I will be buying a desktop media center PC. I am trying to decide between the HP m7070n and the m1280n. The 1280 was introduced 2/9/05 and replaced by the 7070 on 3/28/05. The differences are that the 1280 has a socket 775, an ATI Radeon X600 Pro with 256 DDR Memory, PCI-E interface, and DVI I/O port. It also has 300 GB hard drive. The newer 7070 has socket LGA775, ATI Radeon X300SE with 128MB DDR Memory, and Composite I/O port instead of the DVI. No PCI-E interface is listed. The 7070 has 250 GB hard drive.
I plan on using it to record TV shows and some transfer of tapes to DVDs and pictures.
I'm wonder why they replaced the 1280 within six weeks and should I go with the newer model. Does the differences in the hard drive, socket and Radeon really matter?