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Old 08-29-2007, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Once i get my student loan in i will have like $2000 i can blow on a new Pc.

With all the new stuff comming out at the begining of 08 what do you guys think? Should i wait or build a cheap one and upgrade

Only Pc i have now is a Laptop

Amd Athlon 64 2.0
1.25gb ram
64mb video card( not sure what it is at work)

Yah i know i need an upgrade but i if i wait just curious how much prices will drop with the new products
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldnt spend all 2000 on the computer. With 1200 you'll get pretty much top of the line.

Should probably spend the other 800 on beer.

There will always be something better, prices will always drop. So its up to you to decide when you need this computer. I know I'd have a hard time having 2000 in the bank without touching it.



Just my suggestions.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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what will be the use of this PC?
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Uses of Pc will be

Games like Fear,Oblivion, Half Life2, World of Warcraft

I have also recently started using Zbrush, Mia, Photoshop CS and 3D studio Max on a friends computer and would like to start messing around with it on my own.
Also been having to use Solid Works at work a bit to help the engineers when they have problems so would like to throw that on my comp to learn about it.
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Are you in engineering or computer science? I design stuff in solidworks all day - its an awesome program.

If your school participates in the Microsoft Academic Alliance then you can get XP SP2, XP 64, vista business, vista business 64 and so on.... all for free.

Go with 4 gigs of memory - its so cheap anymore.
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A dual core processor should be more than adequate with solidworks unless you will be doing a lot of FEA/FEM studies - these use numerical method schemes which require quite a bit of number crunching and iterations to obtain solutions. I dont know how more cores would benefit photoshop.

A top of the line gaming card should do well to handle medium sized assemblies - if you're going over 1000 parts you'll definitely get some hang ups, but even my workstation computer hangs up when I'm dealing with them.
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2 x Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Newegg.com - Open Box: ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - OEM
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
Newegg.com - Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler - Retail
Newegg.com - MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD OC GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
Newegg.com - LG Electronics Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write - OEM
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - NZXT Zero Black/Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

total comes in around $1700
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Only thing i'm curious about is the AMD's quad core coming out soon. Supposed to be really good and when that comes out Intel will probably drop their prices also.

Also does solidwork, Mia, 3d studio max and other programs take advatage of SLI or Crossfire?
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I was pretty sure mya and 3d studio benefitted from more cores. So if you are sure you want to have $2000 budget I would go for a quad.

Invisible's build looks good. Though I wouldn't buy a open box mobo since you got plenty o' cash.
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2 x Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Newegg.com - Open Box: ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - OEM
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
Newegg.com - Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler - Retail
Newegg.com - MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD OC GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
Newegg.com - LG Electronics Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 18X DVDĪR DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write - OEM
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - NZXT Zero Black/Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

total comes in around $1700
thats a good build... but u need to add a 120mm fan for the CPU sink...
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