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HP Firebird PC 803  (Source: Engadget)
HP's new Firebird gets leaked and looks pretty sweet

Voodoo was a long time player in the boutique gaming PC industry and when it was purchased by HP many gaming enthusiasts figured that Voodoo would be gelded. However, the gaming company continued making some interesting desktop and laptop gaming machines.

The first Voodoo and HP system to come from the purchase was called the HP Blackbird 002. It was an interesting rig with a price tag that was higher than most were willing to spend. Add the cost to the fact that you could build the rig for much less than HP and Voodoo were asking for it and the machine was scorned by many gamers and computer enthusiasts.

Engadget has posted up some details on the next Voodoo DNA infused computer to come out of HP. The machine is called the HP Firebird PC 803 and looks like a much larger version of the Eee Box to my eyes. To save space most of the internal components are turned on their side, making for a chassis that is thinner on the front than typical computers.

Crammed inside the attractive case is an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83 GHz CPU, NVIDIA nForce 760i SLI chipset, 4GB of RAM, dual NVIDIA 9800S video cards, Wi-Fi, and dual 320GB HDDs. A Blu-ray player is also integrated to make the machine a capable HTPC as well.

One interesting feature of the Firebird is that it uses an external power supply to allow for the thin form factor. That also helps reduce the heat produced inside the chassis. Perhaps the most important specification of the system is still unknown -- the price. Anything with Voodoo's name on it isn’t cheap, so don’t expect a bargain, but it should be considerably cheaper than the Blackbird 002.

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RE: Ho-Hum
By kristof007 on 12/23/2008 2:45:08 PM , Rating: 0
A quad core CPU and dual 9800 GFX cards under $1,000? Really?

RE: Ho-Hum
By afkrotch on 12/23/2008 3:00:13 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, another person who doesn't know prices. All that can easily be had for under $1000.

The problem is, the specs on the homebuilt will be better of course, since they aren't using these special made OEM items.

No 760i chipset or 9800S cards. If those aren't typos, they aren't available for your average consumer. Anyways, something I priced out, which of course you can swap to cheaper parts.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83 ghz
Asus P5N-T Deluxe 780i SLI mobo
Corsair Dominator DDR2-1066 4 GB
Antec NeoPower 650 Blue PSU
two EVGA Geforce 9800GT
two WD SE 500 gig hdds (same price as 320 gb)
Raidmax xB case

$1125.91 (at Newegg)

I went with good parts, cause I hate to skimp and go ultra cheap (cept the case, cause it's a case). Anyone system builder knows that you can easily drop the price below $1000, while putting in a copy of XP/Vista too.

RE: Ho-Hum
By GodLovesPunk on 12/23/2008 3:05:41 PM , Rating: 2
Was about to do the same thing.. Can easily build a better computer than the Voodoo for under $1000

RE: Ho-Hum
By afkrotch on 12/23/2008 3:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, forgot to add in a blu-ray drive. Guess you can always drop the mobo for something that's not $200.

RE: Ho-Hum
By Alpha4 on 12/23/2008 4:18:37 PM , Rating: 2
At the time of writing this comment, a Blu-Ray rom can be had for as low as $89.00 plus shipping:


RE: Ho-Hum
By Screwballl on 12/23/2008 9:27:13 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Ho-Hum
By eye smite on 12/23/2008 7:51:16 PM , Rating: 2
Still, for those that can't or don't know how to build a machine it's a tempting offer. Looks like a nice machine. Would I buy one? No. lol

RE: Ho-Hum
By Screwballl on 12/23/2008 9:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
A quad core CPU and dual 9800 GFX cards under $1,000? Really?

Yes... BUT they said 9800S which no doubt will be weaker than a GT, probably lower than a GS. Think along the lines of a 9600GT or so. A simple build from newegg (someone built a better system for $1,100 in this same parent thread).

This all boils down to the build vs buy... 99% of the time it is better to build if you have the knowledge and capability.

RE: Ho-Hum
By headbox on 12/24/2008 5:48:29 AM , Rating: 3
...and 99% of people don't have the knowledge and capability.

RE: Ho-Hum
By afkrotch on 12/24/2008 10:14:25 AM , Rating: 1
It's hardly rocket chemistry here. Anyone can build a comp, it's that they don't want to spend the 10 mins to learn about it.

A simple search on google and everything you'd need is there. Hell, I used google to help me replace a clutch cable on my car.

It's not that they don't have the knowledge or capability. It's that they are way too lazy to bother doing it. Giving excuses of "it's a hassle, I don't know, blah blah blah."

RE: Ho-Hum
By CloudFire on 12/28/2008 6:41:07 AM , Rating: 2
building one from scratch can be researched online, but then they run into a technical problem which can be software or hardware related and they would be screwed. it takes alot more to figure and trouble shoot a computer and what parts to buy then to just slap random parts together and expect it to work well. i figured you spent 10 mins on google and are now a computer pro.

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