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Desktop Comparison Lenovo vs. Velocity

by whereismike / June 27, 2008 11:00 PM PDT

Dear Computer Jedi!
I am torn between two computers. I am able to get a "discount" on Lenovo computers but would like to know if it worth it. Lenovo will charge me $1000 for this computer. They SAY it is worth $1700 which I think is untrue. What are your thoughts?
* Harvard ThinkCentre M57 Tower Form Factor (no ext. speakers)
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These are wildly different machines.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2008 12:23 AM PDT

One is what you would get for a business machine, boring, stable, support lines, etc. The second is what a GAMER would want.

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by Phil Crase / June 29, 2008 12:22 AM PDT

WOW! I am with Bob, window # 2 would be pretty nifty if you want to do some gaming.

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what's it for?
by squirtlewa / June 29, 2008 4:50 AM PDT

I like Velocity Micro's stuff, but Lenovo has been doing good things with the old IBM lines.

The machines are apples n oranges. Curious what the OP's purpose is.

Heads up: Every Velocity Micro I've seen I'd be embarrassed to put in an office. Not as tacky as alienware kinds of stuff, but the glowing blue LEDs scream out gamer-geek, true chick/client repellant.

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by Phil Crase / June 29, 2008 5:11 AM PDT
In reply to: what's it for?

I agree with that comment, Lenovo HAS done some good things, so don't rule them out, again it depends on what you are going to be doing.

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by squirtlewa / June 29, 2008 9:21 AM PDT

I forgot to comment on the prices.
There's no way the Lenovo's true value would be $1700, even imaginary retail price. Comparable towers can be had under $1000.

The price on Velocity Micro is typical for them. They use good components. I wish it had better than 8500GT, but that really depends on the needs -- it's a workable gcard for sure.

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Microcenter Custom Built Computer
by whereismike / June 29, 2008 9:42 AM PDT
In reply to: prices

I went into Microcenter here in Cambridge, MA and they custom built a beautiful powerful and quiet computer for $870. I am very happy with my computer with runs Vista Ulitmate very well.
After further research the Lenovo wasn't worth the discount and Velocity was overkill.
Thank you for all of your input. And thank you Joonil Park who really customized my computer to my needs. It was nice to have an intelligent human touch.

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great resolution ^.^
by squirtlewa / June 29, 2008 1:24 PM PDT

Thanks for letting us know.
Sounds like you got just what you wanted, and a local operation too.

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weighing your options
by ramarc / June 29, 2008 11:23 AM PDT

lenovo vs velocity
same cpu speed (3ghz)
same ram quantity (4gb)
250gb vs 320gb
intel integrated vs 8500gt graphics

an 8500gt is not a gaming video card. a good video card (8800gs or hd3850) would cost about $120. 60 extra gig isn't that much... a 160gb external drive is about $80.

so, for $200 you could upgrade the lenovo to be much better than the velocity. if you're not a gamer and don't need the extra 60gb, stick with the lenovo and enjoy your savings even more.

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