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HP Pavilion a1310n Desktop PC (Circuit City)

by Hell2Pay / January 20, 2006 12:29 AM PST

Hi Everyone:
I know very little about pc's and it's components. I saw this pc on Circuit City and wonder if this is a good computer for the price (bundle)or if any had any problems with HP.

Price 879.99
Rebates 300.00
Price after Rebates = 579.99

Here's the info:

HP Pavilion Media Center Desktop Pc (A1310N)
AMD Athlon 64 3700+
Double Layer DVD+-R/RW
200 GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
2.2 GHz processing speed and 2K MHz System bus
Radeon Xpress 200 Graphics with 256MB of shared Video
9-1 Memory card reader

It has a Monitor and Deskjet which i dont mind having a CRT Monitor or not so good printer. I usually dont print any files at home; most of them I print them at work printer. Monitor, is a Fat-screen so it's ok on my end. I know that Video memory is not powerful enough to play "today's" games but I have an XBOX360 for my gaming needs.

What do you think if this is a good system and If any one have had any problems with HP?

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by georgekn3mp / January 20, 2006 12:56 AM PST

If you can afford the extra $200 or so, go with the A1350. It has the same components EXCEPT it is dual-core AMD 64X2 4200+. Well worth the price difference. I bout the A1250N for Xmas, and wish the 1350 had come out a week earlier! The only diff is I have the AMD 64X2 3800+. For $1100 total I also got a 17" LCD.

HP support is ok, but if you have to send it in to them, expect a few weeks without the computer. Mine was from best Buy, and I actually had to exchange it for a different PC because of a failed BIOS flash from HP's site. HP wanted me to send it in for exchange, but BB did it for me same-day.

A1350 is $849 - $50 rebate at CC, so $799 plus tax...great deal considering mine was $900 for a little slower processor.

You will almost certainly want to upgrade the video card eventually, you can do that yourself. Even though you don't "game" on it, that Radeon X200 is the bottleneck on the whole system. You WILL see a huge upgrade in speed if you ever do that.

Lightscribe means you can "burn" a label right on the disk, either CD or DVD. It looks nice and saves on paper labels ;). It takes about 30 minutes though for high-resolution disk pics.

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Thanks George
by Hell2Pay / January 20, 2006 1:27 AM PST
In reply to: A1350

Thanks for the input! I will look into the A1350. I dont want to go over the 1K range. I have a HP Desktop for almost 6 yrs (windows 98) and I have only minor problems (virus, re-loaded soft several times) but thats because of my own account. I have heard about EMachines but the only problem with them is that I need a Media Center to hook up my 360.

Thanks for your help it was greatly appreciated!

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the specs are great
by Howlleo / January 20, 2006 1:58 AM PST
In reply to: A1350

for that price, the components are great. The dual core is a plus if you do heavy gaming, video/graphic editing, or lots of multi-tasking.
Nobody is quite sure if dual-core is going to go completely mainstream all that soon, though.
The video card looks good- 256MB should tide you through.
DVD burner is nice, if you burn DVDs.
Anyway, I cant answer for HP, but the specs look good, especially for a home-system, and for the price.

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