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anndesikis said:   
wizbang said:   Howdy,
I purchased some of these units.
Used = yes
refurbished = yes (class A type) pretty decent
Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit OEM factory loaded with all proper HP business DC7900 drivers loaded. (both 32-bit and 64-bit disks included)
Turn on machine, you have what's known as a out of the box experience. It ask for your COA license number and then finishes setup.

Windows 7 64-bit, Adobe acrobat reader loaded, and OpenOffice loaded.
note: 4 memory sockets = 2 filled with 1gb sticks = 2 free sockets

cloned the drive to a cheap A-Data SP900 128gb SSD and added 2 1gb sticks (4gb total now) the little system flies.

I purchased a bunch of 1gb DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz memory in 2gb kits @ $19.25  over $30 you get free shipping  (Memory America)

http://www.memoryamerica.com/k2d212864800mp.html?synertech

 
By that memory here cheaper:  http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/memory/#s=200800&sort=d9&qq=1&t=11&z=2048  

 

  Howdy,
I looked at your memory place listed???? its priced higher? huh   memory America is $19.25 for 2 1gb sticks total price

The cheapest the partspicker has is $24.00

wizbang said:   
anndesikis said:   
wizbang said:   Howdy,
I purchased some of these units.
Used = yes
refurbished = yes (class A type) pretty decent
Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit OEM factory loaded with all proper HP business DC7900 drivers loaded. (both 32-bit and 64-bit disks included)
Turn on machine, you have what's known as a out of the box experience. It ask for your COA license number and then finishes setup.

Windows 7 64-bit, Adobe acrobat reader loaded, and OpenOffice loaded.
note: 4 memory sockets = 2 filled with 1gb sticks = 2 free sockets

cloned the drive to a cheap A-Data SP900 128gb SSD and added 2 1gb sticks (4gb total now) the little system flies.

I purchased a bunch of 1gb DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz memory in 2gb kits @ $19.25  over $30 you get free shipping  (Memory America)

http://www.memoryamerica.com/k2d212864800mp.html?synertech

 
By that memory here cheaper:  http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/memory/#s=200800&sort=d9&qq=1&t=11&z=2048   

 

  Howdy,
I looked at your memory place listed???? its priced higher? huh   memory America is $19.25 for 2 1gb sticks total price

The cheapest the partspicker has is $24.00

  Oh yeah I meant to put this one up which is LESS  AT Amazon http://www.amazon.com/2GB-PC2-6400-800Mhz-DDR2-DIMM/dp/B0014C6UV6 
 

anndesikis said:   
wizbang said:   
anndesikis said:   
wizbang said:   Howdy,
I purchased some of these units.
Used = yes
refurbished = yes (class A type) pretty decent
Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit OEM factory loaded with all proper HP business DC7900 drivers loaded. (both 32-bit and 64-bit disks included)
Turn on machine, you have what's known as a out of the box experience. It ask for your COA license number and then finishes setup.

Windows 7 64-bit, Adobe acrobat reader loaded, and OpenOffice loaded.
note: 4 memory sockets = 2 filled with 1gb sticks = 2 free sockets

cloned the drive to a cheap A-Data SP900 128gb SSD and added 2 1gb sticks (4gb total now) the little system flies.

I purchased a bunch of 1gb DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz memory in 2gb kits @ $19.25  over $30 you get free shipping  (Memory America)

http://www.memoryamerica.com/k2d212864800mp.html?synertech

 
By that memory here cheaper:  http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/memory/#s=200800&sort=d9&qq=1&t=11&z=2048    

 

  Howdy,
I looked at your memory place listed???? its priced higher? huh   memory America is $19.25 for 2 1gb sticks total price

The cheapest the partspicker has is $24.00

  Oh yeah I meant to put this one up which is LESS  AT Amazon http://www.amazon.com/2GB-PC2-6400-800Mhz-DDR2-DIMM/dp/B0014C6UV6  

  That still comes out to $21.57

Yep. My HTPC is very similar to this. I added a cheap, no fan GPU and SSD and it works great.

its.



Used = yes
refurbished = yes (class A type) pretty decent
Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit OEM factory loaded with all proper HP business DC7900 drivers loaded. (both 32-bit and 64-bit disks included)
Turn on machine, you have what's known as a out of the box experience. It ask for your COA license number and then finishes setup.

Windows 7 64-bit, Adobe acrobat reader loaded, and OpenOffice loaded.
note: 4 memory sockets = 2 filled with 1gb sticks = 2 free sockets

cloned the drive to a cheap A-Data SP900 128gb SSD and added 2 1gb sticks (4gb total now) the little system flies.

I purchased a bunch of 1gb DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz memory in 2gb kits @ $19.25  over $30 you get free shipping  (Memory America)

http://www.memoryamerica.com/k2d212864800mp.html?synertech

 
By that memory here cheaper:  http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/memory/#s=200800&sort=d9&qq=1&t=11&z=2048      

  Howdy,
I looked at your memory place listed???? its priced higher? huh   memory America is $19.25 for 2 1gb sticks total price

The cheapest the partspicker has is $24.00

  Oh yeah I meant to put this one up which is LESS  AT Amazon http://www.amazon.com/2GB-PC2-6400-800Mhz-DDR2-DIMM/dp/B0014C6UV6    

  That still comes out to $21.57

Memory America charges $4.75 shipping, so total is $23.99 vs $21.57 on Amazon

  Better deal on RAM at Amazon for those with Prime http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C537BQ6/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1  $17.99 delivered -- Now only 2 left

cant believe this is still going....

anndesikis said:   cant believe this is still going....
  It's Windows! Windows can handle these clunkers wells

Got 1 last week, added 4 more GB memory, runs great
received a 2nd one yesterday and it only had 1 GB of memory (1 stick). Very easy to RMA/Return on their dime and ordered another today with the 5% site wide discount.
Overall thumbs on this deal
Thanks OP

kickerstarter said:   Add a $10AR graphics card and you have a decent HTPC

I'd be hesitant to do that.  I put together a homebrew system years ago with the same E8400 processor and 4 GB of 800 MHz DDR2 RAM.  At idle it burned about 70 Watts, hit about 110 Watts at load.  (With a gaming GPU installed it was 130 Watts idle, 200 Watts loaded.)  That was actually my main reason for upgrading to a Sandy Bridge i5 system a few years ago, not the performance increase.  The i5 system burns about 35 Watts idle, 100 Watts at load.

If you use this system as a HTPC and leave it on 24/7, in one year it will burn 70 Watts * 8766 hours = 613.6 kWh of electricity.  At $0.12 per kWh, that's $74 worth of electricity per year.

If you want a cheap HTPC, I'd suggest buying / stealing an old laptop with HDMI out.  Those typically burn about 10 Watts at idle, which would save you about $60/yr vs. this system.  Lenovo Outlet frequently has them with an i3 for about $275.  (The Pentium versions use older HD graphics so might lag on some 1080p content.)
  
headhntr said:   I have one big question - It came with both disks (32bit and 64bit) but the system is running at 32bit. Can I just run the other CD and update it to 64bit or is there much more involved. If anyone has any advice on how to do this or even if it can be done, please let me know. (I am definitely going to upgrade the RAM to 4 or 8GB)
  
I was faced with that task two years ago with a client who started using a 32-bit Windows system I bought him before the 64-bit Windows install disk I ordered arrived.  From the research I did, there was no way to "upgrade" a 32-bit Windows installation to a 64-bit installation.  Format and reinstall is your only option.  That means you need to download all the 64-bit drivers ahead of time, as the integrated network card may not work without drivers.

Solandri said:   
kickerstarter said:   Add a $10AR graphics card and you have a decent HTPC

I'd be hesitant to do that.  I put together a homebrew system years ago with the same E8400 processor and 4 GB of 800 MHz DDR2 RAM.  At idle it burned about 70 Watts, hit about 110 Watts at load.  (With a gaming GPU installed it was 130 Watts idle, 200 Watts loaded.)  That was actually my main reason for upgrading to a Sandy Bridge i5 system a few years ago, not the performance increase.  The i5 system burns about 35 Watts idle, 100 Watts at load.

If you use this system as a HTPC and leave it on 24/7, in one year it will burn 70 Watts * 8766 hours = 613.6 kWh of electricity.  At $0.12 per kWh, that's $74 worth of electricity per year.

If you want a cheap HTPC, I'd suggest buying / stealing an old laptop with HDMI out.  Those typically burn about 10 Watts at idle, which would save you about $60/yr vs. this system.  Lenovo Outlet frequently has them with an i3 for about $275.  (The Pentium versions use older HD graphics so might lag on some 1080p content.)
  
headhntr said:   I have one big question - It came with both disks (32bit and 64bit) but the system is running at 32bit. Can I just run the other CD and update it to 64bit or is there much more involved. If anyone has any advice on how to do this or even if it can be done, please let me know. (I am definitely going to upgrade the RAM to 4 or 8GB)
  
I was faced with that task two years ago with a client who started using a 32-bit Windows system I bought him before the 64-bit Windows install disk I ordered arrived.  From the research I did, there was no way to "upgrade" a 32-bit Windows installation to a 64-bit installation.  Format and reinstall is your only option.  That means you need to download all the 64-bit drivers ahead of time, as the integrated network card may not work without drivers.

  I found it very easy to upgrade to the included 64 bit OS. After initial setup -- just restart the machine with the 64bit disk in it. It will install over the old system and download required software on its own. Then just do a windows update and your set. If you want to update all drivers, look for a free driver tool or I would recommend DriverMax. One paid license lets you install it on all of your computers.

Solandri said:   
kickerstarter said:   Add a $10AR graphics card and you have a decent HTPC

I'd be hesitant to do that.  I put together a homebrew system years ago with the same E8400 processor and 4 GB of 800 MHz DDR2 RAM.  At idle it burned about 70 Watts, hit about 110 Watts at load.  (With a gaming GPU installed it was 130 Watts idle, 200 Watts loaded.)  That was actually my main reason for upgrading to a Sandy Bridge i5 system a few years ago, not the performance increase.  The i5 system burns about 35 Watts idle, 100 Watts at load.

If you use this system as a HTPC and leave it on 24/7, in one year it will burn 70 Watts * 8766 hours = 613.6 kWh of electricity.  At $0.12 per kWh, that's $74 worth of electricity per year.

If you want a cheap HTPC, I'd suggest buying / stealing an old laptop with HDMI out.  Those typically burn about 10 Watts at idle, which would save you about $60/yr vs. this system.  Lenovo Outlet frequently has them with an i3 for about $275.  (The Pentium versions use older HD graphics so might lag on some 1080p content.)
  
headhntr said:   I have one big question - It came with both disks (32bit and 64bit) but the system is running at 32bit. Can I just run the other CD and update it to 64bit or is there much more involved. If anyone has any advice on how to do this or even if it can be done, please let me know. (I am definitely going to upgrade the RAM to 4 or 8GB)
  

 

  



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