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What configurations does Lenovo offer?
Lenovo offers two different Legion C730 configurations that cater to NVIDIA and AMD fans. For about $1,300, you can grab a rig with 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 processor (CPU) with a boost clock speed up to 4.6 GHz, 16GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM, a 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) coupled with a 128GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and an AMD Radeon RX 570 graphics card (GPU) with 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Compared to, say, an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti, the RX 570 is going to deliver substantially better gaming performance, but it doesn't quite match an NVIDIA GTX 1060, available in the other Legion C730 configuration.
Alongside the GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, the second configuration — which costs about $1,520 — has the same 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 CPU with a 4.6 GHz boost speed, 16 GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM, and a 1TB HDD. Instead of being coupled with a 128GB SSD, you get a 256GB PCIe SSD for a bit of extra space. That extra $200 (often cut down with instant savings deals and e-coupons from Lenovo) should be worth it if you plan on getting the best performance possible from your pre-built rig, as the GTX 1060 beats out the RX 570 GPU.
Which GPU should you choose?
Considering how closely matched the PCs are save for the GPU — same case, same CPU, same RAM, and nearly identical storage other than the larger SSD — it might be tough to decide if you should save a couple hundred dollars and opt for the AMD RX 570 or spend the extra money and get the NVIDIA GTX 1060.
The RX 570 is powerful enough to deliver smooth 1080p gaming from most popular games without having to turn graphics way down. If you'd like to play CS:GO, Fortnite, Overwatch, and other esports titles, you shouldn't have a problem with AMD's GPU. The monitor you're using will likely have a bearing on your choice as well. If it's set up to handle AMD FreeSync — proprietary adaptive sync technology that reduces judder and screen tearing without causing a huge blow to performance — you'll no doubt get more mileage from the AMD RX 570 GPU.
The Legion C730 maxes out at an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, making it the go-to option for those who want the best performance possible. You can expect higher framerates and an overall smoother experience, even getting into AAA titles — like Battlefield V — that put a heavy load on the GPU. Like AMD's FreeSync monitor technology, NVIDIA has its own proprietary tech called G-Sync that cuts down on screen tearing and stuttering without a big blow to performance. If your monitor is set up for G-Sync, the GTX 1060 will likely make more sense. Don't forget you're also getting a 256 GB PCIe SSD in the deal, which doubles your speedy storage on top of the 1TB HDD.
What about financing and warranty?
Pre-built gaming PCs, even those with a budget moniker attached, cost a sizeable chunk of money. Dropping more than $1,000 at a time isn't exactly feasible for everyone, but Lenovo has a couple of financing options through Klarna and Zibby that make it much easier for you to start gaming without having to spend a lump sum.
As for the warranty, all Legion C730 configurations come standard with a one-year depot warranty that covers phone support, free parts, and labor but does not cover drops, spills, or electrical surge damage. Two-year and three-year onsite warranties are available for $40 and $64 more respectively, which grants you a visit from a technician if an issue can't be solved over the phone.
Finally, Lenovo's PremiumCare can be had for up to three years (about $80 more than the basic warranty), which provides tech support for any software or hardware issues. Onsite support is included, and each year your PC will be checked over to ensure it's running properly.
Grab some accessories at checkout
All Legion C730 Cube models come with a basic keyboard and mouse, but they're cut out for a life of productivity rather than gaming. Be sure to check out the accessories that Lenovo has to offer during the checkout process, as a gaming keyboard and gaming mouse will go a long way to complementing your new rig.
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Get up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 or AMD RX 570 GPU for great mid-range gaming performance. Lenovo offers a couple of configurations, as well as warranty, financing, and tech support.
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