I guess my question is does the above processor and speed sound like it will cut it and what video card would all of you recommend I install? Now money is a little bit of an issue so I can't go nuts with a videocard. Maybe $150.00 max.
Model of pc can be viewed here...
Personally I would stick with and Intel Duo instead of AMD. They (in my opinion) are faster and better built. I don't think HP has many models that have them, but Dell makes great computers also. The 2.7ghz of sounds good, mine is the same speed with 4GB of RAM and it is the fastest and clearest computer I have ever owned.
If you think things can't get worse it's probably because you lack sufficient imagination.
Good luck! Best of all the Vostro line doesn't come preloaded with all the trail software and stuff. These are business line but Dell is selling to the home user.
If you get a Vista machine make sure you have a min of 3gb of memory.
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
However, I am going to take the leap and buy a mac once I save just a little bit more $$$. I have heard nothing but praise about macs. The only thing bad, if you consider it bad, was a lack of software titles. This seems to be changing from what I have seen or it just wasn't true to begin with.
Thanks for all the help guys. *** Edited 8/31/2008 8:19:18 AM UTC by Winston***
Just make aure it supports PCI-Express. Newegg.com sells good cards for cheap:
Good budget card:
-$50 after rebate
Not on a budget?
Or just buy a Mac. NoLimits works on Macs too.
Warning I am an IT Network admin meaning I might get a little techy and my grammar is poor cause I am typing quickly I will try to keep things simple but be warned reading this may result in mass confusion among roller coaster nerds who aren't computer nerds :).
It sounds like he is trying to save money by so paying 2 to 3times as much for the same hardware because it is a Mac is probably not an option. Also while AMD chips tend to be slower clock cycle for clock cycle (Number of GHz) at least from the manufacture price if you are buying chips for a custom build performance to dollar almost always favor AMD. I don't know that translate to HPs lower pricing and if it still aplies once a computer manufacture sets there price but it is a fact plus ne ATI cards combine processing power with ne w Phenom chip making then faster than intel in graphics intese operations like video editing. I am not against intel if you want the fastest most insane system you can get go Intel and Nvidia if you want the most for your money go AMD and ATI. as far as longevity they are about the same expect the chip to last at least 5 years either will be out dated before it is broke. use toms hardware charts to compare performance between products the look on new egg to compare prices you will find more money doesn't always mean faster.
The chip you are looking at is fast enogh but the athlon x2 is an old chip so it should be considerably cheaper than a comparable pc with an intel core2 which is much new and also faster intel core 2 chips have performance comparable to the amd phenom chips which are newer and closer in price to the intel chips.
I will stop now.
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