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A quad-core, Blu-ray, Windows 7 desktop for $650

HP throws everything but the kitchen sink into this stylish tower, then tops it off with a free Windows 7 upgrade when this OS ships later this year. And it's new, not a refurb!

Quad-core? Check. Blu-ray? Check. Free Windows 7 upgrade? Check!

Update: Sorry, folks, looks like the discount code has expired.

If you're in the market for a new desktop that's equally well-suited to games and movies, HP has a ridiculously good deal going. It's the HP Pavilion Elite e9110t, which you can get for $649.99 shipped after a few configuration tweaks and a coupon code.

The tiger in the tank, Intel's 2.33GHz Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor, roars along with 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a 512MB GeForce G210 video card. Those are some kick-ass specs.

Other highlights: a Blu-ray drive with LightScribe-DVD capabilities, an 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, and a 15-month subscription to Norton Internet Security 2009 (aka the good version).

Perhaps best of all, the system comes with Windows Vista Home Premium but is eligible for a free Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade come October 22.

By the way, this is a new Pavilion, not a refurb, so you get HP's full one-year warranty. Here's how to put it all together, courtesy of DealNews:

  1. Ctrl-click this link to open the product page in a new tab.
  2. Click the Customize & Buy button next to the $649.99 option.
  3. Click the Memory option and choose the free 6GB upgrade.
  4. Click the Primary CD/DVD Drive option and choose the Blu-ray player.
  5. Click the Networking option and choose the Wireless-N LAN card and external modem.
  6. Click Review & Buy, then apply coupon code DTM4558.

Presto! That should get you out the door for $649.99. In an ideal world, this system would also have a TV tuner (which you can add for $80), but it's still one of the best desktop deals I've ever seen.

HP's various discounts on this system end Aug. 15, so you've got a little time if you want to shop around. I'll be mighty surprised if you can find a better configuration for the money.