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#1 theonlybuster

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:09 AM

So a guy I work with is looking for a new computer.  He needs it as soon as possible because his current computer just crapped out.  He's hell-bent on purchasing from Wal-Mart.  I've tried to get him to loose elsewhere, but he simply is thick-headed and refuses to give any other stores (brick and mortar or online) the time of day. 

 

That being said, he's looking for something under $500 that can handle simply AutoCAD work.  Nothing strenuous, but he doesn't want a laggy experience either. 

He has a monitor, so doesn't need to invest in another monitor.  Do you guys have any input in this manner? 

 

I doubt he'll even pop it open and upgrade it, but in the event he needs to upgrade it, I'd like to ensure he has the space needed to potentially pop in an addition hard drive or sticks of RAM. 

 

I did a quick search and these were 2 decent ones I could find fitting his desires, but of course there's more than 1 way to skin a cat so I'm looking for other ideas. 

 

 

He wants this because it simply looks "cool" --> http://www.walmart.com/ip/CyberPowerPC-Black-Gamer-Xtreme-GXi1600W-Desktop-PC-with-Intel-Pentium-G3240-Dual-Core-Processor-4GB-Memory-500GB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-8.1-Monito/37146824

http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Pavilion-500-281-Desktop-PC-with-Intel-Core-i3-4130-Processor-4GB-Memory-1TB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Monitor-Not-Included/33982424

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-Veriton-2-VM2630G-UG322X-Desktop-PC-with-Intel-Pentium-G3220-Dual-Core-Processor-4GB-Memory-500GB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-8-Professional-Monito/33762254



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 11:49 AM

If he's willing to go with refurbished HP Pre-Owned, Refurbished 8100 this is most likely a lease machine that has been returned.

 

If he's not willing to go refurbished iBUYPOWER Black Gamer Power WA550B Desktop or CyberpowerPC Black Gamer Ultra GUA250 Desktop

 

Normally if you're going cheap, and $500 is cheap, you go with either a refurbished unit or AMD.  These machines all have 8GB of RAM which will give much better performance than 4GB.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:07 PM

The ones in the first post would be very slow doing CAD, show him the attached chart he will see how poor performance will be. 

 

The ones posted by Kilroy are a very good bang for the buck!

 

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Pentium+G3220+%40+3.00GHz


Edited by OldPhil, 24 July 2014 - 05:09 PM.

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