Re: Need computer comparison help
You have selected two good machines. Of the two, I would go with the HP. It has a slighlty slow CPU and less memory, but faster intergrated graphics.
However, to make a good selection or offer alternatives, we need to know if your mother uses any applications beyond the simple tasks like surfing, emails, MS Office, and watching video. You could actually get a less expensive computer that would do all of those well, are there any applications that might warrant special features?
Building your own is an option which I can heartily recommend too, but dont expect to save very much - if at all - on the innitial build in this price range. For low end systems, store bought usually cost less than build your own. However with build you own, you have the pleasure and satisfaction of building it, the increased knowledge and confidence that makes troubleshooting and upgrading easier, and can avoid the bloatware found on purchases systems. You can also avoid having an under-powered PSU that severly limits later upgrades, especially of the video card. And while you might not save much on the first build, you could save substantially the second time around when you just upgrade mobo, memory, and CPU rather than purchasing a new system. On the downside of building, it will take a fair amount of time to select, order, inspect, build, and test the system. And if your mother has problems, she won't have a manufacturer to call for help in troubleshooting - but will call you.