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December 7, 2012 4:05:13 AM

Having some issues deciding on what to buy PC wise. Currently ive kind of whittled down these two options.

-HP p7-1400z,
AMD A8-5500 quad-core processor 3.2 ghz
4gb ram,
integrated video

or

-Inspiron 660
2nd Generation Intel i3-2130 processor 3.4 ghz
6GB 2 DIMM

Which computer seems a bit more suited for gaming, and which one would give better performance with something like a
GTX 560 or a card in that range?

any recommendations similar to these? card or desktop? not looking to build my own atm..

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a b U Graphics card
December 7, 2012 4:19:34 AM

The AMD A8 one will be better for gaming before you add a GPU and the Intel i3-2130 will be better after you add a GPU. Secondly you'll need to either upgrade the PSU in both to run a 560 (do you have one? because if not I'd say go for a 7850 1GB). If you don't want to bother changing the PSU then you'll have to go down to a 7750.
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a b U Graphics card
December 7, 2012 4:26:31 AM

yes if you already own a gtx 560 then get the dell inspiron.
if you dont have the 560 yet then instead get the 7850 1 gb as andre mentioned along with the dell pc.
however you could also look at getting the hp pc and installing the 6670 in it if you want to save some cash since the hp pc supports amd crossfire with 6670.
also as andre mentioned if you go the 7850 or 560 route you MUST get a new quality psu as well
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December 7, 2012 4:38:07 AM

Awesome, most likely go for the 7850, thanks for the quick reply. Also would the i3 be able to run and record with fraps while playing or is that something the Amd would be better for?(since its a quad oppose to a dual) and could i get an honest opinion of this setup? for games like BF3 Skyrim lol...
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a b U Graphics card
December 7, 2012 4:40:08 AM

a downer for buying prebuilt systems is that you have to replace the psu and the cases are hard to work with.

The gtx 560 is a so so card. Pretty much just an overclocked gtx 460. Get the 7850 as others suggested or a 7770 if you dont want to spend as much
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a b U Graphics card
December 7, 2012 4:45:13 AM

A 7850 such as this one would need this PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Here is a good cheap 7850.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are some others but I'm not as much of a fan of those brands.

Both would run Fraps fine.

If you look at the $500 build you'll get similar results in FPS at that resolution (non overclocked so look at stock settings also this is with a 1GB 7850).
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-do-it...
In games
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-do-it...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-do-it...
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December 7, 2012 4:59:58 AM

Wow you all rock... Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it!
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December 7, 2012 5:01:18 AM

Why not build your own? The A8 by the way, better performance off the bat, however.
Buy the intel now, get a good card later, better performance than the A8.
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a b U Graphics card
December 7, 2012 5:20:25 AM

I love how people don't read the thread. Normally I would advise the OP to build their own but they specifically stated they weren't looking to do that. Everything else you posted was a repeat.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
December 7, 2012 5:53:31 AM

I assume we have double checked the computers to make sure they have PCIe 16x slots?
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a b U Graphics card
December 7, 2012 9:04:14 AM

4745454b said:
I assume we have double checked the computers to make sure they have PCIe 16x slots?


Do they make them without PCI-E slots anymore? (genuinely curious)
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a c 171 U Graphics card
December 7, 2012 10:26:27 AM

I've seen OEMs without the PCIe 16x slot. They all come with 1x slots. I'd just hate to see him buy a card only to find out he has some odd HP board with no 16x slot.
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a b U Graphics card
December 7, 2012 2:43:19 PM

I've only seen one on the forums so far where we discovered the OP didn't have a PCI-E x16 slot. It was a slim model e machine (which are junk first off). He was trying to run games on it and it's a desktop with the lowest of the low AMD CPU/GPU combination running at something like 1.6 GHz. Both of those ones should be fine. But since he never listed an exact model (say a link to the product support page) I can't be 100% sure but saying that I'm 99.9999% sure as it is.
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December 7, 2012 2:56:17 PM

OR he could try to buy a pre built custom PC that already comes with a decent gpu or at least a decent case/power supply, like a cyberpower, ibuypower, etc.
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