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Good computer? good price?

  1. May 6, 2012 #1
    Hey everyone, I'm currently looking for a good computer and I think I might of just found it.

    Here are the specs, and no, thats not all of it. I would be getting the computer for 600 so if you could please let me know how good it is and if its worth the price I would greatly appreciate it.

    Specs;
    900watt power supply
    1gig graphics
    hard3 case fans
    3.0ghz processor speed
    upgraded soundcard (not the motherboard sound card)
    X-FI xtreme gamer is the sound card, i know that
    2 DVD drives ( the stuff where you put the disk in)
    2 front usb ports
    4 backs
    250gb internal harddrive.
    x58 motherboard
    and it has windows vista ultimate installed

    Thanks for the help!
     
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  3. May 7, 2012 #2
    sounds decent. cant really tell you if it is good value for money without knowing the specifics on the CPU, RAM and video card but based on what you have provided, sounds okay
     
  4. May 7, 2012 #3
    I will have to find those out tomorrow and post them. Thanks for the help.
     
  5. May 7, 2012 #4

    rcgldr

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    You might want to consider the option of ordering a system by component, where you specify which components you want. There may be a online store that happens to be within driving distance from where you live so you can save on shipping costs.

    Also instead of a X58 motherboard, you might want to consider a DP67BG or other LGA 1155 type motherboard (X67 chipset) with an Intel 2600K or similar cpu. You only get one PCI X16 bus and ram is double wide instead of tripple wide, but the 2600K cpu is faster than many of the older LGA 1366 cpu's and it's cheaper. If you have the money, there's also the option of going with one of the high end LGA2011 (X79 chipset) type motherboards and cpus.
     
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  6. May 7, 2012 #5

    phinds

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    a 250gig hard drive is tiny in today's market and VISTA is a TERRIBLE operating system. You will hate it.

    The most important consideration for a computer running ANY version of windows is main RAM and you have said nothing about it. If it has less than 8gig it will be a dog with VISTA running on it.
     
  7. May 9, 2012 #6
    Need more specific details before we can really say. Here are some needed details:
    CPU model?
    Graphics card model?
    How much RAM?
    Does it include keyboard/mouse/monitor/speakers?

    Also, why does it have Vista? Is it used? You can get a new PC with comparable or better specs for the same or lower price.

    This is one random example at $550:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229285

    Look through here for others:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...&N=100006736 4802&IsNodeId=1&name=Top Sellers
     
  8. May 9, 2012 #7
    I'm probably going to just custom build my own desktop by buying the parts of off Newegg. My budget will be about, say 1500-2000 dollars, but thats pushing it. I'm a freshman and my parents just bought me a tablet to I will probably have to pay for most of it on this one, which I don't really mind.

    I would appreciate it if anyone could give me some tips/help on picking out the best parts for the most affordable price, thanks!
     
  9. May 10, 2012 #8
    From newegg.com

    Motherboard: ASRock P67
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157230

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) (PC3 12800)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    Video: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 (I have this, its insane the space there is inside)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    CD/DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    OS: Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992
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    All together the cart says: $799.92 + tax + shipping

    Its really good value.
    If you want to save a little more money then you can go AMD route

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black ($119 vs $219 for Intel CPU)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
    Mobo: BIOSTAR TA870U3+ AM3 ($89 vs $99 for Intel mobo)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138303

    If you want to spend a bit more and get more gaming performance, get an Intel i7 CPU and a nVIDIA GTX 560 or better.
    But as long as you have a 8GB RAM and a 256bit Video Card, there's very very few games that you wont be able to play on full graphics. I have a ATI 4890 (2.5 years old) and still I can play most games on high-max graphics. Buy the top of the line card from 1 generation ago, you will get a great price and great performance.
    This is a gaming system, for school work, this system is WAY over kill.
    I would avoid SLI/Crossfire because each upgrade will cost you half the price of the system. Its better to simply buy video card worth 100-200 bucks every year or two and sell the one you had to recoup some cash.

    Edit:
    Hard drives
    500GB WD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
    1TB WD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
    Solid State Drive OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3 (Expensive but MUCH faster)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  10. May 10, 2012 #9
    Thanks for the help, and I'm not worried about over-kill. I will probably go with the first listing you had on here.
     
  11. May 16, 2012 #10

    Chronos

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    The i5 2500 is the best cpu for the money right now. You can't go wrong there. I'm not saying it wont work, but, a 500W PSU is marginal for that setup. 650+ would be more in my comfort zone. I prefer SLI video cards, mainly because you can upgrade to a dual SLI setup, but, that's a matter of taste. I also prefer the ASUS Sabretooth MB - better warranty, more reliable, but, that too is a matter of taste. It is also critical to have a 64 bit operating system, or you wont be able to access more than 3 gig of memory. Also, make sure the MB is compatible with your mem sticks. Some boards do not like mem sticks larger than 2 gigs. Forget Vista, it totally sux, so I concur with win64 pro OS. The pro version is best because it will play nice with all your 32 bit software. The price routaren gave is in the right ballpark. The whole thing should run under a grand.
     
  12. May 20, 2012 #11
    Vista is not terrible IMO, I have 4 gb of ram on a 4 year old box I built and it runs just fine, not even a reformat since install. The couple spreadsheets I run take up more ram then the whole of Vista, heck iTunes usually takes up more.
     
  13. May 22, 2012 #12
    And you're basing this information on what, exactly?

    I've been running Vista Business 32-bit for almost 5 years now on a laptop with 2 GB of RAM with absolutely no issues. In fact, I quite like Vista.

    Needing 8 GB of RAM to run Vista at an acceptable level? That's laughable.
     
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