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Please help me decide what kind of computer I need

by bayoucrazy / January 4, 2007 10:15 AM PST

I am in the process of buying a new computer and I am totally overwhelmed. I tried calling Dell but the little guy was from India and I had trouble understanding him and he was extremely pushy wanting me to purchase right then. I want a desktop PC that I will hopefully not have to do any upgrading for over the next say... 8 years. I am big into gaming, both with pc software such as Dungeon Seige, Sims, etc, as well as online gaming, W.O.W. and pogo games. I use Word and Excel for work so that is a must also. I take lots of digital pictures and store those on my pc and I have tons of songs stored for my Ipod. Needless to say, the Dell Dimension 4300 I have now is working at a snails pace. I want to go from this skateboard of speed to a race car.. as far as speed goes.. PLEASE.. any suggestions will be helpful.

Going nuts,
Bayoucrazy

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Budget
by mph86 / January 4, 2007 12:07 PM PST

What's your budget?

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What can you spend
by 2pur400 / January 5, 2007 9:01 AM PST
In reply to: Budget

The prior question "What's your budget" really makes a big diffrence. Based on what you are discribing I would expect to spend around $1,800 - $2,000. For that you could get a computer based on an Intel Core Duo, 2 Gig of Ram, 2 500 gig hard drives, and all of the other required componets. This would give you a computer that will do all the things you discribe very well. If you want to spend less then there are choices like a Pentium D chip instead, 1 hard drive and lesser componets. You need to establish your priorites and set a budget.

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I?m right there with ya!
by juxt4 / January 5, 2007 2:43 PM PST

Bayoucrazy,

I'm basically in the same position, I need to get as much bang for my buck for a system that is ready in the next 2 to 4 years to spend $250 here or there to keep it performing primarily for power hungry 3d games (i.e. RAM, Physics Processor, New Monitor, or new hard drive).

I?m a gamer (WoW, Americas Army, Battlefield (all of?em)
Heavy on graphic editing (Adobe CS2)
Light video editing
Light 3d modeling
Picture/video/mp3 pack-rat (seriously I have over 15 gigs of off-road video clips alone)
Internet junkie

I typically buy at or around the $1,000 to $1,500 mark for just the box alone, however it has been 4 years and so much new technology it is hard to understand what is what for the money. This is my best shot so far at a system from CyberPower.com wonder what some of the power gamers think of this stepped down system?

Sorry for the big list but needed to know if this is about the best for the buck?
Gamer Infinity SLI GT (NO MONITOR)
(Sckt775) Intel

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Before you buy....take a look at
by VAPCMD / January 6, 2007 12:58 AM PST

tomshardware.com (link below)

Looks to me at least in the one test...you're better off with a single GPU (like the 7900GS) than Sli (7600GS) plus it would take less power and produce less heat.

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.html?modelx=33&model1=584&model2=530&chart=196

Re the RAM....Corsair Value Select is usually good stuff...not sure how it fares on games or overclocking. I'd check the options (Corsair XM2 EPP) if it were mine for no reason other a little more 'headroom' and stability.

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