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So I've been looking to get a new computer for a long time now. My plan was always to buy the components to the "bang-for-the-buck box" in the OP of the computer build thread in G&T. However, the Black Friday sale has changed things a bit, and I'm considering purchasing a pre-built computer (I know, I know).
Specifically, this one. It has twice the RAM of the computer mentioned in the computer build thread, as well as having 3.0 GHz vs. 2.5 GHz. It doesn't have as much storage (250 GB vs. 500GB) but I don't care as much about that. It doesn't include a monitor, but I already have a pretty decent one, and all in all it's almost $200 cheaper.
My problem is the video card. I don't know much about video cards; it says something about having Integrated Graphics, which I'm told is what my current PC, a Dell Dimension 2400, has that prevents me from being able to upgrade it. I'm also not sure how good the video card in the Cyberpower is (Intel GMA 3100 I guess?), which could be an issue if I can't upgrade it.
So...what's your advice? Go with the pre-built, or hold out for the bang-for-the-buck box?