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Please Help - AMD, Intel - which of these three HPs

by mkward1 / May 18, 2005 7:46 AM PDT

Here are the choices:

hp m1160n - $800, AMD 64 3400, 512 SDRAM, 200 Gig Hard drive, DVD RW and DVD ROM, GeForce AGP 8X graphics card with 128MB DDR memory, Personal Video Recorder, Windows Media Center, 1 PCI express expansion slot (occupied), 3 PCI (one available), etc.

hp m7060n - $900, 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 with Hyper Thread, 1 gig SDRAM, 200 gig harddrive, DVD RW and CD ROM, Intel graphics media accelarator (built into motherboard, i think), personal video recorder, 3 PCI expansion slots (one available), windows media center, etc.

hp m1170n - $900, 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 with Hyper Thread, 512 megs ram, ATI Radeon X300 SE PCI-E graphics with 128 memory and TV out, personal video recorder, 1 PCI express expansion slot (occupied), 3 PCI (one available), etc.

- all three will have a 5 year warranty ($199)
- i'm leaning toward the m1160 or m1170 based on upgraded graphics card, PCI Express slot
- AMD or Intel? My primary uses will be burning dvds from tv shows, digital camcorder; photo applications; some music application
- i'm not a big multi-tasker, i.e. if i burn a cd, i'm used to leaving the computer alone. However, if the computer can hande it, my my habits will change?
- i get the picture that HPs aren't exactly the best computers, but I'm on a very limited budget and I'm not looking to do anything terribly advanced (no gaming). With a 5 year warranty, I feel a little better about some of the reliability issues I've read about. Honestly, I wouldn't mind it breaking down 1 year or so from now - by then my wife will let me sink another thousand or so into the total and I should be in the ballpark of some great technology. I like the media center because it will interact with my xbox 360, I defintiely want a PVR (to bootleg dvds from tv shows for my kids).

- My real question is, how would you rank these computers compared to each other. They are pretty much all I'm left with that do (or are supposed to do) what I want them to do at that price point. Thanks for taking the time to help me out.

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I'd say the last one
by Exaltare / May 18, 2005 7:55 AM PDT

Although it doesn't specify if it comes with a DVD-RAM drive or not.

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it does
by mkward1 / May 18, 2005 8:08 AM PDT
In reply to: I'd say the last one

dvd rw and a plain dvd rom drive. it's basically the same as the first computer, with the difference being intel as opposed to amd, and a different graphics card

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by nerdyboy1234 / May 18, 2005 11:34 AM PDT
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just get the t6212 for around $550 and upgrade to nvidia 6600gt and 1 gb of ram to a total of around $900 or less.

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by cv4stm / May 18, 2005 12:22 PM PDT
In reply to: re

He wants PVR and stuff tho...anyway, you have to identify which Nvidia video card that is tho...if it is a FX5200 or anything better, I would go with that...anything lower, go with the P4

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by simonxliu / May 21, 2005 8:44 AM PDT
In reply to: I'd say the last one

Are you crazy? The athlon 64 3400 is much faster than a 3.0ghz p4. AMD and intel are tied on photo editing, but AMD is the preffered choice for music. What i would reccomend is buying from a different company as the 3400 is faster but is an older cpu. I would reccomend getting a computer with an athlon 64 3500 since it is a socket 939 cpu (which means it supports dual channel ram and has upgrade options). Socket 754 is basically dead now.

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by Fouad Bakht / May 23, 2005 12:43 PM PDT
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That was what I was going to say.

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hp m1160n - $800, AMD 64 3400,
by jcrobso / May 20, 2005 6:31 AM PDT

With out staring a war I like this one. It a AMD64 processor and AGP video card, to bad we don't know which card.
With the hp m1170n - $900, 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium as second choice. Do you know which P4 is in there?
Any time you have video card vrs onboard graphics you are better off. If you get the HP ask for a media CD.
Have you check out e-machines? John

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its a nvida 5200
by Spartan Project / September 28, 2005 6:33 PM PDT

If your buying it now dont expect warrenty!!
I got DENIED warrenty after having the computer a mere 2 months, it seems HP will deem it obsolete which somhow gives them the right to deny warrenty work???

anyways it comes with a Nvida G-Force5200, not a bad card, but after having to fix my computer i upgraded to a radeon 9550 to play Battlefield 2. which meant I also had to up the power suppy (which was the problem anyways) to a 300w, seeing as HP jips you with a 250W power supply

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Um, actually maybe the Pentium?
by xtuser / October 2, 2005 3:51 AM PDT
In reply to: its a nvida 5200

AMD is nice, but I don't see why we need to frown on Intel because AMD is better. It doesn't mean Intel absolutely positively sucks. For encoding stuff, Intels are better. But, only do it if the P4 you are looking at has EM64T, so that it can handle 64-bit(Vista).

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