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Old 06-15-2005, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Planning on getting my First Desktop

Okay right now im looking at a Dell Dimension 8400:
Dell Dimension 8400
-Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 630 w/HT Technology (3GHz, 800FSB)
-Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center 2005 Edition
-1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 400MHz (2x512M)
-400GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
-256MB PCI Express™ x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI Radeon™ X850 XT PE.

The main thing im looking at is having a desktop that can handle the new game Battlefield 2 comming out will this handle it?

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Old 06-15-2005, 07:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like it, but man, you came to the wrong place to ask about buying a Dell. I can only imagine where this thread is going to end up at...

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ socket 939 @ 2.3 GHz
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum motherboard
EVGA GeForce 6800 GT
2 GB DDR 400 (PC 3200) (2 x 1 GB sticks) (Dual Channel)
DVD player and seperate DVD RW drive
Floppy Drive
80 GB Western Digital Hard Drive
500 watt power supply
Sound Blaster Audigy
Logitech 5.1 surround sound speakers
SAMSUNG SyncMaster 710T LCD monitor
Aspire X Navigator Case
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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why whats the matter
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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NO NOT A DELL you should get Emachines!

eMachines T6212
AMD Athlon™ 64 3400+
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition SP2
512 MB DDR 160 GB HDD 1
16x multi-format double layer, DVD±RW
ATI Radeon® Xpress 200
6-channel Audio
8-in-1 Media Reader


CPU: AMD Athlon™ 64 3200+ Processor (512 KB L2 cache, 2.0 GHz, 2000 MHz FSB)
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition SP2 1
Chipset: ATI Radeon® Xpress 200
Memory: 512 MB (Dual Channel 2x256MB) DDR (PC 3200)
Hard Drive: 160GB HDD – 7200 RPM, 2MB cache 2
Optical Drives: 16x DVD±RW multi-format double layer; 48x CD-ROM
Media Reader: 8-in-1 Media Reader
Secure Digital (SD), Smart Media, Compact Flash, Micro Drive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Multimedia Card, USB 2.0
Video: ATI Radeon® Xpress 200 (PCI-Express®)
128MB Shared Video Memory
Sound: 6-channel Audio
Modem: 56K ITU v.92 ready Fax/Modem
Network: 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet
Peripherals: Premium Plus Multimedia Keyboard, 2-Button Wheel Mouse, Amplified Stereo Speakers
Dimensions: 7.25"w x 14.125"h x 16"d
Ports/Other: 7 USB 2.0 ports (2 in front; 4 in back; 1 in Media Reader), 1 IEEE 1394 port (1 in back), 1 Parallel, 2 PS/2, Audio-In & Out
Pre-Installed Software: Microsoft® Works 8.0 1, Microsoft® Money 2005, Encarta Online, Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™, Microsoft® Media Player 10, RealNetworks RealPlayer® CyberLink® PowerDVD, Nero 6 Suite, Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005 (90 day complimentary subscription)3, McAfee Anti-Spyware 2005 (30 day complimentary trial), BigFix®

Total Price: $579.99
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Im looking for a gaming computer and the video card is better on the DELL why not a DELL!
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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so basically, you buy a 6800GT for 300 dollars and add it on to the Emachines computer. You save a couple hundred dollars.
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Mainstream computer companies (Dell, HP, and so on) are infamous for using low-end, cheap parts and components for their systems. Building your own, or getting one custom built, is usually a much, much better option. You know what parts are going in and that (usually) they're high-end items.

Take this for instance: HP wants to save money. So they take a nice ASUS 915G MoBo and modify it: they cut off the PCI-Express slot and make it much more difficult to OC at stable and safe temps. Now you have the 915GV MoBo. Dell does similar in their systems.

As a side note: You don't need a 256mb Graphics card. As far as I know, no game can even fully utilize all of that memory.
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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the dell 8400 comes with a free 19 inch flat monitor
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It's better to build your own. You will get a much better motherboard and the other parts will also be better, depending on your budget. What's your budget?

There's a lot of people on this forum who can help you choose parts and build the computer.
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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o yeah and 1gb of RAM instead of 512mb

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