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Which of these 3 Desktops should I Buy?

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#1 retrac1324


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Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:39 AM

My old desktop broke so I'm planning on buying a new one. I'll be doing some gaming, video editing, and graphic/web design with dual monitors.

I don't care much about hard drive space, I have my own wireless adapter and sound card, and I don't plan on upgrading parts in the future.

All of them have Vista Home Premium [64-Bit] with free upgrade to Windows 7, integrated audio, DVD burner, Ethernet.

Or if you have any suggestions on other models let me know

HP Pavilion Elite e9105z

AMD Phenom X4 9650 [2.3GHz]
6GB DDR2 [800MHz]
640GB [7200rpm] SATA
1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]

$589.99 [-$30 discount] + $54.57 tax/shipping = $644.56 - $29.50 Bing Cashback = $615.06


HP Pavilion p6130f

AMD Phenom X4 9750 [2.4GHz]
8GB DDR2 [800MHz]
750GB [7200rpm] SATA
Integrated Nvidia Geforce 9100 [DVI, VGA] [256MB integrated shared graphics memory. Up to 1407MB Total Available Graphics Memory as allocated by Windows Vista]
Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n

$589.99 + $68.66 tax/shipping = $658.65 - $14.75 Bing Cashback = $643.90


CyberpowerPC Gamer Infinity 3313

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 [2.33GHz]
4GB DDR2 [800MHz]
500GB [7200rpm] SATA
1GB NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT [DVI, VGA]

$549.99 + $70.63 tax/shipping = $620.35 - $13.75 Bing Cashback = $606.60


Edited by retrac1324, 31 July 2009 - 03:48 AM.

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#2 stealthchicken75


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Posted 09 August 2009 - 08:05 PM

Personally I don't think any of those three systems will meet your exact needs. The best one on the list IMO is the HP Pavilion Elite, the other two have graphics solutions that probably wouldn't make you very happy in terms of gaming and graphic design. I would very much recommend that you try making a custom build though that suits your needs a bit better. You probably want a Quad Core CPU if you're going to do heavy video editing as it'll speed up your encoding quite a bit (as long as you're using the right software too). Also, if you're going to do heavy gaming, with two monitors nonetheless, you want a fairly powerful GPU.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:33 PM

I would agree with Stealthchicken here. None of those systems is really optimal for your needs.

When it comes to Gaming and Graphic Design, the #1 hardware item to invest in is a solid graphics solution. Greater performance increases will be seen with GFX upgrades than any other hardware you can buy when Graphic Design and Gaming are involved.

The next item is your CPU. If you can get a quad core or i7 processor, it will greatly enhance encoding speed. However, if your GFX solution is sub-par, having a great CPU won't mean much.

I would also recommend looking at places that will let you customize your build to meet your requirements a bit better. The GFX solutions on most bargain pre-builts are just too weak to handle dual monitors with games and Graphic Design.

Edited by aocvirek, 02 September 2009 - 09:35 PM.

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