HP Pavilion d4100 review: HP Pavilion d4100

The HP Pavilion d4100e ships with a multimedia keyboard and an optical mouse, both of the PS/2 variety. An extra $40 buys you a wireless keyboard and mouse, and another $99 will get you a TV-tuner card. Throw in a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS sound card ($65) for 7.1 support and high-resolution audio (24 bit/96KHz) playback and upgrade to Windows XP Media Center Edition ($35), and you've got yourself a powerful, albeit large, Media Center PC.

Bundled software is plentiful, and includes HP's Image Zone Plus photo-editing program, Microsoft's Works 8.0, Apple's iTunes, Sonic's RecordNow, Muvee's AutoProducer, Intuit's Quicken New User Edition 2005, and InterVideo's WinDVD Creator 2.0. Out-of-the-box documentation is limited to a quick setup poster, a generic Pavilion user guide (not model specific), and a recovery guide.

The HP Pavilion d4100e comes with a standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty that includes 24/7 toll-free telephone support. For an extra $99, you can extend the warranty to two years; for $149, you can bump it up to three. HP's Web site offers software and driver updates for your specific model, as well as troubleshooting and live chat with a service technician.

Application performance
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BAPCo's SysMark 2004 rating  
SysMark 2004 Internet-content-creation rating  
SysMark 2004 office-productivity rating  

Half-Life 2 custom demo
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Half-Life 2 1,024x768 4XAA 8XAF  
Half-Life 2 1,600x1,200 4XAA 8XAF  
* CPU and graphics are overclocked

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Systems configurations
Falcon Northwest Talon SLI
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 3500+; Nvidia Nforce-4 Ultra SLI chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB (2) Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT (PCIe, SLI); Seagate ST380817AS 80GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Gateway 7310S
Windows XP Home SP2; 3.4GHz Intel P4 550; Intel 915G chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 G (PCIe); WDC WD2000JD-22HBB0 200GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

HP Pavilion a1050y
Windows XP Home SP2; 3.6GHz Intel P4 560; Intel 915G chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT (PCIe); Samsung SP1614C 160GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

HP Pavilion d4100e
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 4000+; ATI Radeon RS480 (ATI Radeon X200 Xpress) chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce FX 6800 (PCIe); Seagate ST3400832AS 400GB 7,200rpm, Serial ATA

iBuyPower Gamer SLI
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 4000+; Nvidia Nforce-4 Ultra SLI chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT (PCIe, SLI, dual GPU); two WDC WD2500JD-98HBB0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA; integrated Silicon SiI 3114 SoftRAID 5 controller

What you'll pay

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