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Need advice on PC for web design-video editing $500-$800

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February 3, 2011 5:48:36 PM

Not much time for games anymore so I really just need a new box for working on websites and editing videos.
I do a lot of heavy multi-tasking with several programs open at once on multiple monitors.
Sometimes I'll find myself running photoshop, fireworks, dreamweaver, flash, excel, notepad++, a mail client and 20-30 open tabs in IE, FF, and Chrome at the same time... yeah, I have bad habits and need a PC that doesn't mind dealing with them.

I'm just starting to get into video editing, so I'll probably be mixing vegas, premiere and aftereffects into my workload more so I'd like to find something that can deal with that as well.

A friend suggested an HP that's on sale at compusa this week for $549.
HP 3130 LA056UT Desktop PC - Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
If I get this one, it has two RAM slots open so I would buy 4 more GB DDR3 for $40 bringing it up to 8GB total, and I already have an extra 1TB internal HDD, and a 2TB external HDD that I could add so I'm not worried about the 320GB HDD that comes with it.

What do you all think about this box?
Pros, cons?
Do you have a better off-the-shelf suggestion within my budget?
Does AMD have a better CPU in my price range than this i5?
If this looks like a good deal to you, is there anything you would add for my purposes?

Oh yeah, I should mention I really don't have the time or inclination to build my own (as nice as that would be) so I'm really just looking for something I can buy ready-made, load my programs, and be working the same night.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
Cheers!

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February 7, 2011 8:16:45 AM

Hello loyalrogue;
Your RAM upgrade plan would work. What are you upgrading from?

The only option I saw that might be more attractive to you is a HP Pavilion Elite HPE-500z Quad-core AMD Desktop @ $570
AMD Athlon X4 640 3.0GHz, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD

Passmark CPU benchmark scores:
Intel Core i5 650 @ 3.2GHz = 3121
AMD Athlon X4 640 @ 3.0Ghz = 3756
February 7, 2011 11:37:29 AM

can you afford to wait 6 weeks for Bulldozer and the re-release of Sandy Bridge?


Sandy Bridge 2500K with its built-in Intel HD 3000 graphics is a video encoding powerhouse like nothing ever seen before.
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February 11, 2011 3:22:43 AM

Better deal is directly from HP at the office/business outlet...refurbished....

Pavilion Elite HPE-150t W7HP-64 i5 750 2.66GHz 700GB SATA 6GB DDR3 1333 DVDRW(LS) 1GB NIC WLAN TV 15-in-1 Rmkt PC for $561

http://h71016.www7.hp.com/html/hpremarketing/daily.asp?...

slightly better CPU, more Ram, more HDD storage, more powerful video card, wi-fi, TV....all for $10 more
February 12, 2011 11:32:50 PM

kitaware said:
Uniquename must work for AMD...the chart linked here shows the i5 way faster than the x4 840T...

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2...


I'll assume you're just having a bad day. I clearly said 840T vs i5-650 which the original poster wanted. I would also hope the refurbished stuff you are espousing is faster than a lower priced new system.
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