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Which desktop should I buy based from the price and specs?

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#1 So_Be


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 03:09 AM

Hi everybody!


After some research, I also decided to buy a desktop. I'm going to use this for:


1. MS office

2. Internet - email, surfing

3. Minor editing of my pics using Photoshop

4. Skype


I don't watch videos and youtube and play games. I'm planning to use this for 4 years or so.


I'm a student and on a limited budget and based from my research, these are 2 desktops that fit my budget (under 550 bucks) with good specs I think. I also prefer a WI-FI ready desktop.


OPTION 1: HP Pavilion 500qe Desktop PC





• Windows 8.1 64
• 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4460S processor quad-core [2.9GHz, 6MB Shared Cache]
• Intel Integrated Graphics
• 6GB DDR3-1600MHz [2 DIMM ]
• 1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
• SuperMulti DVD Burner
• 7-in-1 Memory Card Reader, 2 USB Ports (Front), Audio [Front 2USB3.0]
• No TV Tuner Card
• Integrated Sound, DTS Audio
• Wireless-N LAN card (1x1)
• HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope


Grand Total: 521.00 dollars 


OPTION 2: Dell Inspiron 3000s Desktop Computer




  • Intel Core i5-4460 Processor 3.2GHz
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM
  • 1TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
  • Intel HD
  • DVDRW Drive
  • 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • 10/100/1000 Network
  • Dell Wireless-N 1705
  • Bluetooth 4.0

Grand Total: 528.00 dollars


I think Dell has better specs but I have no experience with Dell products before. I used to have an HP desktop and it has been good to me. Should I be loyal to HP with lower specs or buy a machine with better specs @ almost the same price? Based from these models, is there a better model (not sure about computer naming hierarchy like Inspiron, Pavilion etc) than the other? Dell is a smaller tower but it has a vertical CD/DVD drive. Do you think vertical CD/DVD driver will crash easily due to gravity? :-P 


Also, if you have any very good desktop recommendations other than these 2 that's within my budget, pls let me know! Sorry for the long intro :-)


Thank you guys for your help!


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#2 killerx525


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:26 AM

Hi, both desktops are nearly identical although the Dell has the slightly faster processor and 2GB more of ram. Although the difference is the HP allows you to easily expand and upgrade the desktop in the future, along with it's super and much more detailed support page in terms of finding out specific things about the desktop (eg. Supported CPUs, motherboard layouts etc). 

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
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png

#3 So_Be

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 01:16 AM

Thanks Bleepin!


I think I'm not planning to upgrade my future desktop since I'm only going to use it for school and basic stuff. I will use it 4 years or so and buy another one.


Based from the specs of these desktops, can really see or tell the difference, speed wise when it's running?


My dilemma is: I like HP's customer service and I had no experience with Dell yet. But Dell's desktop specs is better for the price. 


Thoughts pls? :-)

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 08:59 PM



I work with HP computers regularly at my job and I have personally owned Dell computers in the past. HP computers, as you already know, are very good quality and I haven't had any problems with them professionally. As for Dell, personally and professionally, I have had a few issues with them before, but I would resolve those issues.


As for customer service, HP customer service is very good and I have no issues with them at all. Dell customer service is good as well and if you need it, they will help you with your issues or send a part to you if your computer is under warranty. 


As for which computer is the best one, both are identical as mentioned by killerx525. So it's really up to you to decide which is best for you and what's reasonable in your price range.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:01 AM

As others have said the computer are nearly identical except for processor speed and 2GB more memory on the Dell.  From personal experience I would go with the HP (less issues and easier to upgrade).  Based on what you listed as your uses for the computer either computer should do what you need.

#6 Jeremiah Fish

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 10:43 AM

The second one has the edge because of the processor being clocked higher and the extra RAM, however this won't necessarily translate into any significant performance for you as what you'll be doing doesn't really require much of either. Photoshop would be better off with a dedicated graphics card but the Intel HD graphics will suffice if you're just doing simple stuff (don't add a dedicated GPU to the unit either, there's a good chance the PSU will not be capable enough to handle it)

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