I am shopping for a Media Center type desktop and came across this special buy in last Sunday's paper.
Best Buy Exclusive: HP Pavilion 3400+ Desktop with 17-Inch Flat-Screen CRT Monitor & Inkjet Printer for $569.97 AR ($320 in mail-in rebates).
It uses the AMD Athlon™ 64 processor 3400+ and has 512MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM, 200GB Serial ATA hard drive and ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 graphics. It does have a DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support and a 16x DVD-ROM drive.
The 17" flat screen monitor is CRT, not LCD. The processor is not a Pentium and the tower bears a model number(1129n) which I can't find anywhere else on the web - perhaps it was made just for Best Buy.
I plan to use the system for burning music CDs and DVDs, home office work (office 2003) and my 4th grader son wil use it for schoolwork, music, DVDs and PC games.
Is this a good deal?
Are there better deals in August (back to school sales)?
Are there any issues with the Athlon processor?
And finally, is the Pavillion a good brand?
Or should I look at a Dell 4700 or 5100?
Will appreciate getting some experience based feedback from all the enlightened ones on the board.