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June 13, 2011 6:21:23 AM

Hello,

I need to buy a computer for my dad, he works with autocad, 3d max, photoshop and some ingeneering software. Ive norrowed it down to two options.

1- HP HPE-580T

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-960 quad-core [3.2GHz, 1MB L2 + 8MB shared L3 cache] with Turbo Boost up to 3.46 GHz
16 GB (4 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs]-24GB Max
1 TB 7200 rpm SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
1GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce 460 [2 DVI, mini-HDMI. VGA adapter]
LightScribe Super Multi 16X DVDRW w/Double Layer
DVD Player as secondary drive
Windows 7 Professional Edition (64-bit)
Power output wattage
460 Watt

2- HP HPE-570T

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 quad-core processor 3.4Ghz with Turbo-Boost [up to 3.8GHz, 8MB cache] - 2nd generation quad core processor
12 GB (2 x 4 GB, 2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs]
2 TB 7200 rpm SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
1GB dedicated ATI Radeon HD5770 [Dual DVI, HDMI, DP, VGA adapter]
Blu-ray player w/LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
Beats Audio (tm) -- integrated studio quality sound
Windows 7 Professional Edition (64-bit)
Power output wattage
300 Watt

I was inclining towards option 2 but am not sure if the power output wattage could be a problem....
I would really appreciate your help with this.
June 13, 2011 7:55:25 AM

I would personally go for the first option due to the superior graphics card.
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June 13, 2011 12:28:56 PM

So the graphic card would outweight the newer processor and larger hard drive? I didnt think the 460 graphic card was that better thwnthe 5770.
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June 13, 2011 1:06:39 PM

prices on each? Id say the storage drive is irrelevant. Most dads dont even know what to do with 250gb, much less 1tb of storage.
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June 13, 2011 1:27:40 PM

$885 for the one with the hd 5770 and $875 for the other one.
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June 13, 2011 3:22:42 PM

he usually keeps his computers for quite some time so i want the choosen configuration to be the best it can be.
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June 13, 2011 3:24:08 PM

genghiskron said:
prices on each? Id say the storage drive is irrelevant. Most dads dont even know what to do with 250gb, much less 1tb of storage.





$885 for the one with the hd 5770 and $875 for the other one.

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June 13, 2011 3:35:46 PM

I'd pick the newer Sandy Bridge over the 960. But 300w psu? If you ever want to upgrade your video card you'll have to replace that, and god knows how hard that will be with an HP case.

Ah the joys of mainstream prefabs.
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June 13, 2011 3:54:33 PM

yep......thats exactly what im worried about......prices are basically the same....
the one with the sandy bridge gives me a newer processor, more storage, and blueray player, although blueray and the extra tb of hard drive might not be that important....the other one gives me more ram (8 more gb wish i think is over-overkill), a better gpu and better power supply....

plus one comment in favor of each!
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June 13, 2011 6:18:27 PM

+1 on the sandy bridge. i share the frustration with the 300w psu, but i think the 5770 will be plenty for the stated needs, and its not like the gtx 460 is worlds apart.
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June 14, 2011 12:00:44 AM

genghiskron said:
+1 on the sandy bridge. i share the frustration with the 300w psu, but i think the 5770 will be plenty for the stated needs, and its not like the gtx 460 is worlds apart.



Thanks, so just to be clear, CPU over GPU.
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June 14, 2011 4:59:49 AM

Thanks to the few who invested their time in helping me, at the end sandy bridge just convinced me of being the best long term investment....hate the 300w psu though.....all your comentes where very valuable....
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June 14, 2011 5:00:29 AM

ehem....comments...and were....
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June 14, 2011 5:02:41 AM

Best answer selected by darzelph.
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