NEW top of the line gaming HP ENVY Phoenix 800st customizable desktop PC.
HP ENVY Phoenix 810st: High-End, or Just High-Priced?
The HP ENVY Phoenix 810st is a high-end customizable desktop PC built and sold by Hewlett-Packard. Tapping into an increasing market for powerful boutique desktops, HP makes their move to capture some of that audience – but can they provide a product that’s worth its substantial price tag?
A customizable prebuilt desktop like the 810st will never provide the same degree of choice or the relatively low prices of building your own PC, but some of HP’s competitors can come very close. How does this machine fare?
While many of the big OEMs produce PCs that are customizable in name only, HP seems determined to own their designation. With four DDR3 DIMM slots, a 600W power supply and three 3.5-inch hard drive bays, the 810-170st is definitely an expandable machine; it’s easily capable of supporting any combination of features HP offers, plus a fair amount of room for aftermarket upgrades on top of that.
Build quality is excellent, too; it’s a very solid, well-cooled desktop. That’s good news, given that it’s sold with top-of-the-line hardware that puts out a lot of heat; the hardest part of putting a compelling customizable desktop together is ensuring that it can provide a good environment for the hardware you’re selling it with. In that respect, the 810st delivers.
There’s no sense in pretending that the 810st is perfect, though; it’s not. The most notable thing is the price – the entry-level configuration runs for around $1500. Fully kitted out, you can be looking at prices well in excess of $3000 – this is not a cheap machine, and, in terms of performance, you can do similarly for around half as much by building your own PC or working with a smaller boutique builder..
This isn’t to say that the 810st is a bad machine, though. No, it’s just an expensive one; its performance is top-notch, and it’s every bit as expandable as claimed. If you need high performance in a prebuilt machine – and you have money to burn – it’s an excellent option. Media professionals are the most immediately obvious users; building your own PCs for business use is problematic due to the time expenditure and the need for standardization.
High-end, customizable prebuilt machines like this fill their needs nicely, providing all the power that would be offered by a hand-built machine in a form that can easily be standardized for multiple workstations. The presence of an actual warranty is also an important factor here – diagnosing the specific piece of hardware that’s defective can be a time-consuming task, but HP’s warranty covers the entire system. This helps to save a lot of time that would otherwise be spent finding out what needed to be replaced, sending out for it, and installing the replacement.
The HP ENVY Phoenix 800st is a top-notch machine in spite of its price tag, make no mistake. If you need the best performance you can get and you don’t mind paying for it, it’s well worth considering.
4th generation Intel Core i7-4820K processor [3.7GHz, 10MB Shared Cache], upgradeable up to 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4960X processor [3.6GHz, 15MB Shared Cache]
16GB memory, expandable to 32GB
3TB 7200 rpm hard drive, upgradeable to 4TB 7200 rpm SATA Raid 5 (3 x 2TB HDD) 1st hard drive and 3TB secondary hard drive
4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 745 graphics
600W power supply
Liquid cooling system
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