...build one yourself. It's not very hard, and there are multiple guides online. Just Google it, and you'll have more information than you ever could imagine.
I wouldn't recommend an HP to anyone, and here's why: My current machine is an HP, and whoever built it didn't put enough thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink. This made the CPU run very hot, which wasn't helped by the badly designed case which had terrible airflow.
After about 6 months of use, the thing started shutting down at random. I put a new CPU cooler, reapplied the thermal grease which was all vaporized, and put the thing in a new case, but the problem persisted.
I gave it to a geek that I know, he tried his chip in the board, and it still shut down. He tried my chip in his board, and he couldn't even finish installing Windows.
So now I'm paying $300-400 for a new CPU and board, and another $50-100 for a new power supply.
About adding a video card: HP uses crappy power supplies that supply just enough power to run the system. If you were to add a powerful video card, you would need a new power supply, which probably wouldn't fit in the case, so you'd need a new case... you get the message.
If you give me your budget, I can put together some components on newegg. Hope this helps
Want to get the advice of the fine folks in this forum. I need a new computer. I am hoping to use it for the basics (spreadsheets, word processing, digital pictures) and mid-range gaming. Basically if I want to play any of the real fancy stuff I will use a XBox360. The computer I would use for strategy games like Civ4 and Rise of Legends.
Best buy currently offers a
Hewlett-Packard - Pavilion 4200+ Media Center Desktop m7470n with a AMD Athlon? 64 X2 dual-core processor 4200+* for $1015.
This seems like a pretty good deal.
It has a decent amount of memory, a big hard drive.
The main downside is that the graphics card seems weak. (On board ATI xpress 200). But it has a pci-e x16 available slot so could be upgraded pretty easily. Am I correct?
Am I missing anything? Is there any reason not to get this computer? Is it not as upgradable as it seems? Am I better off with an intel for mid-range gaming?