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#1 rdf8585

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 01:02 PM

I'm in the market for a new desktop for the first time in 5 or 6 years. For now, I've narrowed down my options to 2 possible systems. Both seem to have their plusses and minuses.
 
My primary uses would be web browsing, video streaming, Office work and occasional light audio/video editing. Nothing too crazy.
 
OPTION A: Lenovo H50
- AMD A10 7800 processor
- 12 GB DDR3 1600 mhz RAM (expandable to 16 GB)
- 2 TB HD 7200 RPM
- AMD R7 Graphics (believe it's the R7 240 w/ 2 GB RAM)
 
OPTION B: Dell Inspiron 3847
- Intel i5 4460 processor
- 8 GB DDR3 1600 mhz RAM (expandable to 16 GB)
- 1 TB HD 7200 RPM
- 2 GB Nvidia GeForce GT 705 graphics
 
The first system is $100 cheaper, has 4 GB more RAM, twice the HD space. On the downside, the i5 seems like the better processor. I'm guessing the Nvidia graphics card is also superior, but I'm not sure how much of a factor that should be given my uses.

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#2 TheN00bBuilder

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 01:38 AM

Both of those builds are pretty bad, TBH. I assume you have $600 for a new build? If so....here you go; much better performance for nearly $100 less. I also assume you will not be gaming, but if you are, tell me and I will make another build. And also, PC building is easy and fun. You'll like it.

 

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($176.95 @ SuperBiiz) 
Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($69.98 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card  ($89.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case  ($22.99 @ Amazon) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($43.98 @ Newegg) 
Total: $496.37
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:07 AM

TheN00bBuilder the problem with your build is you are missing the most important part, the operating system, which will add another $100 or better to the build.  That is the reason that buying makes more sense when you're on a budget.

 

I'd go with the Dell myself.  You can add RAM or a larger hard drive to it later if you need, but 8GB and 1TB should be a good place to start.



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Posted 29 July 2015 - 12:03 AM

Would just like to point out the Nvidia GT 705 in the dell is actually weaker then the graphics in the Lenovo. Actually, the weird thing is that the integrated graphics on the i5-4460 that the Dell has are more powerful then its own dedicated graphics card the GT 705. Why does that Dell have a dedicated GPU weaker then its free integrated graphics?! what's the point in that? I think its just a marketing ploy to make you think it's better then it actually is because it has the Nvidia branding on it. 

 

I side with Kilroy on the Dell over the Lenovo for daily stuff. If just for the long term support Nvidia/Intel seem to have with their products. Oh and the i5 is much more powerful then the A10 the Lenovo has CPU wise. 


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Posted 29 July 2015 - 11:49 AM

Given my needs (browsing, streaming, Office, light/occasional video, audio editing) would the Intel 4600 HD integrated graphics be good enough for the next few years?



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Posted 29 July 2015 - 11:52 AM

It'll be very good for that kind of stuff for the next while. It's even advertised as being able to play 4k videos. 


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 11:11 AM

Linus tech tips made a review on the r7 240.
In short your price to performance will be lacking with a 240.

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 10:35 PM

My computer the one that's in my avatar that I got for Christmas in 2014 has  intel  HD 4600 GPU integrated graphics. Its not a bad chip.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 06:28 PM

Buy the Dell pull the crappy GPU out or see if they will sell it without it.  I have the older 4000 chip does all I want even light gaming.  I have had very good experiences with Dell support, my three prior machines were Dells.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 03:23 AM

The R7 240 sucks soooooooo hard I mean so hard ----- IF you buy the Lenovo take out the card and get a R7 360 and sell the R7 240 on ebay.


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