Help me decide
My machine has served me well since December, 2005. However, now I need a new one. The worst thing is purchased a new 24" monitor, then had to go with a new graphics card -- but since this machine doesn't have the PCI-E-16 slots for graphics, and this machine was made for AGPx8, and the monitor required Hi-Def. Now, the graphics is bogging down my whole system.
I've seen something on Buy.com that altogether interests me -- but you folks seem to have a sharp eye for good deals. (I'm not a gamer, but a multitasker, an engineer using 5TB memory with 6 drives.)
Anyway, here's the system I'm looking at (and because of price vs. performance, you've all talked me out of Core i7 at this moment):
Gateway LX6810-01 Desktop, Intel Core2 Quad Processor Q8200 2.33Ghz, 8192MB, 640GB,DVDRW, Keyboard and Mouse, Remote Control, Windows Vista Home Premium, Factory Refurbished. (Which in my past experience has meant kinks have been worked out, much less the price.) This system (w/o monitor) is $499.99 (shipped).
Intel Core2 Quad Processor Q8200, 1333MHz frontside bus, 4MB L2 cache and 2.33GHz processor speed per core.
Intel® Smart Memory Access.
Intel Advanced Digital Media Boost accelerates the execution of Streaming SIMD Extension (SSE) instructions to significantly improve the Media Boost performance on a broad range of applications .
8GB (8192MB) 800MHz DDR2 Dual Channel Memory (4×2048MB Modules).
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT120 Graphics with 1GB DDR2 Total Video Memory
640GB 7200RPM SATA II hard drive with 16MB Cache.
15-in-1 High Speed Digital Media Card Reader with Smart Copy Button .
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port) .
18X DVD +/- RW Super Multi-Format Dual Layer Drive featuring Labelfash Technology.
Built-in HD TV tuner.
8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio with Dolby Home Theater® Sound.
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with SP1 preloaded.
In the box:
Gateway LX6810-01 Desktop Computer
Windows Vista Media Center Remote Control
IR Blaster Cable
DVI to VGA Video Adapter
S-Video to RCA adapter
Processor: Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q8200 2.33GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache
Operating System:Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium (64-bit) with SP1
Memory: 8192MB 800MHz DDR2 Dual Channel Memory (4 x 2048MB Modules)
Chassis:Premium Tower Desktop with Media Control Interface
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT120 Graphics with 1GB DDR2 Total Video Memory
Hard Drive: 640GB 7200RPM SATA II hard drive with 16MB Cache
•(6) USB 2.0 ports (2 Front, 4 Rear)
•(2) IEEE 1394a Ports (1 Front, 1 Rear)
•(3) Front RCA Ports (Video, Left/Right Audio)
•(2) PS/2 Ports
Application Software:Microsoft® Works 9.0, Microsoft® Money Essentials & Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day complimentary trial period)
Audio: 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio with Dolby Home Theater® Sound
Available Expansion Slots: Available: 0 - PCI-E x16, 0 - PCI-E x1, 1 - PCI
Digital Media Software: Cyberlink® Power2 Go™, & Cyberlink® LabelPrint
Dimensions (Box): 11.42" (H) x 23.68" (W) x 19.6" (D) or 290mm (H) x 602mm (W) x 498mm (D)
Dimensions (System): 17.7" (H) x 7.5" (W) x 19.0" (D) or 449mm (H) x 191mm (W) x 482mm (D) (room for some of my 1TB SATA drives)
Keyboard: Premium Multimedia Keyboard
Media Card Reader: 15-in-1 High Speed Digital Media Card Reader with Smart Copy Button
Memory Capacity: Maximum 8GB
Modem: 56K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)
Motherboard: Systemboard with NVIDIA® nForce® 720i Chipset (MCP7A-D)
Mouse:USB Optical 2-Button Wheel Mouse
Network:10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
Optical Drive: 18X DVD +/- RW Super Multi-Format Dual Layer Drive featuring Labelfash™ Technology
Power Supply:400W Power Supply
Remote: Vista Media Center Remote Control
Speakers: Amplified Stereo Speakers (USB Powered)
TV Tuner: Analog/Digital TV Tuner with 3-D Comb Filter
For a quick fix, with everything, to replace my old Dell Dimension 8300 -- and spending only $499.99, could you guys give me any suggestions.