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deciding on new computer, games & mutimedia

by jjwoolf / November 19, 2005 12:09 PM PST

Don't have megabucks, but can get up to about $1500. Want for gaming and multimedia... satisfy whole family. Looking at emachines with some upgrading. Also read about CompaqGX5000Z - report said good except DVD. I've read so many reviews now, I think I have sprained my brain. Ideas? Need it to last.

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I have a perfect system
by Eddiefromalienwarecomps / November 19, 2005 12:36 PM PST

If you go ti, they have an excellent Gateway for $500. This should satify everyone, and you can spend the leftover $1000 on upgrades.

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HP A1250N
by damasta55r / November 19, 2005 2:15 PM PST

Dual-core X2 3800+
250GB Hard DRive
DVD+_RW Burner
WIndows mCE Edition

Let's see, computer/speakers/keyboard/mouse, here i can get for $599. But elseware,including compusa and best buy is $899. Well, since today's a saturday, take a look at the weekly ads and see if any are on sale.


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thanks & more questions
by jjwoolf / November 20, 2005 3:52 AM PST
In reply to: HP A1250N

Thanks for the ideas. Also, I just realized the review re: the compaq was dated a year ago. Brain fry. So, is it "easy" to add TV tuner? What about DVI connection? Are the DVD's made on computer better quality now? (last homemade DVD I viewed was pretty choppy.)

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Some answers
by Eddiefromalienwarecomps / November 20, 2005 7:19 AM PST

Well it has gotten easier to add a tv tuner card, but as I see it, many people have software issues. Media Center Edition is good software for a tv tuner card, but many software come with the tv tuner card. As for the dvd player on the computer is great. I have no problems, they seem fine and no chopiness exists (at least for me).

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If you have a separate gfx card
by damasta55r / November 20, 2005 11:35 AM PST

then there would be a dvi connection, if not its only VGA


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