Pros Pretty Decent CPU for gaming.
Cons To bad they went with AMD's entry level gpu. That is what is really keeping this system from being a decent gaming machine.
Summary If the system was cheaper it would be worth getting and upgrading the graphics. But for the high price you should't have to.
Pros -Fast processor choices (excluding the one they reviewed here of course)
-Case not too big
-Liquid cooling option
Cons -Weak selection of graphics cards
-No 1600MHz Ram option
Summary Not sure why CNET would choose to review the version with the slower AMD processor. There are four versions of the HP Phoenix currently available, and the three others have fantastic Intel CPUs which are blazing fast (i7 2600/3820/3960). I would never pick the AMD Bulldozer version, which just isn't that good no matter how you slice it.
You can add your own graphics card pretty easily since this unit comes with a stock 600 watt PSU. So if you go with a i7 2600 and add a GTX 560 Ti or a Radeon HD 6950, you have a very decent gaming rig on your hands.
The only ding I give HP is for not offering 1600MHz RAM in this baby.
Pros Fast speed
Cons People always tell me that its terrible
Pros Going with any firm's bottom of the line CPU and GPU choices pretty much make for a system not worth buying. By the time you go for a better CPU and GPU, even if not top of the line, you will get much better performance.
Cons I always find it strange that computer makers offer expensive computers with badly underperforming components. It just makes bad reviews a lot easier to come by.
Cons Low tech and over priced...
Summary Seriously? I can custom build a Gamer PC with quality parts for less than $700.