Rated 5 out of 5Â by OldMike Awesome Machine for Fedora Linux
I am a retired person with a technical background, and I was looking to upgrade my old hardware to a more powerful platform for my Apache Web Server and technical applications. I purchased a unit with an Intel i7-4930K hexa-core processor, 32 GB of RAM. I installed the "root" Linux system software on the 256 GB SSD primary hard drive (for high performance), the "/var" filesystem on the secondary 7200 RPM 3TB hard drive (for my web pages for my Apache web server), and the "/home" file system on the tertiary 7200 RPM 3TB hard drive (for LaTeX documents, code, word processing, and other odds and ends). Loading the Fedora Linux from DVD media required a trick, namely disabling the "Smart Boot" feature of the system BIOS (use the F10 key immediately a power on), turning on the Power On Self Test (POST), and adding a small boot delay (five seconds or so) to give yourself a chance to load the DVD.
Perhaps it's been too long since I bought a new PC, but it took me a while to realize that in order to boot first from the DVD drive, you have to halt the boot (using the Escape key) EVERY time you want to do so (older machines that I am familiar with merely required telling the machine only ONCE to permanently change the boot order). The only disappointment that I had was that the Linux operating system (Release 19 and Release 20) did not have a driver to recognize the dual-band wireless card. The 100 GB/sec WIRED port works just fine, and intended to use that anyway for my Apache Web Pages. This is a problem with Linux, not the PC card itself, and I suspect that the default single-band card will work just fine.
January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Richard43 Envy Phoenix
Very good product, has not disappointed me at all. Met my expectations from the start up.
January 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DeltaMachine Who Could Ask For Anything More?
I am a creative director, video producer/director/editor, graphic designer and mid-level gaming enthusiast and I must say this box - straight of the box - was and is brilliant! I know there are more powerful machines on the market but at this price it truly - TRULY can't be beat!
I have now had my HP ENVY Phoenix 810-150se (base hardware options) for several days and I can happily report it cuts through every program like butter! Anyone who knows anything about Flight Simulator X, knows it's the king of all system sapping programs - without any system tweaking I am now running FSX, with Accelerator Pack at upwards of 50+fps with maximum settings and am accomplishing 25-28fps sitting at the end of the running at LAX which is no small feat - it's truly a dream come true for anyone longing to experience FSX in all it's glory.
Much has been written about the so-called troublesome Windows 8.1 but initial set-up was painless and I have encountered NO program compatibility issues with Photoshop CS2, modern HD video/photo editing software or the aforementioned FSX. All programs loaded and run as they should - and extraordinarily well! No crashing - glitches - hick-ups - not one. And as for those waxing poetic about Windows 7, it's basically there in the form of an alternate desk-top that's accessible with just the click of your mouse.
The box itself is well designed with the "fashion conscious" in mind - it's sexy and stylish - emitting a gentle red glow and it's incredibly quiet. The uncluttered guts of the rig are easily view-able and accessible (the window and red LED's help with that) and I was able to install my work drive in minutes - with no tools - but be advised you'll need your own SATA cable.
I am an EXTREMELY cynical consumer and did my share of homework and hand-ringing over the purchase of my new HP (which is now my second) and I honestly couldn't be happier. Kudos to the fine folks at HP that put together this wonderful machine!
January 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by NoSimsforU Great options, They just don't work together.
I wanted to buy a gaming computer for myself, so I picked this one due to its ability to upgrade components. I picked the components based on the games I play.
After placing my order, HP put a hold on my account for the funds, twice. This was somewhat easily fixed by customer service but was still a shock and a worrisome occurrence, as it incurred an overdraft charge on my account. I had only planned on paying once, so foolishly I didn't have double the cost of the computer in my account. My mistake.
I received my computer, and it's set up was incredibly fast and simple to follow. After set up, I installed my game and opened it to play. The computer got just past the loading screen and then crashed, and for the rest of the time I had the computer I never got that far again. I did all of the trouble shooting under the sun and could not get that game, or even a simple flash browser game to play.
In fact, the computer would crash if I watched YouTube and had my email open at the same time. Certainly not a failure you'd expect with a computer that had 16 GB of RAM! Even basic net books can handle more than two open tabs at a time. By the end I was pretty confident that the biggest issue was that the power supply was insufficient for the other components I had chosen.
It is a HUGE oversight on HP's part to allow you to upgrade your computer's specs and not check that it will still function effectively and that the upgraded parts would not impact the standard issue parts. There should be a warning if certain parts in the computer you are customizing are going to interfere with one another.
I returned the computer and will be buying a new gaming computer from a specialty shop where I can count on a well thought out and balanced machine.
January 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tim21 Very fast and easy to set up.
I am very happy with my new desktop because it has everything I need to tool around on the net fast and easy. HP is a great company to work with.
January 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Elektro An efficient workhorse!
In combination with Windows 8.1, this proves to be a real workhorse, especially with the ample RAM provided. Recognition of a recent model HP printer was instantaneous, while connecting to a recent model HP scanner involved going to the support site to download current drivers. All in all, this machine works smoothly with any software you might throw at it, and the audio quality is exceptional with the included "beats audio."
There is an unusual design aspect with a side window that shows part of the inside of the machine illuminated by a red light, but it is not clear if this serves any particular function other than to introduce an aesthetic element. It comes with a simple but very responsive USB keyboard and mouse, and waking up from sleep mode is instantaneous when you press the space bar. It is intended for you to supply your own monitors and speakers.
January 12, 2014