Buying Entertainment Desktop

Hewlett-packard Pavilion p6120t pc - 2.6...
September 25, 2009 at 23:58:10
Specs: Windows Vista, 2.6GHz, 3 GB Ram
So I looked around, was customizing a Dell
but I noticed the HP systems were much more

Here are the specs, basically everything entry

Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with
Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual-Core processor
E5300 [2.6GHz, 2MB L2, 800MHz FSB]
320GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
Integrated graphics (Intel(R) Media Accelerator
3100) [VGA]
250 watts PSU
LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW
SuperMulti drive
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet, No wireless LAN
15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, audio
Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio
No speakers

Comes to $390.85 after tax

I saw a website explaining a deal that expires
Sunday. Would include 500 GB HDD free (I
don't see the option labeled for free, it actually
says 750 GB Free I believe but when I click
either, it adds $50 even at the last step) Even
the coupon code mentioned doesn't work
either, which is a shame because the site
claims you get the 500 GB model for like
$320. (Kind of a far cry from the $350 it begins
at, only thing I added was the media card


Not sure what the
problem is... I'm going to try bing cash back

Anyways, I'm looking to upgrade/add some
stuff. So I want to find a video card, wireless
mouse, good pair of speakers for cheaper than
what the options are with the
customization(plus I can't find a video card
with S-Video under the customization options).
Will probably need a new PSU to support a
better graphics card?

Problem is I need a graphics card that will
have S-Video and DVI. I don't need a gaming
card though. Hopefully I can use the On board
card's VGA port for my 360 while having the
other card with the S-Video and DVI?
Looking at this possibly

So to sum up, looking for deals/advice on..
- Graphics card w/ S-Video and DVI either able
to be powered by 250 watts PSU or
- PSU capable of handling graphics card if
(Was recommended this one from my first post here, )
- Wireless Mouse (Best bang for buck?)
- Speakers (Looking at Logitech, dunno which but no higher than $30 before shipping)

Any suggestions for the desktop itself are
welcome as well. Not sure if it meets my
needs but I just need to be able to do some
video editing with Dual View, run Windows 7
and play High Def content.


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September 26, 2009 at 06:23:31
Why buy an off the shelf machine and upgrade those components? First of all, it would void the warranty by you tinkering with it and second you can have one built with all the stuff you want in it from the builder. Look at some of the companies in this link.

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September 26, 2009 at 07:45:59
Well I wouldn't need to upgrade anything but of the two places
I've tried customizing from, neither include an option for a card
with an S-Video port.
It's a lot harder to customize from scratch too, as you can tell
I'm having a hard enough time deciding from 4 parts.
Either way, still looking for suggestions on the parts I would
need or at least an idea on whether the stuff I picked will fit
my needs.

Here are some results no sd card reader, wireless mouse.
Logitech speakers, on board video and sound. 2nd cheapest
cooling, hdd, ram. cheapest PSU, cpu, case, dvd-rom. 3rd
cheapest mobo
total: $831.92 a lot of options, pretty good site but I'm
just so overwhelmed especially with video cards. What I picked comes out to around $520-580 before
tax/shipping and that's with no OS(no kb/mouse for $520,
more entry level selection too).

So I didn't realize I'm not using my VGA port. Confused the fact that I'm using it in the back of my monitor for the 360.
My issues now with building the HP
- Will the 250W PSU handle the 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350?
- Can I resolve my S-Video woes by converting the unused VGA to S-Video. I looked up some VGA Male to S-Video females and they all have overwhelmingly negative reviews about not working.

Also looking at this system now
Curious what I should do involving this comment
"The power supply includes 4 pin and the motherboard has an 8 pin connector. You can plug the 4 pin into the 8 pins or use an adapter if you want. The MB manual recommends using a 500 watt or higher power supply."

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