Better CPU or Dedicated GPU

Hello,

Im getting an AIO HP for my parents for Christmas and can't decide on what to get them. They do basic computing but also want this computer to last for a few years. All of these combos are within $100 of each other. What do yall think is the best choice? I cant decide if the dedicated GPU is worth it compared to the Integrated Intel graphics. Im leaning towards just the i5-3330S but wanted to get yalls input.

i5-3330S + 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7450A

i5-3450S + Integrated graphics - Intel(R) HD

i7-3770S + Integrated graphics - Intel(R) HD


Thanks ahead of time and happy holidays!
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  1. for basic computing, if those are your options, the 3450 with integrated will do just fine.
  2. The cheapest one. They won't need an i7, so rule that out. If they like watching lots of videos, then get the i5 w/ 7450A.
  3. the bottom line is, the stronger the processor, the longer the computer will "last" and not become obsolete

    so, if u want to replace it in a couple years, get either of the i5's - the i7 will take you further down the road
  4. not really.
    if his parents need it for basic use then they wont need the hyperthreading or unlocked multiplier.
    either of the i5 options will work fine.
  5. FlintIronStagg said:
    not really.
    if his parents need it for basic use then they wont need the hyperthreading or unlocked multiplier.
    either of the i5 options will work fine.

    ANY OPTION will "work fine"

    you're all missing the point...


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    SO.. you're all telling me that an i5 will become obsolete Later than an i7...??? you all neeed to go back to school if u believe that... :lol:
  6. Honestly for normal working and casual video the i5-3330s + dedicated GPU will work better since its more balanced and cheaper.
  7. How long it will last is rediculous to predict. The i7 would be a better choice for gamer or enthusiast but not some older people that just want to browse the net and light use.
    In this situation there is no need to get anything more expensive as they don't need the features the i7 provides.
    Stop trolling
  8. For $100 difference I suggest you go for the i7-3770S + Integrated graphics - Intel(R) HD

    You might need to use it yourself someday
  9. forget the 7450A it is non the better than the intel HD 2500 on those ivy i5s.
  10. Anonymous said:
    forget the 7450A it is non the better than the intel HD 2500 on those ivy i5s.

    THANK YOU
    finally someone that speaks some sense
    I said earlier the i5+integrated will keep them happy for a long time, esp. cause they are light computing and browsing
  11. Well, depending on the rest of the specs, I'd go with the first one. I5-3330 vs 3450 is nothing, just a slightly lower turbo boost. And I'd rather have a dedicated video card. Assuming the 7450 is a warmed over 6450, it is better than the HD2500 for some things and actually uses less power.
  12. Thank you everyone for the responses, really appreciate the help!

    The Radeon HD 7450A adds +$71.00 to the total price and the i5-3450S is +$100.00 over the i5-3330S.

    But if yall dont think its worth the upgrade, I will probably just stick with the i5-3330S and integrated graphics.
  13. Just get the plain 3330S with no video card at those prices! In terms of retail prices, the real price difference between the 3330 and 3450 is about $10. And you can buy a Radeon 6450 (Same as 7450) for $30 (less usually with rebates).

    Which system are you looking at?
  14. This one with a $275 coupon.

    http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Desktops/HP-ENVY-TouchSmart/C1A78AV?HP-ENVY-23-d050xt-TouchSmart-All-in-One-Desktop-PC

    Im looking for a AIO under $1000 so I am open to any recommendations if you have any.
  15. the HP you are looking at is the most reasonably priced if you are usinga $275 coupon.

    i cruised over the dell and the i5 AIO is $1k
    http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-one-23-2330-aio/fs

    then went to asus saw this
    http://usa.asus.com/Allinone_PCs/24_inch/ET2411IUTI/#specifications
    and is sold on amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-ET2411IUTI-B002C-ASUS-23-6-Inch-Desktop/dp/B008ABL3LQ
    but was windows 7 and not 8.

    btw, +1 getting a touch screen with W8. the biggest complaint i hear is the "metro" style with using a keyboard/mouse.

    so concidering the "market" and using a coupon that makes the cost $725ish - that really isn't a bad set up for an AIO or prebuilt. i have seen much worse deals by far.
  16. Thanks for the research looniam and thanks again for everyones input! I ended up ordering the i5-3330S with integrated!
  17. That should be great. Your parents will enjoy it.
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