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Buying a new desktop PC ... Suggestions?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by scorpion896, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. scorpion896

    scorpion896 Senior Member

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    So that time has come again where I need to throw away my desktop for a new one. It has given me more problems than I could imagine and know it's just about that time now.

    Looking to not exceed $600-$700 but at the same time still want to get value and quality for my buck so I don't have to find myself looking for a new PC in another year or two.

    Had the Sony vaio currently and it has lasted me 7-8 years so I'm very pleased .

    I don't know much about pcs and computer specifications so any suggestions would be great to hear. Also places to purchase wouldn't hurt.

    Thanks
     
  2. chad362wiley

    chad362wiley Supreme Member

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    Check out newegg, they have some great deals.
     
  3. Cas87

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    You should build your own for $700, providing you don't have to buy a monitor/tv and you shopped about for parts, you could get a decent system..

    it's not too hard, and can be fun!

    where are you from? most good component websites will have some kind of comment system or good customer support you can ask for information on compatibility, best motherboard for a CPU you have chosen etc.. www.aria.co.uk is a good one if your from the UK

    If you are into gaming.. for that price you would be better quality than the ps3/360
     
  4. wengthemeng

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    I second Newegg. They have awesome ready to assemble desktop packages that are within your price range. It's really not that hard to put it together either (if you haven't before) and there are hundreds of Youtube videos that will guide you step-by-step on how to put everything together. I personally followed the Newegg video series on how to build your own computer. Good luck!!
     
  5. everythingred

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    Intel i5 processor
    4GB RAM

    and you should be fine. just remember to get a decent PSU

    as others have said, newegg is the place to go
     
  6. scorpion896

    scorpion896 Senior Member

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    Will definitely check out newegg in the morning. Thanks guys. Any other processor recommendations or is the intel i5 the newest thing?
     
  7. chad362wiley

    chad362wiley Supreme Member

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    I am using ASUS N-Series i5,8GB Ram, 2GB Nvidia.

    price between $700-$800
     
  10. scorpion896

    scorpion896 Senior Member

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    I am looking at an Acer with Intel Core i5-2320 3.0GHz, Power Supply: 300W for $599 and free shipping. I am about to purchase it later today. Anyone have any feedback or comments about this paticular PC or system specs?
     
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    why not recommend an i7?
     
  13. Indiigo007

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    Idk, I've had good luck with this:

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  14. Nigel Farage

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    Build your own with components from NewEgg. $700 is too light. An extra $300 will make a world of difference. Don't go cheap on the power supply, it's the most important component. Newbs ignore this advice, because they see such a wide range between the highest & the lowest, then they find out why when the $30.00 power supply destroys the motherboard, video card as well as itself.

    This is also an argument against buying pre-built, as the OEMs also go ultra-cheap on PSU's. The quality of the rest of their components is also low. You can get an experienced builder to put one together for $100.00, and they'll know where the sweet spots are for the compromise between cost and quality.

    One helpful hint is to avoid paying for a new case. You can find used cases cheap, sometimes people dump them on the side of the road. A case is a case. The fact that it looks shiny and "fast" does not mean the computer is good. That's a big mistake most new builders make, they get all goggly-eyed over the case. Also, if you aren't playing high-end games, you don't need a high-end video card. Most business applications put very little demand on the video. Adobe photoshop and video editing software are a couple of exceptions to this. And no need to go crazy over RAM either. At one time, RAM was a bottleneck that everyone focused on for performance, but now that's not the case. An SSD is a nice thing to have. 10 second boot times, in some cases less.
     
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  15. chardyboy

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    wow you got me man thanks for this...
     
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    AMD FX4100 - more bang for the buck. Quad Core 3.6.

    MSI Military Class 970A-46 Motherboard (Solid Caps, etc)

    MSI GTX550TT DDR5 1GB Dual DVI Graphics Card (I didn't measure it about a 100mm fan so no worries about it failing in a year or two like those cheap small ones)

    8GB DDR3 Ram (ram is cheap - get 8)

    Antec Sonata Case with Gold 500 Watt PS (Antecs are solid and they don't lie on power output like most do)

    Lite-On 24X DVD-RW with Jet Tag (run of the mil all purpose drive with jet tag - cheaper than lightscribe and better than using a marker)

    All-in-one Media Card Reader ($5 worth the convenience)

    1TB Black WD Hard Drive (I use nothing but WDs but NO GREEN ONES. The blues and blacks are solid)

    Just put one together like this for a family member and it's solid and good mid-range. Nothing extreme anywhere but solid components that will serve 5-7 years without issues. I think price wise we came in about $625 wholesale with shipping. Windows indexed at 7.9 on everything except the drive which is expected for a Sata 3 drive. SSD would have rocked but giving up way to much space for that kind of speed.

    JMHO - been a real computer business for 23 years this year. Hardware doesn't trill me much anymore. Just tools to get the job done.