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June 1, 2012 10:38:50 PM

My pops lives in S. America. He asked me buy and test a cheap refurbished computer. The only request he had was that it play Netflix and also that it has a large HD.

I found two refurbished systems at Best Buy, but I don't know how to gauge the older/cheaper processors.

ACER ($279)
Acer - Refurbished Aspire X1 Desktop - 4GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive
AMD E-450
6 Gigs DDR3
1TB HD (@7200RPM)

eMachine ($220)

eMachines - Refurbished Desktop / Intel® Pentium® Processor / 3GB Memory
Intel® Pentium @ 3.2ghz (I assume this is the E-5800)
3GB Ram
1TB HD (@5400RPM)

The AMD system of course has the APU (HD 6320) while the E-5800 has onboard video (GMA 4500HD).

I understand that the e-450 is a low power much weaker processor, but the APU portion of it is far superior to the GMA 4500HD. However, I think the Pentium@3.2 likely destroys the e-450 processing power.

I think both will run 1080p blu-ray (correct)? But which one will run smooth for overall tasks?

(Both come with Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium)

NOTE - I usually build my own systems, but I have no time with work before my trip and i don't think I could beat the price. I am also doing best buy because the price is ok and I will get to try it out for a few days before I take it abroad, if it fails, best buy returns my money... building it myself makes it harder.

Please advice the pros and cons of both systems and whether I which I should pick.

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June 1, 2012 10:49:09 PM

the second machine could be a pentium 4, which would be much slower than the E5800.

I have an E450 based laptop. It's low power, but CPU is as slow as P4. I would not recommend an E450 based server. However it should be able to play 720p and netflix.

Instead look at www.ubid.com I buy refurbs there. Only look at 'MANUFACTURER REFURBISHED', not anything else. Something like this machine would be good...
HP Pavilion p7-1280t Intel Core i5-2320 3GHz 8GB 1TB http://www.ubid.com/HP_Pavilion_p7-1280t_Intel_Core_i5-...
or maybe
HP Pavilion p7-1270t Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz 6GB 1TB http://www.ubid.com/HP_Pavilion_p7-1270t_Intel_Core_i3-...
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June 2, 2012 1:22:45 PM

tsnor said:
the second machine could be a pentium 4, which would be much slower than the E5800.

I have an E450 based laptop. It's low power, but CPU is as slow as P4. I would not recommend an E450 based server. However it should be able to play 720p and netflix.

Instead look at www.ubid.com I buy refurbs there. Only look at 'MANUFACTURER REFURBISHED', not anything else. Something like this machine would be good...
HP Pavilion p7-1280t Intel Core i5-2320 3GHz 8GB 1TB http://www.ubid.com/HP_Pavilion_p7-1280t_Intel_Core_i5-...
or maybe
HP Pavilion p7-1270t Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz 6GB 1TB http://www.ubid.com/HP_Pavilion_p7-1270t_Intel_Core_i3-...


So... which do you think is better?
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