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Old 01-17-2006, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Need a new computer

Current computer

Compaq Presario
x86 GenuineIntel ~1495 Mhz Processor
Memory 768.50 MB

My computer is old and outdated. I want a faster computer with more memory. I don't know anything about building comuters but I have researched what I want actually thinking about buying one from Best Buy cause it has what I want for a new computer. These are the specs

Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet networking interface

Microsoft Internet keyboard and USB optical wheel mouse

Velocity Micro LX-W Signature case of pure aluminum in black with black drive bezels; side window and easy-to-remove front door; LX aluminum wheel kit with lock; single blue cold-cathode chassis light kit

AMD-certified high-performance heat sink/fan with Arctic Silver 5 compound

Asus A8N SLI motherboard with NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI MCP, PCI Express and DDR support; 500-watt power supply with dual fans; standard power cable; standard premium ribbon IDE and floppy cables included

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (SP2) operating system preinstalled and tuned for performance; includes Far Cry PC game on DVD

Product Details

Processor Brand AMD Athlon 64
Processor Speed 2.4GHz
System Bus 2000MHz
Cache Memory 128KB on die Level 1, 1MB on die Level 2
System Memory (RAM) 1GB
System Memory (RAM) Expandable To 4GB
Type of Memory (RAM) PC3200 DDR400
Hard Drive Type Serial ATA/150 (7200 rpm)
Hard Drive Size 250GB
Graphics eVGA NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT PCI-E
Video Memory 256MB (dedicated)
TV Tuner No
Audio SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Z
Modem None
DVD-ROM Drive Yes
Maximum DVD-ROM Drive Speed 16x
Recordable DVD Drive Yes, double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
Recordable DVD Drive Speeds Drive speeds not available
LightScribe Compatibility No
Digital Media Reader or Slots No
Diskette Drive Yes
Diskette Drive Type 3.5" 1.44MB
Total Expansion Bays External: 2 (3.5"), 4 (5.25"); Internal: 5 (3.5")
Available Expansion Bays External: 1 (3.5"), 2 (5.25"); Internal: 4 (3.5")
Total Expansion Slots 3 PCI, 2 PCI-E, 2 PCI-E x16
Available Expansion Slots 3 PCI, 2 PCI-E, 1 PCI-E x16
USB 2.0 Ports 8 (2 front, 6 rear)
IEEE 1394 Ports 3 (1 front, 2 rear)
-Video Outputs None
Serial Ports 1
Parallel Ports 1
Game Ports None
Keyboard Description Microsoft Internet
Operating System Windows XP Home SP2
Included Far Cry PC game

Cost is Our Price: $1,990.99
Samsung SyncMaster 19" Flat-Panel TFT-LCD Monitor - Black
Model: 930B $379.99

Total cost : $2,370.98

Would you buy this? Should I buy this? Can I get something similiar fora lesser price. If you advocate building over buying, can I build it for a cheaper price?

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Old 01-17-2006, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can always build it for a cheaper price. You can probably buy it for a cheaper price too. Try out and customize a PC similar there and see how the price turns out.

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Old 01-17-2006, 08:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you're willing to build it yourself you can save about $500+ on that build.
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Seems overpriced. You could build this or something similar or better for alot less. You could probably buy something similar for less, for that matter. what is the make/model of the computer whose specs you listed?
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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YUCKZORZ, doesnt even mention the processor model.

Cheap *******s.
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, it has very nice components, but at a horrible price.
You could get:
MSI K8N Neo4-F
AMD Opteron 165/x2 3800
1/2Gig RAM
Soundblaster X-Fi
250Gig HDD
for probably 500$ less if you build, AND it's a better system.
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Kitire
YUCKZORZ, doesnt even mention the processor model.

Cheap *******s.
Yeah, it kind of ****es me off that some companies assume everyone is an idiot and leaves out important information and takes advantage of them. Of course, that's like a lot of businesses, but there are much cheaper and better PC companies out there that aren't a load of crap.
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Old 01-17-2006, 08:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Personally, I'd build it. Save yourself some dough and gain some experience w/ computer building....It's a win/win scenario.
Completed 1st System:
Case...Antec Super LanBoy $30
PSU...Antec SP2.0 500W $50
Mobo...MSI K8N Neo4-F $85
CPU...Athlon 64 3200+ Venice $162
Video...EVGA GeForce 6800 GS $196
Memory...OCZ 1GB (512MB x 2) $60
Hard Drive...Hitachi 80GB $20
Gaming without lag...priceless.
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Old 01-17-2006, 09:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ok. Read your comments and picked out these parts for a new computer at ITs cheaper. Concerned about trying to build it myself but Guess I could give it a try. Are all the parts compatible? Did I pick the right stuff?

Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 ATX 12V V2.0 for AMD & Intel systems Power Supply - Retail
Model #: SONATA II

ABIT KN8 Ultra Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: KN8 Ultra

eVGA 256-P2-N386-AX Geforce 6800GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

NEC Beige IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3550A - OEM
Model #: ND-3550A BG OEM

HITACHI Deskstar 7K250 HDS722525VLSA80 (14R9464) 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: HDS722525VLSA80

SAMSUNG 940b-Black 19" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: 940b-Black

BlueGears/HDA Digital XMYSTIQUE7.1 8 (7.1) Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
Model #: XMYSTIQUE7.1

Logitech X-230 32 Watts RMS 2.1 Speaker - OEM

Logitech Internet Pro 967450-0403 Black PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard - OEM

Logitech LX7 931395-0403 Blue 5 Buttons 1x Wheel USB RF Optical Mouse - Retail

Opti UPS UCR20IN1B 20-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader/Writer - Retail

OCZ Performance Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ4001024PFDC-K - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3800BPBOX - Retail

U.S. Robotics USR263090 56Kbps Internal Modem - OEM
Model #: USR263090-OEM

SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Windows 98SE/ ME/ 2000/ XP - OEM
Model #: MPF920 Black

Total(before tax): $1,469.66
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Old 01-17-2006, 09:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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for mobo, MSI K8N-nF4 is a very good choice ( it has pci-e slot and its socket 939)

whats your budget anyways

if u have a budget around 2k why not go dual core

later the games will be optimized for dual core technology and if you have a dual core processor you will take advantage of it
not to mention dual core processors are fast like ****
try dual 4400+s, or 3800+s if you want to save money

PC Specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13ghz
Gigabyte P35-S3 Motherboard
A-DATA 2x1GB DDR2 800mhz memory
Geforce 8600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express
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