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Pentium D 915 (P) 2.8 Ghz or Athlon64X2 4600 2.4 Ghz


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I need a better desktop, I do heavy video editing using Pinnacle Studio 10 (actually I am using Studio 9 because I need the more powerful computer to use Studio 10) and I found these 2 in my price range, but each has desirable features that the other doesn't have.

PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE WHAT THE BETTER VALUE/CONFIGURATION IS!

I am shopping for a new desktop and found these 2 similar ones both for around $1100 at 2 different stores and was wondering if someone could help me decide which is a better deal for the price for working with Studio 10? Both are HP Pavilion Media center TV Desktop Packages, one is # a1657c and the other is # m7670n. Other than the differences in hard drive size (which is easy to upgrade) and one has 2 DVD drives (it's easy to get another), of the things that are more difficult to change, like the processor: Is it better to have: Base processor
PentiumD 915 (P) DC 2.8 GHz
800 MHz front side bus
Socket 775 with integrated graphics and I would need to get another graphics card;
or: Base processor
Athlon 64 X2 (W) 4600+ 2.4 GHz
2000 MT/s (mega transfers/second)
Socket AM2 and this one has dedicated graphics
GeForce 7500LE
256 MB DDR memory
I/O Ports: DVI, S-Video, VGA

Full specs here:
http://h10025.www1.h...c...deUrl=true
and the other one here:
http://h10025.www1.h...n...132&lang=en

I chose these 2 because I don't want Vista yet and found a good deal in my price range, and I don't want to build my own machine from the ground up but am willing to put in a little extra on whatever machine I do get. Thanks for any help analyzing this, I am getting confused.
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I need a better desktop, I do heavy video editing using Pinnacle Studio 10 (actually I am using Studio 9 because I need the more powerful computer to use Studio 10) and I found these 2 in my price range, but each has desirable features that the other doesn't have.

PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE WHAT THE BETTER VALUE/CONFIGURATION IS!

I am shopping for a new desktop and found these 2 similar ones both for around $1100 at 2 different stores and was wondering if someone could help me decide which is a better deal for the price for working with Studio 10? Both are HP Pavilion Media center TV Desktop Packages, one is # a1657c and the other is # m7670n. Other than the differences in hard drive size (which is easy to upgrade) and one has 2 DVD drives (it's easy to get another), of the things that are more difficult to change, like the processor: Is it better to have: Base processor
PentiumD 915 (P) DC 2.8 GHz
800 MHz front side bus
Socket 775 with integrated graphics and I would need to get another graphics card;
or: Base processor
Athlon 64 X2 (W) 4600+ 2.4 GHz
2000 MT/s (mega transfers/second)
Socket AM2 and this one has dedicated graphics
GeForce 7500LE
256 MB DDR memory
I/O Ports: DVI, S-Video, VGA

Full specs here:
http://h10025.www1.h...c...deUrl=true
and the other one here:
http://h10025.www1.h...n...132&lang=en

I chose these 2 because I don't want Vista yet and found a good deal in my price range, and I don't want to build my own machine from the ground up but am willing to put in a little extra on whatever machine I do get. Thanks for any help analyzing this, I am getting confused.



Out of those 2 choices the AMD IMO would be the best bet and more curent up to date.
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Thanks, that's what I was leaning towards.

Short of building my own (which I really don't have time or patience to do), do you think overall this is a decent out-of-the-box deal for around $1100 including flat screen monitor?
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