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#1 lifeofrileymusic

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 09:25 PM

Need a system for office work, sonar music recording/editing/ photoshop/ template based website building etc. No gaming but quite a bit of multi-tasking.

Narrowed down to these two on QVC ... both are 599.00 on value pay option ...

I would appreciate your thoughts on which is the better of these two "budget" systems that seem to have good components.
Both are made by ZT SYSTEMS. As far as they go I have seen mixed reviews ... more good that bad ...
I can also add a better graphics card later and have an audigy soundblaster card to add ...

Thanks so much!

System 1
· 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X4 quad-core processor 955
· NVIDIA MCP61P 6150SE chipset
· 4GB DDR2 memory
· 1TB SATA II hard drive
· 22x DVD+/-RW drive
· Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150 graphics
· Eight-channel high-definition audio CODEC
· 104-key keyboard
· Optical mouse
· 10/100 ethernet
· Front panel 19-in-1 digital multimedia card reader
· Four back USB 2.0 ports
· Two front USB 2.0 ports
· Three audio ports
· Two PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports
· RJ-45, VGA, COM ports
· PCI/PCI Express slots
· Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
· Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
· 90 days of Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010
· Measures approximately 13-7/8"H x 7-1/8"W x 16-7/8"D
· UL listed; 2-year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
· Assembled in USA from domestic and imported parts

OR .

System 2

· Includes desktop and AC adapter
· 3.06GHz Intel Core i3-540 processor
· Intel H55 chipset
· 4GB DDR3 memory
· 500GB SATA II hard drive
· 22x DVD+/-RW optical drive
· Integrated Intel graphics
· Eight-channel high-definition audio CODEC with jack sensing
· ZT multimedia speakers
· 104-key desktop keyboard
· Optical mouse
· 10/100/1000 ethernet LAN
· Front panel 19-in-1 digital multimedia card reader
· Six back USB 2.0 ports
· Two front USB 2.0 ports
· Six audio ports
· Two PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports
· HDMI, DVI, RJ-45, VGA ports
· PCI/PCI Express slots
· Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
· Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
· 60 days of Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011
· PCmover software/data cable bundle
· Measures approximately 13-7/8"H x 7-1/8"W x 16-7/8"D
· UL listed; 1-year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
· Assembled in USA from domestic and imported parts

Edited by lifeofrileymusic, 26 February 2011 - 03:08 PM.


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Posted 25 February 2011 - 09:34 PM

Either processor should do the trick.

IMO, Since it is 64 bit Win7 I would go with more RAM. Another 2 Gig anyways.

An add on card with at least 1 Gig of on board memory would go a long way as well. Depending on the application being run, you may actually see more benefit from it then additional RAM.

Edited by ThunderZ, 26 February 2011 - 02:09 AM.


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Posted 25 February 2011 - 11:11 PM

i would go ddr3 ram pc for more of a future-proof system

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 11:25 PM

Thank you both ... what would you recommend for a graphics card ... not too expensive ...

I have an NVIDIA GFORCE 6200 w/turbo in my current machine ... will that work with windows 7 and the new processors or is it too old?

Much appreciated ...

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 01:47 AM

It depends if that card is a PCI Express then it will work but if it is a AGP then it will not work. Any budget for the graphics card?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 02:03 AM

I saw good reviews on newegg for powercolor radeon HD4650 for 49.95 ... that price would be ideal but could go a bit higher.

The ZT rigs I have asked about seem to support regular PCI and PCI express (PCI/PCI EXPRESS is listed)

What are your thoughts on Intel i3 540 vs. AMD Phenom II X4 quad-core processor 955

Also wondering how efficiant Windows 7 compatability mode is.
I have Photoshop 7.0 and Sonar 5 ... seems upgrades are going to run into some bucks otherwise ...
Thanks!

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 02:11 AM

One more possibility from ZT at 699.00 ... 100.00 more than my choices listed above ..
with the 6GB of DDR 3 would I still need to add a graphics card ... My guess is yes but asking anyhow.

Is the 965 a big upgrade over the 955 Phenom ... much better than my first two choices??

System 3

Includes desktop and AC adapter
3.4GHz AMD Phenom II 965 Quad-Core processor
AMD 760G+SB710 chipset
6GB DDR3 memory
1TB SATA II hard drive
22X DVD+/-RW optical drive
Integrated ATI Radeon HD 3000 series graphics
Eight-channel high-definition audio CODEC
ZT multimedia speakers
USB desktop keyboard
Optical mouse
10/100/1000 gigabit ethernet LAN
Front panel 19-in-1 digital multimedia card reader
Six back USB 2.0 ports
Two front USB 2.0 ports
Six audio ports
HDMI, DVI, RJ-45, VGA, eSATA, PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports
PCI/PCI Express slots
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
60 days of Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011
PCmover software/data cable bundle
Measures approximately 13-7/8"H x 7-1/8"W x 16-7/8"D
UL listed; 1-year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
Assembled in USA from domestic and imported parts



Thanks again ...

Edited by lifeofrileymusic, 26 February 2011 - 03:08 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2011 - 02:21 AM

My vote goes to the second system config. Not because of the proccy, but the DDR3 memory it comes with.

In the GFX department, I'd suggest a HD 5670 (tad better than the 4670) card if possible.

Edit: With a system like that, it makes sense to invest in a decent card.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 26 February 2011 - 02:22 AM.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 03:27 AM

The 4670 isn't a bad card, it can run modern games on medium or high settings.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 02:21 PM

Greetings,

Hoping to make a buy over the weekend as my current system is crashing about 10 times a day, so ... just a couple more questions:

1 Any other thoughts on Intel i3 540 vs. AMD Phenom II X4 quad-core processor 955

2 Also wondering how efficiant Windows 7 compatability mode is.
I have Photoshop 7.0, Office 2000 and Sonar 5 ... seems that otherwise upgrades are going to run into some bucks ...

--I will also be adding an older audigy2 Z5 spound blaster card ...
--all of the above seems to have a PCI slot ..

3 Anyone else want to weigh in on the three systems I am choosing from ... two in the orignal post and the third one I mentioned in my last post.

This is the best overall computer forum and info site that I have found.

All your help is greatly appreciated!!!

Edited by lifeofrileymusic, 26 February 2011 - 03:07 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2011 - 03:32 PM

my choice since ure getting a new vid and sound cards would be ure 3rd choice...since ure editing stuff the extra ram will help and the 965 quad is a beast :)

good luck!




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