Which computer should I buy?

  supermodel2591 02:21 15 Mar 11
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Basically, I have it down to two computers which I like. They are pretty similar price wise (obviously the 1st one is more expensive but includes a monitor, I'd buy it separately for the 2nd one) but the specifications are very different - hence why I'm having difficulty choosing! It'd be used for light gaming and a bit of photo editing but nothing major besides that. They both include a keyboard/mouse and a wireless networking card. I don't know a huge amount about computers so please help!

Computer 1 - £833

25" Hanns.G Monitor
Intel Core i5 760 Processor 2.8GHz
Radeon HD6850 1GB Graphics Card
4GB Memory
Blu Ray Combi Drive
1000GB Hard Disk

Computer 2 - £721

Intel Core i7 2600 3.4GHz
Radeon HD5770 1GB Graphics Card
6GB Memory
1000GB Hard Disk

  chub_tor 10:42 15 Mar 11

If you are only doing "light gaming" and "a bit of photo editing" you don't need a machine anywhere near that poweful. For that kind of specification you could quite easily get away with something like this click here

  supermodel2591 10:47 15 Mar 11

I intend to play things like Sims 3, and while I know it's by no means Crysis, I'm pretty sure it needs dedicated graphics and a fairly decent amount of RAM. I found this table saying with detailled system requirements for the game to give you an idea;

click here

  chub_tor 21:12 15 Mar 11

The Dell site allows you to upgrade to a dedicated graphics card and a bigger hard drive for £60 and it already has 4Gb RAM which is more than enough for Sims3. However if you want my opinion on the two options you gave I would go for the one with the i7 processor and the 6Gb RAM even if it is total overkill for your needs.

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