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New ATX desktop computers, pros and cons - HP d5000t ATX

by john55440 / May 16, 2008 3:48 AM PDT

HP recently released a new Pavilion Elite d5000t ATX series computer.

It sounds like the ATX format is easier to upgrade (and repair?) than HP's other computers. Since I like to keep my computers 5+ years, that interests me.

Is there any downside to the ATX format computers?

Any additional comments on ATX vs non-ATX computers?

Yes, I am too lazy and/or incompetent to assemble my own computer. (grin)

Thanks in advance for your input/assistance.

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full size atx form factor
by ramarc / May 16, 2008 8:07 AM PDT

makes it easier to add/swap components. you'll be able to put practically any graphics card or power supply and additional hard drives into that HP. with a slimline, your expansion options are much more limited.

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New HP d5000t
by chucksten / May 20, 2008 10:34 AM PDT

A disadvantage to the full-size ATX motherboard is that it requires a larger box. HP lists the d5000t as 19.14" (L) x 7.85" (W) x 17.22" (H). Also, it will tend to be slightly more expensive than the smaller formats. The predecessor, the d4999t, has made an excellent first impression on me.

Chuck Sten

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d5000t downgrade or not?
by yoni63 / May 26, 2008 9:43 AM PDT
In reply to: New HP d5000t

Hi, just received my HP d5000t. I have not even taken it out of the box yet. I had HP to build it with the 32 bit system on Vista of course. My big thing is flight simming, and I use very complex add-ons etc. I see so many say "Vista no problem" but then see so many horror stories. Its expensive to downgrade to XP, and not only that but kind of scary as well when you start hearing about drivers not being available. I figured it would not hurt to go ahead and give Vista a shot, but would like to hear anyone's view especially if they have experience with flightsimming on Vista.

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vista vs xp
by jculter / August 21, 2008 11:08 AM PDT

i have a amd athlon 64 x2 44oo w/vista and i have no problems at all. the radeon x1600 pro works awesome. i would run it to see how it performs and make the adjustments.

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Vista version
by sr1nath / May 20, 2008 11:40 PM PDT

When I am trying to configure the d5000t on HP website, it reads following under memory category:

The 6GB memory option requires the 64-bit Windows Vista Ultimate operating system in order to enable the full memory capability.

To my knowledge, Vista Home Premium supports upto 8GB of memory, so we do not need Vista Ultimate. Why is HP forcing vista ultimate if I need more than 4GB of memory?

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can configure with Vista home
by sillyamy / May 22, 2008 12:39 PM PDT
In reply to: Vista version

I was able to configure up to 8 gb memory with Vista Home Ed.

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vista version
by sr1nath / May 23, 2008 3:08 AM PDT

So, did you configure a 32-bit or 64-bit Vista Home Premium? I believe, 32-bit version supports only 4GB and avails upto 3GB.

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about configuration
by sillyamy / May 23, 2008 12:25 PM PDT
In reply to: vista version

I configured under the Vista Home Edition 64 bit.

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I bought one of the older versions of this the SA4000T
by damasta55r / May 22, 2008 3:02 PM PDT

If you spend over $1500 on this machine, i would think twice. I bought one 2 years ago for $2000, and it is now very outdated to me. It does have 1 GB ram and 250 GB hard drive, but still you;re better off buyign $700 computers and upgrading in 2 years time.

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Hard Drive and Video Card Details - Who Makes Them?
by howdoitknow / June 2, 2008 3:15 AM PDT

Does anyone know who makes the hard drives and video cards HP is putting into this system? I'm trying to evaluate if it would be cheaper to get a second 500 GB drive from HP or elsewhere and install it myself and it would help knowing what kind of drive will be coming with the unit. HP won't tell me.

Similar question on the video card - there are a number of manufacturers who make a NVidia GeForce 8500GT or 8800GT with 512 MB on board.


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