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Need advice on which computer to buy

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#1 umm123


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Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:15 PM

hey everyone. this is my first post on here. i'm looking to buy a new desktop pc and i'm hoping you guys can help me out with picking which one is best for me. yes i know that building your own is better/cheaper but that's not an option right now so please don't tell me to just build one.

besides basic internet surfing, i'll be using this computer mainly for music production. the DAW that i'll most likely be using is ableton live 8. so this computer needs to be able to run that(or just a DAW in general) and also needs to be able to handle a decent amount of tracks, vsts, etc. i don't plan to have a TON of tracks and vsts running, but i'd like this computer to be able to handle a decent amount of them.

based on my budget(can't spend more than $400), these links below are to some desktops that i've found that, to me, seem to have everything i need. i just can't figure out which one would perform better for what i need. so, can you guys please help me figure out which one of these would be best for my needs?


1 - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1753301&CatId=4928

2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103420

3 - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-AM3470G-UW10P-Desktop-PC-with-AMD-Quad-Core-A6-3620-Accelerated-Processor-4GB-Memory-500GB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Monitor-Not-I/19714387#Item+Description

4 - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1709367&CatId=4928

5 - http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=desktops&a1=Starting+price&v1=Under+%24400&series_name=p6t_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/desktops/Under_$400/p6t_series

to me, the $350 HP would be ideal since it's the cheapest, but if you guys think that it wouldn't perform well enough for what i need then i probably won't get that one

thanks to anyone who helps! :)

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:47 AM

The Dell desktop would be better because it has a faster processor then the HP and more ram then any of the other ones. But i am impressed by the price that they sell these desktops for especially the ones with the i3 processor.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:41 AM

The Core i3 based systems should be a good bet.

The Dell desktop would be better because it has a faster processor then the HP and more ram then any of the other ones.

Well, the HP can be configured to match the specs. of the Dell.

Processors, amount of RAM, bigger HDD, better graphics card and more.

Click the SPECS tab on the HP site and you'll see them listed there.

I guess it depends on which one you get a better deal on.
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:42 AM

thanks for the replies guys :)

it would be nice to save $50 and go with the HP but i guess it's worth the extra money for the i3's.

i'll probably go with option 2 because it's basically the same thing as the 1st one, but it comes from a site with free shipping and very good customer reviews

thanks for your input

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