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New PC advice (or upgrade)- on a budget

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December 10, 2012 11:48:37 AM

Hey guys, I'm new here and not sure if this is the right place for this question...

Anyway, I have a 5 year old HP m9000t with a quad core q6600 8 gb of upgraded ram and 512 mb NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT. The graphics card has been giving me issues - blue screenign and restarting and the fan has been spinning very fast and loud on some websites (facebook bejeweled blitz?) I know I can upgrade the graphics card, but i figured why not just upgrade the whole pc.
I was looking at the below 3 systems with the following specs and prices (as of today). My question is which should I get one of the3,get something even cheaper and lower end (ideas) based on my needs or should I just upgrade the graphics card (which may or may not take care of the issue).
My intent for the pc is no gaming. I use it for web browsing (2 windows and multiple tabs at once), downloading videos and watching HD via HDMI on my TV.
I have a 25" monitor i run at 1900X1200 speakers im happy with. My budget is max of $500, preferably less if I have no need of that spending.

Option 1: Current price $499.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Acer Aspire AM3970-UR14P DT.SJYAA.003
i5-3450 3.1 ghz
8gb memory expandable to 16
12 total usb 2.0 ports
5400 RPM 2 TB HDD
AMD Radeon HD 7570 1gb
integrated audio
windows 7 home premium 64bit
300W PSU

Option 2: 469.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Acer AM3450-UR10P
AMD 8-Core FX-8100 2.8GHz
10USB ports, 2 usb 3.0 ports
6 gb memory expandable to 16
1 TB HDD (doesnt list speed)
AMD Radeon HD 7350 1GB
windows 7 hope premium
300 w PSU

Option 3: 499.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Acer AM3450-UR30P
AMD Quad-Core FX-4100 3.6GHz
6 GB memory expandable to 16
ATI Radeon HD 4250 Graphics (integrated?)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
300 W PSU
1 TB HDD (doesnt list speed)
10 USB ports


All have hdmi, first has dvi.

Thanks in advance!!

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December 13, 2012 8:36:07 PM

For a budget of 500 I would agree with the i5, for those with a better budget I would always recommend building the PC up from the bottom to suit your own specs but for something like web browing the i5 should run fairly smoothly for that.
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December 13, 2012 8:41:00 PM

If you find what is wrong with your 8500GT, you can use that as well. It sounds like a heat issue. You might want to clean it out dustwise with a can fo compressed air.
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