Hi everyone, I’m a long time reader and admirer of this forum, though I don’t post very often. I do a lot of video encoding and my AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ 2.8 GHz can’t seem to keep up with the amount of multi-tasking that I do constantly.
My computer is never off and since I sometimes have 20 programs running simultaneously, I need something a little faster. Some people tell me that I should just run less programs but that is not a possibility due to my hectic schedule so, I’m thinking about upgrading from this computer:
to this computer:
Though I haven’t been able to find any reviews, the fact that it’s only 600 dollars, a quad core, and an HP all catch my eye. I know it’s a refurb, but I have purchased many refurbished items off of buy.com in the past and have never had any problems. A matter of fact, the 37 inch tv I’m typing on now is refurbished and it was brand new when I received it.
My questions for the EXPERTS out there are:
What are the major differences of these two pcs?
I paid 900 dollars last year at best buy for the first listed computer and will only pay 600 for the second one. Is the second one worth 600?
Do you think the Q6600 Quad Core with help with my encoding and multitasking? I never play games on my pc so that is not an issue.
Other than the fact that it’s refurbished, do you find any obvious discrepancies in the tech specs?
Thank you and I look forward to your answers since my wife wants to order this computer tomorrow. I really appreciate your help.