- Jul 31, 2012
- HD4600 / RX 570
- Mobile Phone
The HP 8300 Elite SFF is usually in the top 5 best sellers for desktops on Amazon.com. Right now it's back at number one again. The 512 GB SSD version of the 6300 Pro is at #4 in the list. Part of the reason is that Windows 7 Pro business users need to upgrade to 10 Pro by the end of 2019. Many companies have older Windows 7 Pro machines that won't run Windows 10 Pro very well. New Windows 10 Pro PCs start at about 350-400 USD, so the 8300 is the logical choice. You can find them in abundance, professionally refurbished at under $150. At that price you get 8GB of ram and an Ivy Bridge quad core i5 CPU. Handles Windows 10 quite easily. Most refurbishers also give you a full 1 year warranty when you buy one.
As you may already know Windows 7 extended support ends in January of 2020. Just two months away. If a corporation has to be running Windows 10 to be compliant they can save a lot of money by going with the 8300 SFF. They are more solidly built than many new 2019 desktop PCs. As we know, they also make a really nice performing Catalina hackintosh. They have USB 3.0 and Sata 3 onboard so they are still fast enough in 2019 even though they were built seven years ago. The hardware (case and mobo) is designed to last even much longer than that. This is why there are two of them in the top 5 best selllers.
Believe it or not, gamers are another reason why this PC is the number one best seller. Review by K. Tucker on Amazon.
There are a lot of reviews and answered questions saying this PC can't be used for gaming, but that's simply not true. This HP Elite 8300 arrived in like-new condition with a brand new hard drive, new RAM, and an unused Windows 10 key, and I was able to slot in a low profile GeForce 1050 video card that's so far been able to run every game I've thrown at it in 1080p with max settings, including Skyrim, GTAV, The Witness, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, and others.
It's a perfectly zippy computer on its own, but dropping in a decent graphics card (it appears the 1050 Ti is the most this system can handle, particularly with regard to its proprietary 240-watt power supply) has given me a system that well exceeds my expectations and runs video games better than any other device I've owned, including my past computers and home consoles.