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Thanks to the awesome 30% off $999 or more coupon that HP is offering, I purchased both a new desktop and a new laptop today. I had been planning to buy them next year, but if I’m getting a good deal, I may as well buy it now, quite possibly getting a more powerful setup than I would have been able to get if I had waited until next year. As I can tell by searching this blog, I purchased my current desktop on September 12, 2004 and my current laptop on November 30, 2004. When you’re on a computer as much as I am, it’s a good idea to keep everything around you fairly recent, just because I basically live on my computers. Anyway, here’s what I picked up. Desktop first:

HP Pavilion Ultimate d4996t customizable Desktop PC
Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Quad processor Q6700 (2.66GHz)
4GB DDR2-800MHz dual channel SDRAM (4×1024)
640MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS, 2 DVI, TV-Out
500GB RAID 1 (2 x 500GB SATA HDDs)
LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
16x max. DVD-ROM
15-in-1 memory card reader, 3 USB, 1394, video
ATSC-NTSC TV tuner with PVR, FM tuner, remote
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Norton Internet Security(TM) 2007 – 15 Months
Microsoft(R) Office Professional Edition 2007
Logitech X-530 speakers (5.1)
HP keyboard and HP scroller mouse

And for the notebook:

HP Pavilion dv9500t customizable Notebook PC
Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor T7700 (2.40 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
17.0″ WXGA+ High-Definition Ultra HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1440 x 900)
4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
HP Imprint Finish (Radiance) + Fingerprint Reader + Webcam + Microphone
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection and Bluetooth(TM)
500GB 5400RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (250GB x 2)
LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
HP ExpressCard Digital/Analog TV Tuner
Extra High Capacity 8 Cell Lithium Ion Batteries
Microsoft(R) Office Professional 2007

Once I get moved over from my current system, this should be awesome. Thanks to Jared, Brandon and Bryan for their advice.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.

6 Comments

Keith

about 12 years ago

Very nice Patrick. Both systems sound really good :)

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Patrick

about 12 years ago

Thanks Keith.

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James Dasher

about 12 years ago

Congrats Patrick, Funny part of it was I had almost the identical setup (for the laptop) in my shopping cart at HP was going to purchase within the week. Didn't know about the 30% coupon so THANKS for that, saved me $750! I think the only differences is that I upped my screen to the larger resolution version, skipped the TV tuner, and picked up the port replicator that they had on sale. Take care, and congrats again on the new setups! James

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Patrick

about 12 years ago

Hey James, Thanks. And cool, that's awesome! So glad that I could point that out to you. It really is a great coupon and that's a huge chunk of money. The coupon saved me $995.40 on the desktop and $944.10 on the laptop. So, some serious money. I also picked up a leather case for the laptop and a UPS for the desktop. The larger screen resolution is actually $75 cheaper. I ended up going with the more expensive one just because it's supposed to offer a better screen quality and (really) because of the coupon, which made me want to max out everything, which is basically what I ended up doing. Congrats on your new system, as well! Patrick

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James Dasher

about 12 years ago

Hey Patrick, Yep, I know it's less...this is also a replacement for a defective dv9000 that I had to return...had the 1440X900 resolution, found myself wishing for more. With the large screen on these laptops it started to feel small. Especially with working on things like Photoshop, etc. Have fun with your new tools! :-)

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Patrick

about 12 years ago

Hmm. Well, I guess you've given me something to keep me up at night. Thanks! ;) j/k.

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