Looking for advice on a computer

chakra

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I have an offer from my friend and have already purchased a "pre-built" computer from Dell. I am planning on editing videos and playing games on my system. Which should I buy? (I can return the Dell.)

Dell $700:
3rd Generation Intel Core i7 3770 Ivy Bridge Processor 3.40GHz
8GB DDR3 1600
1TB 7200RPM HDD
1GB AMD Radeon HD 7570
16X DVD+/-RW
Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.0+LE
Windows 8
Inputs
4x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
HDMI

My friend's offer that is brand new $500:
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor (S-Spec: SLBEJ)
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper Case
5850 1GB DDR5 Video Card
Asus P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
12GB (6 x 2GB) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
1000W ATX12V Power Supply
Hitachi 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Wireless WiFi adapter
INTERNAL DVD/CD WRITER/ROM//RW
 

BreadWhistle

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Get the first build because of the much new specs (3770, 7570), but then I see that the other one seems to be custom built and doesn't have Windows 8.... Hopefully.

So what PC #1 has going for it is
- Stronger CPU
- Stronger GPU
- USB 3.0
- Faster RAM
But what #2 has for it is
- Custom built
- More memory
- Faster HDD (HDD's w/ manufactured PC's are usually SLOOOW)
- Nice case
- Big PSU for upgrades.
- Support for overclocking
So really, It comes down to what you want. The Dell computer does have a better GPU and CPU combo, but I don't trust Dell computers that much. With my history with them, all of their computers are garbage. So is their help centers.
 

chakra

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When you say stronger GPU & CPU, how much "stronger" is it really? At the moment I'm running a 9800gt and a q8300 quad core and seem to be okay, and looking to upgrade them. Is #2 a significant upgrade from those?
 

RJSampson

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The Dell is a superior machine. To answer your questions about how much stronger the CPU is than your current q8300: SIGNIFICANTLY. The GPU is much stronger, though not as significantly stronger as is the CPU.

Of course, Breadwhistle brings up a good point. The second system, while weaker, is a custom system. You'll find the Dell should much better suit your needs. If a some point you want to make changes (ie, upgrades), it no longer becomes "returnable" and you'll be on your own.

I'd go for the Dell.
 

chakra

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Since you're suggesting the Dell, do you think (from what I gather, the main difference is the CPU performance and to an extent the GPU -Dell-) is worth warranting the $200 difference?
 

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