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Post by S7 Wiggles1778 on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:24 am

So long story short... i haven't been like up to date on comps since i bought my last one... 6 years ago...
my last comp had like a 250MB HD, 2GB Ram, Windows XP... its was actually pimp... at the time...

the problem is, I know nothing about whats good now... and what price isnt redic...

I'm looking to go thru Dell (since we get a big discount for working where i do)... and i see they have Alienware stuff... so that's what i'm leaning toward on a place to buy...

What I'm looking to do:
- Gaming (I want something that is going to be good for at least a couple years...)
- Record/edit video (and stream)... which i'm guessing i'll need to get from an outside source?

What should I be looking as minimums?
WTF is a "factory-overclocked, liquid-cooled processor"?
Single Video Card? Dual Video Card?


* Intel® Core™ i5-2300 (6MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.3GHz
* Intel® Core™ i5-2400 (6MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.6GHz
* Intel® Core™ i7-2600 (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz
* Intel® Core™ i5-2500K (6MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.8GHz
* Intel® Core™ i5-2500K (6MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 4.0GHz
* Intel® Core™ i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz
* Intel® Core™ i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 4.1GHz

* 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6870
* Dual 1.5GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 - SLI® Enabled
* 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6950
* Dual 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6870
* Dual 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 - SLI Enabled
* Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6950
* 3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA®GeForce® GTX 590
* 4GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6990

Up to 2000GB5 SATA II hard drive (7200RPM)

o Up to 16GB4 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333Mhz - 4 DIMMS
o Up to 8GB4 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1866Mhz - 4 DIMMS
o Up to 16GB4 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600Mhz - 4 DIMMS

I think i had like a Intel Celeron 2.1Ghz, ATI Radeon x700, 250GB HD at 4800RPM, and 2GB RAM at 833Mhz in the old comp...

so this is like a foreign language to me...

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 Wiggles1778 on Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:26 am

Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card

WTF... didnt even know they could make such a thing

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 Epic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:13 am

They're negligible.

What is the discount? AW is already WAYYY over-priced. Give me a budget and i'll give you the components...as i'm sure Atrum et al will too.


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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 DROOPY on Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:46 am

dude go here for some good reviews on cpu, Graphic cards and just to catch up on tech specs
http://www.tomshardware.com/
still prob cheaper if ya build your own

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 Wiggles1778 on Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:33 am

S7 Epic wrote:They're negligible.

What is the discount? AW is already WAYYY over-priced. Give me a budget and i'll give you the components...as i'm sure Atrum et al will too.


i actually dont know... i think its something like 15-20%... but either way i have a dell account and can make interest free payment... so in the long run its prolly about the same... i was looking $1500-1900 range b/c it was like $50 a month tops... personally i would like to stay closer to $1000...

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 Sticky on Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:20 pm

i would go with intel i-7
8g of ram
NVIDIA GTX 560 TI
1T hard Drive
at least a 800 watt power supply .
and make sure it water cooled as its WIN

and if you dont mind spending more to have a company make it go with something from
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ibuypower.com or Cyberpowerpc.com

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 Wiggles1778 on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:28 pm

well i'm too dumb to build this crap myself...

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 Jwriter on Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:05 pm

S7 Wiggles78 wrote:well i'm too dumb to build this crap myself...

Everyone has that geek friend that can build a PC...use your network...there might even be someone here that can help...maybe you pay for all the parts and shipping, then throw in a M$ Point card. I'm sure one of our uber geeks around here could help you out.

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 Vision67 on Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:17 pm

I know you're looking to stay cheap, but if you have delayed interest payment options go for something a lot more expensive, because you can pay it off monthly. Building a new comp will benefit greatly in the long run if you get the best you can NOW with your money, than to piece a bunch of low priced things together to save money in the short run, but in reality it will cost more in the long run to keep up with upgrades.

You want to build yourself something you don't have to touch, upgrade wise, for at least 4 years, and it can be done! I built my comp 3 years ago, and I haven't had to touch it at all besides getting a new heatsink (not including buying myself a Razer Naga mouse and Saitek II Eclipse Keyboard). Looking to upgrade the memory and GPU in the next year. Did it with about $1400.

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by Atrum on Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:44 pm

Yeah, honestly just go to NewEgg and Tigerdirect, look at some of the prebuilts and see if anything is in your price range that has a 5 star rating. Then post up anything you like here.

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 mrmiller on Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:41 pm

S7 Vision67 wrote:You want to build yourself something you don't have to touch, upgrade wise, for at least 4 years, and it can be done! I built my comp 3 years ago, and I haven't had to touch it

Yea, but WOW hasn't changed any requirements in the last 3 years either Razz

Like I said in a previous post on TV's, buy the best you can afford now if you want it to last long term. Sure custom builds are going the better for the $$$, but having a payment play you can live with is as good as spending more than you can afford right now (like with Credit Cards). If you don't mind it being more of a 1-2 year cycle, go as cheap as possible and get just enough that covers what you want to do.

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 Sticky on Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:07 pm

S7 mrmiller wrote:
S7 Vision67 wrote:You want to build yourself something you don't have to touch, upgrade wise, for at least 4 years, and it can be done! I built my comp 3 years ago, and I haven't had to touch it

Yea, but WOW hasn't changed any requirements in the last 3 years either Razz


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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 wonky on Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:28 pm

i have * Intel® Core™ i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz

with ddr3 8 gb rm and 1T for hard drive


I would go around from there but i maxed out what I could get when I got my computer and was worth the money


and water coool is win sticky is right

and I got mine from asus from a good price just saying look into them if you want to buy already made.

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 Epic on Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:22 pm

Wiggles, your family work on racecars...i'm sure one of them can handle a PC. They're practically paint by numbers these days. As for the finance, newegg and TigerDirect generally offer that. PLUS the parts all come with seperate warranties lasting 3+ years.

If not, eBay is actually a pretty decent place to look.

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Re: Looking to buy a new Desktop CPU

Post by S7 Wiggles1778 on Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:03 am

you know what... f#ck computers... its all hurts my head... and the more i read the less i understand...

and Epic you would think one of us was good with the computer stuff... but our racing is mechanical not computerized... hell digital scales for weight ratios it too much for us to handle... everything is old school...

example... i had to explain (for the 3rd time) how to change the TV from the cable box to a DVD... technology is not a skill we can handle... Evil or Very Mad

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