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Buying a new desktop

by mom2twins / May 24, 2006 9:17 AM PDT

I'm looking for a PC for creative work (audio, video, photo editing) and one that can handle a 30-50" LCD TV monitor. I'd like to get a 64-bit processor as I will eventually be upgrading it to Windows Vista. Any recommendations for models, video cards, processors, etc?

Any advice is much appreciated.

Thanks,
Dave

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suggestion
by ramarc / May 24, 2006 10:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Buying a new desktop

your lcd tv/monitor will probably have a resolution of aroud 1920x1080 (1080p), so any good mid-range card should be able to handle it. look for a geforce 7600 or higher or a radeon x1600 or higher. (you didn't mention gaming so i'll assume it's not high on your feature list.)

go for a gig of ram and at least 200gb... a second hard drive just for your video/media would be ideal.

as for the cpu, get a dual-core. avoid the petium-d 800 series. if you've can wait 6 weeks or so, you'll have a better bunch of cpus to choose from. amd just released their new cpu lineup and intel will release theirs in a few weeks.

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Look at Emachines T6524
by jkwilly / May 25, 2006 5:42 AM PDT
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You may want to take a look at the Emachines T6524. I'm waiting for mine to show up at the door ( you have to love UPS). Seems like a good choice...CNET gave it a 7 of 10. For a novice like me...upgrading from a HP Pavilion v70s to the T6524 will be a massive jump. I'm looking forward to learning more as I go.

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dual core CPU
by linkit / May 25, 2006 11:51 AM PDT

The CNET review for the eMachines T6524 is from October, 2005. There have been many CPU's and video cards introduced into the market since then.

It's not a bad computer, but if this user wants to to video encoding, then I'd go for a DUAL CORE CPU, which the T6524 doesn't have.

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