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April 18, 2010 10:24:18 PM

Ok so im wondering which computer of these two are better, i know they are not the best but i am trying to order one of these computers from qvc with their flex payment option with my monthly budget.

I am NOT looking to do gaming of any sort. What i am mainly looking to do is email, facebook, webchats with the LEAST amount of lag, and occasional photoshop without freezing

I'm a bit sketchy with ordering from Zt since ive heard some bad reviews and some good reviews about their customer service
which one of these would freeze the least?
Also if i were to get the HP would i be able to upgrade the proccesor without voiding my warranty?
Thanks


HP Compaq
* 2.3GHz AMD Sempron processor LE-1300 (L2: 512 mb cache)
* NVIDIA nForce MCP61P chipset
* 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM
* 320GB SATA hard drive
* LightScribe SuperMulti DVD burner
* NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE graphics with 256MB integrated shared graphics memory, up to 895MB total available memory
* Integrated six-speaker configurable audio
* 56K modem
* 10/100 Base-T ethernet
* USB keyboard
* USB optical mouse
* Two front USB 2.0 ports
* Four back USB 2.0 ports
* VGA, LAN ports
* Headphone/microphone/line-in, out jacks
* PCI/PCI Express slots
* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
* Microsoft Works 9
* Norton Internet Security 2010 with 60 days of live updates
* CyberLink DVD Suite Deluxe
* Measures approximately 6-1/2"W x 16-7/8"D x 15-1/8"H
* UL listed; 1-year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
* Made in China
OR

Zt systems

* 2.5GHz Intel Celeron processor E3300 (Dual core and 1mb of L2 cache)
* Intel G31/ICH7 chipset
* 2GB DDR2 RAM
* 320GB SATA hard drive
* DVD+/-RW optical drive
* Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
* Six-channel high-definition audio CODEC
* 104-key keyboard
* Optical mouse
* 10/100 ethernet
* Front panel 19-in-1 digital multimedia card reader
* Six audio ports
* Four back USB 2.0 ports
* Two front USB 2.0 ports
* Two PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports
* RJ-45 port
* VGA port
* COM port
* PCI/PCI Express slots
* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
* Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010 90-day trial
* Measures approximately 13-7/8"H x 7-1/8"W x 16-7/8"D
* UL listed; 2-year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
* Assembled in USA


i honestly don't care about what type of graphics card i have just want a decent processor and chipset

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a b à CPUs
April 18, 2010 10:43:40 PM

The celeron is better. The sempron is a single core.

I can beat either one of those deals for you if your in USA.
a c 159 à CPUs
April 18, 2010 10:55:39 PM

You don't want to upgrade anything with an oem system while it's still in warranty. Get the cpu you ultimately want upfront, or save some more $$ for a better system. I use the e3300 in my system; bought it from frys with board for $35 after rebate. It has plenty of performance for what you want to do and some light gaming.
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April 18, 2010 11:41:25 PM

Thanks for the replys
Can someone tell me which on of these has a better chipset please? :) 
a c 159 à CPUs
April 19, 2010 12:41:12 AM

Both chipsets are used on low end systems. I have both, and either one will work fine. Again, I recommend the best bang for the buck; if the e3300 is only a few dollars more and you can afford it, then it's a better choice due to the cpu, not the chipset. DDR2 is being phased out, but I still use it. If you plan on keeping your system longer, then a ddr3 board is what you want. But if it costs $100 more or you can't afford it, then go ahead and get one of the two systems you list. The boards will still be available in a few years; the g31 is very common and so many have been manufacturered that you will still find it later on. I have a g31 and g41 board, and 2 6150se boards. The 6150 boards are by two different manufacturers but are so alike that I can interchange the same windows installation for either one. Only one driver changes when I switch using the same hardrive. It's an ideal setup having a spare board. I live near Frys so the boards are often free with their combo specials.
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