[CES 2012] With the Pavilion HPE h9 Pheonix, HP may be envisioning a resurgence of desktop computers. It’s true that while the world is going mobile, desktop PCs are still the most powerful and comfortable computers around, and countless enthusiasts still have one of them as their “main” computer. The Pavilion HPE h9 Pheonix has been designed for that purpose, and it is powerful, but also extensible, and has the potential to be relatively quiet.
First of all, this computer can use up to an Intel Core i7 (with optional liquid cooling) and 16GB of DDR3 memory, which should be more than enough for most people. Inside, there are three internal hard disk bay, so it should be able to add up to 9TB using three 3TB 3.5” HDDs.

The internal design of the case is more spacious that it seems. When I first saw it, the case looked relatively medium/small from the outside. However, it can accommodate a relatively long graphics card and has enough juice to power a 250W GPU, says HP. This should make for a really good gaming PC.

Unless you want to build your own PC, the Phoenix is worth considering if you are looking for a powerful, yet relatively affordable desktop computer. It starts at $1149.

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