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HP Pavilion p7 desktop PC review: long live the tower PC

As far as most enthusiasts are concerned, when it comes to desktop tower PCs, the only proper solution they are willing to go with is to custom-build one with off-the-shelf parts to suit their individual needs. However, it seems that the huge interest in such Do-it-yourself (DIY) PCs have not adversely affected the overall demand for OEM-assembled PCs, most of which are typically designed to be sold to non hardware-savvy users. And currently in our labs is HP's Pavilion p7 desktop tower PC, which we shall put under the knife to see if it truly the versatile machine that is capable of getting the job done for the average user.

For most enthusiasts, the only desktop tower PC which they are willing to accept into their lives is one that has been specially built and assembled from ground up with nothing but off-the-shelf components to fit their individual needs. However, for the vast majority of typical PC users out there, such a course of action, while appealing in its own right, is usually impractical in many ways as well, and this is especially so for those who have no idea about PC hardware, and whose only perception of a PC is one that allows a user to do thiings such as Microsoft Office and play some recent games on it.

That being said, it seems that the huge DIY scene has not adversely affected the overall demand for OEM-assembled desktop PCs, especially if one takes into consideration the fact that such machines are usually targeted at non hardware-savvy PC users who just want a versatile machine to facilitate their daily work and entertainment needs. And in this review, we take a look at HP's new Pavilion p7 desktop PC to find out just how well it fares in that regard.

HP Pavilion p7 tower desktop PC specifications
 Processor  Intel Core i3-2120 clocked at 3.3GHz, 3MB L3 cache
 Chipset  Intel H67 Chipset
 Graphics Card  1GB AMD Radeon HD 6570
 Operating System  Windows 7 Premium (x64 version)
 Memory  4GB DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 2GB DIMM)
 Hard Disk capacity  SATA2 500GB Hitachi Deskstar
 Wireless Connectivity  Not bundled with review unit, HP-branded WiFi card on retail unit
 PSU Rating  300W max

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