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Thread: HP vs Custom PC Builder

  1. #1
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    Jul 2008

    Default HP vs Custom PC Builder

    hey everyone!
    Im not too knowledgeable about all of the computer specs and hardware performance. So i was wondering if someone here could help me identify the better computer system. The first list of specs is from and the second list of specs is from an experienced computer builder. I know that HP jsut mass produces their computer, but it seems like i can get more for cheaper. As for the computer builder, he says that his computer is better built with better parts and charges around 200$ extra.

    My main use for this computer will be using Adobe programs and especially after effects and premier pro. So i will be doing a lot of video editing. Every once in a while i play a game.

    Specs from
    Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
    Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Quad processor Q9550 (2.83GHz)
    8GB DDR2-800MHz dual channel SDRAM (4x204
    1GB NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT, 2 DVI, HDMI adapter
    Hard drive 500GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive edit
    Primary CD/DVD drive LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
    Sound Card Integrated 7.1 channel sound w/front audio ports edit
    PRICE: 1900$

    Specs from custom builder:
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Overclocked to 3.6GHz, 12MB L2 cache
    CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower 120
    Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Deluxe <click here> for specs
    Memory: 8GB OCZ Reaper HTC DDR2 800 low latency
    Video Card: ATI HD4870 with 512MB GDDR5 PCI-E 2.0 (speed is between
    the GeForce GTX 260 and 280, and sometimes it beats them both)
    Sound Card: ASUS Supreme FX 7.1HD Onboard
    DVD Burner: LiteOn 20X DVD Burner with LightScribe Tech
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 750GB with 32MB L2 cache, SATA 3.0
    Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 750Watt power supply
    Case: Lian-Li V1000 Plus (I've included a picture with it)
    Windows OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit - SP1
    PRICE: 2200$

    I simply just dont know how to compare these two... offers a 1GB card, but the custom builder says his gfx card is better.
    These performance differences make it hard to distinguish the better computer.

    If possible, please tell me the biggest differences between these comps. (pros/cons)
    Thank you in advance for the help.

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    Personally I would allways go custom build, because they are mostly easier to expand.

    In your case.

    - memory and videocard on the custom built are way better than those in that HP.
    - bigger harddrive and the 32 MB Cache on it is nice
    - the 750 W psu is a bit overkill, but comes in handy when expanding your system

  3. #3
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    Aug 2005
    Western Europe


    What type of video do you intend editing, it must be high definition with a computer spec like that?

  4. #4
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    Jul 2008


    yes, HD 1080 footage.

  5. #5
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    Nov 2005
    Bristol uk
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    Trade some power for space, disc and desk top. Fast quad core is nice as render times can never be quick enough and if you get into using lots of complex tricks it's handy but not essential.

    What you do need more of is storage, preferably secure storage. Considor a speedy raptor for sys and then a large safe raid array for storage.

    Editing is much easier with lots of screens - go for 2.

    GFx card is totally irrelevant for editing.

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    The Custom machine has a far better graphix card, and better components in general the any HP will ever have.

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