would highly recommend this gaming PC to someone with limited technical skills that wants an easy to maintain and setup solution for getting into PC gaming! This system would be PERFECT for a console gamer coming over to PC gaming for the first time, or anyone wanting to get their feet wet with PC gaming, or anyone that just wants to PC game without a bunch of hassle or tweaking. Nice job, HP!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Got for under $800, good deal, some cons though

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    Cappy
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    Getting a Ryzen 2700, RX 580, NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM @ 2666 MHz, small form factor, and 2 free full priced (pre-order) games seems like a must buy. However, there's some caveats: - Cooling is pretty bad as of now (getting it a few hours ago). If you ramp up the GPU to 100% utilization (not hard to do, performs alright) then it easily passes 80 C. CPU cooling is alright but it easily passes 70 under any kind of load and that's without OC and 100% utilization. Definitely need to find a better CPU cooler and maybe mess with the cooling setup. - My specific model has only a 400W PSU, but it's apparently Platinum rated - Annoying HP bloatware ("updates" section has required updates being more HP bloatware and not legit updates like graphics, chipset, audio/WiFi, etc) - No leading/eye-catching features. Just decent across the board: smaller form factor, RGB (?) front lights, lightweight, and nice looking design. Pros: - Definitely performance. Having a 2700 CPU lets you do pretty much whatever, play whatever game, have a bunch of tabs open in the background, etc. Great CPU. The 580 performs alright, but will probably be an upgrade I'll consider pretty quickly. FreeSync is quite nice though, as I have a capable monitor. - Setup was pretty quick with the NVMe SSD. Capacity is unfortunately low but I have my own 2.5" I'm adding soon. - WiFi and Bluetooth is a nice extra. Very portable solution and the WiFi connection and speed is pretty good from my few hours of use. - Appears to be upgrade-able. Need to look more into the case as to what form factor it is specifically and how much space there is for a beefier cooler and GPU, but it looks alright from when I popped open the side panel in the beginning. Overall, I still think it's a pretty good deal and don't regret buying. Just have some problems that might be a turnoff for buyers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great gaming machine

    Posted
    RandallFlagg
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    I gotta start with the solid state drive. I hate having such a small "C" drive, but the speed that it's able to open up Windows 10 and have it running can't be beat. Once the price comes down on 1tb drives, I'll probably swap it out. Maybe even a 512 if I see a great deal. That said, it does have a 1tb storage drive as well as a spot for an additional 3.5 drive. There is one empty sata power cable and slot on the mobo for the drive...Yup, I checked. That said, here are my pros and cons. Pros 2 front USB 3.0 slots, 4 USB 3.0 on the rear with 2 USB 2.0 (for my mechanical keyboard). All those slots will make it easier to run external drives. CPU: The Ryzen 7 2700 is awesome. I've been running an i5-6400 and it's getting tired with all the tabs I have open, running photoshop and itunes. This thing doesn't even blink with that workload. The 16GB of memory seem good enough for any game I want to play. There are only 2 slots on the mobo, so a bit of a bummer if you want to go to 32GB, but I'm glad they used to 8s so it runs in dual channel. I mentioned the drives already, but the 1tb is enough storage for gaming and as stated, one can add another storage drive with little effort. I like the future tech of USB 3.1 type C on the front as well as the 3 in 1 card reader. The Radeon RX 580 seems to run just fine. I've always been an Nvidia user and my current rig has the GeForce GTX 950 (probably another reason it's sllloooowww). The case looks nice with the green lighting. The face doesn't look as embossed as the online photos, but nice. Lastly, the HP unit comes with much less bloatware than in the past. I've built a couple rigs, but lately, it's just easier to get a built unit for my needs. I only had to remove McAfee and install BitDefender (I have the 5 machine package) and remove a few things like Wild Tangent games. Cons: Hum.......I wish it had a 256 or 512 solid state drive. The keyboard and mouse are wired units and pretty basic...but hey, it comes with both. That's really about it. I don't have much bad to say about it. It runs fast and well, I had no issues with any of the features. It connected to my network and updated Windows rather painlessly. I'd recommend this to anyone in need of processing power for video editing or playing games.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lots of mid-tier gaming bang for the buck.

    Posted
    MizuNoHane
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    Windows on AMD Ryzen has been a pretty successful experiment that might just stick. This model retails for just a little over $1,000, which I think is an exceptionally good deal. Let me explain why I personally really love this computer. Spoilers: the competitive price has a big role to play in all this. In short, this is a well-rounded gaming PC able to run all AAA titles. I don't mean that it's going to do a fantastic job on everything, but if your goal is to play DOTA 2 or League of Legends, this will more than ably cover your graphics needs. In fact, moving up to more demanding titles, like Tomb Raider and Fortnite, I was easily able to play these at 50-60FPS on Epic/high graphics settings across the board for both titles. Seriously, I was pleasantly surprised by this. We output to a 1080p monitor, so maybe your mileage may vary if you're attempting to run things at 4K resolution. But for a midrange gaming desktop this has been excellent. This is akin to running an NVidia GeForce 1060, and it definitely feels that way. When you look up prices for THAT card in comparable computers, this feels like a very reasonable deal. The one area where I was somewhat surprised - not in a good way - is in image editing. For all its prowess at running games at very playable frame rates, I noticed some slowdown, stuttering and processing time - more so than on my Surface Pro - when trying to edit photos on Affinity Photo, of all things. Just the very act of changing filters and color management showed some lag. Not at all a dealbreaker, and it could be a function more of software-hardware compatibility rather than the capabilities of the GPU itself, but it might be worth thinking about if you for some strange reason aren't buying this to be a gaming rig. Which should really be the only reason you ARE buying this. Aesthetically speaking, this is toned-down by gaming desktop standards, but the wide, angular, light-up evil green chassis should make plenty clear that you are not purchasing this for professional, customer-facing use. If you do, though, you should know you're cashing in on an unequivocally good deal. Even when you're not gaming, the system comes with a fast, upgradeable 128 GB SSD for you to store games and other intensive programs. You use the remaining terabyte disk space for small documents and files and other work, making this an ideal balance for work and play. Big fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice for the beginner gamer

    Posted
    Fordman9870
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    The first thing you will notice is the small size of this PC. It is no bigger than a shoe box. It is built on a micro ATX type Mother Board and Case. It comes with a Radeon 580 Video card, 16gb Ram, Ryzen 7 2700 8 Core 3.2 gigahertz, 1tb WD HD, and a SS 128gb drive. First the Cons: Small foot print prohibits some big video card upgrades. The one that’s currently used (the Radeon 580) is a single fan dual bay card. IF you wanted to go with a dual fan unit you would want to get the tape measure out first to see if it will fit. There is a power and sata cable for an additional HD to be installed but nowhere to mount, you will have to get creative for this. 2 slots for PCI-e and that’s about it. The keyboard and mouse are extremely cheap, but most have their own gaming mouse and keyboard. Not a deal breaker. No internal sound, again not a deal breaker as most used headsets or external speakers. Lots of pre installed bloatware from HP (uninstalls very easy) I like to have a clean PC with only a very limited amount of services or processes running to leave the speed for my games and photos processing. I ran a bench mark test on this and the Video card came in the 61% range. The card is nice with 4gb on it but this will be the first thing that needs to be upgraded for brand new games to work at full resolution. The other benchmarks were very good (see below) The good: Great starter gamer for people that will play most everything (some games will need setting adjusted down to work as they require more HP from the video card). Price: great for this model The small footprint (13X6X11) can fit almost anywhere and won’t take up a lot of area like the towers can. This PC was extremely quiet even when testing Battlefield on it. When I was done playing the unit did not seem hot at all, the fan was just blowing warm out the back. Boot time with the SSD was less than 30 seconds to log in!! Userbenchmark scores: (average score when compared to other gamer PCs in the same class) CPU = 92.2% GPU = 62% SSD = 107% HD = 109.1% Ram = 90.6% Over all I found this PC to be very capable for Beginner gamers or those who edit photos or videos. Gaming was very good, but Video could be better, Speed of HD access was phenomenal I didn’t have to wait for anything hardly to load. When I was editing my photos and videos in Elements I was very pleased with load and save and playing times with rather large files. My day to day work, emailing and surfing was very good as well. Despite the cons (not deal breakers) this PC is very nice, and has some great hardware in it. I would recommend this to Family and Friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Respectable & Affordable Gaming System

    Posted
    mstanleynh
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    The HP AMD Ryzen 7 Series Gaming Desktop is a budget-conscious gamer’s dream come true. HP did a great job putting together a powerful gaming and family-friendly desktop system in an aesthetically-pleasing package, powerful (enough) and affordable package. With the PC gaming market’s push for the most outrageous configurations and designs, the average gamer is sometimes left with few options…this HP setup is a welcome option. What’s in the box: HP Ryzen Console Wired keyboard and mouse Power Cable Windows 10, some HP utilities, and a 30-day subscription to McAfee Security Associated Paperwork and Guides Console and accessories: The console itself is on the smaller size, which I prefer for setting up on top of my desk. The smaller size will be a plus for players with limited setup space. On the downside, the smaller case may limit expansion in the future. The brushed metal design and green lighting is just enough to let you know it’s a “gaming” system, but not over the top for someone using it as a daily-driver machine. There are plenty of ports available: on the front there are 2 high-speed USB 3.1 and 1 USB-C port, a memory card reader, and a combo audio 3.5mm jack (for mic/headphone setups that only have a single cable connector) and on the back has separate mic and audio inputs and outputs, an Ethernet port, 2 x USB 2.0 and 4 x USB 3.1 ports, and the HDMI and DP ports on the Radeon RX 580 video card, a media card reader (which supports SD, SDHC and SDXC) and a read/write CD/DVD tray (which supports DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW formats). As mentioned, the keyboard and mouse are basic, great for the casual gamer or office worker, but many may want to upgrade these accessories. Hardware Build: The 4GB AMD Radeon RX 580 card is more than adequate for playing many past and current game titles comfortably at 1080p. The Ryzen 7 processor has plenty of power to support intense gaming and any office or online user tasks. With 16GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD the system powers up and is ready for use very quickly. There’s a 1TB HDD for storage and an additional slot available if more onboard memory is needed. There’s also onboard WiFi and Bluetooth support which is an added plus, along with support for VR usage (although I do not have that gear to try). Overall: For an “out of the box” gaming system, the HP AMD Ryzen 7 Series Gaming Desktop will be a welcome addition for many price-conscious and casual gamers. It is also a great option for everyday use in the office or home. There’s enough power to really enjoy many of the popular gaming titles at 1080p (for the greatest enjoyment) and handle any office task thrown at it. The smaller form factor is great for users/gamers with limited space and the design is “gamey” yet not over the top. Overall, it’s a very respectable system for the market it’s targeted at, this is NOT a high-end gamer’s rig…but is not marketed as such either. It’s easy to set up and use right out of the box, with some room for expansion and at a great price…I would recommend it to the casual gamer or office/home user for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for the just under hardcore crowd

    Posted
    TheTruQ
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    As desktops seem to be fading into the realm of afterthought, those of us who use them for gaming and heavy workload processing (video) have become somewhat of an enigma to the rest of the world. Well, sorry, but I still need a powerful workstation at times; and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Enter the HP Pavilion Ryzen 7-Series Gaming Desktop. The machine came well packaged, as one might expect. I think every PC I have opened has had just about the same packaging, and this one was no different. The first thing I noticed when unboxing was the looks of the box. It’s very slick and appealing. It doesn’t look futuristic or wild, like some gaming rigs, and in this case, I think that’s a good thing. The included keyboard and mouse are pretty standard fare, but better than what’s usually included with an average CPU. Put it this way, if you are a gamer, this will not do, period. Also, there are quite a few convenient connectivity ports located on the box. There are 2 USB 3.1 ports and a couple of USB 2 – for device connectivity. The USB 3 ports allow high speed data transfer, which bodes well for gaming from external media, as well as transferring large files. Set up was pretty simple and straight forward. This is a Windows 10 machine, and most should be pretty familiar with the environment. Performance for day to day tasks is very snappy, but that should be expected from a PC that’s designed for gaming. How’s the gaming performance? It’s admirable. This machine seems suited to the average PC gamer, and that’s not a bad thing. Casual games run like a dream, and less complex 3D games are as smooth as butter. When playing more complex games (detailed first-person shooters, for example) the framerate can suffer when played on the highest setting. This is not to say this PC can’t handle the game, or that it renders it unplayable. It’s just that hardcore gamers looking for the best performance (1080p @ 60+ FPS on CoD) need to look elsewhere. For me, as someone who is a console gamer first, PC gamer second, it’s excellent. It more than handles the games I throw at it, and is an excellent box for photo, video, and audio editing. This PC is a powerful machine capable of more than satisfying the entertainment needs of the average PC gamer. It has a very slick look, and great usability with it’s built in, cutting edge, wireless connectivity and port availability. It’s nearly a can’t miss.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Let The Games Begin!!!

    Posted
    LindaCT
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    Introduction: If you are looking for a great gaming PC this is it. The price is great, especially when you consider all that you are getting with this gaming PC. Unless you are looking for the absolute ultimate gaming computer and willing to pay thousands of $$$$, this is definitely for you. Design: The brushed hairline pattern on the tower makes it look stylish and it stands out from regular PCs. The height and width of this gaming PC is about the same as most computer towers and it comes with a basic mouse and keyboard. Description: This gaming PC has a 128G Solid State Drive and starts up very quickly. Compared to a regular PC, it seems like it is an instant start up and no lagging between opening up programs. This is my first gaming PC and I love it! Graphics are really good and no lagging in any of the games I’ve played. There is a HUGE difference from the PC I have been trying to play games on. What makes it even better is that it has 4G of RAM designated just for the graphics card…what not to love. The graphics card makes for excellent quality when watching movies, Netflix, etc. With 16G of RAM, I can have more programs running at the same time and not have any problems at all. You can expand to 32G of RAM. I don’t see why you would need to, but if you are into that kind of thing at least you can do it. It has a 1TB hard drive, so I can save tons of movies, music, videos, pictures and everything I could possibly need on this. It has a DVD/CD burner, in case you like to save photos, movies etc. on discs. It also has a built-in media reader that supports SD, Micro SD, etc., so you can transfer all your photos easily. Nice feature: This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and I can’t wait to try that out which will be my next purchase or just a really nice Christmas present to myself. It is a great feature to have and definitely not something that is on all gaming PCs. Recommendation: Considering everything this computer has, it is well worth the price. I am extremely happy with it and I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal Value

    Posted
    Steven
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Full disclosure, this is a review based on an insane sale price of $699! The value at this price is simply not possible to beat. If every component of this PC was purchased separately and built at home, it would have easily been a $900 build. That said, the computer runs quite well. Under a very heavy load playing games like Destiny 2 and Resident Evil 2 Remastered, it runs a very steady 60 FPS at max settings and 1080p. Additionally, while it is an air cooled system, it is actually fairly efficient running at about 79 celcius under max load. What I like most about the system is that it is INCREDIBLY quiet, even when running graphic intensive games. That said, the machine is NOT perfect. For starters, the case is somewhat small, and the components are crammed in. While there is some room to upgrade parts, it is minimal, so you will definitely need to check to see if you have the space before you buy a new card a few years down the road. Secondly, unless you plan on upgrading the cooling system, I would be VERY hesitant to overclock your processor/graphics card. Again, the cooling does ok when leaving everything as is, but I'm not sure it could handle the extra heat. Finally, the 400w power supply is ADEQUATE for what is in the machine, however, it definitely pushes the boundary of what is needed. The supply IS platinum rated however, which is great. All things considered, this is not a 4k machine, and is not marketed that way. If you are looking for a great mid tier gaming rig, and only care about playing at 1080p, then you should STRONGLY consider this PC, if you catch it on sale. At the normal price of $1049, it is an ok computer for sure, but with its faults, I would be hesitant to give it the full 5 stars. The breakdown here is this-on sale, buy it....not on sale-check all of your options, this included!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unreal Gaming Console

    Posted
    Njuice
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    So far I have been really impressed with this HP Gaming Desktop Unit. It has really been able to handle everything I have thrown at it! PROS: - The design is really sharp. It is fairly small for a gaming console which I like. The brushed steel with the green lighting really looks great too! - This thing has a lot of power under the hood! It can easily handle any gaming I have thrown it’s way as well as other programs I run. - The combo Harddrive and SSD is a game changer. SSD is so much faster but can be high priced. It’s nice to have games on the SSD for fast load times while having other media and files on the standard harddrive. - I really like the addition of the USB-C on the front. It’s a nice feature and helps it be future proof. CONS: - The keyboard and mouse that come with it are very generic. I would expect something with a little more style and color with a gaming consoles, especially with how the tower looks. - It only has 1 HDMI port with an option for one more. I wish it had two from the get go. BOTTOM LINE: If you are looking for a new tower that can handle your gaming and daily needs - this will go above and beyond!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent starter/mid level PC

    Posted
    Leonardo
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    This model of HP's pavilion line-up has all the bells and whistles you need to be able to do almost anything demanding. The 8 core Ryzen 2700 is one of the highest end 2nd gen processor in the Ryzen series you can get. The RX 580 handles all games at 1080p for the most part, and the other components (ssd, memory) work well together to bring you a good collection of parts. PROS: -It's quiet. A lot quieter than I had expected. Playing a demanding game for 4 hours, I could barely hear the fans blowing. On idle, it's basically dead silent. -The PC itself is actually quite small, I'd say about as large as a 15" laptop in terms of it's height and width. I'm surprised how well they were able to cram all the components inside the case without making it look like a mess. -Minimal bloatware on start up. The only really annoying thing was McAfee which I immediately uninstalled. CONS: -While it's nice that it's small and quiet, this also means it can get pretty hot. After my 4 hour gaming session, the temperatures got up to around 70 for the CPU and 90 for the GPU. The CPU temperatures might be ok, but the GPU temperatures are a bit high for my taste. This is also caused by the fact that the case only has one fan. One fan! The entire case has one exhaust fan to cycle air through. They could have designed it so that a front fan is included which would greatly increase airflow. -The included RX 580 is a 4GB version. That's half of what you'll usually see in a RX 580, and many benchmarks comparing a 580 to a GTX 1060 uses the 8GB version. This is something to keep in mind when searching how well the 580 will do in your games. OTHER THOUGHTS: This really is a nice PC at a very reasonable price. As a buyer, you should go into this thinking you'll be buying a PC as is, and not really something you'll be upgrading on for later. While it's possible to upgrade/swap out parts in the computer, it certainly isn't easy to do. You'll find that you'll be much happier using the PC as is, and it certainly won't disappoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Over all very good

    Posted
    SIrDB
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've have had this PC for a week or 2 now, I have to say its pretty good. i got this on sale and it was a great deal i had to get it. Pros: Boots up fast (because the OS is saved on the SSD) Good amount of Ram (by the time you NEED to add more Ram you'll prob need to get a processor and graphics card or maybe even a new PC) Good Graphics card, runs most games at 60 FPS on high or ultra settings @ 1080 small and light good processor Has a ton of USB ports and has a USB type C Neutral: Can but upgraded but because of its size it wont be the easiest thing to do... Cons: Small SSD (i only use the extra space on it for programs, Chrome, Steam, MS Office etc. all games are on the HDD) Power supply is only 400W, which is enough but i think a bit more would be better Wont be too easy to upgrade, but like i said its not impossible and definitely doable I noticed that it does run pretty warm, well the case does after playing a game for a few hours, i haven't tested it with any programs to measure temp and haven't seen any performance drops yet. i did turn on a box fan in my apt that just so happened to be near by and that made it cool... a bit strange but yeah... Some things i plan to do: For the SSD i'm considering adding a SATA SSD, there are 2 unused slots. i haven't opened it up yet to double check. but i may also try to use a 2.5" SATA SSD and use a SATA to USB C Hard drive enclosure, see how fast that is. i wouldn't use it for anything more then storage of a few games where loading times are important like PUBG. i just want something that's just faster then the internal HDD Upgrading the graphics card at some point not really needed right now since i plan on playing @ 1080 for a while, and at that time i'll have to upgrade the Power source and Fan/cooling. it wont be the easiest thing but its 100% doable

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great Specs for the price, horrible thermals

    Posted
    TravisS
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    When we bought this with a Ryzen 2700, it was on sale for about 800 bucks. Spec wise, we could not build a comparable computer for cheaper. So we bought it, and everything was seemingly okay - that is until we actually started gaming on it seriously. The problem is the thermals. There's no front air intake, and there's only one fan (rear exhaust), the PSU is being used to attempt to exhaust heat at the BOTTOM of the case (because heat falls, right?), and the CPU cooler is attempting to vent heat out the side panel perforations (which choke airflow, instead of help). The GPU is a blower configuration, so with no fresh airflow moving through the case, it's basically sucking hot air and not moving it out very efficiently. Games were chugging, and even some were gray screening/ freezing due to thermal throttling. Once we removed the side panel to allow ANY airflow, things immediately improved no more problems. Meaning whoever designed the case severely hampered the performance of the components. On top of that, everything in this thing is proprietary - if you think you might want to use this as a starting point to upgrade through the years, LOOK ELSEWHERE!! This thing is entirely proprietary when it comes to the PSU and motherboard. It is an mATX board but the front IO are an added section to the motherboard itself, meaning it will not fit into a new case. There is no USB 3.0 Header on the motherboard, no 24 pin connector for a new PSU. for overclocking (it is run off of a 4 pin, along with the CPU) In all honesty, you'd be doing yourself a favor to look elsewhere for comparably spec'd/ priced PCs, this thing is basically junk for what you're getting.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's a nice system, but. . .

    Posted
    BlueNeonLites
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I purchased this on Cyber Monday 2018 in-store. It is a nice, fast system, but caveat emptor! My biggest problem is that it is unstable. The computer will randomly become unresponsive, and go into what one may call a "sleep mode." However, the only way to "wake" it, is to remove it from the power source, and restart it. This happens at least once every time I use it. I have not been able to diagnose the problem's origins, but it is frustrating being that it is a brand new system. (I had my other HP for 8 years, and have not had this many issues.) If I can update this review with the solution later, I will. This HP does not come with nice peripherals. The keyboard is very small, no-frills, and cheap. The mouse is very generic, and does not feel very comfortable when gaming. For a gaming computer, these are absolutely useless. You would expect this from a no-name company, not HP. I purchased a gaming bundle by Corsair, and am much more satisfied with that for my gaming needs. But, you shouldn't have to do this on a system that is not just a couple hundred dollars!! The good features: It's fast with lots of storage! It does not come preloaded with too many useless demo programs. If you are new to Windows 10, it is quite user friendly, and fun to learn and explore its different features. The machine is smaller than many other desktops, so it should fit anywhere. My advice is to shop around first. I really wish I could swap this one for the same model and see if I have the same locking-up issue. Because there was not a demo model in my store, I did not know how awful the keyboard and mouse actual were.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend