UPDATE 12/17/2016: The Pavilion 560 is no longer available with a crazy cheap $649 price tag, but HP is still offering a sizable discount on their RX 480-equipped gaming PC. It’s currently listing for $749, which is still a fantastic deal given its features and specs. Check it out!
2016 may go down as the year gaming PCs became surprisingly affordable, and not just for the DIYers building their own. Now our friends at HP are reinforcing that, sending 2016 out with a glorious, Radeon RX 480-powered bang full of savings.
Now through Saturday, December 17th, HP is selling their Pavilion 560 Desktop (560-p015hvr) for $150 off, but compromise isn’t part of the package. For $649.99, you’ll get a complete system featuring our Radeon RX 480 graphics card, a 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6400 CPU, 8GB of DDR4 memory, a speedy 128GB Solid State Drive with a separate 1TB hard drive for deep storage, and Windows 10 Home. It also packs internal Bluetooth 4.2 and Wireless connectivity.
This is clearly a situation where HP is tapping into economy of scale to save consumers a significant amount of money. We’ve seen deals similar to this throughout the latter half of 2016, and you simply cannot build a similar system for under $725. I’m all about the DIY mentality, but I also appreciate the peace of mind that a comprehensive system warranty entails. And saving extra cash around the holidays is never a bad thing.
Before I joined up with Radeon Technologies Group, I actually reviewed a comparable component combo (RX 480 + Core i5-6400), so I can vouch for this HP system delivering excellent visual fidelity at 1080p and even 1440p. Some of the most demanding games like Far Cry Primal and Rise of the Tomb Raider will turn in framerates north of 70fps at 1080p on High Quality settings, and still push 50fps or better at a higher resolution of 1440p. With games like Overwatch and the majority of eSports titles, you’re looking at closer to 100fps.
The HP Pavilion 560 is also a great choice if you’re stepping into VR for the first time with the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
You only have through December 17th to snag this PC for $649, then it jumps back up to its regular price of $799.99. I may be biased, but there’s no greater gift than a gaming PC — even if it’s just for you!
Check out the full product specs below, and as always, happy gaming!
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 480 4GB|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-6400|
|Storage Drives||128SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Networking||WLAN | 3168 ac 1×1 and Bluetooth 4.2|
|Audio||DTS Studio Sound|
|External Ports||1 USB 3.0 (Type C), 3 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo|
|Optical Drive||ODD DVDSM 9.5 Tray|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||14.88 x 6.5 x 14.33 inches|
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