Windows 10: Which of these towers would you get and why?

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  1.    02 Feb 2018 #1

    Which of these towers would you get and why?


    I'm looking to replace my current PC with a two-monitor setup for a new tower with a three-monitor setup. I'm not an expert in this area and would love some feedback on which would be best for my needs.

    I'm self-employed and the bulk of my work is done in Outlook, Excel and several web-based applications. I don't do any video editing and do minimal photo editing, where I used Pixlr. If any additional info may be needed to assess which tower would be best, please feel free to ask.

    With that said, here are my current options. If a better alternative around the same price is available, I'm definitely interested. So...what do you think is best and why?

    Lenovo Ideacentre 720-18ASU
    $850.00 at Best Buy
    3 GHz AMD Ryzen 7
    4GB AMD Radeon RX 560
    1TB HDD
    16 GB RAM
    1 HDMI
    1 VGA
    1 DVI
    1 DP
    6 USB Ports

    Dell XPS 8920-7922BLK-PUS (This looks like I could only do two monitors??)
    $899.00 at Costco
    3.6 GHz (8M cache, up to 4.2 Ghz) 7th Generation Intel i7-7700
    8GB AMD Radeon RX 480
    1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
    24 GB RAM
    1 HDMI
    1 DP
    8 USB Ports

    Dell XPS 8930-7401BLK-PUS
    $899.00 at Costco (Reg. $999. $100 off until 2/4/18)
    3.2 GHz (12M cache, up to 4.6 Ghz) 8th Generation Intel i7-8700
    4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics
    2TB HDD
    16 GB RAM
    1 HDMI
    1 DP
    I thought this had 1 VGA port in the store?
    6 USB Ports
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  2.    03 Feb 2018 #2

    What would main uses for that computer be ? For gaming, Dell XPS 8920-7922BLK-PUS looks best on account of best GPU and also has an SSD. And yes it can run 3 monitors, all of them can. That particular Rx 480 has 3 HDMI and one DP ports. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti should have 2 HDMI and one DVI ports. so it also can run 3 monitors. Any of those ports can be used with a proper adapter to connect to any monitor with DVI, HDMI and Display Port and with an active adapter even to VGA monitor.

    Radeon™ RX 480 Graphics Card | AMD

    GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | Specifications | GeForce
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  3.    03 Feb 2018 #3

    I'm self-employed and the bulk of my work is done in Outlook, Excel and several web-based applications. I don't do any video editing and do minimal photo editing, where I use Pixlr. I also have music or video streaming at all times.

    I don't plan on doing any gaming but want a work PC that will last 5+ years.
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  4.    03 Feb 2018 #4

    Than first and last have more future as they could be upgraded with development life of at least 2 years while new CPUs will be available for those platforms, You could always ad an SSD for them.
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  5.    03 Feb 2018 #5

    Can you please explain what you mean by that? What could be upgraded?

    When I was comparing, my eye went to the XPS 8920 because it had 24GB of RAM and (I believe) better graphics card. Does the newer Intel chip on the 8930 outweigh these benefits if I'm not going to do any more than basic gaming? Multitasking would be 98% of what I do with usually music but sometimes video.

    What about the Lenovo would be better for me than the Dell's?

    I very appreciate your expertise!
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  6.    03 Feb 2018 #6

    Basically, CPU can be more readily upgraded on first and last. All other parts can be upgraded in all of them any time you want.
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  7.    03 Feb 2018 #7

    I've never upgraded any parts of a PC before, so let's take that out of consideration. What do you think of my last post on my thought process on the 8920 vs 8930?

    Or do you think the Lenovo would be a better fit for me? I don't mind the extra $50 on the Dell's so don't factor in the price difference.
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  8.    03 Feb 2018 #8

    mobster011 said: View Post
    I've never upgraded any parts of a PC before, so let's take that out of consideration. What do you think of my last post on my thought process on the 8920 vs 8930?

    Or do you think the Lenovo would be a better fit for me? I don't mind the extra $50 on the Dell's so don't factor in the price difference.
    8920 is best equipped of all 3 although with worst processor.
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  9.    03 Feb 2018 #9

    Thanks CountMike. Do you suggest I go with the 8930 with better processor and less RAM or 8920 with lesser processor and more RAM?
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  10.    03 Feb 2018 #10

    If you promise to ad an SSD to it, last one would do a better job for you on account on processor alone.16GB of RAM should also be quite enough.
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