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Help me get a new computer please

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by iamman, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. iamman

    iamman Junior Member

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    Sorry if this is not in the right forum. Mods, please move if it needs to be.

    I want to get a new desktop but not sure how powerful it needs to be. I want something that will allow me to, all at the same time watch a couple of streamed videos, run scrapebox and a couple of other smaller programs, some downloads, surf the web, have a couple of browsers open, working on 20 or so tabs in each, editing websites.

    Please give me some suggestions of computers to get or what kind of specs I should be looking at as far as hard drive, memory, processor. I was thinking about the i7 processor but it's pricey. Wanted to keep it around 600 max but I haven't seen an i7 for less than like 900 or so. I was gonna go with an i3, 500gb, 4 or 6gb of ram. I've seen one for around 400 or 500 but I cant have a computer that slows me down.

    Please help
     
  2. brutang

    brutang Junior Member

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    I personally always go AMD and I never have a problem running some of the heavier automation programs 24/7 while using it for personal use as well. Much cheaper than intel chips and I've always been very happy with the performance.

    Right now I'm running an AMD Phenom X4 965 3.4ghz (can find them around $150) with 8gb ram (about $150-200ish)

    then a motherboard, whatever case/psu, etc.. should be around your price range. Hard drives are dirt cheap, too.. you can easily find 1tb drives for under $100.

    Just something to consider if you want performance at a lower price. I've used AMD since the first computer I built when I was 10 years old :)
     
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  3. Monrox

    Monrox Power Member

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    i5 is golden, better than i3 and cheaper than i7. The cpu can also be AMD I guess but I've never owned one and don't plan on it too.

    What you by all means should pay attention to is a motherboard that can support more than 4 GB of ram. 8 would be a bit low, 16 is ok and 32 is what I would recommend. Even if you don't buy so much memory now, you can always upgrade it later and with 8GB you can have 200-300 opened windows without a problem.

    The OS would need to be 64 bit, however this will not be a problem as you can always have a virtual machine running some 32 bit Windows to use picky software there.
     
  4. 195471

    195471 Regular Member

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    I second what brutang said. I've got an AMD Phenom II X4 and 8GB RAM, plus Windows 7 Ultimate x64, and it's a screaming fast setup. I don't use Scrapebox, but I often have 10+ tabs open in Firefox, as well as my FTP client, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and multiple instances of Visual Studio all going at once without a hitch. On top of that, I've had Windows XP running on a VM (on my Windows 7 box), and that was impressively fast compared to when I used to run a VM with Windows XP on an XP box.
     
  5. iamman

    iamman Junior Member

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    Thanks, AMD Phenom X4 is probably the way I'll go. Thank you guys for the tips.
     
  6. tihiq

    tihiq Newbie

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    I think this is the best config you can get for $600

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Box 125W
    Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
    Western Digital 500GB SATAII 32MB
    A-Data 2x2GB DDR3 PC3-10666 1333MHz-999
    NEC AD-7260S DVD dual layer 26x black SATA
    Logitech Optical mouse RX250 USB/PS2 OEM black
    Logitech Black Deluxe 250 USB Keyboard
    CoolerMaster Elite 334 black 520W

    For IM you don't need a powerful, expensive, hot & noisy video card.
     
  7. lucky17

    lucky17 Junior Member

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    Yes i5 is golden
     
  8. madoctopus

    madoctopus Supreme Member

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    i5 CPU.
    Low latency RAM memory (e.g. CL 4-4-4-12) if you really want to be extreme.
    Western Digital Black Edition HDD, or if you have the money Western Digital VelociRaptor.

    However, keep in mind that unless you want to use virtual machines, a cheap dual core machine with 2GB RAM is enough.

    For what you want, running scrapebox and such programs non stop, I would take a different route - buy a cheap MiniITX PC and have it ********* to scrapebox, xrumer, etc. It has very low power consumption and being a different PC it will never bottleneck your work PC.