CES '09: HP Firebird's a Small Big Puncher

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Pei-chen

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Wow, these systems are wrong on so many levels; integrated GPUs instead of a wider case to allow regular expansion card.

BTW, shouldn't the VoodooDNA 803 be equipped with a Q9550 and not Q9400. Q9400 only comes with 6MB L2.
 
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Wait, shouldnt the processor on the second one be a Q9550, not the Q9400?
 

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[citation][nom]tipoo[/nom]Looks amazing, but only a moron would buy a high end gaming desktop for this much with MOBILE GPU's.[/citation]
And sadly that is why itll sell, there ar enough moronic people in the world to base their purchase on looks.
 

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I would expect more and better hard drives at this price 1TB are around 100 now. Why not use i7? Its cheaper then the Q9550 but then again you would have to pay the price for DDR3 but a good 3gb kit around $90 and a 6gb kit for 160.

Ehhh, for $2000 I could build a pretty nice i7 core system easy.


Newegg quick system.

LITE-ON Black 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM $109.99
LG DVD Burner GH22LS30 $25.99
case COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black $79.99
HD 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $239.98 ($119.99 each)
GPU 1x EVGA 017-P3-1292-AR GeForce GTX 295 $509.99
PSU ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ1100 1100W $299.99
memory G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 $144.99
MOBO BIOSTAR TpowerX58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 $269.99
CPU Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz $294.99

total cost $1,975.90

This should easily beat the other systems. May not have the fancy case or water cooling but its better then whats there. Sure you don't have to spend the time building and risking bad parts but isn't that the fun part?

 

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I really think that many of the "Enthusiasts" are missing the point of this thing.

Yes, for the do it yourselfers the computer is overpriced.

This is not targeted for you though. It's targeted for those who don't feel like building their own computer from scratch.

1.) it uses significantly less energy then the computer you can piecemeal together.
2.) it is atractive and can fit in nice in a livingroom environment.
3.) it is nearly silent, much less silent then your piecemeal pc and gaming consoles.
4.) you don't build it yourself.

There is no need to hate on the thing just because it does not make sense to you. Quite honestly, it's a nice comp. Nothing special, just nice.
 

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Hi Pei-chen,

VoodooDan from HP here. Right now we launched two configurations in two very specific price brackets. Depending on the demand we can scale down or up, and we’re currently gauging it. Firebird is brand new, the platform is really creating a new category that we believe is the future of high performance computing. Clean, green, quiet, efficient, small, and very fast.
 
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