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Can you help me choose which desktop to choose?

Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone could help me choose between these two computers or neither if they are that bad? Also which one will last the longest? We can't afford buying a computer every 3 years. Do desktops last longer then laptops? I heard they do but I wanted to make sure once again.

One is a Dell Desktop with Intel Core i5 Processor Windows 10. It's processor is: Intel Core i5-4460. Memory: 12GB. Hard Drive: 2TB. Graphics: Intel HD Integrated. Operating System : Windows 10.

The other is Asus Desktop with AMD FX Processor Windows 8.1. The processor: AMD FX-8130. Memory: 8GB. HArd Drive: 2TB. Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 240. OPerating System: Windows 8.1.

We want a pc that can handle school work, youtube videos, and everyday use. Also we want a pc that we can game on. (I wanna become a PC gamer now mixed with Nintendo one.) "As-is" are these computers good for gaming? I sorta had my eye on Batman Arkham Knight and my sister for Until Dawn. Can these computers play present generation games? I don't know much about PCs so I'm sorry for the plethora of questions. Thank you so much for your time! Happy

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My choice is the i5.

While the AMD should be a great value machine I come back to Intel when I need to to be less trouble over all.

However it doesn't have a dedicated GPU. That AMD (Asus) only has an entry level GPU so games would only run on lower settings. Forget medium and higher.

http://gpuboss.com/graphics-card/Radeon-R7-240 pegs it less than the usual Nvidia 750 which is my goto card for when I want to upgrade a PC but they push back on replacing the PSU.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2610435/4460-gtx-750ti-run-batman-arkham-knight.html kicks it around and you can see the AMD R7 240 just won't do.

--> Can these play current gen games? Yes, but on the low to lowest of settings. It's not a CPU issue but a GPU issue.

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Why is i5 easier?

What makes it less trouble? Also will the i5 play current gen games better then the Asus?

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I see more pleas for help on AMD boards.

As to the CPU, you know it's not the CPU at issue here. The GPU is what sets the pace of the games.

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I'm confused....

How do I figure out the GPU of the desktops? Is it called another name? So both can this gen's games on low settings? I'm really new to this.

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It takes a little experience to figure out the GPU models.

For me I'd buy the i5 then add the 750 GPU later. Again, while the 750 is not top end it's pretty good and avoids having to swap out the PSU in most cases.

OK, I didn't come out and say it. Neither machine will be fine for Arkham without upgrades. Since we're into an upgrade I picked which I would go with. Here's that card on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/GeForce-750Ti-GDDR5-Graphics-GTX750TI-OC-2GD5/dp/B00IB9P1KG/

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