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#1 jenseib

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:16 AM

I am going to buy a new computer, most likely this week. I am torn between two. Both are Asus, but 1 is basically $100 cheaper on sale right now. I am getting 8G of RAM and 1 TB of hard drive. I am not very savy in technical terms, so forgive me.
I use photoshop CS3, and do a lot of basic editing of photos daily. I was told by several friends to get the i5 processor by intel(the i7 isn't in my budget) The on that is cheaper, is pretty muc hthe same, only it has the AMD A8 processor. I hear mixed reivews on this. I have read on some boards that they are about the same, and go with the cheaper one (AMD). And a sales guy told me it would work better with photoshop, but I don't know if I could beleive him...he kind of seemed wishy washy about a few things.
So my question is, is the i5 and the AMD A8 comparable?

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:40 AM

From where are you buying these computers? Can you post a link to them?

Also what is your budget?

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:52 AM

I'm looking at Best Buy right now, which is basically the only place in the area to buy a computer. I have looked online as well, and compared a DEll, but I have had two dells, and not the greatest luck or service with either.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Essentio+Desktop+/+AMD+A-Series+Processor+/+8GB+Memory+/+1TB+Hard+Drive/3237058.p?id=1218388673178&skuId=3237058

And the one with i5 is no longer on the site, so maybe they aren't carrying it anymore. (it was there yesterday) But this one is similar, with 6Gs of ram and 2 TB of harddrive. (maybe this one is actually better?)

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Essentio+CM6730-US-2AB+Desktop+Computer+-+Intel+Core+i5+i5-2320+3+GHz/4705157.p?id=1218509224395&skuId=4705157

I was trying to keep my budget in the 500-600 range.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:59 AM

I would get the AMD because you can always add more RAM to give it more longevity, the other one has a max mem of 8Gigs.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:05 AM

Thanks, now the other one I had looked at that isn't on the site, was an i5 (last I knew, my local store had it in stock still), and it had 8G's and could be upgraded to 16, if it is available, would you go with that over the AMD.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:20 AM

What is the price difference?

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:27 AM

The Asus, i5, with 8G's and 1TB is $599. So $100 in difference. If the AMD wasn't on sale, it would be a $50 difference, with the i5 being more.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:34 AM

I prefer Intel over AMD, so I would pick the Intel.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:37 AM

With the i5 processor, it is faster then the A8 and from what i have read, Photoshop works well with Intel processors but i could be wrong there.

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:38 AM

Thanks again. I'll hope they still have the intel in stock.

Edited by jenseib, 03 January 2012 - 10:44 AM.





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