HP Pavilion Elite M9660F Desktop PC?

June 16, 2009 at 12:06:09
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3,
Is the HP Pavilion Elite M9660F Desktop PC a stable quality computer system that is durable and well made and would be a good gaming system with the ability to be upgraded?
Or are they manufacturer proprietary systems and your forced to use HP parts only or can I use other generic computer parts?
Thank you.

Here are the stats for the computer in question:
# Processor: Intel Core i7-920 Processor
# Processor Speed: 2.66GHz
# Chipset: Intel X58 Express Chipset
# Cache/L2: 1MB L2 plus 8MB shared L3 cache with QPI Technology
# Memory: 6GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM memory/3x2048MB for ultimate performance
# Hard Drive: 750GB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive
# Expandable Drive Bay: HP Pocket Media Drive bay
# Optical Drives: SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technoloy: 16x max DVD plus/minus R, 12x max DVD plus/minus R DL, 8x max DVD plus RW, 6x max DVDRW, 12x max DVDRAM, 40x max CDR, 32x max CDRW. Read: 16x max DVDROM, 40x CDROM.
# Video Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT graphics card with 512MB dedicated video memory, DVI and HDMI capabilities, and support for Blu-ray, HD DVD, and Microsoft DirectX 10. Up to 2303MB Total Available Graphics Memory as allocated by Windows Vista
# Expansion Slots: 1 PCI Express x4 /one available 1 PCI Express x1 /occupied 2 PCI Express x16 /one available
# Expansion Bays: 2 external 5.25 in /one available 1 external 3.5 in /occupied 2 internal 3.5 in /one available
# External Ports: Front panel 15 in 1 memory card reader: supports SmartMedia, xD, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital /SD, Mini Secure Digital, Compact Flash I, Compact Flash II, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, RSMMC, MMC Mobile, MMC plus 4 USB 2.0 ports /Back 2 USB 2.0 /Front 1 FireWire /IEEE 1394 port/s Back 1 FireWire /IEEE 1394 port/s Front Headphone/ Microphone Optical Audio Out; LAN; Microphone/Line in/Line out; Rear speaker out; Side speaker out; Center /subwoofer/ eSATA DVI and HDMI included on graphics card
# Mouse and Keyboard: HP USB keyboard and HP USB mouse
# Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition with Service Pack Makes your computing experience more efficient, more secure and more fun. To learn more about the different versions of Microsoft Vista, click here.
# Processor: AMD LIVE Smarter Digital Entertainment/AMD Phenom II X4 940 Quad Core Processor
# Processor Speed: 3.00GHz
# Chipset: AMD 780G/ SB700 Chipset
# Cache/ L2: 2MB L2 Cache plus 6MB Shared L3 Cache
# Bus Speed: 3600MHz System Bus
# Memory: 8GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM memory /4x2048MB
# Hard Drive: 750GB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive
# Expandable Drive Bay: HP Pocket Media Drive bay
# Optical Drives: Blu-ray player and SuperMulti DVD burner with LightScribe Technology: Write: 16x max DVD plus/minus R, 4x max DVD plus/minus R DL, 8x max DVD plus RW, 6x max DVDRW, 5x max DVDRAM, 40x max CDR, 24x max CDRW Read: 6x max BDROM, 16x max DVDROM, 40x max CDROM
# Video Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT graphics card with 512MB dedicated video memory, DVI and HDMI capabilities, and support for Blu ray, HD DVD, and Microsoft DirectX 10. Up to 767MB Total Available Graphics Memory as allocated by Windows Vista
# 3 PCI Express x 1/two available
# 1 PCI Express x 16/occupied
# Front panel 15 in 1 memory card reader: supports SmartMedia, xD, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital /SD, Mini Secure Digital, Compact Flash I, Compact Flash II, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, RSMMC, MMC Mobile, MMC plus
# 4 USB 2.0 ports/Back
# 2 USB 2.0/Front
# 1 FireWire/IEEE 1394 port/s Back
# 1 FireWire/IEEE 1394 port/s Front
# Headphone/Microphone /Front
# 2 PS/2/ Digital Audio Out/ LAN/ Microphone/Line in/Line out/ Rear speaker-out/ Side speaker out/ Center /subwoofer
# HDMI
# HP USB keyboard
# HP USB optical mouse


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#1
June 16, 2009 at 12:39:52
HP uses the same lowest cost c#$p that every other computer makes uses for the most part. Most of their systems are common to off the shelf upgrades.

I do not think there has been a stable computer since the original IBM.s. and they were only stable enough to use as a word processor. I would never trust this junk with anyone's safety.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
June 17, 2009 at 12:50:58
Strange as NewEggs review is good?

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#3
June 21, 2009 at 14:38:32
Is it possible that these models may be different, maybe HP has improved their quality since then, as all that I have found on these are good reviews so far, and although I have never owned an HP Computer System, their other equipment such as printers, scanners etc, have always performed flawlessly for me?

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