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Old 09-22-2006, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need a computer...

I need a computer that will run Photoshop, surf the web, play older games from 2003, and basically work...

I was looking at this Acer Aspire and i thought it looked OK...

It has a Celeron D 3.2, 512MB RAM, 160GB HD, and a crappy video chipset with AGP8X capability.

Would this be a good system for light photo editing and gaming? If needed, I'll add on a cheap video card to it, but how does it look for $400? Better than what i can get from Dell?

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Old 09-22-2006, 09:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I fix too many Acers to recommend them to people unless you're truly strapped for cash. Even for $400 I don't think that's too good, you could get a better Compaq for about the same $.
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hate to say it to you talldude but do you want to build it yourself may be able to make an sempron or a possible amd 64 system if you build it yourself.Do you need a whole system or just the tower?I really dont know canadian prices on parts though.

But if not it looks ok for what you want to do maybe and upgrade to a graphics card and another 512 of ram later on.
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talldude i think it is finally time to stop praying at the temple of Celeron. look at a Sempron. Semprons may lose out in some artificial benchmarks but i will vouch for them in pretty much all real life situations.
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What can you use from your old setup?
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Old 09-22-2006, 11:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you want to go the pre built route the Compaq SR1930Z looks very good, it's an Athlon 64 system and starts at US$319 direct, now that's not bad. Check out Compaq's site for canadian prices etc. but that seems a fine way to go.

Or like Shumway's saying, what can you reuse and you can try your hand at building a system.
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Compaq is not to bad of system though I dont care for the fact that they are now owned by HP. I had a system from before the HP take over and it lasted me a good 4 years.
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Ok Dude, I have said this so many times "Build It". I will give you a list of parts and if you still insist on getting a pre-built system I can still help you if you email me at

Cpu: AMD Sempron 64 2800+ 256KB L2 Cache Skt 754 - $40
Mobo: ASUS K8U-X Socket 754 ULi M1689 ATX Motherboard - $44
Graphics: PNY GF 6600 256MB DDR PCI Express x16 - $52
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 Black Aluminum Bezel - $45
Psu: LOGISYS Computer 550 Watts Power Supply With SATA - $20
Ram: PNY Optima 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 - $60
Optical: MadDog Black 16X DVD+R - $29
HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB - $55
Os: Microsoft Windows XP Home - $87

Total: $432

Doing this you will get alot more power from this than a pre-built system. All this information was found on,
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That's nice system for $400 but unfortuantely Newegg doesn't ship to Canada....
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eMachines T6216RA AMD Athlon 64 3200+
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And a $25 dollar off coupon code:

Take the RAM you have now and pop into it. It uses the GeForce 6100 chipset, so it has a PCI-E slot. 160gig hard drive. Double-layer DVD burner.

Or you can buy a new mobo, CPU, and hard drive. Maybe a case and PSU as well.


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