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i need help choosing a computer

im lookin towards a dell demension xps gen 5 but have heard rumors that its not worth the money can someone please give me some suggestions on what i should buy

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What and Which computer to buy.

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Why do you need a computer ? What do you want to do with it ? What is your budget ? What is your computer competency ? All these have to be considered so that a suitable computer can be found, within your budget, so that you get the best value for you money. You do not want costly extras which you will never need or use, etc., or get the fastest processor or the latest video cards if you only do word processing, surfing and e-mail.

You then go to the manufactires's site to look for computers with your specifications, get the model number, then go to computer review sites to read users' comments. Then you choose.

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im lookin for a gaming comp that can handle games...

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such as diablo 2 world of warcraft etc. and my budget is bout 2200 dollars

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Well...

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If you're a gamer, then the ability to upgrade a system is very important, and you don't get that with brand name systems. You HAVE to build yourself to get that. It takes some time to hit hardware review sites, to pick out what seem like the best parts for the money, but it will pay off in the end. The end price might also be a little higher than you might get from Dell, but you're getting considerably better quality parts. Not to mention, highly interchangable parts. If a few months down the road, you need a new video card for some game, you can change that out with ease, for example.

Dell's aren't bad for workstation systems, as brand name systems go, but I wouldn't even consider them if the primary aim of the computer is gaming.

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(NT) (NT) i appreciate your help

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Getting a gaming machine

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I agree with yewanchors that you should stay away from Dell; and from Gateway, and HP, and others whose main business is workstations and office computers. Although Dell is advertising a ''cheap'' gaming computer, you probably would need so many upgrades that its price would be become competetive with a true gamer.

Since you list yourself as a Newbie, you may not want to build your own system, as yewanchors suggested. But at least study up on available components, especially the CPU and chipset, drives and video cards. Talk to other gamers in your area; there may be a club or SUG. Decide what you want, and how much you want to spend (probably around $1500 for a mid-range gaming machine, >$2000 for a high end, liquid cooled machine.

Once you know what you want, and guess at what enhancements you may want in the future, find a local system builder; preferably one who specializes in gaming systems. I don't know where in Louisana you live, but if near one of the larger cities, you probably could find one. Check their reputation for service and support, both during warranty and beyoud. Then when you find a good one, have the machine built to your specifications, including the model numbers of all components you select.

If you don't want to go through all this, then buy from a company that specializes in gaming computers, such as Alienware. They are amongest the best of all computer manufacturers in the country for service and support.

One more thing; wherever you get your system, insist on an original Microsoft XP System disk. Don't settle for a ''restore disk.''

Hope this helps

Frank

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BUY THE BEST

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No, i dont represent them, but i think that Alienware is the best. I would recommend for gaming, the Area 51 ALX with SLI.

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Alienware..

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Alienware does make VERY high end systems but before you buy anything...look somewhere else. Do a little search on these forums and see what the people really think about Alienware.

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