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Excellent starter systemPosted
I’ve been building computers since the 8088 came out, yep I’m getting old :( , anything from simple terminals, high end gamins systems and up to larger servers. This is the first pre-assembled desktop system I’ve bought in a long time. My current desktop build was about 2 years old and getting ancient “by my standards”, and my gaming laptops were actually faster now. I saw this new line of HP Omen computers and decided I wanted to give them a try. First Impressions: The Obelisk came in a nice Omen themed box, very well packed. Inside were the Obelisk, keyboard, mouse, and a bag containing the power cord and paperwork. The Obelisk itself is pretty impressive, the angled black front is brushed with a RGB lighted Omen logo at the top, it’s shaped like an Obelisk. The very top of the machine has an angled recessed area that houses two USB 3 port, “one supports charging”, a headphone jack and power button. Behind that is a grid of ventilation ports that are all diamond cut making it look better than the standard punched out ventilation holes. The left side of the machine has a glass viewing window also with the Omen logo in the middle of it, the right side being blank flat black. The back has the usual layout of ports, ventilation and is nice and clean. Connectivity: The back of the machine has 4 standard USB 3 ports, 1 SS 10 USB and 1 SS 10 USB C port, so 6 total USB ports, nice that there’s a SS 10 USB C port as you can add quite a few different accessories to that port. Then there is the Ethernet port, 2 audio ports, 1 microphone in port. The video out ports are only on the video card expansion bay, and there are 1 HDMI, 3 display, and one DVI ports. Running: I took a look at the included keyboard and mouse, didn’t even try them out as the keyboard is cheap standard a slim compact design and not to my liking at all. Nothing special about them and aren’t really geared toward gaming like the Obelisk itself is geared toward. Nice that they included them though if you are just getting started out and need them right away they will get you by. After hooking up my monitor, keyboard, and mouse, plugging in the power cord to my UPS I was off and running. It’s the usual beginning Windows initial startup and has you set up and account or log into an existing one then you are set up and going. Speed: This new Obelisk runs fast, boot time is only around 6-8 seconds, I’ve done some benchmarking comparing it to my old desktop system. My old system has an I7-6700 processor, GTX 970 GPU, 16gb ram, and dual SSDs. My old systems Geekbench 4 scores were, for the CPU, 4675 “single core”, 16421 “multi core”, and the GPUs Compute score was 110250. The Obelisks Geekbench 4 scores are, for the CPU, 5226 “single core”, 21938 “multi core” and 122699 for the GPUs Compute score. A pretty nice jump across the board, it’s a good improvement. I’ve been playing Witcher 3 on it and with the graphic settings on Ultra, with the Nvidia Hair Works turned off I’m getting 54-60fps, plenty good, and at the max limit of my 60hz monitor, plus the game has a top limit set at 60fps. With the Nvidia Hair Works turned on FPS drops to around 42fps, so that one setting has a pretty big impact on gaming. Upgrading---- I tinker and upgrade pretty much everything I get my hands on and this one was no exception. CPU Temps: I did some temperature measurements and found during normal use, “web surfing, browsing the internet, some 3d printing” the CPU temps averaged 124F with a max of 148F. While playing Witcher 3, after about an hour the CPU temps went up to an average of 168F, not bad really for an OEM cooling system. But since I like to play around modding I decided to add a Cooler Master LCE120E AIO cooling system. This is about the cheapest AIO single 120mm cooling system you can get and I’ve never had problems with it, perfect for anyone not wanting to spend a lot on a cooler. Plus the Obelisk case has no room for a dual fan system, only a 120mm system will fit on the bracket at the top of the case. Now to add the AIO you do have to remove the motherboard, there’s no access to the back of it even after removing the right side cover, that’s only there to access routing of cables. After removing the video card, unplugging all connectors, and then removing 8 screws you can lift out the motherboard. Next you remove the OEM cooler by loosening 4 screws holding it down “unplug the fan from the MB first” and lift away. I cleaned the top of the CPU carefully and then used some Arctic MX-4 thermal compound, I found this to be one of the best thermal compounds that’s simple to use, NT-H1 is another thermal compound I highly recommend. Then just install your AIO per instructions, and remount the motherboard. I do like the frame that HP has mounted on the inside top of the case, just remove two screws and it comes right out. There are 4 metal plates you have to remove before using that bracket, and all you do is insert a large Phillips head screw driver in the slots, slowly work it back and forth till they break away. Then mount the radiator to this and the fan to the radiator, doing this before putting the MB back in makes mounting it easier. Now for the difference, during normal use the CPU temps dropped to an average of 94F with a max of 128F, a very nice difference of around 20+F, now while playing Witcher 3 the temps were an average of 108F and a max of 133F, for around a 35F drop, that’s a huge drop by simply adding a cheap AIO system, so it’s well worth adding that. The 256gb SSD isn’t that big, and the 1tb 3.5” standard platter drive is nice for storage isn’t not that fast. I added a WD Blue 512gb SSD drive to the open bay “there are screw holes in the bottom of the open bay mounting bracket so you can mount a 2.5” drive there”, and am using that as my secondary drive that I’ll have Steam store all my games on. I’ve set up the 1tb drive as my back up drive mainly and will have my backups saved there. Future Possible Mods: The unit ships with a single 16gb 2666 memory installed, this only allows for single channel, and while with Intel processors it’s not a huge hit on performance it may be worthwhile to add another 16gb stick to enable dual channel and squeeze out a little more performance. The video card included is a 3gb GeForce GTX 1060 3gb card, and from what I can find the 3gb cards are limited over the 6gb cards. Even with these limitations it’s a decent starter card and like I mentioned above it does play games well, you just have to tweak the settings to find the sweet spot. This is something I’ll probably be upgrading in the near future, probably to a 1070 8gb card. This video card doesn’t have any type of specialized heat pipe cooling and has a single cooling fan. I found that while playing Witcher 3 it would hit around 185F, a little high but I can probably tweak that a bit. I’ll probably end up switching out the card before that though. One of my laptops an “Acer Predator” has a 1060 6gb card in it and its Geekbench 4 Compute score was 134750, a pretty good jump and shows the difference between the 3gb and 6gb cards “although the Predator is a mobile GPU” so the desktop 1060 6gb is probably a larger jump. The power supply included is 500w and Bronze rated, while not up there efficiency wise as my Platinum rated one in my home build it’s not bad at all and at least more efficient than a non rated PSU that I’ve seen other manufactures use. You are really only losing power efficiency in the ratings and there’s plenty information out showing the difference between Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, it basically comes down to how much you will save over a years’ time. The thing I didn’t care for is there are no extra power plugs other than a single SATA power plug for the 3rd hard drive and the extra 6-2 8 pin for the GPU. I had to use a SATA power splitter and a SATA to Molex adapter to get the lighting for the AIO on the CPU to work. Overall Impression: I like this new Omen, especially if you get it on sale. The case design is pretty neat, and looks good sitting up on my desk. There isn’t an optical drive, and I haven’t had the need for one in quite a while. I do have a USB portable optical drive for when I do need to use it. Otherwise pretty much everything now is stored on my NAS or thumb drives. The included keyboard and mouse are just cheap standard fanfare, nothing gaming about them, just nice that they are there if you don’t already have something better. You can easily do some mods and upgrades on this system, Out of the box it’s a really good starter system for anyone looking at a decent gaming machine and would like to learn how to fiddle around modding it. It would also make a great system for anyone using CAD or graphic design software. It didn’t have any problem running any of my 3d modeling and printing software. Just don’t expect this system to be a high end beat all system out of the box, it’s just not made for that. You will be able to play pretty much any game on it, you'll have to do some tweaking to get the best performance, just don't expect to play everything with the graphics set on Ultra.
I would recommend this to a friend
Nice gaming pc, but too much $$$$Posted
OK, well I've been using the HP Omen Obelisk desktop for about 3 1/2 weeks now, and while it's not bad, it could be a lot better. The very first time I powered it up, I got, and still get an audio signal from inside the computer warning me something is wrong. The audio diagnostic beeps are 3 low pitched beeps followed by 3 high pitched beeps and this repeats 5 times, then stops. The computer seems to work fine, but something is not right somewhere. I've called HP twice, and they don't know as they do not have the diagnostic beep codes for this computer since it's a new model. I've searched online, and really the only things I've found are either the memory is not fully seated on the motherboard or the video card is not fully seated on the motherboard. I've pressed down on the memory and video card, and yes, they're fully seated. I'll keep calling HP or try them online until it's remedied or the computer may be returned. Just wondering, do mass market computers get turned on to make sure they working properly before shipping ? In my case, they don't. Let me say this is my first pre-made gaming computer bought from a store like Best Buy. Previously, I've had all of my gaming desktops made by a friend of mine, but I thought I'd try a pre-made store bought one for a change. Not too long before Christmas this computer was on sale for around $900.00. The price at Best Buy as of me writing this review is $1249.99. Honestly, this HP Omen computer is not worth the current price for what you get. If you can pick it up on sale in the low $900.00 range, then it would be worth it. The only two games that I've downloaded to the Omen so far are Battlefield 4, and the newest, Battlefield V, Both games are maxed out at the highest settings, and gaming is very smooth, lifelike, no stuttering or anything else that would cause problems. I'm a big fan of the Nvidia GeForce video cards over the AMD video cards. Personally I just think they're better. I was impressed that the GeForce GTX 3GB GDDR5 card did so well for a mid level gaming card, especially on Battlefield V. I wish HP had at least installed the 6GB version instead of the 3GB, but so far, so good. I've also used the Omen to edit pictures and video using Nero 2017, and Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI, While the Corel is an older program it could tax lesser systems and it runs great on the Omen. Now on to a few pros and cons of the HP Omen Obelisk desktop. Pros : Great gaming rig, but only at the lower price. 16 GB memory and you can upgrade to more if you wish. 256 GB ssd 1 TB regular hard drive Attractive case with glass window Blue tooth and Wi-Fi built in 8th generation Intel i7-8700 processor Out of the box, it's virtual reality ready Omen command center where you can change lighting colors and monitor GPU and CPU temperatures Bottom intake for fresh air with removable dust filter that's held on by magnets. Negatives : No cd/dvd drive Motherboard is very basic. Only 1 slot for a video card, so you can't add another No extra PCI- e slot to add an audio card Crappy on board audio is OK for music, but horrible for gaming 1 small (80mm) fan at rear The included mouse seems like it came from the .99 cents store. As mentioned in the negatives, the is not a cd/dvd drive. While I knew that in advance, it would have been nice to have one installed. Yes, most things you download now are digital and no need for a cd/dvd drive. Two of my programs that I had bought for my previous custom built computer Nero 2017 and Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI are on cd's. To remedy this, I bought an LG GP65NB portable cd/dvd drive/burner for $25.00 to work around the Omen not having a cd/dvd drive. I like to burn cd's from music that I've downloaded so I can have them in my truck or play on my home stereo.. The onboard audio is OK for watching movies or listening to music on your computer, but for gaming,it's horrible. It's pretty hard to gauge where many items are sound wise . For example, a helicopter on a game sounds right over head, when it's really off to your right. This is where a dedicated sound card from Sound blaster would be very helpful. As mentioned, the mouse is very cheap, and it's not really meant for gaming. But I assume that if you're going to buy the HP Omen, you either have a gaming mouse, or will be buying one. Lastly, the cooling is very bare bones on this pc. There is one 80mm fan at the rear to exhaust the heat. There are also fans on the CPU and the GPU that help keep those items cool,but they just blow the hot air into the pc. But if you're going to have this desktop pc in a somewhat confined area like mine is, you'll definitely want to add a 120mm fan to help exhaust the heat at the top, and place another 120mm fan on the bottom of the pc to draw in cooler from the bottom. But there is only one place on the motherboard to hook up a fan. So I used a "Y" splitter cable where I could plug both fans onto the splitter, then connect that to the motherboard. You can see the top fan (tan color) in one of my pictures. There's not a picture of the bottom fan, sorry. The other picture shows the Nvidia GeForce card. It does not look like the card in the main picture on Best Buys site. Somewhat ugly without the cooling shroud that would blow hot air out the back of the case. Instead, no cooling shroud, and it blows the hot air away from the video card and into the case. You can also see in that picture, the crappy cable mismanagement. I've since fixed that. If you have a glass window, you want the inside of the computer to look nice, especially when you can do various color lighting in the Omen Command Center The top and bottom of the case are vented, but on the underside of the top, there is a metal bracket you need to remove. It's held on by two screws. I assume that this bracket is for a radiator for liquid cooling. If you're not going to liquid cool your CPU, then I recommend you remove it to allow more hot are to vet out the top as that bracket covers much of the vented area. Overall, I'd rate this HP Omen Obelisk desktop computer at 3 1/2 stars out of 5. I wish Best Buy would let you give 1/2 stars, but you can't so I'll lower it to 3. The main reasons for a score other than 5 stars is price ($1249.99), too expensive for what you get. Lack of cooling fans for a gaming computer. Basic motherboard leaves very little to add anything like another video card or sound card. No cd/dvd drive. Audio diagnostic beeps saying something is wrong and no help at all from HP on this. I've called twice and the techs say they don't know what the problem is. I would only recommend this HP Omen dekstop pc if it's on sale. Not the $1249.99 that's currently on Best Buy's website.
I would recommend this to a friend
Incredible Deal... When On SalePosted
tl;dr Other than my personal concerns over heat, this machine has the specs to run strong for a long time and should be able to handle most of what people throw at it. Ill be reviewing this PC based on the $899 sale price. That price plays a huge point in my five star rating. Pros: $899 is an excellent deal for the specs you get Flagship tier CPU M.2 SSD primary drive with secondary HDD 16gb of name brand ram (Kingston HyperX Fury) Sleek, premium feeling glass paneled case with basic RGB Tool less case with tool less drive sleds Mid range GPU with multiple video out ports in different formats Included mouse and keyboard are sufficient for average day to day use - again, at this price This machine runs very quiet Not much bloatware Cons: Poor heat sinks on the CPU/GPU Micro ATX board (not a huge deal, but a second M.2 port would"ve been great. Had to add a SATA 3 SSD instead) Only one case fan included and only one other fan mount location - before I even booted it for the first time, I added a 120mm fan to the top. More on this later The procedure to add the second fan wasn't straightforward. Not technical by any means, but not as simple as screwing it in either No additional fan headers on the motherboard. I had to use a 3 pin fan hooked up to the LC_PUMP header for said fan 500watt bronze rated PSU. HP probably figures that most people will replace this with a more premium unit Summary All in all, this is a fantastic machine for the $899 price point. While this PC has a non 'K' i7 8700, this processor is fine for my use. 16gb of ram will be plenty for most users, and with a SSD as the primary drive the computer boots and switches tasks incredibly fast. The 3GB version of the GTX1060 may be limiting to some, but again, is fine for my intended use and fitting at the $899 price. There is a second hard drive sled with a SATA power cable conveniently placed next to it by HP so adding my other SSD was as easy as plugging in the cables and formatting the drive (the data cable is not included). The included Omen Command Center program is very intuitive for controlling the RGB lights of the case and for monitoring hardware temps (however, Omen Command Center appears to show CPU socket temp rather than core temp. I also have not had any issues controlling the RGB with it as another reviewer stated). Now, back to what I said about having to add a fan right away. The worst part about this PC is cooling potential. There is nowhere in the case to add any intake fans. The only real places for air to enter the case is a screened grill on the bottom of the case (the screen can be removed for cleaning) and a thin screened slit running the height of the case on the right side of the glass panel. One small exhaust fan on the back isn't going to be efficient enough which is why I added a 120mm fan to the top. The stock heat sinks are also pretty bad - in my use, temps get into the upper threshold of their operating range. They don't get hot enough to thermal throttle, but it personally makes me a bit uneasy. If it gets to the point where it bothers me enough Ill replace the thermal compound with a premium one to see if that helps before completely replacing the heat sinks. The GTX960 in my old rig never had a heat problem under max load. Ive been building computers for a few years now and the reason I say this is an awesome deal at $899 is because at full price of $1199, and considering this is marketed as a 'builders' PC, I would like to see better heat sinks, better case airflow, 2x8gb ram instead of the included 1x16gb, the 6gb version of the GTX1060, and a full size ATX motherboard. If I had spent $1199, this review would be four stars if not possibly three stars. Otherwise, other than my personal concerns over heat, this machine has the specs to run strong for a long time and should be able to handle most of what people throw at it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Power at a (Sometimes) Great PricePosted
Based on the specs alone, this HP Omen desktop is a well-rounded gaming and everyday PC. It has an excellent mix of power, storage, and versatility. With a capable graphics card, a fast SSD, and a powerful processor, this is a great mid-level PC that will handle most games and computing tasks with ease. When this machine is on sale for less than its full retail price, it is truly a remarkable value. PROS: - Sleek, refined design. The case is sturdy and hefty with a beautiful brushed-metal, charcoal-colored aluminum on the front. The left side of the case is transparent, and the glass feels very substantial. The color of the internal LEDs as well as the OMEN logo on the front are set to red by default, but can be changed to any color using the pre-installed OMEN Command Center. - Tons of ports - probably more than you'll ever need. I counted 5 USB ports on the back and 2 more on the front. There is also a USB-C port on the back for newer devices. Other ports include ethernet, multiple DisplayPort outputs, a DVI output, and the standard headphone and microphone jacks. You'll be able to connect multiple monitors, external drives, etc., with no problem. The USB ports on the front are especially convenient and easy to access. - Sufficient performance for casual gamers or beginners. The GeForce GTX 1060 is a great graphics card, but the one included in this OMEN PC only has 3GB of VRAM. As such, there are some sacrifices in frame rate compared to higher-end cards, especially with higher monitor resolutions. Regardless, my favorite games are perfectly playable in 1080p: Shadow of the Tomb Raider (65 fps); Rocket League (90 fps); Far Cry 5 (65 fps). Frame rate and textures degrade quite significantly at resolutions above 1080p. But if you game exclusively on a 1080p monitor, then this machine has ample power to run most games at medium to high settings. - The i7-8700 processor and 16GB of RAM make this machine a beast for other intensive tasks as well. Dozens of browser tabs open while downloading a 50GB game and exporting a 4K video from Premier Pro? No problem. This computer is a total workhorse and is ready to handle practically any multitasking situation. - Thanks to the included 256GB M.2 SSD, boot times are insanely fast. The 1TB hard drive is a great addition to store games or other large files. - Surprisingly quiet. Even while running all of the games mentioned above, fan noise was never an issue. You can easily check the GPU and CPU temperature in the OMEN Command Center. CONS: - Limited upgrade options. I only see one spare 3.5" hard drive spot. There are no bays for 2.5" SSDs. The motherboard is also fairly small and limited. There is only one PCI-E slot which is already being used by the GTX 1060, so you cannot install a second graphics card. - The system ships with a single 16GB stick of RAM. This makes it easier and cheaper to upgrade to 32GB of RAM (you'd only have to purchase one additional 16GB stick). However, it also means that the RAM is in single-channel mode out-of-the-box, which slightly throttles system and gaming performance. You have to add in a second stick of RAM to enable dual-channel. - No optical drive. I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I enjoy having an optical drive on my desktop PCs so I can backup my Blu-ray collection. - A mouse and keyboard are included, but they are pretty basic and flimsy. OVERALL: When this machine is on sale, it's a remarkable value: Nice graphics performance, powerful processor, ample storage, and awesome design. At its full retail price, however, things are a bit more complicated. For just a bit more money than this machine's full retail price, you can step up to a gaming rig with superior graphics performance and much higher upgradability. But if you don't care about upgradability, and you're just looking for a mid-level gaming computer (or even just a powerful computer that will last you for years to come), then this might be the one for you. Just be sure to closely track the price. Recommended!
I would recommend this to a friend
Impressive desktop power | Gaming, Photo/VideoPosted
Setting up the HP Omen desktop is as easy as pie. The Windows 10 Home operating system is preloaded on the internal 256 GB m.2 SSD, and as such, simply start your PC, follow the Windows prompts, connect to your Wi-Fi network, make some choices along the way, et voila, the PC is ready for your first game. Well, almost. After you set up Windows 10 Home, consider upgrading/patching Windows to the most recent release via the "Update & Security" icon in the "Settings" menu. (Easily get there by pressing [Windows-key + X, and then select Settings]. Note that Windows Upgrade will update the Nvidia graphics driver, too, however it's not picking up the most recent release. Therefore, after your Windows upgrade, go to Nvidia.com, download & install the "GeForce Experience", and from there, download and install the most recent graphics driver, GeForce Game Ready Driver, v417.35 as of 12/12/2018. As other reviewers noted, the HP OMEN PC comes with a standard (wired) keyboard and mouse, which is probably okay considering most gamers have their own preferences when it comes to what keyboard and mouse they want to use. Also, in terms of upgradeability, this indeed is very limited. You can upgrade the standard system memory of 1x16 GB to 32 GB by purchasing a separately available Kingston Technology HyperX Fury Black 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 CL16 DIMM. In terms of more disk space, there is another bay available for a second disk (the first bay holds the standard 1 TB WD Blue HDD, WD10EZEX), but in order to use the second bay, you need to purchase a separately available SATA cable. Note that both bays hold 3.5" devices, therefore, if you plane to add (or replace) an SSD drive, you would need to get a 2.5 to 3.5" bracket. There are no PCI slots available that you could use (the one that shows available on the motherboard is actually blocked by the graphics card). Please note that this particular OMEN Obelisk PC doe snot have an Optical Audio Out. For this PC being a tower PC, and some games coming on a DVD, I would have expected to at least have the option to install an optical drive (such as Bluray/DVD drive), but that's not possible. As this PC has plenty of USB3 ports (total of 6) you would need to go with an external optical drive and connect that one via USB3. It does come with 1 USB-C port. If you have multiple USB-C devices, best get a USB-C hub. Now, the PC is lightning fast, it has great execution power, and the 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics adapter is pretty fast too for 3D gaming. The unit works very well with 4K UHD resolutions. In my opinion, it's a great starter system for gaming, but makes a truly awesome desktop for photo and video editing as is. I didn't see the need for providing additional cooling, and the desktop is very quiet when used for normal operations. And even if the two fans do spin up, it's not bad at all. Absolutely love the design of the tower, the ease of use, and the flexibility to change the lighting (the OMEN logo, plus the inside). In terms of ratings: For the medium gamer and photo/video editing, I'll give this "HP - Omen By HP Obelisk Desktop" a well-deserved 5 stars. Hard core gamers should consider getting the high-end (and much more expensive) version of the "HP - Omen By HP Obelisk Desktop" series.
I would recommend this to a friend
Gamer/Work PC - AWESOME!!!Posted
My old computer was starting to hiccup so after lots of research trying to figure out what the best bang for the buck was, I came across this nice machine. I work from home so this PC is my life-line. I do lots of MS Office and photoshop. I run multiple scripts on my photoshop for bulk image editing. Usually around 100-500 images each pop. I also run dual screens and usually have about 7 windows open at all times. Now, when work is over, I still use my PC to enjoy some gaming. FORTNITE! lots and lots of it. (just wanted to give an idea of what the computer is used for on an everyday basis) So now that you know what the computer is used for, lets talk about it. First off, I got a nice sale on this. It was $900 + I opted for 3 years protection with my BB card. Why? Cause I'm a firm believer with electronics that if something is gonna go wrong, it's gonna go within the first year... so I tacked on another 2 years just in case because BB's protection plan policy is GREAT if you ever do need to use it. (used for an xbox controller, got new one, no questions asked when it broke).... So, taking it home and unboxing was simple. I did have to purchase a HDMI to DVI adapter because I have older monitors and it was cheaper than DVI to DP adapter which is a bit expensive at BB. Anyhow, the set up was stupid easy. The mouse and keyboard that come with it, I looked at and never took it out of the box. They're pure crap. However, I use another keyboard with a corsair gaming mouse. That was all seamless. Had windows up and running within minutes. I then removed any software that comes pre-loaded that i did not want, then I installed all my software. I've done this many times on MANY PCs since my former job, I was IT support as well. One thing I noticed right away was the install times it took to install photoshop, MS Office etc... The install times were much faster than any computer I've ever had to install these things on. Was very happy. Then became the long process of exporting all my outlook emails/contacts and all that good stuff from my old i7-2700 PC. Took a while creating the export files (lots of emails), transferring to a flash drive and moving them to the new computer. Instantly I noticed extremely faster transfer rates.... USB 3.1 port is a gift from god as far as I'm concerned. So everything transferred faster to the new PC and everything got set up flawlessly. Very impressive. Then I got to tinker around a bit. The Omen Command Center is a very nice touch. It shows you exactly what the GPU, CPU & Memory are doing as well as your broadband connection up/down. Nice. It also has a nice feature that takes your wifi & wired connection, merges them together and balances your internet shared across both connections to you prioritize your bandwidth to where it needs it the most. It has increased my connection greatly. That's also where you control the whole color settings for inside and outside the case. I prefer purple. As for the work I do... I am able to multi-task like I've never been able to do before. I seriously have tried to bog down this PC just to see what it can handle. So far after about a month, I have not been able to bog it down 1 time. That includes running scripts, while several windows are open, and sometimes while running a game. It simply has not bogged down once. Now lets talk gaming. I don't do hardcore gaming unless you consider fortnite hardcore. When I installed it, it asked if I wanted fortnite to choose the best setting for my computer so I did. It chose all full Epic settings. My last computer I ran everything at all low settings and it ran great. Here I'm now on all epic settings and WOW, what a difference. I didn't know what I was missing out on. The quality of the picture is so much sharper. My render distance is far AF. Very smooth gameplay. It's like playing a whole new game. There's also a nice game stream feature in the Omen Command Center which I have not taken advantage of. (I don't stream). Bottom line is, if you're looking for a PC that is GREAT for gaming but is also GREAT for doing work also, look no further. No matter how hard I've pushed this computer, it produces great performance. Seriously GREAT PERFORMANCE. It stays cool, the tower is silent. Can't even tell it's on it's so quiet. It looks great too with the color schemes and the side look-thru window. Excellent for any in the MS Office Suite Excellent for photoshop & advanced photoshop Excellent for gaming (at least Fortnite on max settings) Excellent for multi-tasking I don't usually write reviews on things, however, I went to reviews for research and found many that were helpful so I figured I'd chime in. The computer comes with a nice i7-8700 processor, the GPU runs great, plenty of memory to allow multi-tasking and I can still double it if I want down the road. For $900, you can't go wrong. Many people say... "oh why don't you just build it yourself"... well, that fine if you're building an extreme hardcore gaming rig, but if you were to spec out prices for what this computer comes with out of the box, it'll be very hard to find a better price for the specs... then you have to put it all together so you're really not saving yourself anything except having to worry about wire management and if you did it right. Pros: Everything Cons: I have not found one yet Out of the box, and 10 minutes later you'll be off and running.
I would recommend this to a friend
Nice Mid-range gaming computer!Posted
This is a fantastic mid-range gaming computer, that would be almost perfect if not for a few minor (and one major) drawbacks… First, it’s packaged very well. The box is massive, mostly to hold the generous packing material around the computer. I’d be very surprised if these computers ever got damaged in shipping as they are very well protected. The computer itself looks sharp. I went with the black and red design, and it looks very cool. The lights inside can change colors and color patterns, so that’s pretty neat (though sometimes distracting if you suffer a bit from ADD like me). The computer itself is compact for a gaming computer—a bonus if you are lacking space, though this carries some drawbacks with it that I’ll get into later. It’s an easy set-up—basically unpack the materials, plug in the mouse and keyboard, connect it to a monitor (and/or speakers depending on your set-up), connect to the internet (either LAN or wi-fi, which is built in and supports all the latest versions) and you’re all set. Thanks to the SSD drive it powers on and boots up very fast. Of course, the initial set-up with windows takes a bit, and from there you’ll want to update windows to the latest version available. You may or may not want to add your own anti-virus. HP includes a free trial of McAfee (which is not my personal favorite)—I already had a program that had more room for activations, so I downloaded it and uninstalled McAfee. I ran a benchmark test using Novabench (a free benchmark program that tests your system and compares it with others out there) and this computer scored very well against mid-range gaming computers. The processor recorded the highest score (nearly 24% better than the average mid-range gaming rig) and the video card and memory were not far behind. These are very impressive results for a computer in this price range! There are two memory slots in the system. 16gb of memory is included--as a single stick. You can find a match at amazon (though finding single sticks is tough) for a decent price and double your memory right away, though 16gb is pretty fast already and should be more than enough for most tasks. I plan on video-editing which can be memory intensive, so I went ahead and ordered the match. The SSD boots very fast, even after all the restarts required with updates and new installations. The added hard-drive will hold several games, though you’ll likely want to add more storage at some point. I ran Overwatch and Far Cry 5 at their highest settings and they looked gorgeous (see pics below—screenshots taken with my phone of my monitor and the computer next to it). They play fast as well. Overall a great system for running current games and should last a few years before really having to upgrade much. The not so great things: There is very little room for expansion. There is space inside the case, but it’s limited. The good news is it will hold larger (standard sized-really, the one that comes with it is small) video cards. The bad news is you’ll have to be very careful about the power supply, since (as is the case with most builds like this) there is enough power to run what’s there, but cards that require more power will require a new power supply as well. Not a terribly tough upgrade, but it can be annoying. Cooling seems like it might be an issue. There is a heat sink on the back of the processor, and the video card has its own attached cooling fan, but the case itself only has one fan, and it’s not even standard 120mm size. I downloaded a temperature monitor and it got pretty warm during a long Far Cry session. I’m going to look into a way to modify the case for a larger fan, but it doesn’t look like it will be easy. There is also room for a possible internal fan as well—I may end up going that route. You’ll eventually have to add either more internal storage or an external hard drive. 1TB just isn’t much for a gaming computer these days, with most graphic-intensive games taking anywhere from 20-80g. I prefer internal storage but it will be tight trying to fit one in there with the current layout. It says there’s another 3.5 bay, but I won’t be taking it apart for another week or so to really see what I have to work with. The extra bay location is not obvious through the window. The good news is all the latest USB connections from original to the newest are on here somewhere, and there are a lot of them. Storing installed games on an external drive shouldn’t be an issue with the faster type connections. While most of these things are minor annoyances and can be worked around, they’re the kind of things you expect with a mid-range computer. The one thing that really surprised me is how truly awful the mouse and keyboard are. Bad enough that I deducted a star from the score. The mouse was actually uncomfortable--there’s an ‘overhang’ from the top to bottom which pressed uncomfortably against my skin. I can’t imagine having to use it for a very long amount of time. The keyboard feels like a child’s toy. It’s flimsy, noisy and not very responsive. You’ll want to upgrade right away. I had a decent set from my old rig, so I just switched them over. Still, HP should not have even bothered including them, or put at least a mildly better set in the box. Overall for the price this is a great mid-range gaming system, with some limitations for future expand-ability that you’ll want to keep in mind. And you’ll definitely want to buy a keyboard and mouse with it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Blazing fast computer!Posted
I will start by saying this is a screaming fast computer! Right out of the box its a very simple and sleek design. Basically a square box and the left side is all glass so that you can see the insides and there are LED lights inside. They are totally customizable so you can set it to whatever colors you want. There is also a logo on the front that lights up and you can change the color of that as well. On the top of the case you have 2 USB ports a headphone jack and a microphone jack. This brings me to my first problem with this computer. There is NO card reader! I had taken some pics with my camera and wanted to put them on my computer so I popped out the card and went to slide it in the computer...and there inst anywhere to put it., I think in this day and age and for the price of this machine, a card reader should have been included. One other small grie is the power button. Its very small and sits almost flush to the case so you kind of have to dig your nail in to push it to turn it on. I think that could be made a little easier to power on as well. Other than that, I like the overall design, fairly simple and easy to access everything. As far as performance, this thing is FAST! When you push the power button, its about 6-7 seconds before the windows login screen comes up. Gone are the days of waiting 2-5 minutes for your computer to start up. The solid state main hard drive is a big plus! The 16 GB of RAM and the GTX 1060 hard drive give you a very smooth performance whether you are gaming, editing videos, or just watching online videos through YouTube or Netflix. There is also an additional 1TB SATA hard drive included which is great for storing all your files on. You can even add more drives inside the tower if you need more space as well. As far as ports go, there is 7 USB, every kind of monitor port you'd want, mic and headphone...just trust me when I say its loaded up and you wont have a problem plugging in all your accessories (unless its a SD card) One big problem I had though was when I took it out of the box. The box that it came in was in pristine condition. No dents, dings or holes on it. But when I pulled out the tower there was a huge crack down the front of the case. So that tells me that it came from the factory that way. So they really need to step up their quality control. Hopefully someone from HP can contact me to get me a replacement front panel for my computer so I don't have this eyesore on the front. SO between that and the lack of a card reader is why the 2 stars were deducted. Overall its a blazing fast machine and I love it. I just don't love the crack in the front of my case and the fact that I have to go buy a card reader now.
I would recommend this to a friend
Okay but then again not ReallyPosted
This is my first gaming pc and at 899 on sale the value for the specs really checked out. Being assured that this system is easily upgradeable also contributed to me making the decision to purchase. Setting up was easy, fast, and pretty straight forward. Gaming experience is pretty great as well. So why three stars? Well I'll tell you. As any gamer can attest that ties other consoles together with multiple wires there is always the challenge on placement of the unit and wanting to hide wires a much as possible. So I put in the work and get everything just the way I want it. In the picture of the pc on the desk hutch is how I wanted it. Because of where the pc was and the wall outlet I bought a brand new power strip for it to plug into. Well after a day of use, once the computer had powered off over night it would no longer power back up. I tried other power strips, I changed the outlet the power strip was plugged into and nothing worked. This is when I began to freak out a little and contacted HP customer support. I had to call because the automated online trouble shooting was a joke. Every time it suggested something it would ask you if it fixed the problem and when you would select no, it would give you another bout of fixes to try. I got all the way to tearing the pc apart before I had enough and sought a human. I began testing different outlets in the house while on hold, which was 45 minutes btw until I found an outlet that allowed it to power on. Which I was greeted by an awful beeping sound. Which I have read others complain about. I brought in a monitor and mouse and keyboard and to my delight was able to completely boot up. So I decided to move it back to where I wanted the pc thinking maybe it was a fluke and nope, it still would not power on. I then moved it to the ground which you can see in the second picture and it would power on when plugged directly into the wall and not into a power strip. I should add that other devices like a lamp and monitor where also plugged into the same power strip and they had power no problem. By this time I finally reached a human and explained my problem. He proceeded to give me the biggest line of BS I had ever heard. HP customer support claims that a new pc has to be plugged into direct wall power for at least a day of use before it can run off of a power strip. I mean give me a freaking break buddy are you serious? Im not stupid, that makes zero sense. So don't put a lot of faith in customer services should you ever need to call. Well its been on the floor since that day, about 3 days now and its all running how it should other than it seems I really need to find the "sweet spot" on the power button to get it to boot up. Now I guess being on the tile floor is probably better for heating purposes, but it has RGB lighting so I really wanted it to be a display piece. I also have small children with one especially disastrous 3 year old daughter who loves to get into my office. She's not old enough to figure out the door lock from the outside yet so I'm safe for now. My greatest fear is she will come in the office and dump water all over it possible hurting herself and less important destroying the computer. No lie she loves to fill up cups of water from the downstairs bathroom and just dump it on things. The treadmill was her most resent victim. It's lucky for her she's super cute. Anyway tangent over. What I think the issue really is, is a cheap crap, flimsy power button. I'm an not above taking this bad boy back, but I don't want to. Because when it's powered on and being used its actually really, really good. But I also don't like having a lack of confidence if I'm going to be able to use my computer when I want either for gaming or work. So in conclusion: Great gaming computer that runs games amazingly. But only when it decides to actually power on.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend