Planning on getting my First Desktop

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In Runtime
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?


Daemon Poster
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...


Baseband Member
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


Daemon Poster
so basically, you buy a 6800GT for 300 dollars and add it on to the Emachines computer. You save a couple hundred dollars.


Baseband Member
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.


PowerQuest / Opera
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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