PCs are certainly getting some hardware juice this week.

In an article from PC Magazine, it appears that Hewlett-Packard "will be beefing up select high-end PCs this week with options including a dual format HD DVD/Blu-ray optical drive by LG, digital cable tuners, Intel Core 2 Quad Processors, and Nvidia's GeForce 8800 graphics cards."

Apparently, these new bell and whistles will be available as soon as Wednesday May, 9 "for select configure-to-order PCs, such as the HP Pavilion Media Center m8010y and d4890y series."

The pricing is looking like "the m8010y series will start at $929.99 and the d4890y series will begin at $949.99, according to HP. Both Media Center PCs will come with an optional LG Super Multi Blue Blu-ray Disc Rewriter and HD DVD-ROM Drive (GGW-H10N)."

According to Judy Chan, "HP's Consumer Desktop Product Manager... component pricing will be available on Wednesday, via hpshopping.com when customers will be able to configure both of the chassis series. She added that all the new options will be available for the m8010y series, but that the d4890y series will be limited to the Intel Quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce 8800 graphics card. It is expected that the optical drive will cost between $800-1200, falling into a comparable price range to LG's standalone BH100, also known as the Super Multi Blue Player." However, HP has not confirmed this.

A representative "did say that the optical drive is a triple-format writer and will be able to write to Blu-ray discs at 2x (single-layer and double-layer), DVDs, and CDs. The drive will not be able to write to HD-DVD, however."

"HP's current focus is to provide a dual format optical drives for consumer desktop customers," Chan stated. "HP also continues to assess consumer needs and market trends when introducing new technology."

Evan Jacobs