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Need help in buying a media computer

by deecoy / July 14, 2005 10:26 AM PDT

I am looking to buy a new computer w/LCD monitor that will handle the video/digital photo editing I do with my small home business. My budget is around $2300. My 4 1/2 year old Gateway is about ready to retire. I have had to replace the power supply/fan twice, floppy drive once and a few other minor fix-ups, but their tech support was right there to talk me through it and replace everything. (Tech Support is very important to me.) I am looking at Gateway's FX400 with Window's Media Center. Also looked at Dell's 9100 Deminsion (but not too pleased with what I read about their tech support). I could use your help with what other models/brands that would be comparable with these two. Also, give me your opinions on "Windows Media Center". Thanks!

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by damasta55r / July 14, 2005 10:39 AM PDT
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lets just say i love my GATEWAY :)
by AKonny47 / July 14, 2005 10:51 AM PDT

um, when i was shopping for my computer, i started at looking at building my own shuttle xpc. scared off by some wiring thing not explained in manual made me think twice about building. it was narrowed between velocity micro and a store bought pc. i went with the store bought pc gateway 820gm media center. it didnt disapoint me! i wanted it just for gaming and i sure did pick the right pc. btx was my fav. buying point. using speed fan keeps everything below 50 degrees celcious even while gaming. i love gateways tech support chat. i asked them like 20 ?'s about my mobos upgradability, power supply, and power supply. i turned this oem pc into a gaming powerhouse.

back onto your choice lol

the FX400 has dual core, which is good for future use. the btx case is extremely quiet! 2 120mm fans will keep this pc cool and quiet. emachines, well the celeron model i have, is loud. its all the power supply but im not puting money into that.i am not saying emachine is bad because they are built solid like gateway.

you will get btx with gateway which will suite your media needs. it also COMES with a control.


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Another to look at
by John Robie / July 14, 2005 12:58 PM PDT

You have looked at Gateway and Dell with Dual-Core, now take a look at Hewitt-Packard Window Media Center with Dual-Core:

HP d4100e series
For AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual-Core Processor

HP d4100y series
For Intel Pentium D Processors Dual-Core

HP m7170n Dual Core
Pent D 830
At Best Buy:

At Circuit City:

HP m7160n Dual Core
Pent D 820
At Best Buy:

At Circuity City:

Can get your LCD Monitor at Newegg. Check out the Acer with low nm and low prices.

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by damasta55r / July 14, 2005 1:05 PM PDT
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Yep, i like those hp d4100s. I have one of the older versions of those, the sa4000T. If you're going to get them, just know they're huge, and they have a junk 400watt psu and can only accomadate 1 80mm case fan i think. As for the gateway, i dk about the btx case, how much does it really help in terms of cooling? The only advantage i see is noise, which isn't much quieter than an antec p180 or sonata case.

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Thanks for the info on HP's, but.........
by deecoy / July 15, 2005 1:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Another to look at

my daughter bought a HP Pavilion 764 from Circut City 2 years ago, she has had to send it back in twice because of shut down problems. HP never did give her the installation CD's until the second time she sent it back. The computer seems to handle the all the things she needs to do, including gaming, burning cd's & dvd's & multitasking. (when it's running properly)

I would consinder HP if I knew I could receive all the installation CD's and it wouldn't have the problems my daughter has had with hers.

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by John Robie / July 15, 2005 3:25 AM PDT

Assume you are looking at the new dual-core processors and right now Dell, Gateway, HP/Compaq, have some fine one in the $2300 range. This is 2005 and the technology has improved. I would not hesitate in purchasing any one of the three brands. Your excuses are really weak IMO.

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by damasta55r / July 15, 2005 11:10 AM PDT

With a HP/Compaq, the recovery console is on the hard drive, you can get but $$$. Create your own, comes with easy to use program to create your own backup disc.

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Need help in buying a media computer
by jcrobso / July 15, 2005 2:51 AM PDT

Get a good PC with XP on it and add your own multi-media to it. ATIs HD wonder works good in XP has problems in MCE.
If you do but a XP MCE make sure it comes with a TV turner in it, Adding one later to MCE is not a fun thing to do as choices are VERY limited.
3 party software is better that whats in MCE.
I will admit that over all I'm under whelmed with MCE.
"I have had to replace the power supply/fan twice, floppy drive once and a few other minor fix-ups"
This not realy all that bad for 4.5 years. John

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Thanks for your replies. I made my choice and bought.....
by deecoy / July 17, 2005 12:48 AM PDT

the HP m7170m media center with the Samsung 19 inch flat panel digital monitor. I ended up buying this at Best Buy and getting their 3 year "Geek Squad" warranty. I am still under the $2400. I think I will be very happy with my choice. (even though I have been a total Dell and Gateway person). Thanks again everyone.

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