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Old 03-22-2007, 04:58 AM   #1
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Default New PC Advice?

I've finally grown tired of my old PC that's been outdated a while ago. Here's the specs of it....

1 Ghz Intel Pentium III CPU
256MB SDRAM
Integrated Audio
Integrated Intel810 Video (11MB)
40GB Hard Drive (Runnin out of space)
1 CD-RW Drive
1 CD-Rom Drive
Windows XP Pro SP2
17" CRT Monitor

Yeah, time for retirement....

Anyways, anyone have any suggestions for a new PC? I'd prefer to buy one premade, but I'll build from scratch if I have to. I've seen numerous PC packages for sale online, but they all come with LCD monitors that I really don't like. I'd prefer a flatscreen CRT, but I haven't seen any GOOD PC packages with them.

I can spend about $1000 on one, and really don't want to go over that.
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:00 AM   #2
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if you can build one, do it. that's what i do and here's where i shop (we have one in town):

http://www.pcclub.com/http://www.pcclub.com/</a>

I can't remember what i paid total on mine but it still delivers and it was hundreds less than a grand (already had a monitor though).

knowing ZMDers, somebody is going to give you the in depth analysis. but there's my 2 cents.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:24 AM   #3
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Best thing you can do is BYO.

I just helped a friend do it a few weeks back, and it turned out pretty good at a decent price. He got a Core 2 duo 2.16ghz, and a new abit motherboard that could handle the processor. paid around 300 for it.

Now, he already had things like dvd drives, hard drives, and compatible memory. You're also going to need memory, which is quite expensive for what you get, i think, but that's the way it is. Also, if you're looking to do gaming or anything of the sort, add another 70+ dollars as a starting point for a good video card.

So, so far we've got:
CPU + MB ~ 300-350 (Core 2 Duo 2.16ghz is best bang for the buck, i think.)
1GB Memory ~ 80+ (this is for ddr2/pc4200 from newegg. could be more or less depending on where you look.)
decent Video ~ 70+
nice big 250gb HD (lets say the seagate barracuda on newegg) ~ 70
Fully functional system: 570 dollars.

Of course, that's a very rough estimate, but it is less than you will be paying for a premade system from the likes of dell that comes with the same spec i think. Also, all the systems that i see with monitors are usually celeron Ds, which isnt bad in itself, but for the money, is not too good.

Granted, this config is pretty barebones, without bells and whistles like TV tuners and audio cards and other superfluous crap like that. Integrated sound works just fine for me, but it might not for you, so that would be an additional expense.

As for the operating system, well, honestly, you can find it online if you dont want to pay for windows. Some might say why bother when linux is free, but I still dont think linux can replace windows. But that's just me. Dual booting is great though. for that i would recommend xUbuntu.

anyone else, feel free to add, or take away from my suggestions.

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Old 03-25-2007, 01:48 AM   #4
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My advice is a little different from the rest here.

As long as you do not mind being in the middle of the pack, there are some good deals on refurbished desktops out there. Check tigerdirect.com.

I am in Canada, and I was able to buy an HP Pavillion from Bestbuy.ca for only $299 canadian. It was an AMD64 3800+ with a 200 gig SATA hd, 1 gig of ram, and wimdows xp media centre. It was a very good deal because i was able to get the windows license with it.

I find WGA a pain in the ass so i wanted a legit copy of windows!


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Old 03-25-2007, 05:10 AM   #5
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Found some good deals on there.

First, I found this PC!
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...279&CatId=1812Gateway GM5266E Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz / 2GB DDR2 / 320GB SATA II / DL DVD±RW / nVIDIA GeForce 7600GS / Tuner / Flash Reader / Windows Media Center / Refurbished Desktop PC - $899.99</a>
Very cheap for what's in it, so I could add this monitor!

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...091&CatId=2775Samsung 244T / 24" / 6ms / 1000:1 / WUXGA 1920 x 1200 / DVI-D · VGA / Silver / LCD Monitor - $679.99*</a>

The total comes to about $1600, which I'm very okay with, especially for all the good stuff in it.
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:12 PM   #6
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I like everything but the price of the monitor. I'ld definitely look into a refurbished one to since you could probably get one for half of that price.

I would also open and check online on the hardware installed in your system when you get it. Gateway is known for putting very cheap hardware into their computers, and I've experienced it first hand working on my friends computer.
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Old 03-25-2007, 02:37 PM   #7
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> The total comes to about $1600, which I'm very okay with,
> especially for all the good stuff in it.

That's not actually a very good deal. The computer is overpriced for what's in it. You could easily build the same thing for a few hundred less. The monitor's a good monitor, but with a 7600GS, you're not going to be able to game on recent titles at 1920x1200 (its native res). Either get a smaller panel (a 22" 1680x1050 might do) or get a better video card.

As far as my personal recommendations go, though: http://www.apple.com/imac/ get an iMac</a>.
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Old 03-26-2007, 07:53 PM   #8
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or a mac pro
and http://brandonbird.com/sega_ford.htmlthis poster</a>


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Old 03-28-2007, 02:44 AM   #9
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> ...but with a 7600GS, you're not going to be able to
> game on recent titles at 1920x1200 (its native res).

> As far as my personal recommendations go, though: get an
> iMac.

lol, contradictions...
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Old 03-28-2007, 06:54 PM   #10
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> lol, contradictions...
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lol, please come an join us in the present, where an iMac can run windows and the latest games like any old pc, instead of continuing to live in 1999. <img src=smilies/magbiggrin.gif>
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