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Please help me decide between these two pre-built desktops

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February 25, 2011 11:07:20 PM

Need a system for office work, sonar music recording/editing/ photoshop/ template based website building etc. No gamimg but quite a bit of multi-tasking.

Narrowed down to these two on QVC ... both are 599.00 on value pay option ...

I would appreciate your thoughts on which is the better of these two "budget" systems that seem to have good components.
Both are made by ZT SYSTEMS. As far as they go I have seen mixed reviews ... more good that bad ...

Thanks!

· 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X4 quad-core processor 955
· NVIDIA MCP61P 6150SE chipset
· 4GB DDR2 memory
· 1TB SATA II hard drive
· 22x DVD+/-RW drive
· Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150 graphics
· Eight-channel high-definition audio CODEC
· 104-key keyboard
· Optical mouse
· 10/100 ethernet
· Front panel 19-in-1 digital multimedia card reader
· Four back USB 2.0 ports
· Two front USB 2.0 ports
· Three audio ports
· Two PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports
· RJ-45, VGA, COM ports
· PCI/PCI Express slots
· Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
· Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
· 90 days of Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010
· 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 from domestic and imported parts

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· Includes desktop and AC adapter
· 3.06GHz Intel Core i3-540 processor
· Intel H55 chipset
· 4GB DDR3 memory
· 500GB SATA II hard drive
· 22x DVD+/-RW optical drive
· Integrated Intel graphics
· Eight-channel high-definition audio CODEC with jack sensing
· ZT multimedia speakers
· 104-key desktop keyboard
· Optical mouse
· 10/100/1000 ethernet LAN
· Front panel 19-in-1 digital multimedia card reader
· Six back USB 2.0 ports
· Two front USB 2.0 ports
· Six audio ports
· Two PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports
· HDMI, DVI, RJ-45, VGA ports
· PCI/PCI Express slots
· Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
· Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
· 60 days of Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011
· PCmover software/data cable bundle
· Measures approximately 13-7/8"H x 7-1/8"W x 16-7/8"D
· UL listed; 1-year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
· Assembled in USA from domestic and imported parts

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February 25, 2011 11:15:22 PM

if ur gonna multi task the first choice has 4 cores and the second only has 2 physical cores

so for multitasking ud better stick with the amd build :) 

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February 25, 2011 11:17:07 PM

Thanks ... even with just the DDR2?
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February 25, 2011 11:23:56 PM

the ddr2 isnt a problem, yes i beleive dadiggle brings up a interesting point, ull need a stronger videocard if u want to work with photoshop :) 

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February 25, 2011 11:28:03 PM

Just basic photoshop ... nothing complicated ... same stuff I do on my old XP P4 3.0

I'm in NY and never knew anywhere I could get a good custom built for 600 bucks ...
I may add a graphics card later but these are my options for the moment ...

Thanks for the reply ...
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March 19, 2011 4:11:22 PM

Best answer selected by lifeofrileymusic.
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March 19, 2011 5:39:15 PM

That integrated video card is weak, can't play HD.

* COOLER MASTER Elite 335 Black Mid Tower Case, ATX, No PSU, Steel
* CORSAIR CX430 Power Supply, 430W, 24-pin ATX12V V2.3 EPS12V, 1x 6-pin PCIe, Retail
* ASUS M4A88T-M, AM3, AMD® 880G, DDR3-1866 (O.C.) 16GB /4, PCIe x16, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 10 /6, VGA+DVI, HDMI, HDA, GbLAN, mATX, Retail
* AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Quad-Core 3.2GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 4x 512KB L2 + 6MB L3 cache, 125W, 45nm, Black Edition, Retail
* KINGSTON 4GB (2 x 2GB) ValueRAM PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
* SAMSUNG 1TB SpinPoint F3, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200-RPM, 32MB Cache, Retail
* RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
* ASUS DRW-24B3LT Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM
* MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition, OEM
* WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

http://www.avadirect.com/custom-pc-configurator.asp?PRI...

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