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August 9, 2013 3:30:18 PM

Hello,

I was looking to buy one of the following two used systems. Can you advise which one is the better value? I'll be using it mostly for moderate gaming/emulation and Photo Editing as well as everyday use.
Or should I stay away from both. I'm looking for the best value I can find around $500.

Computer #1 - $400
AMD Phenom 2 x4 965 Quad Core CPU
Evga GTX 560 Ti 1gb Graphics
NZXT Source 210 Brush Aluminum Case
Corsair 500w Power Supply
Motherboard gigabyte ga-78Lmt-s2. Its am3+
16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1600mhz memory
24x lite on blu ray reader + Dvd Burner/player
500GB Western Digital HDD 7200rpm
Windows 7 Professional Operating System
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus

Computer #2 - $550
AMD FX-8150 8 core cpu
ASUS Radeon 7850 2GB graphic card
Asus Blu Ray Drive
8gb 1600mhz g skill ripjaws ram
500gb western digital hard drive
Wireless pcie card for built in wifi
asrock extreme 4 990 motherboard
corsair hx 650 watt modular psu
zalman tower red led theme case
zalman aftermarket air cooler for cpu

Thanks in Advance!

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August 9, 2013 3:47:30 PM

Take system two, the larger core processor will help in the photo editing, as long as your games aren't super graphically intensive you'll be fine, and who cares about OFFICE? Their is open office (free) if you need those sort of aps, and it seems to be a better put together system, all in all.
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October 23, 2013 4:56:10 PM

id go with the first option, you save $150 and the specs are more than enough for what you need it for
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October 23, 2013 7:09:14 PM

Take computer 2, but change a few things around:

-Do you really need a blu-ray drive? You can save $40+ by getting a standard optical drive.
-Grab the FX-8320 over the 8150. The 8320 is based on the newer Vishera architecture which is much stronger than the bulldozer.
-Grab the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO heatsink ($30) over the Zalman one.
-Consider the Corsair 300R ($50 After Rebate at Newegg) case.
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October 23, 2013 7:24:16 PM

I'd go system 2, the 965 was a good CPU but has been dated for awhile, in this case if plopping down that much monet spend the little extra and get something good for a couple years or so
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