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I3 intel 530 vs AMD Athlon II x2 250

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July 9, 2010 10:27:22 PM

So I'm in the market for a new PC and here are the specs of the 2 that I can get:

iBuyPower Gaming Desktop Computer - Black (Gamer 532TR)

* Computer Features: 3D Graphics
* Processor: Up to 3.0 Ghz AMD Athlon II x2 250
* Hard Drive: 7200 RPM Hard Drive Capacity: 500GB Hard Drive Capacity
* Hard Drive Interface: SATA II
* System RAM: 4 GB, Expandable To 16 GB
* Memory RAM Type: DDR3; 2x2GB
* Cache Memory Installed Capacity: 2MB L2 Cache
* Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive
* Input Type(s): PS/2
* Output Type(s): Audio
* IEEE 1394 (Firewire) Ports: 0
* RAM Expansion Slots: 4
* USB 2.0 Ports: 8
* VGA Ports: 0
* Built-In Graphics Card Type: NVIDIA GeForce GT220 1GB
* Audio Features: 8-Channel Audio
* Includes: Gaming Mouse, Gaming Keyboard, DVI to VGA Adapter
* Dimensions: Length: 21.4 "; Width: 12.5 "; Depth: 25.0 "
* Product Weight: 40.0 Lb.
* Warranty Description: 1 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty on Parts and Labor

Or

iBuyPower Gaming Desktop Computer - Orange (Gamer 913TR)

* Computer Features: 3D Graphics
* Processor: Up to 2.93 Ghz Intel Core i3 530
* Hard Drive: 7200 RPM Hard Drive Capacity: 1TB Hard Drive Capacity
* Hard Drive Interface: SATA II
* System RAM: 4 GB, Expandable To 16 GB
* Memory RAM Type: DDR3; 2x2GB
* Cache Memory Installed Capacity: 4MB L3 Cache
* Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive
* Input Type(s): PS/2, RJ-45
* Output Type(s): Audio
* IEEE 1394 (Firewire) Ports: 0
* RAM Expansion Slots: 4
* USB 2.0 Ports: 8
* VGA Ports: 0
* Built-In Graphics Card Type: Intel HD Graphics
* Audio Features: 8-Channel Audio
* Includes: Gaming Mouse, Gaming Keyboard
* Dimensions: Length: 17.24 "; Width: 8.58 "; Depth: 21.1 "
* Product Weight: 34.0 Lb.
* Warranty Description: 1 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty on Parts and Labor

I'm buying to play Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. The Gamer 913TR is $30 more than The Gamer 532TR. My questions are these:

1st) Is the Intel HD Graphics better than NVidia GT220? If not....

2nd) Which one performs the best (even if I have to get a 3rd party Graphics Card for the Intel) FPS/Speed/Multitask?

3rd) Can I put a 3rd party graphics card in the Intel? Do I have to turn off the I HD Graph in BIOS?
July 10, 2010 8:06:55 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Buwish
July 10, 2010 8:16:07 PM

Performance in games is mostly determined by the power of the graphics card.
In that respect, both of those systems are pitiful.
1) Moot point; neither is suitable for more than basic slow games.
2) Both cpu's are good and ample. Intel will be better clock for clock.
3) If the motherboard has a pci-e x16 slot, then you can install a discrete graphics card. This assumes that the case has sufficient room, and that the psu has sufficient extra power.

What resolution will you be playing at?
Read this toms article and pick the appropriate graphics card first:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-radeon-hd-ge...

How much do they want for these systems?
Most of the time you can assemble a better system yourself for less. You will have no problems getting suggestions for a system.
Here's what you can do for $500:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-gpu-overclock,2...
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