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Voodoo PC will hang on as a brand name only

Nearly two years ago in September 2006, HP announced that it purchased gaming PC maker Voodoo for an undisclosed amount of money. Originally, Voodoo remained a separate entity from HP and continued to focus on creating gaming machines for high-end gaming customers.

Today HP announced that it is folding the Voodoo brand into its HP line. HP says that it will maintain Voodoo as a brand name. That statement frightens some Voodoo enthusiasts who fear that the Voodoo name will be just that -- a name slapped onto anything HP wants to market for more money to the gaming crowd.

PC World quotes HP spokeswoman Ann Finnie saying, “It is just the next step of integration into the business units that deliver Compaq Presario and [HP] Pavilion.” The good part about the folding of Voodoo completely into HP is that the gaming systems would be easier to get at retail locations and with the significantly larger staff of HP systems would be faster to build and deliver.

Voodoo’s Rahul Sood said in a blog post, “Ultimately it means that Voodoo and Voodoo-influenced products will be easier to buy, faster to get, they will feature local service, and they will have the full power of HP’s marketing and sales channel behind them. The bottom line is we have ignited the brand and sparked big excitement; so we are now integrating our organizations to fuel our growth.”

Finnie told PC World, “Don't expect customers to see a difference.” Existing customer support and service won’t change either. How this move will affect pricing of Voodoo computers remains to be seen.

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By jRaskell on 7/24/2008 12:52:48 PM , Rating: 5
Real PC enthusiasts build their own systems. Those who buy these overpriced systems are just wannabe's.

And where it concerns HP and Voodoo, I hold little doubt this is a negative move overall for the Voodoo PCs.

RE: Enthusiast?
By Misty Dingos on 7/24/2008 1:04:33 PM , Rating: 3

Sing it Brother!

You want to walk in the land of salvation and PC Uber Power you get to heaven yourself. The gates of heaven are shut to those that try to buy their way into PC Nirvana.

The FSM said so!

RE: Enthusiast?
By elessar1 on 7/24/2008 2:34:44 PM , Rating: 2
All Praise the FSM!!!

Now....i remember my first "game rig", a K6-II 450Mhz with 256KB external cache, 128 MB Ram, 10Gb HD and a "Brand New" Nvidia Riva TNT2 with 32MB!!!!

Glory days....

RE: Enthusiast?
By xphile on 7/24/2008 6:48:10 PM , Rating: 5
I remember my first gaming rig too - my Apple IIe in 1985 with TWO 5 1/4 inch drives and an extended 80-column card - twice the standard RAM (128k) and Double Hi-Res (a whopping 560×192 pixels).

When you can remember back to how things were then - and how every man and his dog looked at you like you were a total freak if you had a computer - THOSE were the glory days my friend.

RE: Enthusiast?
By helios220 on 7/25/2008 12:56:51 PM , Rating: 3
I remember my first gaming rig too - my Apple IIe in 1985 with TWO 5 1/4 inch drives and an extended 80-column card - twice the standard RAM (128k) and Double Hi-Res (a whopping 560×192 pixels).

Wow you must have made it to Oregon twice as fast with all that power.

RE: Enthusiast?
By christojojo on 7/25/2008 1:08:53 PM , Rating: 2
Trs-80 with a color monitor aka TV. No Tape drive for the first 10 months of ownership. Remembering the "aw mom please don't turn it off I just got done typing it in. Come on mom , please! please?" Arrg. Those were fun days (lol).

RE: Enthusiast?
By HrilL on 7/24/2008 6:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
WOW I had that exact system back in the 90s. Boy those were the days haha

RE: Enthusiast?
By johnsonx on 7/25/2008 11:54:59 AM , Rating: 2
As did I. Mine was a K6-III 400, OC'd to 450, with a TNT2-Ultra.

My first gaming 'rig' though was an Atari 800 with a 48k ram, a 90k floppy drive and 2 ROM cartridge slots. Oh, those were the days.

RE: Enthusiast?
By HrilL on 7/31/2008 12:32:17 AM , Rating: 2
I had mine clocked mine 550mhz from 450mhz and it was a k6-II. The motherboard I had was really good for overclocking as it had the FSB mhz and multiplier sittings with jumpers on it.

RE: Enthusiast?
By oab on 7/24/2008 3:29:13 PM , Rating: 2
Real PC enthusiasts built their own, but some gamers (not pc enthusiasts) just bought one, and Voodoo pcs were some of the most gorgeous to look at.

Having said that, most pc gamers are pc enthusiasts, but voodoo had stunningly beautiful systems. That and they hired a fung shui expert to design the wiring in the cases....

Excessive? Yes. Pretty? Certainly.

Voodoo was for someoene who wanted an ultra-performance PC, that looked better than Falcon (who looked better than Alienware, who looked better than Velocity Micro/HyperSonic) overclocked, and had more money than they know what to do with.

RE: Enthusiast?
By DarkElfa on 7/24/2008 5:07:41 PM , Rating: 5
Bah, I've built 34 systems in my life, 7 for myself and I can honestly say that if I had the cash, I'd buy it from one of those high end places just so I didn't have to do the damn work.

RE: Enthusiast?
By christojojo on 7/25/2008 1:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
Is a car enthusiast someone who buys expensive cars or rebuilds them?

Every, Enthusiast has different abilities and styles as long as we all keep the hobby alive its alright with me.

RE: Enthusiast?
By spluurfg on 7/26/2008 5:52:07 PM , Rating: 2
Bah, I've built 34 systems in my life, 7 for myself and I can honestly say that if I had the cash, I'd buy it from one of those high end places just so I didn't have to do the damn work.

Agreed... But then I can't help but wonder whether I'd have to do the work anyway if something broke, knowing what after-sales service is probably like.

RE: Enthusiast?
By BZDTemp on 7/24/2008 5:55:34 PM , Rating: 2
Well then I used to be a real enthusiast and now I'm a wannabe - or could it be I'm just an enthusiast being more focused on gaming than building (and enough money to not mind paying some extra).

I think you need to accept some people may have different priorities and options than you have without it means you are superior in any way.

RE: Enthusiast?
By drunkenmastermind on 7/24/2008 7:37:12 PM , Rating: 3
I just want the Carbon Fiber to chew on.

RE: Enthusiast?
By just4U on 7/25/2008 5:58:51 AM , Rating: 2
I live in Calgary .. Only a few miles away from where Voodoo called home. Their Quote Kitchen was a drool utility for configuring a top end system that even enthusiast's in my country would have had a hard time getting the parts for.

It always ticked me off because I couldn't just walk in there, buy the parts, and walk out.

By fibreoptik on 7/24/2008 12:33:49 PM , Rating: 1

down the toilet goes Voodoo :(

RE: ...
By christojojo on 7/25/2008 1:15:14 PM , Rating: 2
So you are saying the headline should have read "Voodoo joins DooDOO" ???

RE: ...
By fibreoptik on 7/28/2008 11:37:37 AM , Rating: 2
Precisely! :)

RE: ...
By BruceLeet on 7/26/2008 4:32:21 PM , Rating: 2

The prices go down the drain, it's not as if you own a voodoo anyway :)))

real gamers
By obiwankenobi on 7/25/2008 12:55:47 PM , Rating: 2
the guy below is absolutely right, real gamers build their own rig and the rest are just wannabes. i never had a single computer that i never built as all this branded computer are ridiculously overpriced for the same specs i personally built and also you will come across all these propriety things in the branded ones which is very annoying.

RE: real gamers
By Chocobollz on 7/27/2008 3:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
LOL Obi-wan, didn't you already died? ;-D Anyway, why would you call someone above you, as "the guy below"? :-D Well, you should've call him by his name and not his position in this topic, because our comment could be placed and moved anywhere here :-)

Anyway, cheers!

RE: real gamers
By jonmcc33 on 7/27/2008 4:07:37 PM , Rating: 2
I don't agree with you at all here. I build my own stuff but that doesn't mean a "real gamer" doesn't buy a Dell, HP, etc. Dell uses premium Intel chipsets and processors anyway. Why would their stuff be any less in performance with the exception of inability to overclock?

The way I see it...
By Dasickninja on 7/24/2008 12:37:12 PM , Rating: 2
Voodoo's quality will drop or HP's reliability will increase. They'll still be ridiculously expensive though.

By ThatNewGuy on 7/24/2008 12:58:24 PM , Rating: 1

I speak for everyone
By pauldovi on 7/24/08, Rating: -1
RE: I speak for everyone
By FITCamaro on 7/24/2008 12:24:33 PM , Rating: 4
Not really. Voodoo PCs, while pretty, were outrageously overpriced. Almost more so than Alienware.

RE: I speak for everyone
By HOOfan 1 on 7/24/2008 12:44:26 PM , Rating: 2
Alienware was cheap compared to Falcon Northwest
and Falcon Northwests were chump change compared to Voodoo. Seriously did Voodoo even sell desktop systems for under $5K?

RE: I speak for everyone
By JoshuaBuss on 7/24/2008 1:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
exactly. Alienware really hasn't been an expensive brand since they got merged with Dell. Following what happened there, voodoo's prices are sure to drop after this merge completes. Then only hypersonic and falcon northwest will be left charging way too much for a PC.

Secretly however, I do love voodoo's work on both their laptops and desktops.. it's just a shame they charge so much.

RE: I speak for everyone
By just4U on 7/25/2008 6:02:42 AM , Rating: 1
I don't know about recently but 5-6 years back you could get a computer thru them for as low as $1500.

RE: I speak for everyone
By inperfectdarkness on 7/24/2008 1:03:19 PM , Rating: 2
i haven't been interested in anything called "voodoo" since the voodoo 5-6000 quad core.

RE: I speak for everyone
By Alpha4 on 7/24/2008 5:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
Haha. That thing was a beast. The damn thing required its own power supply but could churn out more frames in Quake III then even Fatal1ty knew what to do with!

RE: I speak for everyone
By Alpha4 on 7/24/2008 5:22:33 PM , Rating: 2

RE: I speak for everyone
By pauldovi on 7/24/2008 1:16:47 PM , Rating: 2
Sarcasm detector wasn't working?

RE: I speak for everyone
By mmntech on 7/24/2008 1:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's the understatement of the year. Weren't they selling a $20,000 gaming PC with a gold plated case at one point? You'd have to have a really small e-penis to buy that thing. lol

You really are an idiot if you spend more than $2000 for a gaming desktop.

RE: I speak for everyone
By FITCamaro on 7/24/08, Rating: -1
RE: I speak for everyone
By phaxmohdem on 7/24/2008 12:24:55 PM , Rating: 5
Having never had the desire or resources to purchase an overpriced "enthusiast" PC, I speak for myself when I say.. "Meh".

RE: I speak for everyone
By retepallen on 7/24/2008 12:27:09 PM , Rating: 2
It was inevitable. The writing has been on the wall for a long while.

RE: I speak for everyone
By fibreoptik on 7/25/2008 12:54:24 PM , Rating: 1
You speak for everyone?

God, is that you? :p


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