|Thank you for the info. & links.|
At equal price point I've found the Dell with a 7200rpm hard drive (more organized specs on both below)
It sounds like I have to prioritize speed/graphics quality. The Dell dealer suggested a GeForce at about $80.00 to get the Dell to match Asus graphics.
My next question (a crap-shoot, I know) is longevity...but I'd like something to think about that if anyone has thoughts.
Also, I'm at a pretty low price point these are new machines...should I look at refurbs instead...what kind of worries does that pose?
This is 1 or 2 years sooner than I wanted to buy a new machine but the motherboard in my 8yr old hand-me-down Dell/Pentium machine is spent. I'm looking to stretch the new one as far as possible as the computing needs at my house will become more interesting and pointed in about 6-7 years. I'd like to think I can get by with a few upgrades until we know what those needs become.
Here's what I'm comparing right now for home & student use: photoshop, illustrator, sketchup, and maybe AutoCAD(Revit?) in the future.
Operating System Windows8
Processors: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3330 processor (up to 3.20 GHz)*
Memory: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 2 DIMMs
Video Card: Intel® HD Integrated Graphics
Driver: Dell SRV Software 1506
Hard Drive: 1TB Hard Drive, 3.5", (7200rpm), SATA
Optic Network Card: Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Wireless: Dell DW 1606WLAN half mini-card
Operating System: Windows8
Processor: AMD A8-Series, VISION A8 APU (3.2GHz)*
Cache Memory: 4MB
System Memory: (RAM) 12GB DDR3 Expandable To 32GB
Hard Drive Type: 1TB, SATA (5400 rpm)
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7470 Type of graphics (video) adapter (usually built into the motherboard), identified by manufacturer and model.
Video Memory 1GB (dedicated)
Wireless Networking None
Graphics Chip AMD/ATI
*As quoted from info. in the Asus Essentio spec.page:
How fast a computer processor carries out instructions. In general, faster is better, but processor speeds across brands may not be equivalent (i.e., a 3.0GHz AMD processor may not be the same speed as a 3.0GHz Intel processor).