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Acer Aspire ATC-220-EB52 Desktop (Refurbished)
- AMD A10-7800 3.5GHz
- 8GB DDR3
- 1TB HDD
- AMD Radeon R7 Graphic
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- CAD$ 409 + 13% tax

I am considering this for a general purpose desktop + Adobe Lightroom use. Will add an SSD to speed up. Thoughts?

My current Adobe Lightroom computer is a Mid 2013 MacBook Air and it works reasonable well. The CPU & Graphics in the AMD A10 is better so the overall performance should be better (assuming Windows & Mac versions are similar).

Is this line of thinking accurate? Happy for alternatives or even a build recommendation within the same budget. Thank you.

  • Not sure about refurb PCs, but building your on PC tends to give you better performance at a lower price. – 0-60FPS Nov 10 '16 at 3:58
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As for another option, here's a build using an Intel CPU. Personally, I'm not a big fan of AMD CPUs, I haven't had a good experience with them. Here's the link to the PC part picker list. Again, everthing's off Amazon. I'd personally go with this Intel build over the AMD build I mentioned. The i3 6100 has a benchmark that is slightly above/better than the AMD A10 7800. Regardless, both these builds should do what you need.

CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($126.28 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: MSI B150M Pro-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($60.54 @ Amazon)

Memory: Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($41.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Rosewill Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: CoolMax 400W ATX Power Supply ($23.22 @ Amazon)

Other: Windows 10 Home 64 Bit OEM DVD ENGLISH ($75.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $406.00

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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  • Agree the Intel CPU is better. Will price it out at the local computer store and see what I get in Canadian dollars with taxes. Thank you. – Richard Hsu Nov 10 '16 at 14:04
  • How about this? ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/richsu/saved/bqnYcf – Richard Hsu Nov 11 '16 at 3:19
  • @RichardHsu Looks good, as far as I can tell. You may need a SATA cable for the hard drive, but usually 1 or 2 are included with the motherboard. – 0-60FPS Nov 11 '16 at 3:53
  • Thank you. Will keep that in mind. – Richard Hsu Nov 11 '16 at 13:14
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I've been able to make a "identical" build, that matches the specs you mentioned. Here's the link to the PC part picker. Everything is off Amazon.com

CPU: AMD A10-7800 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($123.00 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: MSI A68HM-E33 V2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)

Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.55 @ Amazon)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($28.91 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: CoolMax 400W ATX Power Supply ($23.22 @ Amazon)

Other: Windows 10 Home 64 Bit OEM DVD ENGLISH ($75.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $390.65

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.

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  • If I remove Windows 10 (which I don't need), it will make this a better deal. Will price this out too at the local computer store. Thank you. – Richard Hsu Nov 10 '16 at 14:05

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