Hi, I'm looking for a replacement PC that'll be used mainly for Web browsing, running MS Office, graphics editing and light gaming,
Both PCs sell for $999.99 from COSTCO. The AMD CPU PC has an $80.00 generic motherboard not sure about the motherboard
in the INTEL CPU PC. I'm leaning towards the INTEL PC. I've got a very nice Samsung 26" LCD monitor.
Let me know if I need to post this to another group.
* 2TB SATA Hard Drive
* 8x DVD±RW / Blu-Ray Combo Drive
* Front panel 19-in-1 multimedia card reader
Graphics & Video:
* ATI Radeon HD 5450 Video Card w/1GB VRAM, VGA/DVI/HDMI ports, DX11 Support
* 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
* 8-channel capable audio with Jack Sensing
Keyboard & Mouse:
* USB Desktop Keyboard
* USB Optical Mouse
Expandability (total bays):
* 2 x 5.25" external
* 1 x 3.5" external
* 4 x 3.5" internal
* 1 x PCIe x16
* 1 x PCIe x1
* 2 x PCI
Ports and Slots:
* 1x HDMI port
* 1x DVI port
* 1x VGA port (15-pin)
* 8x USB 2.0 (2 front, 6 rear)
* 1x PS/2
* 6x Audio ports
* RJ-45 (LAN)
* 1x eSATA port
Operating System & Software:
* Microsoft® Windows 7 Premium - 64 bit
* Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 (90-day trial)
* CPU Dimensions: 14.2" H x 7.1" W x 15.4" D
* Power Supply: 300W
* Hardware Warranty: 2-year limited hardware parts and labor from date of purchase
* Lifetime 24/7 toll-free phone support
* Email and fax support from 9am-6pm EST
* For information, visit www.ztsystems.com/support
[Model Affinity 7361Ma]
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010 (90-day trial)
I would go with the one with the best warranty. If both are the same, then the Intel would also be my first choice. But if you get a chance to try them out first (display models), then it's your call. Both cpus are excellent. You can also look into purchasing just the pc at Costco, and an hdtv somewhere else. I found a 24 inch true 1080p monitor-tv at newegg for under $200 recently (open box).
Both PCs are from COSTCO and both have the same warranty. Neither comes with a monitor I have a very nice 26" HD Samsung monitor. The AMD box has a 300watt PSU and the INTEL box has a 430watt PSU. I'm viewing the video cards as throw waways in both boxes I'll replace them with a higher end card (I'll post this question separately)
Frankly, I really don't want to build another PC I want to dial one 800 HELP get a replacement part sent to me.
Also, the AMD has BLU ray which I don't need. At this point, I'm leaning towards the INTEL box uinless I can be talked out of it.
What are the short comings of the INTEL box?
Shortcomings are insignificant for your purposes, assuming the software is similar. Be sure to make backup dvd's of windows 7 immediately if you don't get a windows dvd. You can also use cpu-z to id your motherboard model number. Often the software must be used with a geniune oem motherboard (such as hp) or the backup dvd's won't work. Hopefully, you will get at least 3 years out of the motherboard and a windows 7 dvd with keycode which can be used on a different brand of board if yours fails out of warranty. With 8 gigs of ram, your system could last 3-5 years before you feel the need to replace it. I also recommend using a canned air solvent designed for cleaning computer fans at least once a year on the power supply, case, and cpu fans. Mine is called "perfect duster" and sells for less than $5 at frys electronics. Cleaning the fans will keep the system cooler.
"...I also recommend using a canned air solvent designed for cleaning computer fans at least once a year on the power supply, case, and cpu fans. Mine is called "perfect duster" and sells for less than $5 at frys electronics. Cleaning the fans will keep the system cooler. .."