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Looking for advice buying desktop

#1ClaycrusherPosted 11/26/2013 5:43:39 PM
Trying to help my family get a new desktop and looking at two black friday deals:

http://www.staples.com/Lenovo-H535-Desktop-PC/product_57448

or

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-inspiron-desktop-12gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive/1817304.p?id=1219065402518&skuId=1817304#tab=specifications

Not necessarily going to be heavily used for gaming; mainly surfing the web, MS office, photo software, itunes, maybe older pc games. Multitasking. Just looking for the best value.
#2DPOnerivalPosted 11/26/2013 5:49:44 PM
I'm not an expert, I know even less about buying already built PC's, but they seem pretty much the same. Dell's a bit more expensive for the i5 and USB 3.0 I guess.
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#3Claycrusher(Topic Creator)Posted 11/26/2013 5:55:35 PM
When I looked up cpu comparisons, the amd actually was rated slightly better:

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/368/AMD_A10-Series_A10-5700_vs_Intel_Core_i5_i5-3340.html
http://versus.com/en/amd-a10-5700-vs-intel-core-i5-3340

The first link was kind of confusing though; it rated the amd better in all application types, but the intel better in single and multi threaded tasks.
#4Claycrusher(Topic Creator)Posted 11/26/2013 5:56:52 PM
Was also planning on selling the monitor in the bby package, which should net $100-200 back.
#5Claycrusher(Topic Creator)Posted 11/26/2013 6:35:45 PM
bump
#6cancerstormPosted 11/26/2013 7:34:58 PM
get the cheaper one and use the money saved to put in a 256 gb ssd
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#7Claycrusher(Topic Creator)Posted 11/26/2013 8:42:21 PM
Realized I posted the wrong bby link. Should have posted http://blackfriday.bestbuy.com/#!/computers+amp+tablets2

It includes the first link plus a 24" hd led monitor for $500
#8Claycrusher(Topic Creator)Posted 11/26/2013 10:25:24 PM
bump
#9VIP86Posted 11/26/2013 10:30:04 PM
To be honest, like another poster said, get the cheapest one and use the money saved to get a nice size SSD. Your family won't even know what an i5 is. If they are anything like my family, they just wanna know if it'll work
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