I'm in the market for a new computer. I have a little knowledge about the important parts to look at when comparing systems (ram, processor speed, and hard drive space). My problem is I don't know how things like the system bus affects the performance, and how different processors (amd, intel, triple core, quad core) compare to each other. My budget is
$300-$600 (of course cheaper is always better, but I don't want to sacrifice quality). I've been trying to find the best deals for that price range and I've come up with a few options.Primary uses of the computer
will be audio production, design work (flash, photoshop, etc), listening to music, surfing the web. Nothing too out of the ordinary.Software I plan on using
, as mentioned above, flash, photoshop, itunes, cubase, and other various audio programs.
I don't play many games besides the usual card games that come on the computer.
I usually have multiple programs running at a time when using my computer, so having a good amount of ram and a powerful processor is a strong point for me.
And as stated before, I do store a nice amount of music and pictures on my computer.
I've skimmed a couple sites trying to find some good deals, and have compiled the following list for the convenience of everyone.
- $519Inspiron i570
GatewayDesktop with Intel i3 processor
HPAMD Athalon II Quad-core
- $499AMD Phenom II X4
- $549Pavilion P6402F
- $518Pavilion A4310F Desktop PC with AMD Athlon II X2 250U Dual-Core
- $483Pavilion S5310F Desktop PC with AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual-Core
- $480Pavilion P6310F Desktop PC with AMD Athlon II 630 Quad-Core Processor
These all seem like good options, but I'm not sure how to make my decision. Like I stated above, I usually multitask so I like the idea of having more ram. There are a couple systems that seem like a really nice deal(asus, one of the inpirons), but have a low system bus with 800MHz and like I said, I'm not sure how that affects the rest of the computer. The HP's offer a lot of nice specs as well. Any help is appreciated. I'm always open to other suggestions too!
Thanks a ton!