Time to replace my desktop computer, any suggestions?

@mehale (2200)
United States
May 11, 2007 9:17pm CST
It is time to replace my desktop. I have fought with it for the last time. It is only 4 years old, but has crashed often since day one. I cannot validate my copy of windows on it, and I also cannot download service packs - for some reason the computer and Microsoft won't allow it! This is not an illegal copy of the OS; the computer was bought brand new, in the box from a name brand store. Any way, now to my question: I am leaning toward either the HP Pavillion Slimline s3020n with a AMD 64 x2 dual core processor 3800+, with windows vista home premium pre-installed or the HP Pavillion a6042n-b again with a dual core AMD 64x2 processor this one claims 4200+, this would also have the vista home premium OS pre-installed. I assume the 3800+ and 4200+ have something to do with speed, but I am not sure what. Anybody know anything about either of these computer set ups? Which would you recommend and WHY? Just looking for a little advice before I shell out the money for a new one.
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@Ismavis (79)
• United States
12 May 07
Yes, those numbers refer to speed. The 3800+ is 2Ghz and the 4200+ runs at 2.2Ghz. At the speed level you won't notice any performance difference, I say go for the cheapest one. And if you are a casual computer user who mostly does internet surfing, Word documents and watching movies you could go with an even slower processor and save some money. These are pretty powerful processors whose full potential is only used by professionals who use it for heavy duty applications like 3D animations or video processing and such.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
12 May 07
I play some online games, plus update my website (full of photos and such) and keep my blogs up to date. I also create a lot of home videos from our video camera. My kids have one that is on the slower side, and I have noticed that it has slowed terribly - even using disk clean up, defrag, and virus scans, etc. I am not too happy with its performance. Also I want to try Vista and check to see if it will run the programs I need most without changing the OS on my laptop. And I would like it to be able to run all features of vista premium without slowing the computer. I thought about going with a mac, but they are quite a bit more expensive than I want to invest just to see if I like the mac Os.
• United States
12 May 07
Since you do video editing, I recommend the faster processor as it might save you a few minutes while creating DVDs and such. I also recommend not going for integrated video but a dedicated video card if you want all the bells and whistles while using Vista.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
13 May 07
What is the difference in the two video cards? I am not too good with some of these things. How do I know if it is integrated or dedicated?
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
14 May 07
Before you invest, seriously consider an Apple, the new ones can run both the Apple OS and Windows (if you decide you want to live dangerously). The people at the Apple store, transferred over my MS Office files, my Itunes, my pictures, my PDFs. The OS is more stable, no problems with viruses and their support is 2nd to none. I can go on if you like...just drop me a line.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I have thought seriously about getting an Apple eventually. I don't know too much about the Mac operating system except that it is supposed to be much more secure and stable. They are a little bit out of my price range at the moment, though.
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
4 Jun 07
You can get them refurbished on their website. You get the new computer warranty and they look brand new. My son bought one that way, I bought and iPod that way and will buy my next computer that way. Also, if you are are a student or a teacher or military you can get a discount, but that is about 10% and the refubished rate is better.
@raydene (9875)
• United States
13 May 07
I have a laptop.toshiba satellite A105-S4384 .Genuine windows xp media center edition,intel core tm 2 duo processor T5500..1024 MB DDRAM,160 HDD,DVD SuperMulti(+/- R double layer) drive,15.4 TruBrite (WXGA)display, 802.11a/b/g,CD control buttons. I got it at Christmas time and I love it.I don't know what I did without a laptop.I will never be without one again. Good Luck with your new one which ever you buy.
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@alpine_007 (1476)
• Pakistan
12 May 07
i think that 4200+ would be about nearly 2.2ghz and 3800+ would be about 2ghz i think, i am not very sure about it
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Hubby is replacing his and he is building his own. Personally, I wouldn't know where to start so last year I just went to Walmart's and bought me an e-machine. It runs great and does everything I want it to. The only changes we are going to make to it is a better video card (I play Everquest) and a bigger hard drive (I have tons of stuff on here). !!HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~