Looking for a new computer

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  1. sum1krazy115

    sum1krazy115 New Member

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    Ok so i am looking to buy a new computer because mine is a piece of crap... and i found two that were in my price range and seemed to have average specs. One is a Gateway GT5220 Refurbished AMD Desktop PC ($379) and comes with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800 (Dual-Core) 2GHz, 1GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, DVD RW DL, Flash Reader, NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Integrated, and Windows XP Media Center.
    And the other is an eMachines Desktop PC T5062 ($389) and comes with AMD Athlon 64 3800+, 160GB hard drive, 1GB of DDR2 memory, Windows Vista Home Premium, and Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE graphics with 128MB of shared video memory.

    I am a casual gamer and i am getting into some very basic video editing so i was thinking of upgraded them a little after i got it so my question is that i was wondering if either of these can be upgraded easily, I am asking this because i read on a different website that eMachines are very difficult to upgrade. I am probably just going to get a better graphics card and depending on how it runs maybe a faster processor. So i would like some input on whether they are upgrade friendly or if one may out perform the other. Thanks (links below)

    Gateway -
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2727006&Sku=G153-GT5220

    eMachine -
    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/eMac...85299/catOid/-12962/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do
     
  2. sum1krazy115

    sum1krazy115 New Member

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    Why do you say that?
     
  3. Doomsday

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    neither

    build your own
     
  4. sum1krazy115

    sum1krazy115 New Member

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    i thought about that but it would take me a while to get all the money i needed instead of buying a complete one because i only need about $200 more for either of those and my computer i have now won't last much longer
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Those computers are just ok. Nothing more.

    And stretching your budget always sucks. There's no getting around that.

    But if you use the same case, keyboard, mouse, operating system...

    You could do some good damage for just a little more than your budget.

    Gigabyte P35 motherboard - $101 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059

    Intel E4400 - $126 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115014

    2x 512mb memory - $51 shipped http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211064

    Psu - Fortron 500 watt - $65 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104037

    XFX 8600GT GDDR3 video card - $126 shipped, $106 after $20 rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150230

    Western Digital 160gb drive - Very fast, almost up there with the Raptors. WD1600AAJS - $56 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075&Tpk=wd1600aajs


    That's $525 up front, $505 after the $20 rebate.
    After you pay for shipping for the refurbs, you would only be under this build by maybe $60?
    And this build would stomp them refurbs into the ground.
     
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    man,.. but it's like aids or super aids. :mamoru:

    the gateway is dual core and has a bigger hard drive. I'd get that one.
     
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    Doesn't matter, neither one will work in a few months anyway.
     
  9. sum1krazy115

    sum1krazy115 New Member

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    hmm... that seems to be pretty good and deffinatly better than the two i was originally looking at but one question, do you think i would need a better fan because i now have some old and dying dell with stock fan and im not sure if it will be able to cool that down enough.
     
  10. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You mean a case fan?

    You basically just need to know the size that your case takes.
    A replacement case fan is only $10 for a good one at newegg.


    As far as cpu fan goes, the E4400 comes with a good one.

    Edit* As far as general cooling goes, that Western Digital drive is tied for the coolest drive made.
    http://www23.tomshardware.com/storage.html?modelx=33&model1=678&model2=675&chart=39

    That set of charts from Toms Hardware is great.
    There's 17 different benchmarks in there.

    You can compare any two drives to each other in the drop down arrows.


    If you look through there, you can see how fast that WD1600AAJS is.




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