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Old 02-14-2014, 08:46 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm looking to buy a new all-in-one desktop computer. The model I'm looking at has an AMD E-2 processor. Is that processor good enough for streaming HD video?

This is the model I'm considering:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/pavilion-23-all-in-one-computer-4gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive/1713521.p?id=1219061252359&skuId=1713521&st=catego ryid$abcat0501005&cp=1&lp=1

Or would I be better off looking for a model with a Pentium processor?
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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That is a lower end processor but it was built with Streaming HD in mind. ANY modern processor should have zero issues streaming video. The bottle necks these days is your Internet Connection.
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:44 AM
 
Location: NJ
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That is a lower end processor but it was built with Streaming HD in mind. ANY modern processor should have zero issues streaming video. The bottle necks these days is your Internet Connection.
Thanks for the info. I use a 50/50 wired internet connection so I don't expect any issue from that standpoint.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:34 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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What else are you using the computer for besides watching videos?
If you don't need the 23" display, this is a better value (2x faster CPU but only 19.5" display, $350):

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/one-19-5...1005&cp=1&lp=3


or this (3x faster CPU but a 21.5" display, $400):

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/21-5-all...1005&cp=1&lp=5
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:30 PM
 
Location: NJ
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What else are you using the computer for besides watching videos?
If you don't need the 23" display, this is a better value (2x faster CPU but only 19.5" display, $350):

Gateway One 19.5" AllInOne Computer 4GB Memory 500GB Hard Drive ZX4270-UB31 - Best Buy


or this (3x faster CPU but a 21.5" display, $400):

Asus 21.5" AllInOne Computer 4GB Memory 500GB Hard Drive ET2220IUKI-04 - Best Buy
Is ASUS a good brand? I was thinking that was one of the cheaper brands out there so I was kind of ignoring it. I currently use a 23" monitor which is why I was focused on that size, but a 21.5" wouldn't make much difference.

In addition to watching videos I need the ability to burn DVDs from my home video camera. They are mostly videos of my kids so I don't need any fancy editing, but do need the ability to burn to DVD to share with family/friends.

Is 4GB enough RAM? It says non-expandable.

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Old 02-14-2014, 01:32 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Is 4GB enough RAM? It says non-expandable.
You need 8GB.
Do not buy this model.
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:36 PM
 
Location: NJ
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It turns out the Asus is out of stock at Best Buy anyway.

I'm leaning towards this model:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/c440-touch-21-5-touch-screen-all-in-one-computer-4gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/9008128.p?id=1218968347522&skuId=9008128&st=catego ryid$abcat0501005&cp=1&lp=6


RAM is expandable to 8GB, it is touch screen, and has a 1TB hard drive.
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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ASUS is a good brand. Acer/Gateway is probably much less so but YMMV. HP's reputation for reliability ain't that great neither.


4GB is the minimum you'll need and non-expandability is the weakness of AIO computers. You'll get better value and flexibility buying a desktop PC instead.
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Is ASUS a good brand? I was thinking that was one of the cheaper brands out there so I was kind of ignoring it. I currently use a 23" monitor which is why I was focused on that size, but a 21.5" wouldn't make much difference.

In addition to watching videos I need the ability to burn DVDs from my home video camera. They are mostly videos of my kids so I don't need any fancy editing, but do need the ability to burn to DVD to share with family/friends.

Is 4GB enough RAM? It says non-expandable.
ASUS generally makes great stuff, I'd certainly prefer them over Acer/Gateway any day (and probably over Dell or HP in most categories).

ASUS has been a highly regarded Mother Board manufacturer for years and years, and started out manufacturing parts for Dell (and eventually most of the Dell product). In the last 8 or so years they've really branched out, making everything from laptops and tablets, to phones and monitors and routers.

Agree that 4GB is about the minimum, but for light usage scenarios it should be fine.
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Old 02-14-2014, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I agree with Skiunk 90%.
4GB is really still to this day more then enough RAM for anything except high end graphic and video design or really high end gaming.
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