Today was the day that Intel PC partners could officially announce their support for the new i7-980X Extreme Edition six-core processor, and several companies have updated their product offerings, which will hopefully cover in the next few posts. But let's start with the biggest desktop company with a new offering: HP has added the CPU as an option for its Pavilion Elite HPE-180t series.
While the i7-980X will be in gaming rigs that will cost thousands and thousands of dollars, this HP desktop may be the one you want if you're trying to stick a little bit to a budget. Though it's still priced well beyond the cost of 90 percent of desktops sold, you can get the HPE-180t with the extreme processor for "just" $1,909.99. The rest of the specs for the configuration at that price aren't as extreme, but they're adequate if you're looking for those processing cores for video editing rather than Crysis playing: 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 640GB hard drive, and ATI Radeon HD 4650 graphics card. Of course, you can upgradeup to 24GB of RAM, 2TB hard drive, and Nvidia Geforce GTX 260but then you're looking at pricing that rivals those from boutique builders.
Speaking of which, stay tuned for some of their offerings, which definitely won't cost under two grand.