What computer to get?

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On the market for a new computer. I currently have a Inspiron 620S with an Intel i5 2320 @ CPU 3.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM. AMD Radeon HD 6450 graphics card. Works good. I use it for a relatively older game.

However, hard drive has taken a **** [Moderator edit to remove profanity. OP, please remember that this is a family friendly forum.]





On a budget, looking to get an HP computer. Looking to get a Slimline desktop - here's the specs:

8th Generation Intel Core i3 processor

Intel UHD Graphics 630

This is for $399.99



Here's the other:

AMD Dual-Core A-Series processor

AMD Radeon R4 Graphics

For $279.99



With knowing my current computer spec's and knowing that is works just fine for me, would it be okay to go ahead and get the AMD HP or get the Intel?

Game in reference is NASCAR Racing 2003 season..an old Papyrus game from circa 2003.
 

xSimply1337x

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If the i3 is an 8100 then it's better than the AMD PC.

I don't know what the exact specs for the Intel system are so I can't confirm anything concrete as to whether or not it's a good choice.

But out of those two I would get the i3 assuming it's the 8100. If it's a dual core i3 then I would suggest neither and to build your own system like this one

And even if it is the 8100, I would still get this system.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Thermaltake - Versa H22 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $379.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-25 21:00 EST-0500


Can add in something like a GTX 1050 Ti later on when you have some more money to do so.

Also is overclockable and upgradeable to a higher end 2nd gen Ryzen CPU or even a 3rd gen when they release without having to buy a new motherboard so upgrades will be easy and cheap.

The integrated graphics on the 2200G is capable enough for light gaming. Especially with older games like the one you are looking to play.
 
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The AMD, the cheaper route, processor is an AMD Dual-Core A6-9225 APU (2.6 GHz base frequency, up to 3 GHz burst frequency, 1 MB cache). I think I changed my mind on the i3, so here's the other one I was looking at: Intel Pentium Silver J5005 (1.5 GHz base frequency, up to 2.8 GHz burst frequency, 4 MB cache, 4 cores). The J5005 is much cheaper than the i3.

For ref, the i3 processor: Intel® Core™ i3-8100 (3.6 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)

I'm using HP's websites' Black Friday deals. Looking to spend preferably under $399. Just wanting my game to maintain a good amount of FPS.

https://store.hp.com/us/en/vwa/desktops/segm=Home;Price=261-499?jumpid=ma_dt_offers_na_2_180201 (prices lowest to highest)

edit: just looking to be simplistic, no building. plug n play type of deal

also, what are your thoughts on an Radeon R4 vs R5? R4 is about $100 cheaper.
 
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Also, as a sidenote. My current computer worked just fine. So here's the specs to that, in the case that one of the choices (whether it be a Radeon R5 be enough)

Inspiron 620s. ntel Core i5 2320 clocked at 3 Ghz. with a Radeon 6450 gfx card

The bare minimum the game requires is a Radeon X1900 GT graphics card with a Core 2 Duo E4400 2.0GHz or Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+

Just wondering if the Petium Silver Processor is just as good as the i3. It's a $100 diff
 
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Thank you.

I went ahead and ordered the i5 with your advice. Noob question..since the hard drive on my old computer is dead, could i simply just put a new hard drive in the computer (being 5+ years old) and it be good as new? Why or why not?
 

xSimply1337x

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unless the i5 is 8th gen, the i3 8100 will be better both in CPU power and integrated graphics.

I'm a little confused now that you say you've ordered an i5 when there was no talk of an i5 other than the old 2nd gen i5 you currently have
 
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