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HP Envy 700qe opinions (Costco Deal)... Worth it?

PLobo 32 14 February 3, 2014 at 01:26 PM in Coupon (11) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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Hi All,

This is in reference to the current costco deals that combine an HP Envy 700qe desktop with a 27inch Hp 27xi monitor. There are two price points available at $1000 and $1300. Are either of these good deals and do people have any experience with these computers? Are they reliable etc? And does anyone know anything about the 4gb GT640 card? I've never seen a card that claims 4gb of dedicated memory. That is a 2-4x more than most cards so why does this card not seem to have high ratings?

Option 1: Desktop plus ($1000)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-4770 quad-core processor 3.4GHz 8MB Shared Cache
  • 16GB DDR3-1600MHz [2 DIMMs]
  • 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
  • SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • Microsoft® Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • HP 27xi 27-inch LED Monitor
  • Wireless-N LAN with Bluetooth
  • Integrated Beats™ audio
  • HP USB keyboard and optical mouse
  • Power Supply: 460W Power Supply
  • Inputs
  • 2 USB 3.0 (top)2 USB 2.0 (rear)15-in-1 memory card reader
  • Expandability (Total Slots):
  • Total Memory Slots: 2 DIMM
  • 1x PCI-E (x16)
  • 3x PCI-E(x1)
  • 1x MiniCard

http://www.costco.com/HP-ENVY-700...95103.html

Option 2: ($1300)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-4770 quad-core processor 3.4GHz 8MB Shared Cache
  • 32GB DDR3-1600MHz [4 DIMMs]
  • 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
  • Blue-ray Plater & SuperMulti DVD burner
  • Microsoft® Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
  • 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GT640 Graphics
  • HP 27xi 27-inch LED Monitor
  • Wireless-N LAN with Bluetooth
  • Integrated Beats™ audio
  • HP USB keyboard and optical mouse
  • Power Supply: 460W Power Supply
  • Inputs
  • 2 USB 3.0 (top)2 USB 2.0 (rear)15-in-1 memory card reader
  • Expandability (Total Slots):
  • Total Memory Slots: 2 DIMM
  • 1x PCI-E (x16)
  • 3x PCI-E(x1)
  • 1x MiniCard
http://www.costco.com/HP-ENVY-700...95035.html

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First off I'm not a big fan of HP in particular - they have a habit of over-spec'ing but under-building the machines. By that I mean these are less reliable than other machines at the same price point, and as you already suspect, not many people need 32GB RAM or 4GB on the dedicated graphics card.

Let's start with what you want to use it for - are you a heavy gamer? Do you work with 3D models or rendering? Do you run a lot of virtual machines? If not, there are much better machines for you to look at - what DO you want to use this machine for?
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Quote from Jeffbx View Post :
First off I'm not a big fan of HP in particular - they have a habit of over-spec'ing but under-building the machines. By that I mean these are less reliable than other machines at the same price point, and as you already suspect, not many people need 32GB RAM or 4GB on the dedicated graphics card.

Let's start with what you want to use it for - are you a heavy gamer? Do you work with 3D models or rendering? Do you run a lot of virtual machines? If not, there are much better machines for you to look at - what DO you want to use this machine for?
Hey Jeffbx thanks for the response. I'm looking for a really solid, reliable, and fast machine. I'm a researcher so a lot of data manipulation in massive excel files, some image manipulation in photoshop, some coding in Matlab, and tons of large powerpoints. Then out of work HD streaming, lots of chrome tabs etc. I only game lightly, some Starcraft which I would like to operate on higher settings, but I'm far from a serious computer gamer. I stick mostly to my XBOX. I'm looking to operate 2 or more screens (1920x1080) with it, Nvidia 3D capable would also be nice as I own a monitor and all the equipment but it turns out it's not compatible with my current machine.

I plan to remote vpn into this machine from less powerful laptops so I can keep the laptops lean with good battery life while still having access to all the processing power I need.

As one last interest. I may be interested in setting this guy up as a home theater PC. To record live TV from an HD homerun or the like.

So that's my needs. On my current laptop I regularly run over 80% of my 8gb of memory and then things start to bog down. So thats why I was looking at beefy video cards. My laptop has an i7 processor now but from what I've read I doubt I need i7 in a desktop. But there aren't too many good looking machines with a lot of memory and blue ray drives etc that come with anything less than i7.

Let me know if you have any more questions.
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I'd recommend that you start with a Dell XPS [dell.com] or an Optiplex 9020 [dell.com] from the outlet. The optiplex is built better & has a longer warranty, but you'll pay a little more.

Anyway, use that as your base machine and then add on as you need. For what you're doing you're right - you won't notice a huge difference between an i5 and an i7 if you're getting a 4th gen iCore. Look at both and pick one that's within your budget, but ignore RAM, HDD and video.

Then, add your own SSD as the primary disk (keep the included one for storage), add additional RAM only if necessary, throw in a blu-ray and upgrade the video card if you need to - GTX 650ti [newegg.com] would be a good choice.

Keep an eye on https://twitter.com/delloutlet for coupon codes, and also the monitor outlet [dell.com]
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Quote from Jeffbx View Post :
I'd recommend that you start with a Dell XPS [dell.com] or an Optiplex 9020 [dell.com] from the outlet. The optiplex is built better & has a longer warranty, but you'll pay a little more.

Anyway, use that as your base machine and then add on as you need. For what you're doing you're right - you won't notice a huge difference between an i5 and an i7 if you're getting a 4th gen iCore. Look at both and pick one that's within your budget, but ignore RAM, HDD and video.

Then, add your own SSD as the primary disk (keep the included one for storage), add additional RAM only if necessary, throw in a blu-ray and upgrade the video card if you need to - GTX 650ti [newegg.com] would be a good choice.

Keep an eye on https://twitter.com/delloutlet for coupon codes, and also the monitor outlet [dell.com]
Okay so something like this?

http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnli...d=a065e18f

How easy is it to add on to these systems? I've seen conflicting reports through out the threads about these. difficult to upgrade the PSU etc... And I imagine I can call Dell to get info about what ports are still available so I can find compatible components?

One last question are there any dell gift card deals still going on that you are aware of?

Thanks so much for all the help.
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Can't see that link, but it's really easy to upgrade / change these machines around - I do it all the time. So far I've replaced / upgraded just about every component in my XPS except the MB and PSU. However, PSUs in Dells are underrated, so you can pretty safely exceed what the spec says.

I'm not aware of any dell gift card deals, but then again I haven't been looking for any either, so don't take my word for it ;-)
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okay sounds good. I'll start keeping my eyes pealed on their website and see what happens.
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