Sorry that they are on different pages of the posting. Is the Acer i processor more up to date than the quad core in the Zoostrom. Present for my son and I can't decide. Hds are cheap so the fact that the Acer only has a 320g doesn't matter to me, can easily fit a second drive and new graphics card for games.
On the basis that you're happy to add a graphics card for games and some more ram, I'd be inclined to go for the Acer because of its modern i3 processor
Answering the basic question however is more difficult as the zoostorm may well be quicker out of the box. Can't see if it's 32bit or 64bit windows. If it is 32bit then you are limited to the amount of extra ram you can fit. If it's 64bit then it does get good reviews
Have you googled each one to find other reviews/tests?
THanks, I am more inclined to gofor the Acer. The alternative is to go for a barebones bundle with Novatech but would prove more expensive in the long run having tio buy OS+Graphics Still thinking and researching.
The Q8300 is the more powerful of the two on paper, but the i3 is the more modern one.
What graphics card (GPU) were you thinking of getting for games? It's just that the installed PSU will not be powerful enough if the chosen GPU needed external power. So you may need to upgrade the PSU as well. G
"It's probably a given that if we are after the latest games we'd be better with the version that boasts the i5 processor"
Not necessarily 961. Most games these days (with the exception of a handful) rely a lot more on GPU rather than CPU power. So if wanting the most powerful gaming experience, one should always go for a system/spec that has the best graphics card one can afford. The CPU is secondary, although it should be a reasonable dual-core to get the most out of the GPU.
Yes, you're right about available space, & I was going to intervene if the GPU choice was of the larger variety. G