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January 4, 2011 1:33:12 AM

Hey guys, I'm looking for a little advice from the experts. These are 3 builds I am looking at from HP. I don't do a ton of gaming but I would like my computer to be competent when needed. Each of these builds is with a different processor and basically the best graphics card they offered that would even out the price totals. I'm wanting to know if one is way over priced or if there is one that stands out as the best build. Thanks in advance. Any suggestions are also appreciated.


HPE460Z $889
Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor AMD Phenom(TM) II X6 1045T six-core processor [2.7GHz, 3MB L2 + 6MB L3 shared, up to 4000MHz]
Memory 8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs]
Hard drive 1TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
Graphics card 2GB ATI Radeon HD 5570 [DVI,HDMI, DP, VGA adapter]

HPE450t $899
Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-870 quad-core processor [2.93GHz, 1MB L2 + 8MB shared L3 cache]
Memory 8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs]
Hard drive 1.5TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
Graphics card 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 315 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]

HPE410t $879
Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-760 quad-core processor [2.8GHz, 1MB L2 + 8MB shared L3 cache]
Memory 8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs]
Hard drive 1TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
Graphics card 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 420 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter] (or 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5450 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter] for $80 less)

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January 4, 2011 1:40:35 AM

I think that your last choice, the HPE410t is the best one for the price. The CPU and GT 420 GPU are the advantages over the other builds. I just read tom's review of the best gaming CPU's for the money. The i5-760 was ranked very high and it should be more than enough speed for a demanding gaming application.
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January 4, 2011 2:03:48 AM

870 is better than 760, but only in video editting. In gaming it's more or less equal. 315 is a bit older card than 420, but it has a bit more power. I would recommend the HPE450t as it costs only 20 dollars more...
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January 4, 2011 5:23:17 PM

I'm not really looking to do much video editing. Mainly normal use, lots of multitasking, and some gaming. I appreciate the answers so far but does anyone else have any other ideas? Is it true that the 315 is older but more powerful? Thanks!
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January 4, 2011 5:29:25 PM

Hi adbowman and welcome to Tom's forum.

Build your self, better specs, much better and you can add components in future.
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