My PC recently died so I needed to buy a new one. My old one was an HP 752n w/ P4 [2.0GHz] that I bought in 2002. Amazing that it lasted 10 years and except for the last couple years, ran great and even faster than new (but cheap) machines. It was a high-end mainstream computer when I bought it like the i7's today.
Anyway, I didn't want to buy some cheap junk but I didn't want to spend $1,000 this time on an i7 system either, so I did some research and tried to find some middle ground. I'm not a gamer, might do some video editing at times and play 2D games, but otherwise just use the computer for internet surfing and regular software apps.
This is what I bought:
HP Pavilion p7xt customizable Desktop PC
Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit] OS
Intel Core i3-2120 processor [3.3GHz, 3MB cache]
6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM
1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
SuperMulti DVD Burner
Wireless-N LAN card (1x1)
15-in-1 memory card reader, USB ports, etc.
HP 2211x 21.5" LED Monitor
I'm also looking at buying and installing a graphics card myself, hopefully +/- $50 or less.
The one thing that is a must for me is a computer that is fast and does not bog down.
My family have some E-machine AMD E-series type machines and you can't do anything on them w/out slowing down!
I also wanted a good product that will last many years, and I'm comfortable with HP / Intel because of my last purchase.
Was this a good buy at this price?
I also looked at the i-5's as the next PC level up (quad cores) but it was another couple hundred bucks.
GeForce 210 and 520, as well as 430 and 440,
however for 430 and 440 some manufacturers listed 300W minimum, others listed 400W.
Therefore, I was concerned about 430 and 440 and looking more at 210 and 520.
I'd like to edit HD video (if possible in 1080p) but that's the only heavy lifting I have to do.
Otherwise just play old school 2D games (full screen), surf internet, regular software apps, etc.
No need for more than 1 monitor!
Given all this you think 210 or 520 or either would work for me?
Both the 210 and 520 are a waste of money at their price points. For the same or a few bucks more you can get a much better ATI card. The HD 6570 can be found for $50 and performs even better than a Geforce GT 530 and comparable to a Geforce GT 240 (both cost more than the HD 6570).
Even if you don't play games requiring the muscle now, it would at least offer some assurance of performance if you decided to since this puts you at the high end of the consumer grade cards (extreme low end of enthusiast grade).
In regards to power supply requirments, no worries. All of these cards are extremely low draw and since you won't be overclocking the CPU or GPU there should be no reason to worry about ever exceeding the limit with these cards, even with a 300W PSU.
Well I've only owned one other computer before, it was an HP I bought in 2002 when I went to college, and lasted 10 years. Always ran great until the last 24 months or so, but even then we're talking almost 8 years it ran flawlessly. At this point I always trust HP products and Intel chips.
That said, it's inexcusable they would not tell you during purchase the warranty will be void if you upgrade the computer on your own. Now I have two options, either stick with the integrated graphics they send me, or return the PC, wait for them to build another, then wait for that one to ship ... in essence, not get a computer until early May.
I can't see myself waiting a month to get a new computer, so now I'm SOL with an integrated graphics card and everything eating into my RAM. Wonderful.