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#1 SharpeWolfe

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 08:06 PM

So, I'm looking to get a new desktop computer. I figured I'd get some input from you guys as to what I should look for, be it brand or what components it should have. I'd appreciate any help, and don't worry about costs too much at this point.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 11:02 PM

What exactly are you building this new computer for? If it's for games, it's going to be more expensive than if it isn't.

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 05:14 AM

You could try customizing a computer from a site such as ibuypower. You can fix it all up how you want and see the price before you commit to buying.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 05:36 AM

If I had a choice of a new comp I'd probably get a Dell XPS All-In-One.

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Various versions can be seen here in detail:
http://www.dell.com/...~tab=bundlestab

I'm not a PC Gamer, and I would be clueless as to how to build my own. I love the simplicity of the all-in-one with speakers, monitor and tower in one unit with wireless mouse and keyboard.

OR

Maybe the Apple all-in-one IMac?

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http://www.apple.com/imac/

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 05:53 AM

Be careful if you are going to try and build it yourself. If something goes wrong you are pretty much SOL on tech support. That being said, I went through pricewatch.com and started with a barebones and picked each piece. Motherboard: Gigabyte, Processor: Pentium Duel core, then RAM, video card and a couple of extra fans and oh yeah, an OS. Good luck, it took me about two weeks to figure out I had a faulty mother board, then another week to find out my Motherboard also fried my video card. Don't go cheap on the Motherboard or processor, you can always add more RAM and upgrade video, but those two are going to be fixture on your machine throughout its life.

#6 SharpeWolfe

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 07:07 AM

I'll want to do some gaming on it, but I'm not real heavy into gaming on the PC... and the thing about building my own is that I'm not extremely knowledgeable about it, so, some help if I were to go that route would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 08:45 AM

Haha, I almost posted this exact same topic. Well, I've been looking for the past year or so about what's coming out. Here's what I'd suggest. XPS by dell are well rounded desktops (and labtops) that have great gaming abilities if wanted.

Dell XPS 420:
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At just over 2,700 it would come supped up with:
Intel? Core?2 Q6700 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.66Hz,1066FSB)
Windows Vista Ultimate
4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs
750GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
Blu-ray Disc Combo (DVD+/-RW + BD-ROM)
24 inch E248WFP Entry Widescreen Digital Flat Panel Monitor
nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

That set-up would allow you to play any current-gen game (Crysis too) and most next-gen games as far as I know. It comes with a Blu-ray player, and since HD-DVD is dead it is a nice feature. It has a 24 inch monitor, and 2.66 GHz is great. But if this doesnt fit your price range you can always downgrade some stuff HERE
That to me though is a great deal at a great price!

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 11:48 AM

If you're not heavy into gaming and price isn't a factor, I would go with Dell. But if you really want to customize what you're gonna get and have a little more power for cheaper at the expense of a little waiting period, go for IBuyPower.

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 03:51 PM

If you're serious about getting the best of the best for as cheap as possible, you're going to need to build it yourself. There's a ton of different ways to go about this, and if you're interested, let me know. I'd be more than willing to piece one together for you.

#10 Self Induced

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:00 PM

XPS is overpriced imo...
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#11 Drew

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:34 PM

XPS is overpriced imo...

Any brand-name PC is overpriced. You can usually save hundreds, if not thousands, by doing it yourself. Brand-name PC's are only good if you're not willing to open your mind to something different and refuse to learn just a little bit about the inside of a PC. As long as you go with a good supplier (Newegg is the one I use), you can't go wrong.

#12 Self Induced

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:45 PM

I know, that's why I suggested a computer customizing site like ibuypower.com
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#13 SharpeWolfe

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 09:17 PM

yeah, I compared one from Dell and one from IBP, the one at IBP was about 1,000 bucks cheaper by the end. Drew, if you want to piece one together and let me look at it, I'd appreciate it, that is use IBP.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 10:32 PM

Okay, so here's what I picked out. This will put you on the bleeding edge without going overboard. If price really isn't an issue, then you can replace the CPU with a Core 2 Extreme, get an 8800GTX SLI setup, bump the PSU up to 1000W, replace the Deskstar with two Raptor 150's in RAID, and drop in another 4GB of RAM. All told, that will probably kick the price up by a few thousand dollars, but if you've got the money, I'd say go for it. But back here in reality town, I've got the below setup. This thing blows my rig out of the water. Considering that I got it a little over a year ago, and when I did it was literally the "overboard" machine, that's kinda scary.

Case: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129154 - $89.99
MoBo: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813121059 - $229.99
CPU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115028 - $269.99
GPU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814500006 - $259.00
PSU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341002 - $134.99
RAM: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145194 - $139.00
DVD: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827151154 - $33.99
HDD: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822145167 - $269.99
Sound: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16829271003 - $174.99
Floppy: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16821103116 - $7.99

Total: $1609.92

I will be honest with you, though. Now is a really bad time to buy a new machine. With the new 45nm Penryn's just around the corner, the advent of DDR3 system memory, and nVidia's 9800 series launching soon, you're basically screwing the pooch big time if you buy now. I'd wait for a couple months before I bought, but if it absolutely can't wait, I'd recommend the above rig. Hope this helps a little.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 01:35 AM

Dude, get an Apple. My next computer will definitely be Apple.

#16 SharpeWolfe

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:31 AM

Extremely unlikely Ivan. Drew, I could wait a couple months, any time frames for those events you mentioned?
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 06:00 AM

Hell, if you want Apple, just buy a good computer, then install OSX, dual booting with XP. It's pretty easy nowadays (probably quite illegal, but easy) and you'll probably save a whole bunch of money, since you're not buying overpriced Apple hardware.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 10:36 AM

I'm using a Mac Book Pro. It's the best computer I've ever owned. Not much of a gaming machine, though.

#19 Drew

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 11:13 AM

Extremely unlikely Ivan.

Drew, I could wait a couple months, any time frames for those events you mentioned?

You're going to be looking at an early to mid-summer release for both the 9X00 series and the Penryn Dual Cores. DDR3 should've matured by that time as well, so if you can bear the wait, I'd say stick it out until summer. If you don't decide to do bleeding edge then, you can still fall back to the parts that are the best now and save yourself hundreds.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 11:20 AM

New Dell Gaming Desktop. Great Price $1249


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