Question

Which desktop computer should I choose in your opinion?

It's gotta be under $500, and yeah I know. That cut's the variety quite a bit but there are still some good ones it looks like. Here are 3 choices i've found, which one do you think would be best for creating videos? For example, i've been using Cinema 4D studio lately which deals with 3d rendering and all that stuff and it is quite a bit laggy on my laptop i have now. My laptop has 4GB, 500GB HDD and AMD Athlon II X2 M300 processor I think, lol. and its graphics card is ATI Radeon 4200.(it's a Gateway NV53) i have windows 7 64 bit. Here are the 3 desktops:

http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Ideacentre-77231CU-Desktop-Black/dp/B004G5ZZ46/ref=sr_1_27?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1295927004&sr=1-27

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AX3910-U4022-Desktop-Black/dp/B004GL08MY/ref=sr_1_17?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1295927004&sr=1-17

http://www.amazon.com/eMachines-ET1331-45-Desktop-Black/dp/B004GL2JEY/ref=sr_1_28?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1295927125&sr=1-28

I noticed the Lenova has a quad core processor but has a worse graphics card than my laptop i have now, so im not sure which would be better. graphics card or processor. please leave feedback guys, thanks!

Answers

None of the above. For about $500 you can build your own that will likely destroy all of those in most situations.

I3 540 3.06ghz dual core ~$100

Gigabyte p55a-ud3 motherboard ~$120

4gb corsair ddr3 1600 ~$55

Vantec ion 460W psu ~$50

Case - ~$50

500gb WD hdd ~$50

Nvidia GTS 450 ~$154 or radeon 5770 ~$179

At most that totals to $553

If you're doing a lot of 3d then a quad core cpu may be better - you could shoot for a

Athlon II x4 640 based setup for about the same price.

Either way - these systems will perform signifigantly better as all have discreet graphics cards and much better CPUs(with the exception of the 640vs645 but i think discreet graphics more than makes up for this) even if you drop to a gigabyte 1gb gt220 for $69 and buy a copy of windows 7 home premium 64 bit -for $120 you'll only be at about $560

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Correct, the first one features a quad-core -- which is what you need when it comes to rendering. The others are sub-par dualcores like the one on your laptop. So they're pointless, since you wouldn't see a performance increase over your laptop in the slightest.

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If you really want to get a cheep computer and you have even the slightest idea what you want. I would suggest using the website www.newegg.com.

I have been an IT professional for many years and that site is the most trustworthy you will find while providing you with spot on prices.

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I forgot to mention - if you choose the athlon II based setup you'll need to go for a motherboard that has an am3 socket :)

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