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August 12, 2012 12:23:11 AM

So I'm really new to PC desktops, and although this may be an obvious question I really have no idea which is better. I'm assuming it is the first one but not sure.

Specs 1
PROCESSOR AMD Phenom™ II 1090T Six-Core Processor1
MEMORY (RAM) 8GB PC3-10600 DDR33
HARD DRIVE 1.5TB (5400RPM) SATA4
VIDEO GRAPHICS ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 graphics card with 1GB DDR5

Specs 2
Processor AMD A4-3420 APU (Dual-core, 2.8GHz, 1M Cache)
Video Graphics Integrated AMD Radeon™ HD 6410
Memory 6GB DDR3 1333MHz memory
Hard Disk Drive 500GB 7200rpm


Side note: Can I run Skyrim/other modern games on high on either of these?

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August 12, 2012 12:42:32 AM

The first machine is vastly superior. a Dedicated graphcis card is almost always gonna be faster.
Runnin games on high would depend on the resolution, but lets say that we are talking about a 1080p monitor. I think you'd find the HD 5770 adequate for modern games but I don't think you could run everything on high settings.

But I would def take a look at the "Best Videocards..." article over here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

It looks like for 1920X1080 gaming, with high settings you'll want something like the HD 6870 or GTX 560.
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August 12, 2012 12:52:51 AM

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August 12, 2012 12:58:58 AM

buzznut said:
The first machine is vastly superior. a Dedicated graphcis card is almost always gonna be faster.
Runnin games on high would depend on the resolution, but lets say that we are talking about a 1080p monitor. I think you'd find the HD 5770 adequate for modern games but I don't think you could run everything on high settings.

But I would def take a look at the "Best Videocards..." article over here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

It looks like for 1920X1080 gaming, with high settings you'll want something like the HD 6870 or GTX 560.



Thanks so much! The first one was on sale for $299 and then it sold out :( 
So how's the second one look?
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August 13, 2012 1:04:01 AM

rillest said:
Thanks so much! The first one was on sale for $299 and then it sold out :( 
So how's the second one look?


The second one ius no good for gaming. The dual core will not be fast enough to run modern games well. Even adding a dedicated graphics card would not heklp much. I'll show you some bare bones in your price range and you can decide if you'd like something like that to start off:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Of course these combos I've shown you will still need a dedicated graphics card, but the nice thing about building your own is that you can detirmine the upgrade path yourself--instead of gateway or dell giving you no options. We are here to help if you choose to build you own.
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