Sony or Compaq

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  1. Raymond G

    Raymond G Agent

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    I am buying a new CPU and was wondering which is better.
    The Sony or Compaq. They both have the same processor,
    same amount of hard drive and ram. The Sony is $799 after
    rebates and the Compaq is $849.

    Which one would be the best to get?
     
  2. Camp

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    Beyond the warranties and general service attitudes there is no difference in the companies. What are the guts of the machines? It's what's in there that matters. Also pay attention to the software bundles. Does one have something you can't live without (though most software bundles suck).
     
  3. Raymond G

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    About the only difference is the Software package, which is
    mostly junk (IMHO). I guess the thing that will swing this
    deal is that Circuit City has the Sony with 12 months no
    interest financing.
     
  4. Ben Menix

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    Speaking for my experience only, Sony's seem to have much higher build quality. The customer support is about the same, you just wouldn't have to use Sony's as much.
    BTW, as was pointed out, they all use the same parts, essentially. By build quality, I mean Sony appears to take more time and put more care into putting their machines together, and generally uses slightly newer and occassionally higher-quality parts.
    Again, this is my opinion only.
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  5. Andre F

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    I've had two Compaqs and based on those machines I refuse to buy another ever again.
     
  6. Gabriel_Lam

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    What are the model numbers for each? It's impossible to say with just a manufacturer and a price. Not knowing this, we'd just be taking shots in the dark.
     
  7. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    If I may offer a nugget of advice:

    Never buy a computer in a store

    It'll be cheaper to custom order one online, and you get to dictate parts. Quality parts mean a far faster machine
     
  8. Raymond G

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    The Sony # is PVCRX741 and the Compaq #Presario 6016US.
     
  9. AllanN

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    I would lean toward Sony if those are your only choices. I have noticed that Compaq cases and motherboards are real proprietary and they always have really shitty modems/net cards/etc.
     
  10. Brian Hepler

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    I don't know if this is still the case, but Compaq used to use proprietary hardware and would modify the Microsoft Windows software to "take advantage" of these hardware changes. The end result was crappy hardware with a broken operating system. I would hope that they have learned from this and stopped the practice, but I can't say that they have.

    I have had bad experiences with Compaq before. I would go with the Sony. Even better, I'd order one from Dell or Gateway.
     
  11. Jeff Kleist

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    Oh, and just for the record, Sony and Compaq don't make CPUs [​IMG]
     
  12. Gabriel_Lam

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    Well, here's what we can gather:
    Compaq #Presario 6016US
    1.53Ghz AMD Athlon XP (1800+)
    512MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM
    60GB Ultra/ATA100 HD
    nVidia nForce Based Motherboard
    24x CD-RW Drive
    16X DVD-Rom
    Analog Devices Incorporated Integrated SoundMax III Digital Audio Chip
    Video: Integrated nVidia Geforce 2MX 32mb from nForce
    USB 2.0 (4 ports I think)
    Conexant HSF HSFi V.92 56K PCI Modem
    nForce MCP 10/100 NIC (integrated)
    Available slots: AGP, PCI
    Sony PVC-RX741:
    1.53Ghz AMD Athlon XP (1800+)
    512MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM
    60GB Ultra/ATA100 HD
    SiS 740 Based Motherboard
    24x10x40 CD-RW Drive
    16X DVD-Rom
    Video: Integrated Sis 740 w/32mb Shared Video Memory
    USB (4 ports, not sure if 2.0 compliant)
    IE1394 Firewire (2 ports)
    Integrated Lucent soft V.90 Fax/Modem
    Integrated Realtek RTL8139-based 10/100 NIC
    Integrated SiS7012 sound
    Memory Stick Slot (Sony Proprietary)
    Available slots: PCI
    So, what can we conclude? Here are the advantages of each:
    Compaq uses a pretty standard nForce based setup which gives you a better motherboard, a much more powerful video solution, available AGP slot (big time plus), better modem, better network chip, as well as much better sound chip.
    Sony has firewire, costs $50 less, and there are people who think Compaq is proprietary crap (which, if you actually take a look at the specs and parts, is is obviously incorrect).
     
  13. Ben Menix

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    I checked the specs as well; the VAIO indeed does not seem to come with an AGP slot. This is a huge disadvantage for long term usability. The integrated SiS video chip is adequate for internet and office work, but nothing else, really. The GeForce 2 MX of the Compaq system will provide a good entry-level gaming card; plus the agp slot will allow you to upgrade the video card in the future.
    I'm not a particularly big fan of Compaq, but I think the bottom line is; the Sony doesn't provide enough long term usability, whether it's a higher quality machine or not.
    Ben Menix
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  14. Raymond G

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    What is and what does AGP do?
     
  15. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Honestly, don't buy either of them. Glooking around on pricewatch.com for complete systems. Bet you'll save several hundred

    AGP is the connector that you plug graphics cards into. If you're a gamer, you'll probably upgrade your graphics card at least once during the life of the system
     
  16. Andre F

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    I just got a new Dell (my second one) and I like it very much!
     
  17. Raymond G

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    I just found the Compaq on the Best Buy site and I can get
    the no interest financing. So from what I have read here,
    this is the one I need to get.
    I do not know enough about computers to order one piece by
    piece from a computer company that gives me to many options.
    I will probably buy this tomorrow afternoon, so if there is
    any other options please post. I did check the Dell and
    Gateway sites, but they want more than I want to pay.
     
  18. Gabriel_Lam

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    Dell Dimension 4500 Tower with 2.26Ghz Pentium 4, Intel 845G chipset motherboard, 64Mb nVidia AGP Card, DVD-Rom, 20GB HD, 128mb DDR memory for $599 after Rebate with free shipping. You can double the HD for $20. Other options as well.

    Earlier this week you could get a basic P4 2.0Ghz based Dell computer for $439 after rebate, also with free shipping.
     
  19. JimD

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    For premade systems for the people that do not want or have the desire to build them for themself, I would reccomend a Dell, tech support is pretty good and they are reliable and when you call them up and ask them to help you do an upgrade on your system, you will not (usually) get a quick response stating "we will not help you cause it was not purchased from us" many other companies will not support you when you install 3rd party components.

    Jim
     
  20. AaronMg

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    Is there any way you would be willing to build the computer yourself? If you are willing, I can give you several sites that have walk-thoughs on how to build a computer. If you can't I would reccomend getting a Dell or a Gateway.
     

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