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January 5, 2010 9:38:48 PM

Im putting together a desktop and cant seem to decide on a processor
know many are going to suggest building my own,I would appreciate your choice between these 3 systems and why let me tell you about the users
WIFE
-would like to edit her pics
-Make Photobooks
-Play small games like pinball (lol)
-store all her family pics and edit and her videos
Daugher
-Watch spongebob on netflix

Me
-Store videos
-Heavy websurfing

I will be hooking up a 27 in samsung lcd/Monitor and I plan on doing my gaming from a ps3 along with a blu ray player.However I would be intrested in playing that new star wars game when its relased and maybe battlefield.So heres the systems



Processor AMD Phenom(TM) II X4 920 quad-core processor [2.8GHz, 2MB L2 + 6MB L3 shared, up to 4000MT/s


Memory 4GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]

Hard drive FREE UPGRADE! 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB

1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
(do I need 1gb or is less okay)


LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive

Networking Wireless-N LAN card
(Should I go with the premium N lan card?Im using a linksys router thats in the same room)


Security software Norton Internet Security(TM) 2010 - 15 month

$700.00


Processor Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processor Q8400 [2.66GHz, 4MB L2, 1333MHz FSB]
Memory 6GB DDR2-800MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs]
Hard drive 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
Graphics card 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
optical drive LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
Front Productivity Ports 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, audio
Security software Norton 360(TM ) - 15 month
plus keyboard and mouse etc etc
=$733.99

second sytems basically stays the same but replace processor to
Intel® Core™ i5-750 processor [2.66GHz, 1MB L2 + 8MB shared L3 cache

and its cost is $833.80

The third sytem would be

Intel® Core™ i7-860 processor [2.8GHz, 1MB L2 + 8MB shared L3 cache] and 720gb hd and would cost
$933.80

To upgrade memory to 8gb for either system is $60.00

Also I know i7 is going to be the best but is it neccesary for my needs thanks everyone

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January 5, 2010 10:25:17 PM

For what you have describe, the Phenom II X4 or the i750 system would perform very well, and offer the best price / performance ratio. This article will give you an idea of how these different processor compare from a performance viewpoint.
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=364...

If you live near a Microcenter store, you can pick up a i750 processor for $150 or a i860 processor for $230.

Also, I would recommend that you purchase the ATI 5770 graphics card. This card has excellent performance for both gaming and as a HTPC card, and the 5770 is low powered, runs cool, and is quiet. It is well worth the extra cost.
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January 5, 2010 10:26:40 PM

wait are you building this yourself or buying from dell, cuz thats what it looks like :pfff: 
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January 5, 2010 10:28:44 PM

ares1214 said:
wait are you building this yourself or buying from dell, cuz thats what it looks like :pfff: 



Yea Im buying through Hp sorry I have no idea how to build a computer and I need it quick .
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January 5, 2010 10:41:49 PM

would buy the i5 one. this is becuase, the i5 is faster then the amd, and just the right amount of speed. it has all right parts, except the vid card. i know your not doing much of any video intensive stuff, but you might as well get onboard video if you are going to get a 220. aside from that everything else is good.
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