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    ABW Ambassador Sam Bay's Avatar
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    Desktop PC Suggestions
    To 'wisely' spend my recent nice commission, I'll be buying a new desktop PC.

    I would like to know what you're using and and if you have suggestions. Especially bugging my mind is:
    - dual-core processors
    - currently considering Sony Vaio RC210G or Dell XPS or E510 (anybody own them?)
    - LCD monitor specifications

    Thanks.

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    I have a Dell 4700 - dual channel processor (pentium 4) and 4 gig of ram and a 250 gig hard drive.

    Monitor ia a 17" flat panel - works great.

    Whatever you get - make sure that you get a lot of ram. You wouldn't believe how much faster your computer will run.

    This combination works real well for me.

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    I recommend building your own PC. I've always done this because it gives me full control over the components and it can save some money. I've heard great things about the new AMD processors, so you might want to go with those. For graphics I recommend ATI or Nvidia, and for ram I recommend *at least* one gig. A 19" LCD screen would be nice too. See what Newegg has to offer and build yourself up a wishlist. We can critique it as they offer wishlist URL's to share with your friends.

    Of course you can take a safer route and buy yourself the new Intel iMac. I love OS X and won't go back for development. Windows is only useful for video games IMO.

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    I would also recommend building your own pc. What ever you do, don't get a Dell! If you decide to get a Dell anyway, wipe the hard drive clean to get rid of all the spyware and junk they put on it.
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    How about a nice Alienware Area51?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noth
    How about a nice Alienware Area51?
    That's a good one Noth, check out this thread.

    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread...494#post530494
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    The Sony looks like a screamer, but I don't know how the dual-core matches up with 64 bit chips from AMD.

    The Chip you mentioned (in the sony Intel 930 About $320) should work real well on a Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal based on reviews I saw. The board is about $120-140 and supports up to 8 gigs of ram.

    Add the Ram DDR SDRAM depending on the speed and size (1 gig pc2400 533 bus is about $120, but the board may support faster ram)

    Hard Drive WD 350gig 7200 RPM 8MB Buffer $150

    Video Card $ 50 to $150 would cover just about any need

    Case $50 to 100 depending on flash and style needed (should have the power supply if not add 40 bucks)

    Delivered in parts at under 1000 plus shipping and you can test your links all the way through it!

    If you know how to put it together your talking about 1-2 hours of work plus loading the software and I'll give you and address so you can send me the money you save ;-)

    The performance should be more than any "factory box" would have given you.

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    big opps,

    I forgot the mouse, keyboard, DVD burner and an extra CD so I went over budget by 250 ;-)

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    Love my Sony Vaio!!!

    Dell sucks!!! They load the MyWay spyware on every PC they sell.

    Bump the 17" monitor to 19 or 20" - it's a huge difference on the eyes!

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    Just buy a half decent one - it's the variable part in front of the keyboard that makes the real difference.Build your own? - knit your own muesli, crochet your own underwear - where will it end?

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