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Old 02-20-2006, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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These are two of the computers I am looking at buying from Best Buy and they are both $1,199.99

I would like some help in deciding which is better for me. I will be mostly playing games, internet, and newsletters.

Hewlett-Packard Pavilion Media Center TV Desktop with AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Processor 3800+


Processor Brand: AMD Athlon 64 X2

Processor Speed: 2.0GHz

System Bus: 2000MHz

Cache Memory: 512KB + 512KB on die Level 2

System Memory: 1GB Expandable To 4GB

Type of Memory: PC3200 DDR SDRAM

Hard Drive Type: SATA (7200 rpm)

Hard Drive Size: 250GB

Graphics: ATI RADEON XPRESS 200

Video Memory: 256MB (shared)

Personal Video Recorder Yes

TV Tuner: Yes

MPEG Yes

Audio Integrated: 5.1-channel audio support

Speakers: No

Modem: 56 Kbps*

Network Card Built-in 10/100Base-TEthernet
networking interface (RJ-45 connector)

Wireless Networking Built-in high-speed wireless LAN

DVD-ROM Drive Yes

Maximum DVD-ROM Drive Speed 16x

Recordable DVD Drive Yes, double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW

Recordable DVD Drive Speeds 8x DVD+R DL; 4x DVD-R DL; 16x8x16 DVD+RW; 16x6x16 DVD-RW; 5x DVD-RAM; 40x32x40 CD-RW

LightScribe Compatibility Yes

Digital Media Reader or Slots Yes, digital media card reader

Total Expansion Bays External: 2 (5.25"), 1 (Personal Media Drive); Internal: 1 (3.5")

Available Expansion Bays External: 1 (Personal Media Drive)

Total Expansion Slots 3 PCI, 1 PCI-E x16

Available Expansion Slots 1 PCI-E x16

USB 2.0 Ports 6 (2 front, 4 rear)

IEEE 1394 Ports 2 (1 front, 1 rear)

S-Video Outputs None

Additional Audio/Video Connectors Composite video, S-video and audio inputs

Serial Ports None

Parallel Ports 1

Game Ports None

Keyboard Description HP multimedia

Other Control Devices (mouse, etc.) HP optical mouse, HP Media Center remote

Operating System Windows XP Media Center 2005

Software Included Microsoft Works 8, Money 2005; Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0; Quicken New User Edition 2006; Sonic DigitalMedia Plus, MyDVD; muvee autoProducer; InterVideo WinDVD 5 player; RealPlayer; HP Image Zone and more




Hewlett-Packard Pavilion Media Center TV Desktop with Intel® Pentium® D Processor 920


Processor Brand Intel® Pentium® D

Processor Speed 2.8GHz

System Bus 800MHz

Cache Memory 2 x 2MB on die Level 2

System Memory (RAM) 2GB

System Memory (RAM) Expandable To 4GB

Type of Memory (RAM) PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM

Hard Drive Type SATA (7200 rpm)

Hard Drive Size 300GB

Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 6200SE with TurboCache technology

Video Memory Up to 256MB (shared)

Personal Video Recorder (PVR) Yes

TV Tuner Yes

MPEG Yes

Audio Intel® High Definition; (7.1-channel sound support)

Speakers None

Modem 56 Kbps

Network Card Built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet networking interface (RJ-45 connector)

Wireless Networking Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g)

DVD-ROM Drive Yes

Maximum DVD-ROM Drive Speed 16x

Recordable DVD Drive Yes, double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW

Recordable DVD Drive Speeds 8x DVD+R DL; 4x DVD-R DL; 16x8x16 DVD+RW; 16x6x16 DVD-RW; 5x DVD-RAM; 40x32x40 CD-RW

LightScribe Compatibility Yes

Digital Media Reader or Slots Yes, digital media card reader

Total Expansion Bays External: 2 (5.25"), 1 (HP Personal Media Drive); Internal: 1 (3.5")

Available Expansion Bays External: 1 (HP Personal Media Drive)

Total Expansion Slots 3 PCI, 1 PCI-E x16

Available Expansion Slots None

USB 2.0 Ports 6 (2 front, 4 rear)

IEEE 1394 Ports 2 (1 front, 1 rear)

Additional Audio/Video Connectors Composite video, S-video and audio inputs; microphone line-in/out

Serial Ports None

Parallel Ports 1

Game Ports None

Keyboard Description HP wireless keyboard

Other Control Devices (mouse, etc.) Wireless optical mouse, HP Media Center remote

Operating System Windows XP Media Center 2005

Software Included Microsoft Works 8, Money 2005; Quicken New User Edition 2006; Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0; Sonic DigitalMedia Plus, MyDVD; muvee autoProducer; InterVideo WinDVD 5 player; RealPlayer; HP Image Zone and more
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Old 02-20-2006, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Both of those will have trouble with new games. Their graphics cards are terrible. The first one is integrated. (no card)


You should try to build it yourself or have someone else build it for you.
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