So what if you didn’t want to pay for a brand new desktop? What if, instead, I told you there are items that offer better bang for the buck. Those are the refurbished items, which also the HP Pavilion 500-277c desktop is. Most likely showing no wear and tear, these refurbs can save you a handful of dollars. So let’s see how great value this HP offers!
There should be no lack of power in HP Pavilion 500-277c. It features a high end Intel Core i7-4770 processor, operating on four cores and and 3.4GHz base speed. There’s also turbo that will up the clock speed to whopping 3.9GHz. Despite being a 2013 release, in CPU Passmark this processor almost reaches 10000 points, making it one of the fastest common models still available. If you’re wondering about the ranking, just know that average Core i3s get at grade of three of four thousand points. Chances are that every software (Photoshop, programming, video editors etc.) you throw at it will be greeted with a smooth and lag-free environment.
Eight gigabytes memory is often installed in these power desktops. Well, the HP takes it a step further: it contains 12GB DDR3 RAM. The current memory takes up both slots with the system supporting up to 16GB unbuffered RAM. Upgrading from 12GB to sixteen gigabytes would probably make no sense, the performance increase would be very minimal.
Only huge storage can be expected from this kind of a powerful computer. Indeed, a terabyte hard drive is offered. Using the desktop as your home or office file storage would work, since 1024GB equals around 200 DVD movies or JPEG photos in low hundreds of thousands. Also, you’ll get a little benefit from the 7200RPM speed as compared to basic 5400RPM drives. But if you’re planning to install a solid-state drive on HP Pavilion 500-277c you should remove the hard or optical drive first. Otherwise there’s no space for SSD.
Can I play games on it?
Gaming is very taxing for a computer, although the Core i7 processor coupled with Intel HD 4600 allows to run a variety of titles with decent FPS. To give you an example, Battlefield 3/4 and GTA 4 would end up with around 30 frames per second – although just on low details. Any games that require less, meaning most older titles like Minecraft and Team Fortress 2 will have no problems on the built-in graphics card.
So yes, you can play old and new games with alright FPS on low details, but for optimal gaming experience you’d have to find money for a dedicated graphics card.
HP Pavilion 500-277c contains eight USB ports in total. The front has two USB 2.0s, the back panel sports four USB 2.0s and two USB 3.0s. A dual monitor configuration is possible thanks to DVI-D and VGA outputs. Direct HDMI is however not available.
A single-band WiFi card and Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 adapter take care of your networking needs. The computer has no Bluetooth, but you can overcome this by using an USB adapter.
The desktop has a DVD burner and a 7-in-1 media card reader for installing programs and transferring files.
What else to consider?
There’s wireless keyboard and optical mouse shipped with HP Pavilion 500-277c. Being a cheap model, monitor is not. If you decide to buy one, keep in mind the operating system is Windows 8.1 (64-bit) which some recommend to use with a touch display. If you ask me, a normal screen goes fine, too.
The desktop doesn’t leave a huge footprint. Case dimensions are 14.5 x 6.9 x 15.4 inches (HxWxL). Of course, this also means little space for expansions. For example, both 5.25″ and 3.5″ drive bays are already taken. Of PCI-E slots, three x1 and one x16 are free. You are able to fit a slim graphics card in, although you’ll probably run into insufficient 300W PSU then. The power supply is however upgradeable, too.
Summing it up
HP Pavilion 500-277c looks like something you should think about. For a very reasonable amount of money, you’ll get extremely fast Core i7 processor, 12GB RAM and a huge storage drive. No matter what program – be it in home, office or school – you run on it, the desktop won’t lag. Games will also run, although remember to keep eye candy at bay due to poor(ish) integrated graphics.
Bad things are mostly about expandability. See, there are just two memory slots on the mainboard – desktops usually have four. The case and PSU don’t suit for all types of dedicated gaming cards. Also, the faster USB 3.0 ports are entirely located in the back. These are, of course, mostly power user problems – if you’re not looking forward to upgrading your rig, you can disregard most of them. Because the desktop offers excellent price/performance ratio, and I’d be foolish not to recommend it for everybody looking for value and power in one unit.