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Old 07-25-2007, 01:25 PM   #1
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Default which of these is better

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As i'm buying a new computer for the new school year there are two computers that i am contemplating buying, but i want to know which is better. Seeing how this is a computer forum(and i'm not all that computer savvy) i hope that you can help me.

The specs for computer 1
Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+(2.6GHz)
Processor Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor
Cache Per Processor 2 x 512KB L2 Cache
Memory 2GB DDR2 533
Hard Drive 320GB 7200rpm SATA
Optical Drive 1 16X DVD(+/-)R/RW RAM (+/-)R DL LightScribe drive
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE IGP with TurboCache supporting up to 256MB shared video memory
Audio High Definition Audio
Ethernet 10/100Base-T network interface
Keyboard HP multimedia keyboard
Mouse HP PS/2 optical scroller mouse
Operating System Windows XP Media Center
Software Included Photo and Video
HP Photosmart Premier: Organize, edit, share and protect photos
Sonic DigitalMedia Plus – featuring LightScribe Technology: Edit, burn and archive data to DVDs and CDs
muvee autoProducer: Automatically create professional looking home videos and burn to DVD
DVD Play: Watch DVD movies

Entertainment
Sonic MyDVD Plus: Make movies and slideshows and burn to DVD or CD
RealPlayer: Find, play and organize digital programming - sports, entertainment, news and more

Productivity
Microsoft Works 8: Includes a word processor, spreadsheet, database and calendar
Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003: 60-day trial version
MSN Encarta Standard Online: Access a complete online encyclopedia, maps center, dictionary and thesaurus (1 year trial subscription included)
Adobe Reader 7.0: Read and print PDF files

PC Security
Norton Internet Security 2006: Protect your PC out of the box (60 days of complimentary live updates)

Finance
Quicken New User Edition 2006: Track your home finances and investments (English only)
Microsoft Money 2006: Manage your personal finances and investments (English only)
Motherboard
Chipset NVIDIA nForce 6150 LE
CPU
CPU Type Athlon 64 X2
Installed Qty 1
CPU Speed 5000+
L2 Cache Per CPU 2 x 512KB
CPU Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor
Graphics
GPU/VPU Type NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE
Graphics Interface Integrated video
Memory
Memory Capacity 2GB DDR2
Memory Speed DDR2 533
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
Memory Spec 1GB x 2
Memory Slots (Available/Total) 2/4
Hard Drive
HD Capacity 320GB
HD Interface SATA
HD RPM 7200rpm
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Optical Drive Spec 16X DVD(+/-)R/RW RAM (+/-)R DL LightScribe drive
Supplemental Drive
Media Slots TV tuner (NTSC) with personal video recorder and FM tuner (antenna included)
Video/Audio Input:
S-video in; Audio L-R; Composite video in
Audio
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC 888 chipset
Audio Channels 8 channels
Audio Features High Definition Audio, Dolby Pro Logic II compatible
Communications
Modem 56k modem
LAN Chipset Integrated
LAN Speed 10/100Mbps
FIR HP Media Center remote control with IR receiver
Front Panel Ports
Front USB 2
Front IEEE 1394 1
Front Audio Ports Microphone/line-out
Card Reader Front panel 15-in-1 memory card reader – supports SmartMedia, xD, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital (SD), Mini Secure Digital, Compact Flash I, Compact Flash II, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, RSMMC, MMC Mobile, MMC+
Back Panel Ports
PS/2 2
VGA 1
Rear USB 4
Rear IEEE 1394 1
RJ45 1 port
Rear Audio Ports 6 ports
S/P DIF SPDIF out (coaxial)
Expansion
External Bays 2 external 5.25"(One available)
Internal Bays 2 internal 3.5" (One available)
PCI Slots (Available/Total) (1/3) PCI slot
(1/1) PCI Express x16 Slot
Mouse
Mouse Type HP PS/2 optical scroller mouse
Keyboard
Keyboard Type HP multimedia keyboard
Physical Spec
Dimensions 15.16" x 7.60" x 16.54"
Weight 27 lbs.

specs for computer 2 are
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E6320(1.86GHz)
Processor Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor
Cache Per Processor 4MB
Memory 2GB DDR2 533
Hard Drive 320GB 7200rpm SATA
Optical Drive 1 SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe
Graphics Intel GMA 950
Ethernet 10/100Base-T network interface
Keyboard HP multimedia keyboard
Mouse HP scroller mouse
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
Software Included Photo and Video
HP Photosmart Essential to manage your digital photos
Roxio Creator – featuring LightScribe Technology: Edit, burn and archive data to DVDs and CDs
muvee autoProducer: Automatically create professional looking home videos and burn to DVD
Roxio MyDVD Basic: Make movies and slideshows and burn to DVD or CD

Entertainment
RealPlayer: Find, play and organize digital programming - sports, entertainment, news and more

Productivity
Microsoft Works 8: Includes a word processor, spreadsheet, database and calendar
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Trial: 60-day trial version
Adobe Reader 7.0: Read and print PDF files
HP Total Care Advisor: Customizable desktop tool provides support, system health and shopping information

PC Security
Norton Internet Security 2007: Protect your PC out of the box (60 days of complimentary live updates)
Special Features Intel Viiv Technology
Motherboard
Chipset Intel 945G
CPU
CPU Type Core 2 Duo
Installed Qty 1
CPU FSB 1066MHz
CPU Speed E6320(1.86GHz)
L2 Cache Per CPU 4MB
CPU Socket Type LGA 775
CPU Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor
Graphics
GPU/VPU Type Intel GMA 950
Graphics Interface Integrated video
Memory
Memory Capacity 2GB DDR2
Memory Speed DDR2 533
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
Memory Spec 1GB x 2
Memory Slots (Available/Total) 4 total
Maximum Memory Supported 4GB
Hard Drive
HD Capacity 320GB
HD Interface SATA
HD RPM 7200rpm
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Optical Drive Spec SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R DL, 4x DVD-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 32x CDRW, 40x CD-ROM
Audio
Audio Chipset Integrated Realtek ALC 888 chipset
Dolby Pro Logic II compatible
Audio Channels 8 channels
Audio Features High Definition Audio, 8 speaker configurable
Communications
Modem 56K
LAN Chipset Integrated
LAN Speed 10/100Mbps
Front Panel Ports
Front USB 2
Front IEEE 1394 1
Front Audio Ports Microphone/Headphone/Line-in
Card Reader 15-in-1 memory card reader – supports SmartMedia, xD, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital (SD), Compact Flash I, Compact Flash II, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, RSMMC, MMC Mobile MMC+, Mini Secure Digital, IBM Microdrive
Back Panel Ports
PS/2 2
VGA 1
Rear USB 4
Rear IEEE 1394 1
Rear Audio Ports Digital Audio (In, Out); Rear speaker-out; Side speaker-out; Center (subwoofer); Microphone/line-in/line-out
Expansion
External Bays 2 external 5.25"(one available)
1 external 3.5" (one available)
Internal Bays 1 internal 3.5" (occupied)
PCI Slots (Available/Total) 3 PCI slots (1 available)
1 PCI-E x16 slot (available)
Mouse
Mouse Type HP scroller mouse
Keyboard
Keyboard Type HP multimedia keyboard
Physical Spec
Dimensions 16.28" x 15.24" x 6.89"
Weight 22 lbs.

can someone have a quick over view of this and tell me in their opinion which is the better of the 2 thanks
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: which of these is better

i like intel better but all around the first blows the second one out of the water, how much do they each cost?
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In What way do you think it blows it out the water?
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number 2 costs around 30 dollars more than number 1
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Old 07-25-2007, 01:53 PM   #5
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Are you kidding me, the second one owns the first one!

What are you going to be using it for? If you're going to do any gaming, you'll want to upgrade the graphics card.
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look at the cpu speed and video it destroys the second
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Default Re: which of these is better

cpu's are pretty equal. The second one seems to have a better vid card, but still the vid card needs upgrading if you want to play games with decent settings and fps.
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i'm not to big on gaming
so i don't really care about that
but overall
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well they are pretty similar.
One of the biggest differences is probably the OS, the 1st one has xp media center and the 2nd one has vista home premium.

I'd probably go with the #1, but as I said, looking at the hardware they are pretty similar.
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look at the cpu speed and video it destroys the second
CPU Speed isnt everything. And 256MB Turbocache means it suck's it's VRAM from the RAM.
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