I wanted to check with those of you are using HP/Compaq boxes and how you rate them on performance, reliability and support. I am in the market for a new system $1500 range and typically have about 200 features per component, some surfacing and 500 comps in assys. A few models that I am looking at are the Presario SR1730Z - Ath 64 3800, HP DX5150 - Ath 64 3800 X2, XW6200 - Xenon 3.0. I would add a nVidia FX550 video card to any of these systems. Another alternative would be a "white-box" system from a box builder with an Ath 64 3800 X2.
yes it was a real good sysem for the price. i got it for that price as a demo unit 4-5 months ago. i had to reinstall all software and i had one item that failed to install correctly. it was a pretty show that could not find a file it needed and it was in a loop until i un-installed it. all worked fine after that. as for the OS, i have had no problem with it. i have not networked this computer yet. my daughter has installed many games on it and i only did SolidWorks. i am impressed that there have been no problems interacting with what games install and SWx. been a great system for home. this may change as i network the system. MRW
The reliability of HP systems is usually great as is the support...
You should be aware that HPs "Pavilion" and "Compaq Presario" lines are cheap home user systems that are neither build or serviced by HP itself but by some 3rd party vendor (i.e. in Germany it's Medion). Neither quality nor support is even close to that or "real" HP computers.
The dx and xw series are "real" HPs. But the dx series are basically office PCs with limited expandability, and the dx5150 also uses the slow ATI Xpress 200 chipset which has a horrible USB performance.
If I were You I'd check the HP RENEW program. HP RENEW means systems which have been used as demo systems on fairs etc and which are returned to factory, have been cleaned, parts showing wear have been replaced, were upgraded and repackaged. These systems look like new, smell like new, and also come with a fresh warranty of the same length like new units, but the price is up to 40% lower.
The $1500 budget could bring you already a nice HP xw6200 with decent gfx and RAM. Maybe you can also find a good deal for a RENEW xw8200 (Dual XEON) or xw9300 (Dual Opteron). These systems are rock-solid and come with 3yr onsite warranty.