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Fastest PC for ~ $1500 ?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by BilltheCat, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. BilltheCat

    BilltheCat Quieter Cat Millennium Member

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    What would you say is the best PC for home use, documents-letters-resumes, internet, email, etc If I want instant gratification?

    Fast , pretty video, no drama, for around 1500 bucks?


    Intel duo core 2 /AMD/ whatever?

    Apple or PC

    Give me some ideas. Im going nuts with too many choices.

    Brand specific or model even would be nice. I plan to get the fracking 3 yr warranty also this time!


    I already have a 17" TFT monitor and several pc keyboards if that saves any cash. I dont know if new PC's would all be USB or not.


    What would you buy with that money and you needed the thing yesterday?!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Darkmage

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    The problem is that the activities you're wanting it for (email, word processing, displaying video) aren't really dependant on processor speed and video card speed. Those are not CPU or GPU intensive tasks. Just about any modern computer will execute those activities at the same speed.

    However... what will speed up those activities:

    1 GB of RAM (doesn't matter what type or speed, but get 1 GB)
    SATA 10K rpm hard disk
    AMD X2 processor (memory controller is on-die, improving performance)
    SATA DVD Burner
    Windows XP Professional

    A fast GPU and a fast video card are nice, but they won't help you read your email any faster. Once you get your new system (for much less than $1500), tweak it a bit. Low-level format the hard disk, install WinXP fresh and only install what you need. Disable unused services, turn off the boot loading screens, give it a nice large page file and turn off as many unused components as possible (Windows Messenger is an obvious culprit). There are several guides around the 'net to help you streamline your XP installation.

    Hell, even the $500 Dells are pretty damn quick these days.

    Now... if you want to play games with silky-smooth frame rates... well that's another story.

    (edited to fix my atrocious grammar)
     

  3. Rabid Rabbit

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    I have to agree with darkmage. Unless you plan on running the really graphic intensive games or a lot of video editing you can do what you want for a whole lot less. If you're ready to spend $1,500 you might want to take a look at some notebooks.

    One of my computers is a AMD 750Mhz that does everything you listed just fine but is kinda weak on the game requirements. Now when I edit vido or process photos I do that stuff on my AMD 2600 (not to be confused with the Atari 2600) but I may upgrade later to the quad core stuff coming out later.

    I used to build all my desktops but now days I'm planning on buying a decent low end machine and install a decent video card and maybe more memory. I don't worry about harddrive space since I bought a usb external 250GB drive for $100 and a Network Storage device for another $100 plus drives.
     
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    Darkmage wins.

    you could build a SCREAMING word processor/music playing/internet surfing box for $500...or less...since most 3 year old computers still OWN word processors and browsing the net, while playing MP3's at the same time.

    a brand new $1500 pc is gonna open your Word docs about .005 seconds faster. big deal.
     
  6. Deanster

    Deanster Cheese? CLM Millennium Member

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    BTC - Here's what I'd buy if I were buying for myself today -

    From Dell Outlet

    XPS 410
    (System Identifier: ZM02HE5P)

    XPS 410 Mini-Tower: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6400 (2.13GHz, 1066 FSB)
    Genuine Windows XP Media Center 2005
    System Price : $719.00

    Operating System
    Genuine Windows XP Media Center 2005
    Memory
    2 GB DDR2 Non-ECC SDRAM 533MHz (2 DIMMs)
    Hard Disk Drive 250 GB EIDE SATA II Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
    Video 256MB nVidia Geforce 7300LE TurboCache
    16X DVD ROM Drive
    16X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability
    Software Upgrade
    Trend Micro PC-cillin with AntiVirus and Spyware removal 15-months
    Hardware Upgrade
    13 in 1 Media Card Reader
    1394 IEEE Adapter Card
    Dell Optical USB 2-button Mouse

    And a 20" LCD for $299, or a 24" LCD for $799, if I felt like spluging wildly.

    w/20" Monitor, you should be under $1100 shipped, and have wild overkill for all normal computer uses, and be a video card upgrade away from a screaming gaming rig.

    that XPS 410 is very nicely tricked out, and at an outstanding price. I might just go buy it myself...
     
  7. Deanster

    Deanster Cheese? CLM Millennium Member

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    Just to mess w/ your head, there's also a good deal in Apple's refurb pile:

    Refurbished iMac 20-inch 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SuperDrive
    1GB (2x512MB) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
    250GB Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory
    Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
    Built-in iSight Camera and Apple Remote
    Learn More
    • Save 14% off the original price
    Original price: $1,499.00
    Your price: $1,299.00
    Estimated Ship:
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    Cheaper than the Dell above, once you add wireless, bluetooth, video capability, and with the o'so sweet OSX, and a streamlined form factor.