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NVIDIA GT420 or ATI 5450

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June 22, 2011 4:05:38 PM

Hello, I'm looking at a Dell XPS8300 at Costco. The only difference between the (2) PCs I am looking at are the Graphics Cards: ATI 5450 or Nvidia GT240. Both are 1GB DDR3. What do you suggest?

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June 22, 2011 9:51:00 PM

ATI 5450 its faster than gt 240 but , i recommended u to buy an GT210 its better than ati 5450. couse u are looking grafik not with power than GT210 its fast than 5450.
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June 22, 2011 11:00:40 PM

First, clarify whether you're talking about the GT 420 or GT 240. Second, disregard everything FaTy-X said.
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June 23, 2011 10:23:50 AM

The GT 420 is somewhat faster, or should I say, less slow. That is a very beefy system you got there that can handle a much more powerful graphics card. If you don't plan on gaming the GT 420 is fine, but if you do, get a better graphics card. Ask yourself the question what you're going to use that PC for? It is really powerful (and expensive) to be just a word/internet surfing machine.
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June 23, 2011 6:01:33 PM

Gulli said:
The GT 420 is somewhat faster, or should I say, less slow. That is a very beefy system you got there that can handle a much more powerful graphics card. If you don't plan on gaming the GT 420 is fine, but if you do, get a better graphics card. Ask yourself the question what you're going to use that PC for? It is really powerful (and expensive) to be just a word/internet surfing machine.


Pretty much. I had a $1000 budget to work with, but sprung for this system because for only $200 more, I got another 8GB of RAM, Blu-Ray combo drive and a 24-inch screen. I don't need 16GB, but my PC at work is so lethargically slow, I made sure to never have the problem of boot time and frozen web pages ever again.

My work PC has 4GB of RAM and a Pentium(R) Dual-Core E5300 2.6ghz running on Windows 7 64-bit.

And it's SLOW. I'm constantly researching (stocks) and working simultaneously, and it's frustrating when your PC takes too much time to get what you need done.
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June 23, 2011 6:11:25 PM

Calculations Per Second: 6.1
Memory Operations Per Second: 5.9
Desktop Performance For Windows Aero: 4.0
3D Business and Gaming Graphics Performance: 5.3
Disk Data Transfer Rate: 5.4
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June 23, 2011 6:51:18 PM

The slowness of your old computer does not necessarily have anything to do with your hardware. It could be you have viruses and malware slowing down your system. Or it could be a slow internet connection. Or it could even be a hard drive that has not been defragged recently. anyhow you will never need 16 gb, or an i7 for basic computer use.
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June 23, 2011 6:53:19 PM

Ok, I'll take that into consideration. I'll try the i7 rig out and if I like it, I'll just keep it (as much overkill as it is). We have a relatively fast internet connection, so that portion of the equation is nixed.

Thank you for the response! This site is awesome.
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June 24, 2011 11:00:42 AM

Armaan said:
Ok, I'll take that into consideration. I'll try the i7 rig out and if I like it, I'll just keep it (as much overkill as it is). We have a relatively fast internet connection, so that portion of the equation is nixed.

Thank you for the response! This site is awesome.


If you reinstall Windows you'll see your current machine isn't that slow anymore. The i7 rig is great if you're gonna use photoshop or other heavy, professional software, alternatively it could be a great gaming rig if you put a big videocard in it, but it's really a waste of money, electricity and precious metals/polluting chemicals if you're just gonna use it to check up on stocks.
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June 24, 2011 7:54:01 PM

Ok, what PC do you suggest? I don't have the time to build one, but might do so in Winter. For now, I need a fast, reliable and high-quality machine. I already have (2) 24-inch monitors, so I just need the tower.

I'm looking forward to hearing your recommendations. Thank you.
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June 24, 2011 8:43:55 PM

Armaan said:
Ok, what PC do you suggest? I don't have the time to build one, but might do so in Winter. For now, I need a fast, reliable and high-quality machine. I already have (2) 24-inch monitors, so I just need the tower.

I'm looking forward to hearing your recommendations. Thank you.


Just keep your current system, maybe install an entry level graphics card if you don't already have one, and you could upgrade your CPU to something like an E8xxx thingy. And oh yeah, reinstall Windows, or since you're not gaming, install Linux Ubuntu which is often faster in desktop applications (opening files, booting up, browsing, etc...).
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