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Buying a new computer, what to get?

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(Warning: Long post ahead; I'm quite thorough =p )

 

I've been around town; Best Buy, Staples, C. City, Dell etc. looking for a new computer. My current computer is only 2 years old and it's already atrociously obsolete (only 448 megs RAM), and rather than upgrading I decided to just buy a new one.

 

Well, the problem is that at all the places I go, their definition of a "gaming" computer is some monster powerhouse that can play games and end world hunger all at once; usually costing well over 1000 dollars. I'm 16, I don't have $1.5k to spend on a computer. My budget is <$600.

 

Another problem is the stock video cards. They're almost always "NVIDIA 6150" cards... my current computer already has one of those, and I'd like something better (preferably something that Spore supports, since that's my goal), unless it can do more than I'm giving it credit for.

 

 

So, here's what I would like at the lowest possible price.

 

-A moderate gaming computer; does not need to be able to play Xbox 360/Wii/PS3 graphic games (eg: Call of Duty, Fallout 3, etc.). Should be able to play other games well, however (eg: Spore, World of Warcraft, etc.). I would assume a good Nvidia card above 6150 (not 7100 though) will fit this purpose okay. Games don't have to be played on the absolute highest resolution, etc. but the lagging/skipping/stalling of my current computer makes them unplayable, and I don't want that to happen.

-4 gigs RAM, as that seems to be most common. 3gigs will do, though.

-Any size HD, but 300gig+ preferred

-Processor can be Duo or Quad, but power should be 2.4ghz+ (total). AMD or Intel preferred, but whatever I can get will do.

 

The rest, I really don't care about. I've got all the accessories (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker, etc.) so bundles aren't needed.

 

I'm not up for building my own computer as I don't have the time, skill, or resources to do so. In regards to the video card, all the stock computers I've found have the following:

 

-Nvidia 6150

-Nvidia 7100

-Intel GMA 3100

-Radeon 3450 (rare, and usually expensive)

If need be, I suppose I can buy my own card, but I have no idea how to install it or even if I COULD. (I've heard some cards are integrated so you can't just swap them)

 

 

 

So really, what I'm asking is for recommendations; either specific products or places where I could get something like this. Or if any of the computers I've found would do what I want anyways, and I'm just not understanding the power they have (I've never done anything on a computer with more than 1gig RAM). So if any of the "stock" computers that fit the above description will do what I want, that's excellent. I'm just not sure if I'll need to be customizing stuff.

 

Thanks in advance.

Message Edited by darkwulfv on 12-15-2008 02:11 AM
Message Edited by darkwulfv on 12-15-2008 02:12 AM
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Re: Buying a new computer, what to get?

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this Acer - Desktop with AMD Phenom™ X3 Triple-Core Processor 8400

 

it has the nvidia 8200 series graphics card.

tripple core processor, 4gb ram. it's best for the price.

 

i looked up the system requriements for spores. this will be able to support it.

Message Edited by u_hsen on 12-15-2008 03:40 AM
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Re: Buying a new computer, what to get?

Wow, that's an awesome computer for the price, thank you! I'm always open for other models though, just for the sake of comparison.
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Re: Buying a new computer, what to get?

get it before it goes on clearance and this computer won't be selling in best buy anymore
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Re: Buying a new computer, what to get?

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Hey!

 

Don't think of this of being rude.. But there is a really nice gaming computer that came out a couple of weeks ago. Its the New Gateway FX. It runs about $1,299.99 I believe. Now don't let that scare you away. This comes with a HD Radion 4850 in it. A really nice Graphics card. Not only that it has the NEW Intel i7 Quad Core, that runs at 2.6 Ghz. I have done many Services on the FX, and its a fast computer, and the thing is it can go even faster. It holds a 3gb of ram, With a 750 GB Hdd? And 2 HDD spots in the front. For even more space! Also has a couple of other neat features, but I think you got the point.

If I had the money this is the computer that I would buy. Also with your budget, Best Buy is having the 18 Months finance with 0% interest rates. I would do that but I have to be 18 for a credit card >.>. Hope this helps =]

 

~Austan

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Re: Buying a new computer, what to get?

Yeah, I'd like to get it before it goes on clearance... But I dunno when that is, or when I'd have the money.

 

And a $1300 computer is waayyy out of my league, even with the financing, I wouldn't have nearly enough for the monthly payments. As much as I'd like a computer like that, by the time I'd have enough money it'd be gone anyways. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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Re: Buying a new computer, what to get?

For video card, I'd aim for at least an Nvidia 8600GT w/ 512MB RAM, or a Radeon class 3850 or higher. I would avoid any video card with a X500 or less designation (e.g. a GeForce 8500/9500 or Radeon 3470) as they are typically underclocked to the point where the disparity in performance is quite large. A GeForce 8800/9600GT+ class card will handle most current shooters just fine, and you can easily find them in systems <$1000 if you shop online.
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Re: Buying a new computer, what to get?

Also just a little more on the FX computer that was mentioned before, the ram is 3gb of DDR3 as opposed to the more common DDR2. The DDR3 is the newer form of ram. the processor is also hyperthreaded meaning unlike your average quad core processor, it runs as if it is an eight core processor. just thought i'd add a little more Smiley Happy
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Re: Buying a new computer, what to get?

ARE YOU ON CRACK (srry about this) but

 

-Processor can be Duo or Quad, but power should be 2.4ghz+ (total). AMD or Intel preferred, but whatever I can get will do.

 

that is nothing now  idk if you thinking 2.4 each core (then this would make sence) but you said total..Now a days 5 gh total is lowend/average.

 

 

and just read the box on the video card XD that will tell you if you are able too ahah

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9032316&type=product&id=1218010533213
that is the computer i have..it works wonders! but it is a little over you buget..but trust me its worth it

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Re: Buying a new computer, what to get?

u can't compare duo core and quad core like that

 

a duo core 3.0 processor still out perform a quad core 2.6 ghz processor

 

by ur calculation, a duo core 3.0 is equivalent to 6 ghz total and 2.6 is a little over 10gh

 

not really.the Intel Core2Duo E8400 out performs the Intel core2Quad q6000 because a lot of applications do not need the extra duo cores. the quad core 2.6 ghz processor is used as only Dual core 2.6 ghz and the Core 2 duo 3.0 ghz is sitll using as the dual core 3ghz which still out performs

 

in the future when application do require to use the multiple core procsesor over the speed of the processor, then the quad core will out perform the core2duo