Two Costco ZT system computers, what one to buy?

By Brannon132
Feb 9, 2011
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  1. Hey guys,

    I am getting a new computer and trying to decide between these two computers at costco..

    The first one is item number 561370 it has an i7-870 four core chip, 2tb hd, 16gb ram and an ati radeon 5450 1gb video card for $999.

    The other is item number 567347 and it has an AMD Phenom 1055T six core chip, 2tb hd, 16gb ram and an ati radeon hd 3000 integrated video card for $799.

    I plan on using the computer for mainly general use with some photoshop and sony vegas video editing in 1080p. Plus I might want to get into gaming once Diablo 3 comes out.

    What are the pros and cons to both systems and which one would you suggest or am I better off making my own?

    i7 870 vs 1055t?
    Ati radeon 5450 vs 3000 vs new video card?

    Brannon (computer novice)
  2. Edwin Phate

    Edwin Phate TS Rookie Posts: 140

    None no one needs 16gbs of ram. the first has a low budget graphics card the 2nd is just onboard which is even worse.
    i guess if i had to id get the first and buy a graphics card and power supply. or you can get the 2nd one and with the 200 you save you can get a psu and gfx card for that 200 bucks and out perform the other in gaming big time/
  3. Brannon132

    Brannon132 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    So if I decided to get the 1055T and then add to it a gtx 460 and a decent psu I would have a decent system for $1000?
    or would I be better off to make my own system which I have never done and it kind of scares me... :-0

    One more question is the i7 870 that much better than the 1055T?
  4. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Um both of those are too damn expensive, if you can't find anything else on the market, i would just build one. You might can build a powerful rig for about 700 , maybe a bit more. Even if you buy the second one with the phenom, you have to buy a extra card and a better PSU. so yea get ready to dish out about 1000 bucks or near it.

    If you build one, might can go up to 700 or less. who knows, depends on what you buy. Buy the second one and grab a GTS 450, you may be looking at under 850.
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Am at work now. I'll post a few suggestions on components once I get back. Like ThaGeneral pointed out, it would make more sense to build a system yourself at the $1000 price point. And you needn't be scared. We're here to help you if you get stuck.
  6. Brannon132

    Brannon132 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Alright I am intrigued; let me know what kind of system you guys would suggest with a $1000 budget not including monitor and speakers and such.
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition - $199.99
    ASRock 890FX DELUXE3 AM3 AMD 890FX - $153.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 - Now: $64.99
    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB - $219.99
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W - $89.99
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $64.99
    COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II - $69.99

    TOTAL - $863.93

    The above system has plenty of scope for future upgrades.

    Note: You could save some money by purchasing an AMD 870 chipset instead of the 890FX. Also, if you're not very keen on high end gaming you may pick a cheaper video card like the HD 5770.

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