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Rate my new PC

This is where you can ask questions and get and give help about hardware related issues. This Forum will be moderated by Taw with help from some other experts. So feel free to ask any questions you may have about computers.

Post Tue Dec 20, 2005 7:33 pm

Rate my new PC

Okay, if there's anything I left out that you want to know when you rate it, let me know and I'll look it up.

Here it is:

HP Pavilion a1219h
3.06 Pentium IV processor
126 MB graphics card
1.026 gig of RAM
3 USB 2.0 ports on front, 3 USB 2.0 on back
A Fireware port (Not sure what it does)
Smartmedia/xD reader
MMC/SD reader
CompactFlash 1/11 (Not sure what those three are for)
Memory Stick/ PRO reader
LightScribe DVD Writer/CD Wrider/ CD ROM drive
DVD ROM drive (Hello illegal copies)
(Don't let this affect the score unless it's in a good way) but it's so beautiful, and it has this neon-blue Ring of Light, like you would find on an Xbox 360.
Yeah, and it only weighs 11 pounds. (Sorry, not sure what other countries use for weight measurement)

So, now that that's all out of the way, please rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.

Late last night and the night before
Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door
I want to go out, but don't know if I can
'Cause I'm so afraid, of the Tommyknocker Man

Post Tue Dec 20, 2005 8:08 pm

What kind of graphics card is it? Brand? Type? Model? Also, what kind of RAM does the computer have? DDR? DRR2? Speed? Brand? We need more information in order to make an effective analysis.

Post Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:49 am

Firewire is a high-speed 400Mbit or 800Mbit (Firewire 2) data transfer technology utilised in the main by audio-visual equipment, it's rather more suitable for serious AV multimedia work than USB. Professional video people use it all thetime, and it's less prone to data cross-talk than USB, which is a jack-of-all-trades (and half the speed of current Firewire)

you bought a HP? the spec is fair enough, but you ought to be aware by now that ready-builds don't get much *cred* unless they're bespoke and really high-spec. Still, what you've got is no slouch.

Mrs Taw got me a Lightscribe before Christmas but I don't really go for flashy lights and stuff, I like plain and simple, so I sold it on eBuy. I much prefer my Pioneer 110.

Post Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:12 am

Is that the 3.06 B-step? (One of the last 533 MHz FSB CPUs before Intel switched to 800)

Post Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:07 pm

Give the man a cigar. 533mHz bus it is

I am a little bit um "confused" by the expansion slot count and type shown in the product specs. They seem only to be PCI slots. The video is integrated graphics with 128mb ram.

Edited by - Indy11 on 1/25/2006 8:11:50 PM

Post Thu Jan 26, 2006 2:14 am

why are you confused? the board has 3 PCI slots, no AGP, and one of the PCI slots is reserved (presumably for the modem unless it's a CNR modem riser which I don't think it is in this model, but I wouldn't swear to it.

isn't HP documentation onerous? endless manuals most of which don't have the information you want. Having said that, last month I had to contact up their online technical service <shudder> to resolve a weirdness with a driver suite and a hardware revision and the guy I was online with really knew his stuff, well he seemed to. He answered my question in under a minute but did have to spend 10 minutes going through all the quality stuff and disclaimers.

Edited by - Tawakalna on 1/26/2006 2:27:56 AM

Post Thu Jan 26, 2006 5:54 am

By saying "confused" I meant to be nice. It is a September 2005 build so one would expect PCI-Express or at least an AGP bus slot for upgradeable video. With a 128mb GPU integrated into a proprietary build ASUS mobo, however, your video upgrade options are locked out.

Post Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:09 am

just to throw in my own 2 cents, Intel has bitten the big one - their focus on office performance has lost them important market share against rivals like AMD that focus on proven technology that doesn't use new "standards" but focuses on maximizing speed and reducing bottlenecks.BTW i manage a virtual stock portfolio at and i bought 15000 shares of AMD when i heard on the news that Intel released a poor earnings report,go AMD!

you have a decent computer,better than my own p4 1.5ghz rimmram-using POS "garibaldi" GB850 motherboard,but integrated video is always inferior to a good card.
i give it an 8, because of the onboard video card and intel chipsets

Post Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:21 pm


I actually am running a Freelancer game server on a P4 1.7 GHz Socket 423 dead-end CPU. It has 768 megs of RDRAM, and it's actually not half bad. I think the CPU suffers some slowdowns though (the thermal control was set improperly because Intel didn't factor in how much heat the CPU could actually produce), because it bogs a bit when playing on the server. Oh well, it's not a bad job all round, and it's well-behaved with XP Pro.

Post Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:41 am

nowhere at the moment Intel. Although i happily use a 3.4 Northwood, cos it was the last decent processor they came out with, I won't touch the LGA775 stuff with someone else's. My next build will be AMD64 or an X2 with 7800GTX if Mrs Taw hasn't spent the money on decorating (she's gonna spend the money on decorating) but Borromir manages very well with everything that gets thrown at him.

Post Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:41 pm

Huh, it's not the B-step, (that's socket 478, and works with the i845 run of chipsets, so you can see how old that CPU actually is) but it's still a rather basic processor considering that Athlon64s are just smoking the P4s these days.

Post Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:09 am

Next year, 2007 or maybe even end of 2006 ... look for

Noise coming out of Intel, about their 65nm process chips, the Yonahs and Meroms using indium antimonide which makes for smoking fast and yet very cool energy efficient transistors. Probably requiring, as usual, all new chipsets.

AMD also is said to be in the process of finishing its 65nm fab plant somewhere in Germany.

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