New PC advice (or upgrade)- on a budget

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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7375900&Sku=A180-G1402
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=N82E16883103411
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=N82E16883103380
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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  1. Go with the i5.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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