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Old 12-02-2008, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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K, so here are my current specs:
Windows XP SP2
AMD Athlon XP 3000+
447 RAM (weird o.O)
VIA/S3G UniChromeP

Yea...it's about 3 generations out of date. I'm REALLY not looking to build my own comp; don't have the time =/. I live in Vancouver, BC. My budget's about $500-750. Any good stores I can go to? Btw, as you can probably tell, I WANT A GOOD VID CARD =D. Tired of f***ing 64 mbs...
Also, I have a question about processors:
I've been doing a bit of shopping myself and I was wondering it was worth it to get Core Duo over Pentium Dual Core. Is there much of a difference?
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looked at the Dell's?
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Looked at the Dell's?
shun the non-believer beat him with marshmellows until his eyeballs bleed!!!

The effective real world speed of the pentium dual cores come nowhere near matching the same theoretical speed Core 2 duo. You haven't actually told us what this computer will be used for? Kinda hard to reccomend without knowing the usage. It takes 30 mins to build a pc if you have never done it before we are going to save you tons of time by you not having to research components into indepth detail and a computer that you build will be more reliable. As you really don't want to build it may be worth going on craigslist and finding your local teen who's offering a computer building service as they aren't official companies they are cheap
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Like most of the people here, this comp will be a gaming PC. Partially. I like my movies as well. My games aren't too needy (Gunz, WC3, CS:S).
Yea..
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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CPU: E8400
Mobo: P45 made by either; gigabyte, asus or evga
Ram: 2gb on xp or 4gb (g-skill pi blacks) on vista 64bit
psu: 500w antec any model that fits the deal <-- your current one may be reusable
gfx: ati 4830 or 4850 (whichever brand is cheapest or comes with the nicest deal i.e. game)
hsf: Core contact freezer
case: reuse or make a selection and i will tell you if its any good
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Salty how's this case? NCIX.com - Buy Xion XION2-BK Black ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT 2X120MM Fans 450W W/ LED Fans & Window - XION2-BK/GN In Canada.
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I think its ugly as anything but the cooling is quite good your the one who has to live with it
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The fan is the main reason I chose it. Can you recommend any other ones with decent built-in power supplies?
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for 500-750 you can include a good PSU in your build.
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