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Which computer is better for playing Star Wars the Old Republic?

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December 18, 2011 5:09:03 PM

Star Wars the Old Republic Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz or better
Operating System:
Windows XP or later
RAM:

Windows XP: 1.5GB RAM
Windows Vista and Windows 7: 2GB RAM
Note: PCs using a built-in graphical chipset are recommended to have 2GB of RAM.

Star Wars: The Old Republic requires a video card that has a minimum of 256MB of on-board RAM as well as support for Shader 3.0 or better. Examples include:

ATI X1800 or better
nVidia 7800 or better
Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better
DVD-ROM drive – 8x speed or better (required for installation from physical editions only) Internet connection required to play.

Posted right from the website.

I need a gaming computer for Christmas for under 550$ and to run SWTOR.

I found 2 computers from Best Buy with sales and I just want advice if there good enough and what upgrades I would need.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Essentio+Desktop+/+I...

I really like this one but I notice that it has UMA graphics which I understand to be very bad. But otherwise, could I upgrade the graphics card and then will it be good?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Desktop+/+AMD...

This one Im pretty sure has everything required to play and the graphics are sufficient enough I think. This is a downgrade in processing speed from 3.0 GHz to 2.1 GHz.

Which one is better? Is it better if I just upgrade the Asus's graphics card or risk the processing speed and get the Pavilion with the good graphics card (someone confirm if im correct)

Any help is much appreciated.
December 18, 2011 5:31:23 PM

Do you have a monitor already?

It is hard to get everything for a gaming system off the ground on $550 all inclusive.

You may be better off just going with a DELL $400 system and putting in a $100 video card.
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