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HP Pavilion Elite M9500F Desktop PC (2.4 GHz AMD Phenom X4 9750 Quad-Core Processor, 8 GB RAM, 750 GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium)
List Price: $1073.00

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Product Description

The HP Pavilion Elite delivers an amazing high-end home entertainment experience, DX10 3D Mainstream gaming, and power for the most demanding PC tasks. This premium PC's enhanced features and technology puts everything you need where you want it. The AMD Phenom X4 processor enable true multi-core solution for a new dimension in performance that deliver an exquisitely powerful intensely visual and striking efficient computing experience. If you want to do it all?get the HP Pavilion Elite m9000f Desktop PC and you'll have the latest, high-performance computing experience. NVIDIA GeForce 9500GS with 512MB Dedicated Graphics Memory DVD+-R/RW DL SATA Drive with LightScribe High Definition Audio, 8 speaker configurable Built-in 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet LAN 15-in-1 card reader Front ports - 2 x USB, IEEE 1394, Headphone, Microphone Back ports - 4 x USB, IEEE 1394, 2 x PS2 ports (keyboard, mouse), Rear Speaker out, Side speaker out, Center, Microphone/Line-in/Line-out, RJ-45 (LAN), DVI-I, HDMI out Expansion slots - 3 x PCI Express x1 (two available), PCI Express x16 (occupied) Drive bays - 2 x 5.25 (one available), 2 x 3.5 (one available) Monitor is not included

Delivering an amazing high-end home entertainment experience, DirectX 10 gaming, and power for the most demanding PC tasks, the HP Pavilion m9500f Elite desktop PC is powered by the 2.4 GHz quad-core AMD Phenom X4 9750. With four cores in a single processor, the AMD Phenom X4 and the 8 GB of RAM (with 16 GB maximum capacity) deliver excellent multitasking and multimedia performance, and it's a perfect match for the pre-installed 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium. You can also go wireless and clutter-free with wireless keyboard, mouse, and remote control, and it includes the next step in Wi-Fi networking with a Draft-N wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n).

The sleek, black m9500f multimedia powerhouse (see larger version; monitor not included).
A recessed landing pad on top of the chassis offers a convenient place for connecting USB and FireWire devices. One touch of the HP Easy Backup button lets you back up your files instantly, helping to protect irreplaceable photos and files. And the SuperMulti DVD burner with LightScribe technology lets you etch custom, silkscreen-quality labels and artwork directly onto LightScribe-enabled CDs and DVDs.

This Pavilion Elite offers a built-in drive bay to fit an optional HP Pocket Media Drive, for up to 160 GB of additional storage that you can carry away with you when you go (media drive not included). Other features include a 750 GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 9500 GS graphics with up to 2558 MB of total available graphics memory, HDMI and DVI video outputs, 15-in-1 memory card reader, up to 8 channels of surround sound output, and Gigabit Ethernet wired networking. It comes with a wired keyboard and mouse.

The pre-installed 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (Service Pack 1) includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center. In addition to easily playing your DVD movies and managing your digital audio library, you'll be able to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV). Vista also integrates new search tools throughout the operating system, includes new parental control features, and offers new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures.
Spec Check
  • 2.4 GHz AMD Phenom X4 9750 processor
  • 750 GB hard drive
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB maximum)
  • Dual-layer LightScribe DVDí└R drive
  • Quad-mode Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Nvidia GeForce 9500 GS graphics (up to 2558 MB total)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit, SP1)

The Basics

  • Processor: This desktop is powered by AMD's 2.4 GHz Phenom X4 9750 quad-core processor was designed for megatasking--running multiple, multi-threaded applications such as processor-intensive visual design and modeling and serious 3D games as well all your digital multimedia. With an integrated memory controller and shared L3 cache, AMD Phenom X4 9000 Series processors have low-latency access to main memory for amazingly rapid system response and phenomenal system performance. The 9750 has 2 MB of L2 cache in addition to 2 MB of L3 cache and a 2000MT/s system bus.

    All AMD Phenom X4 9000 series processors feature AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture to blast through performance bottlenecks and provide direct access to DDR2 memory. AMD's HyperTransport 3.0 technology now provides support for full 1080p high-definition video. And with the next generation Cool'n'Quiet 2.0 technology reducing heat and noise, the AMD Phenom X4 9000 Series quad-core processor delivers seamless multitasking and optimum energy efficiency.

  • Hard Drive: The ginormous 750 GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 RPM) provides more than enough capacity for storing a large audio and video library, as well as extra space required for video editing. This SATA hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0.

    This desktop also includes a drive bay that fits an optional HP Pocket Media Drive, which enables you to add up to 160 GB of additional storage. The Pocket Media Drive also works with any USB-enabled PC, for easy transferring of multimedia files from other computers in your home.

  • Memory: The 8 GB of installed RAM (PC6400) helps boost the amount of available video RAM that's shared with this notebook's video card. It also offers a fast 800 MHz speed. This desktop has an amazing 16 GB maximum RAM capacity (4 x 4 GB) when used with a 64-bit operating system (4 GB when used with a 32-bit OS). To receive the faster data transfer benefits of the dual-channel DDR2 RAM, any RAM additions require memory modules of same capacity and clockspeed.

  • DVD/CD Drive: This multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with writing both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer (DL) DVD+/-R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features 12x DVDí└R DL Write Once, 16x DVDí└R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 12x DVD-RAM, 40x CD-R, 32x CD-RW write speeds and 40x CD-ROM, and 16x DVD-ROM read speeds.

    This LightScribe DVDí└RW drive lets you laser-etch silkscreen quality text and images on to CDs and DVDs . Your software, PC and discs work together for a no-hassle way to burn just the labels you want. After you burn content, just flip the disc over, reinsert and burn your label--anything from a simple title to a full-disc work of art.

  • Keyboard & Mouse: It comes with an HP multimedia keyboard and scroller mouse (both with PS/2 connections).
Video & Audio
Video is powered by the Nvidia GeForce 9500 GS graphics/video card, which provides 512 MB of dedicated video RAM and offers up to 2558 MB of total available graphics memory as allocated by Windows Vista. Enabled by PureVideo HD, movies come to life with outstanding picture clarity, ultra-smooth video and vivid color. The lifelike images have up to six times the detail of standard DVD movies. Delivering state-of-the-art graphics performance, The GeForce 9500 GS graphics card is sure to give you the power and performance you crave to play the hottest DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 titles. Its 16x full-screen antialiasing technology delivers superior quality along with astounding performance and since it's optimized for Windows Vista.

The video card includes VGA and DVI video out as well as HDMI audio/video out options. This PC also offers an integrated audio card that can produce high definition surround sound configurable to 8 speakers.

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
This desktop can be wirelessly networked with the integrated Draft-N Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g/n). Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, it offers up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range as existing 802.11g wireless. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks. It has one PCI expansion slot (available), two PCI x1 Express slots (one available), one PCI x16 Express slot (occupied), two 5.25-inch bays (one available), three 3.5-inch bays (one available), and the following external ports:

  • 6 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players (2 in front, 4 in rear)
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals (1 in front, 1 in rear)
  • Video out: DVI, HDMI, and VGA
  • Headphone and microphone jacks
  • Audio: Digital SPDIF audio input/output, analog input/output
  • Surround sound speakers--rear, side, center (subwoofer)
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 15-in-1 media card reader on the front, compatible with CompactFlash (Type I and II), MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Pro/Duo/Pro Duo, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, XD Picture Card, RSMMC, MMC Mobile, MMC+
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 56K modem (V.90)

Operating System
The 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium (with SP1) is the operating system for users with advanced computer needs, and it includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center for watching DVD movies and accessing your digital audio library. You can also use Windows Media Center to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV) and to access new kinds of online entertainment content. Computers that include Windows Vista Home Premium and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access key data even when your computer is off. It is also easier than ever to share files between other PCs in your household and to manage your laptop computer settings to more securely connect via Wi-Fi.

Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities.

Preloaded Software

  • HP MediaSmart Software Suite: Your one-stop multimedia and entertainment center to create photo slideshows, share personal videos, listen to your favorite music playlists and watch DVD movies.
  • muvee autoProducer Basic: Automatically create professional looking home videos and burn to DVD.
  • Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe: Automatically fix and edit videos and create CDs and DVDs. Edit, burn and archive data to discs.
  • Microsoft Works 9: Includes a word processor, spreadsheet, database and calendar.
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (60-day trial version).
  • Adobe Reader 8: Read and print PDF files.
  • Norton Internet Security 2009 protects your PC and your identity when you email, bank and shop online; 60 days of protection updates included.

Dimensions & Weight
This desktop measures 16.61 x 7.0 x 15.51 inches (LxWxD) and weighs approximately 24.25 pounds.

What's in the Box
The HP Pavilion Elite m9500f desktop PC comes with a power cord, keyboard, and scroller mouse. It is backed by a one-year warranty for parts and labor from date of purchase, one-year technical phone service, and 90 days of software application support.

Note: Monitor not included.

  • Top-of-the-line multimedia desktop featuring 2.4 GHz AMD Phenom X4 9750 with four lightning fast execution cores
  • 750 GB hard drive, access to optional HP Pocket Media Drive, 8 GB RAM (16 GB max), LightScribe dual-layer DVD drive
  • Draft-N Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); Gigabit Ethernet; Nvidia GeForce 9500 GS graphics (512 MB dedicated)
  • Connectivity: 6 USB, 2 FireWire, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DVI, digital audio output, surround sound speaker output, 15-in-1 memory card reader
  • Pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 (64-bit version); includes keyboard and mouse

Customer Reviews:

  • Great box - but video card failed
    After about three days with this PC I started to hear a brutal grinding sound. Investigation revealed it was the video card fan. I called support and they (eventually) sent me out a replacement card that is working silently as it should.

    Other than that, I am really happy with this PC. I have upgraded to Vista Ultimate to get the various features not turned on with Vista Home Premium, but that's mostly for work. The quad core CPU runs without lockups of any other odd behavior and 8GB of RAM is enough for me.

    I was concerned the video card would not be able to handle gaming. But I am playing City of Heroes with graphics maxed and it runs very smoothly....more info
  • Excellent computer and a real bargain
    This computer does pretty much what I want and then some. It seems to be carefully built, and the 8GB of RAM and the quad processor are way more powerful than I need. My own quibbles are with Vista, SP-1. Due to the "horsepower" of my computer, I do not notice any lack of speed in Vista overall, although boot-up is still slow. However, there are lots of quirky warning and nagging screens, many of which you can turn off. Yes, there are some hated blue screens, most of which have a work-around with either Vista or HP drivers. In particular, I had a real problem getting an HP television tuner to run without a blue screen of death. Granted, the tuner was from my three year old HP laptop, but still this should have not been much of a problem. My other problem was getting Vista to recognize a three year old Maxtor external hard drive. Finally, I am one of the idiots that still uses Palm's OS (Centro phone) and with the 64 bit Vista you simply cannot get Palm to Hot Sync with the computer unless you use Bluetooth, and I still do not have that running right. IE Explorer 8 still has plenty of problems. Adoble Flash Player will not download with the 64 bit IE 8 editions. It will download with the 32 bit IE 8, but IE 8 will not recognize this! That is just ridiculous. I paired my computer with the HP 2159m, a 21.5 inch full HD monitor which is spectacular. Also, the HP support system present on the computer and online is very good. Finally, the HP Easy Backup is about as easy to use as Apple's Time Machine, which had been the best backup system I had seen to date. I recommend this computer, particularly for the money. The only problem you will have is with Vista, and you just have to be a little bit "techy" to get past some of the problems there. If you are not in a hurry, wait for Windows 7....more info
  • Broke twice within 3 months
    Right out of the box the motherboard was fried and had to send it in. I should have just requestsed a refund figuring maybe it was a fluke. But go figure a little after two months (after the refund window expires) the computer dies out again. Here I am having spent well over 7 overs on the phone with the great tech support and wasting about 2 weeks each time i have to send the computer to be fixed. It feels great to waste money on this monstrocity. I guess I should feel grateful that the warranty is 12 months although I didnt expect use it twice to get serviced within 3 months.
    Hands down biggest waste of money. This coming from a person who plays blackjack and bought lots of stocks in 2007/2008. I probably should have just spent the extra money on an apple and would have saved the time over the grief and anger over the poor performance of this pc. ...more info
  • Powerful desktop
    This computer is a powerhouse! Fast & quiet with loads of HDD storage space. The media drive is a bit useless unless you don't mind spending more then an external drive would cost you. Typical HP attempts to lock in their customers at higher prices w/proprietary crap. The OS is ok being Vista and it's fairly easy to remove the crapware. I added it to my network and got it configured with the router and added all my favorite open source apps in a jiffy. I have yet to find anything to really complain about. It would be nicer to have two drives for backup or a true Raid array (it has a virtual Raid backup image. The backup disc creator failed repeatedly and I am working on that. All in all though, a decent upgrade to my older single CPU machines....more info
  • My New M9500F very disappointed
    I received my order on time and was thrilled to be getting a new computer which was to be so much faster than my old one...after getting it all hooked up and loading up the printer and such...first thing I noticed it wasn't as fast as my old computer of 7 years...where you put your CD's in want close back on its own all the way...that's very annoying for sure...I had read the reviews on this product and thought some people just didn't like the HP I know they were telling it like it does run much quieter than my older computer did which to was an HP...never had any problems with it just want to advance to Vista, which takes some getting use to..seems like it's always freezing up and then start back up...was hoping with a 750 hard drive and 8gb memory I wouldn't be having these problems...I am truly disappointed.
    Susan Pettigrew...more info
  • Not Very Satsified.
    I would not recommend buying HP or Compaq computers. Each one my family has owned has had to be sent back in for service at least twice within the year of purchase.

    I own a HP Pavilion Elite. It worked great for about five months then the video card failed. Had to order a replacement from the manufacturer. They were very helpful. My brother has a high quality HP laptop. After four months the monitor failed and he had to get a replacement. My Compaq laptop kept having various problems and had to be sent in for service numerous times. And my mom's Compaq had to be replaced because the monitor began to fail.

    After my HP Pavilion Elite get's out of date, I am never purchasing another HP or Compaq computer....more info
  • Watch out for the Video Card FAN problem
    Bought one of these and got it home. The fan in the Nvidia 9500GS video card has some kind of problem and makes a heck of a racket. Google has about 100 reports of people with similar issues. HP is a good company, but I would stay away from anything with this video card....more info