So I want a new computer, your thoughts?

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  1. Aslan

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    So when faced with any large question, i turn to OT. Ok, so maybe I don't but figure the more advice the better. I have about $2K put aside for a new computer. My last one (Dell) cost 2500 and i have had it since 2001. - so 6 yrs with minimal upgrades, not too shabby. But since I haven't looked since 2001, I am way behind. I know I want Dual Core if not Quad Core processors, and a big hard drive. after that I am pretty open. I would like to have the ability to stream media from my pc to my tv. and to play games and do day to day stuff.

    All that said... Any suggestions, tips, buyers guide you can recommend, where to start?

    Yes, i know I should build my own but do not want the headache. So short of building my own... what else?

    Thanks

    p.s. yeah and PC only please, I do not want a Mac.
     
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    OMG THEY HAVE KILLER NICS!!! ZOMG THEY ARE TEH AMAZING!!!

    Get a Dell, if you dont know what oyu want or what you need buy a dell and be happy :)
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You could build a pretty good one for 2k.
     
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    build your own. If you refuse that, then go to a reputable local shop (NOT best buy, frys, etc.. We want REPUTABLE and LOCAL) and have them build you one. Most do it for just cost of parts. Some charge a nominal fee of $50-100. And basically all of them offer warranty on the system.

    Do not buy a dell.
     
  6. deusexaethera

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    What?
     
  7. lemurballs

    lemurballs Don't Look Back In Anger

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    obviously he doesn't want to build, so SHUT UP NOOBs.

    you probably get the most bang for you buck thru dell if you are buying...wait for there hugesavings coupon codes.
     
  8. deusexaethera

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    Nonetheless, it's a good idea for him to have an idea of what he could get if he bought his computer in pieces and put it together himself, so he knows how much of a premium he's paying to get a prebuilt machine.
     
  9. Create

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    $2k eh?

    You could easily build a very nice box, say:
    Intel Dual Core
    2GB DDR2
    SLI PCI-e Video
    Good size raptor HDD
    A mirrored pair of large HDD's
    19" lcd

    At this price level, building your own will result in $200-$300 savings for building the equivalent Dell, or quite a bit more value for your full $2k.

    What do you do with your pc? Game? Office?
     
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    fixed
     
  13. Leb_CRX

    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    they have a heatsink in the shape of a K...god anyone who knows how the internet will tell you this thing will make a HUGE difference in your overall latency...HUGE!

    I ordered 10

    one for my PC here, 1 for the office, and 8 spares...you can't ever have too many spare NIC
     
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    in true spirit of OT, I must demand pics, or ban.
     
  15. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I, being a fellow Canadian am easily able to ascertain that my brother
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    404 funny not found.

    Furthermore, this is OT. Everyone is rich and baller. Pics are required for post.
     
  17. Aslan

    Aslan My avatar is the new hotness... yours... Old and b

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    I appreciate your input. Pretty much anything will be an upgrade over my current computer so no worries there, i mean I am still running on 256megs of RAM and P4 . I am a webmaster/designer/developer, burn dvds, cds, transfer from my tivo to the computer, sometimes port to my tv to watch the shows via rca out... I would play games but never be a Gamer per se, nor am i just office. But at any given time yeah i have photoshop, dreamweaver, and outlook open, all three memory hogs and i am watching a movie on media player, etc. just trying to give you an idea.
     
  18. Aslan

    Aslan My avatar is the new hotness... yours... Old and b

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  19. Aslan

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    It's real simple, and that's why the thread has gone off on such a tangent. If you don't want to build a machine, buy a Dell or hit up a local shop and have them build it and provide a warranty. (Personally I prefer Gateway or eMachines, but Dell at least has massive market share.)
     
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    sure bro, here's the 10 cars

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  22. crontab

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    delloutlet.com i'm a fanboy of it when people don't want to build their own and want to get the best bang for the buck

    you can easily get a 4G E6700 xps 710 for way under 2k.

    you need to get a vid better card, like a 8800 gtx, and they don't come with monitors.
     
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    If building from scratch is an option let us know. You could spend $2k, but I'm not sure if it's really necessary.

    I'm not quite sure what your video capability is or if the functionality if provided by a video card (like an ATI All-in-Wonder) or by a seperate (and reusable) PCI card.
     

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