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Witch is better? (help ASAP)

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July 8, 2011 12:14:16 PM

Hi guys.
My brother wants to go with prebulit now and we found two desktops for about $500
both have 1Gb of Dedicated Graphics.

SYX Ascent MPC-15 AMD Quad-Core Multimedia PC
Memory Type: DDR3


Total Memory Size: 4GB


Memory Slots (Total): 2


Memory Slots (Available): 1


Memory Configuration: 1 x 4GB


Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB


PS/2 Connectors: 1 - Mouse
1 - Keyboard


Serial Communication Ports: 1


LAN Ports: 1


USB Ports (Total): 6 (2 Front)


Processor Brand: AMD


Processor Class: Phenom II X4


Processor Number: 640


Processor Speed: 3.00GHz


Hard Drives Included: 1


Interface: SATA II (3.0GB/s)


Capacity: 1TB


Hard Drive Types: Hard Disk Drive


Speed: 7,200RPM


Optical Drive Type: 24x DVD-RW


Interface: SATA


Optical Drives Included: 1


Optical Drive Class: DVD-RW


Audio Description: Integrated Audio


Audio Chipset: VIA® VT1708S Audio chipset


Graphics Description: Dedicated Graphics


GPU/VPU: Nvidia GeForce 520


Video Memory: 1GB dedicated


Video Interface: DVI-I
VGA
HDMI 1.4a


LAN Chipset: Atheros AR8131M


LAN Data Transfer Rate: 10/100/1000Mbps


LAN Description: Integrated Gigabit


LAN Interface Type: RJ-45


Mouse Type: Optical


Keyboard Type: Standard


Height: 14.5"


Width: 7.25"


Depth: 17.5"


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iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 540D3 Gaming PC
Lifestyle: Gaming
Entertainment


Condition: New


Operating Systems: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


Operating System Licenses Included: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


Colors: Black


Platform: PC


Orientations Allowed: Vertical


Form Factor: Mid-Tower


Bays: 4 - 5.25" Drive Bays


Internal Bays: 6 - 3.5" Drive Bays


PCI Slots (Total): 3


PCI Express X1 Slots (Total): 2


PCI Express X16 Slots (Available): 1


Memory Type: DDR3


Memory Speed: PC3-10600


Memory Speed MHz: 1333MHz


Total Memory Size: 4GB


Memory Slots (Total): 4


Memory Slots (Available): 2


Maximum Memory Supported: 16GB - 64 bit


PS/2 Connectors: 1


LAN Ports: 1


USB Ports (Total): 8


eSATA Ports: 1


Audio Out Jacks: 5
1 - Headphone


Line In Jacks: 1


Microphone Jacks: 1


VGA Ports: None


DVI Video: 1


S/PDIF Connectors: 1


Processor Brand: AMD


Processor Class: Athlon II X2


Processor Number: 250


Processor Speed: 3.0GHz


Processor Interface: Socket AM3


Processors Supported: 1


Processors Onboard: 1


Hard Drives Included: 1


Interface: SATA II


Capacity: 500GB


Hard Drive Types: Hard Disk Drive


Speed: 7,200RPM


Optical Drive Type: DVDRW Dual Layer


Interface: SATA


Optical Drives Included: 1


Optical Drive Class: DVD±RW DL


Audio Description: Integrated Audio


Graphics Description: Dedicated Graphics


GPU/VPU: ATI Radeon HD 5450


Video Memory: 1GB dedicated


Video Interface: DVI


LAN Data Transfer Rate: 10/100/1000Mbps


LAN Description: Gigabit Ethernet


LAN Interface Type: RJ-45


LAN Ports: 1


Power: 480 Watt


Mouse Type: Optical


Buttons: 5


Connection Type: USB


Scrolling Capability: Vertical


Power Source: USB Connection


Keyboard Type: Multimedia


Connection Type: USB


Power Source: USB Connection


Height: 17.64"


Width: 7.48"


Depth: 20.78"




WItch one is better or are they both bad??

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July 8, 2011 8:52:47 PM

We need to see what you will be using these computers for and what monitor resolution your using if you want to play games on these.

Both will need graphics upgrades if you want to play new or not too old games. However, the SYX power supply is unknown, so a graphics upgrade might be trouble if the PSU needs upgraded. The IBuyPower, however, has a 480 W PSU, which should support a mid range graphics card, as long ans the power supply is of good quality. For gaming, I would choose this as your best bet. You might want to upgrade the processor as well if you get this, as quad cores are becoming prominent for computers.

As always, know that building your own computer is best for getting the parts you want cheaper than pre-built.
July 9, 2011 4:34:43 AM

Building your own isn't really cheaper, it is at least as expensive but, you get to decide what you want. If you are content with a pre-built machine, the first one should offer greater bang for your buck. It comes with a quad-core and a decent graphics card. I would take the first one over the second if I had no intention of doing any upgrades simply because it is pretty *decent* from the start. He should be quite set if he uses it for daily tasks and the occasional game.

I buy Dell machines for all my large clients simply because I can not beat their price and, if something goes wrong, it is Dell's problem, not mine. Everything is then warrantied from them and they can offer greater service than I can because they are big business. It is usually better to buy pre-fab computers because they are inexpensive, easy, and have a better warranty than you will get for custom built thus they are a cheaper long-term investment as well. I like custom built rigs as much as the next guy (maybe more seeings as I build corporate servers too :S) but, there comes a time when you need to acknowledge the Big Box computers have their merits. That is why I use them...even when I am totally capable of building many machines in a single day. It is easier to just order them and have them delivered within 3 days, ready to start with the push of the power button.
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