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Old 09-17-2005, 01:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

I am a professional poker player and as such, play a lot of poker online. I am about to make a switch over to playing almost full time online, in order to stay home more, so I need to get myself a new Desktop PC. It's main use will be for Poker, as I am a Mac guy and will still use my Mac for most everything else. Having said that though, as this is my profession I want to get the best system I can as this is not an area to skimp...

After a few weeks of getting advice from friends and searching around the internet I had deduced that rather than buy something off the shelf it is better to build it for what you want - I am not techincally minded, but had decided to get a system from Monarch Computer, as they only charge a build fee of $49 which seems reasonable, and then I can get what I want exactly.

As I said this will be used mainly for internet poker, websurfing, running some poker tracking software, and possibly for recording TV etc. I plan on getting 2 large monitors (probably the 24" Dell's) and will be playing as many as 8 games at the same time, plus other web activity. I have no interest in gaming such as Doom etc so that is not an issue. Poker will be its main use.

I just really want to make sure I get something that can handle running multiple monitors well, as I will be running 2 large ones.

What would be your advice - should I just buy a Dell or something off the shelf., or is it worth me building one?

I dont mind spending the cash, but dont want to get stuff I dont need, as I would rather spend the extra cash on monitors or something for my Mac.

I have been getting obsessed looking at all the options, and had a system all picked out at Monarch with state of the art gear - Dual Core 64/7800GTX graphics etc etc I have now been told I am going crazy for what it will be used for.

What should I do? Please help me
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ok what kind of budget are you looking at? and if your not goig to be playin anyhign but poker and not much more then that then you would liek to go with a intel p4 since it can provide more multi windows then amd.

If i was you i would look into building your own computer which would be cheaper rather then haveing some one build it for you and there parts probably are alot.

I would go check out www.newegg.com or i can set you up a nice system if you give me your budget limit. if you have aim jsut message me at Ilovenichole269 we can talk more there which owuld be easier.
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THE 7800 GTX would be a bit to much however its an awsome video card but jsut for poker i would say its over doing it. for what you well be useing this computer for i would get
GeForce 6800 GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814122209
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Thanks for the reply.

I have not technical skills at all, which is why I was planning on getting a Monarch. How hard is it to build one yourself - do you need any tools?

As far as budget goes - I can spend whatever I like really. I just dont want to waste money on things I dont need.

I had a system all picked out at Monarch that came to $1855 but then I was told that all the components were way more than I needed, so I didnt buy it.

What did you mean by 'intel p4 since it can provide more multi windows then amd'?

Are you saying that intel would be better for the poker side of things?
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well intel is more for the internet it also runs colder and it can handle more at one time then what amd can. Amd is good for gaming the best for gameing. like you said you wanted to play say 8 games and have some internet windows open that is going to be hardcore on a processor amd is more likly not to beable to support that much and still run stable but intel is known for running alot of windows and such.

For poker i woudl get a intell since its online and theres no much graphics that involve with it then i would get a intel.

I don't think it is hard to build your own, there are guides and we can help you as much as you want i can however make a pc list for you what you should get which wouldn't be much and would be under $1885 if you want me to.
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Great - I would be interested to see what you would recommend.
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Ok here is a list of the items.

Intel Pentium 4 630 Prescott 800MHz FSB 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 EM64T Processor - Retail $179.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116198


OCZ 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail - 150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227204

ASUS P5GL-MX Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 915GL Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $74.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131543

Leadtek PX6800GT TDH Geforce 6800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail - $288.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814122209

LITE-ON Black IDE DVD Burner Model SOHW-1693S Black - Retail- $43.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106988

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L300R0 300GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive - OEM- $124
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822140166

NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM - $9.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16821152005


Thermaltake Silent PurePower TT-420AD(DUAL FAN) 420W Power Supply - Retail- 40.00 (on sale)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227204




TOTAL= Approx. 910 (without shipping)
Try that for a start, i can update stuff for you on the list if yo uwant something better but that well suit you good for your needs.

I didn't pick out a case you can do that and then once you pick out a case that well fit the mother board we well get you some fans and a nice heatsink to go with it.
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Online poker does not really need a high end computer. A low end P4, a crappy graphics card can run online poker easily I would assume. I don't know what kind of poker you plan on playing, but I will assume it is just that 2d card pictures, ect.? That's pretty weak, so you won't need anything spectacular.
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get an X2 processor from amd so you can do multiple programs at once. seeing that you really dont have a budget.

and there is no need for a fast video card

i would say

X2 processor
2GBs of ram
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I don't understand why you even need to spend over a 1000 bucks to get a pc that can play online poker and maybe multi task a bit -_-.
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