King Needs a new Computer (in Off-topic)
June 26 2008 8:06 PM EDT
I'm currently looking to buy a new computer because the one I'm currently working on is about 20 years old and has been frankensteined to stay alive for the past few years.
My budget for a computer at the moment is about $1,300 CDN and I've currently found 2 that look somewhat usable for basic gaming/home use and I'm looking for opinions.
Computer #1 $1150
Processor: Intelﾮ Pentium Dﾮ Processor E2140 with Dual Core Technology
Operating System: Genuine Windows Vistaﾮ Home Basic
Monitor: 22 inch Analog LCD Monitor
Memory: 2GB High Performance DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- with enhanced thermal performance and Guaranteed Lifetime Warranty
Hard Drive: 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
Optical Drive: DVD Burner
Graphics Card: ATIﾮ Radeon X1600 Series
Sound Card: 5.1 High Definition Audio - Dolby Digital Surround Sound supporting the latest Dolby Pro Logic IIx. Designed for Glitch Free Audio Playback
Computer #2 $1200
PROCESSOR: Intelﾮ Coreﾙ 2 Duo Processor E8400 (6MB L2 Cache,3.0GHz,1333FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows Vistaﾮ Home Premium Service Pack 1
MEMORY: 3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 4 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE: 320GB - Seagate 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
GRAPHICS CARD: 256MB Radeonﾙ ATI HD 2600 XT
OPTICAL DRIVE: Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
MONITOR: 19 inch SE198WFP Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor
SOUND CARD: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Neither comes with a non-wireless network card which is somewhat inconvenient for me atm. Also I'm aware the specs aren't similarly formatted but this is a cut/paste job.
Opinions on the two and any other desktops you may have seen at similar prices on/in Canadian sites/funds would be greatly appreciated.
June 26 2008 8:47 PM EDT
forgot to mention I'm just looking for something with basic 3d capabilities and the ability to stream obscenely-high definition video. hard drive size doesn't matter(i currently work on a 40gb and it's only 74% full)
also i know vista sucks, it can't be helped in most cases.(computer #1 is somewhat lacking in information on all hardware though)
and thanks to raveshaw for pointing me towards ebay but other sites would be welcomed.
June 26 2008 8:56 PM EDT
Have you seen this:
Closer to $1300, but a decent piece of kit for pure Vista use... Mossberg think it kinda sucks for the touch stuff. Might be a nifty option though, and 4 GB of RAM (plus 64-bit Vista installed).
you're welcome =) etc. computers uses ebay shops as an online way to distribute their products. their computers have a warranty. Basically it's like buying from dell but at half the price, and their computers are more than twice as cool anyway.
For anybody else looking to purchase a computer, go to ebay and shop for "etc. computers". They are a Canadian company, but the USD/canadian exchange rates are a 1:1 ratio, give or take a few fractions of a penny.
June 26 2008 9:19 PM EDT
Slight edge to the USD, Ravenshaw! *grin* I'll take a look if I ever need a PC again!
check out Cyberpowerpc.com It's where I got mine, really cheap, good support, can get more than you've got listed there for less. And go for an AMD chip, <3
The second computer has a better graphics card, but if you want the best advice, stay away from ATI at all.
June 26 2008 11:54 PM EDT
Once you go Alienware, you don't go back...
June 26 2008 11:57 PM EDT
...because you don't have money to go back.
June 27 2008 12:01 AM EDT
Pay someone to custom-build you a new machine. That way you're more likely to have an opportunity to avoid Vista.
Dell's Vostro line (small business section) really can't be beat...
I just tried making my own laptop on Alienware's website. I guess the priciest laptop you can make is over $6000. That absolutely blows my mind. You could buy a car for $6000. Geeeeeeez. I just hope one day I have enough money to blow on a laptop like that.. but I guess by the time that rolls around, we'll have laptops made of light and stuff. >.>
Alienware is a subsection of Dell now by the way
Yeah, but since Alienware has direct access to Dell's product line, Alienware products are CHEAPER than they were before, as hard as that is to believe.
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