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August 3, 2010 1:05:43 AM

Which of the following (2) computers give the best bang for my buck. I don't play any first-person shooter games or anything. I would say the most intensive/demanding thing we do is Starcraft 2.

We are trying to work within an $800 budget and we need a new monitor and Windows 7. Here are the (2) options I am considering. I'm open to suggestions, but these seem to be the best deals I could find.

OPTION #1 from Costco
AMD Phenom II x6 1035t
6GB DDR3 1333 RAM
24" monitor (5ms refresh)
$800

OPTION #2 from Office Depot
AMD Athlon II 630
4GB DDR3 PC-10600 RAM
integrated Radeon 4200
$450
***this leaves me $350 for video card upgrade and monitor***

We have a tax free holiday this weekend!

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August 3, 2010 2:35:50 AM

what kind of graphics card does option 1 have? and also what do you want to do with your computer?
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August 3, 2010 2:46:17 AM

I should have mentioned that Option #1 comes with a 512 MB ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card.

We will use the computer mostly for music downloads, web surfing, microsoft office. The most demanding thing we do will be Starcraft 2.
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August 3, 2010 10:32:13 AM

Get option 2, overclock the CPU, get a 5770 hd, an aftermarket CPU cooler aand any monitor of your choice with the remaining $.
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August 3, 2010 2:28:21 PM

When upgrading your gfx you need to check that your power supply is up for it.
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August 4, 2010 12:37:34 AM

i recommend option 1 if your sorta lazy and don't want to buy a new graphics card and such but option 2 would proably be better since you would have 350 for a graphics card and a moniter but its up to you (option 1 has better CPU)
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