Saturday, October 16, 2010

My New Computer

Today I went to Fry's and picked up my new computer. I've had my last computer for over six years and it was a great computer it was time to retire it and buy a new one. I did some research the past few days and decided on an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-440f PC. Details:
  • Intel i5 760 processor
  • 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM memory
  • 1 TB of hard drive space
  • Wireless LAN
  • Blu-ray Player/SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • Built in TV Tuner, HP Media Center Remote Control
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card with 1GB DDR5 dedicated graphics memory, HDMI, dual-link DVI, display port, and VGA capabilities, and support for Blu-ray and Microsoft DirectX 11
  • High Definition Audio with up to 7.1 surround sound capabilities
  • Front panel 15-in-1 memory card reader:
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports (Back); 3 USB 2.0 ports (Front); 1 FireWire (IEEE 1394) port (Back)
  • Headphone; Microphone; Audio left/right-in; S-video-in; Composite video-in (Front); Optical Audio Out; LAN; Microphone/Line-in/Line-out; Rear speaker-out; Side speaker out; Center (subwoofer)
  • Windows 7
This system is so much better then my old one. I was looking to get a Intel i7 but it was a few hundred more for that one which I was willing to do except it didn't have the built in TV Tuner and I really wanted that.

So far it's great I'm trying to get use to Windows 7 as my last computer had Windows XP. Only downside I can find at the moment is there are discs with this system. The recovery/backup is actually partition on the hard drive. Which kind of makes no sense. What if the hard drive crashes there would be no way to recover the computer's main operating system. Gonna see if I bump this stuff over to an external hard drive just in case. Other than that I'm very happy with it.. of course I've only been on it for a few hours but so far good.

Going to be spending the next several days uploading and downloading some 32 + programs that I use. Along with figuring out all my passwords and bookmarks.


  1. Nice computer! I never knew they still made fire wire, having a TV tuner I imagine is awesome, ive always wanted one

  2. A lot of systems with backup / system restore partitions have an option to burn those files to a DVD so I imagine you can do that in case your hard drive fails in the future.

    This may be of some help:

  3. Not bad for a mid range multi-media desktop.

    However only a 300 watts power supply! That's barely adequate. The dual-core desktop I build for my friend got a budget limited 500 watts power supply, should been a 650 watts unit.

    The CPU & graphics card alone uses 200 watts on the HPE-440F.

    Burton (AKA Minion of the Unspeakable from the Watch the GUild forum)

  4. Congratulations on a new pc. Windows 7 sucks quite a bit less than Windows xp :)

    Lots of those new computers contain lots of crap you don't need and don't want that HP/Dell/whatever gets paid to put on there, to make the computers cheaper.
    A good way to get rid of lots of them is to use a program called pc decrapifier :)

    I use keepass ( to safely store my passwords on my computer. That way I just need to remember 1 password, and can have really strong passwords that I otherwise would not remember on all my accounts.

    As for backup I can recommend, it runs in the background and always keeps your data safe at an off-site location.

  5. That's a great deal, considering your new PC is even fitted with a TV tuner. The specifications are great too. Plus the HP Pavilion desktop PC is easier to maintain and it's durable.

    Kristen Cabbell