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Help me pick out a Computer

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#1 CalusBlade


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Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:11 PM

Alright, I been searching up in Newegg.com and found several things I like, but I am a computer dummy. I would say I am a casual gamer, not sure if you would call it that. From time to time I play for the whole day but the games I play are old and doesn't require much system requirements.

So far I found the following, pick one you think would be good for me and before I do order it, does it come pre-made? meaning the mother board, wires are all plugged in and all I need to do is put in the video card and other drivers? I have no clue how to assumable a computer. I put a *** for those I was leaning more towards.

1. Gateway DX4800-05e Pentium dual-core E5200(2.50GHz) 6GB DDR2 640GB NVIDIA GeForce 9200 Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113094)

2. Acer Aspire AM3641-U3702A Pentium dual-core E2220(2.40GHz) 3GB DDR2 320GB NVIDIA GeForce 7100 Windows Vista Home Premium (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103197)***

3. Acer Aspire AX1200-B1781A 20" Widescreen LCD Athlon X2 4050e(2.1GHz) 4GB DDR2 320GB NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103204)***

4. eMachines ET1161-07 Athlon X2 4050e(2.1GHz) 3GB DDR2 320GB NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Windows Vista Home Premium (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883114067)***

5. eMachines ET1161-05 Athlon LE-1620(2.4GHz) 2GB DDR2 160GB NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Windows Vista Home Basic - Retail (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883114066)

6. TOSHIBA Satellite L305-S5933 NoteBook Intel Pentium dual-core T3400(2.16GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 3GB Memory DDR2 800 250GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi Intel GMA 4500M (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834114613)

7. TOSHIBA Satellite L305-S5921 NoteBook Intel Pentium dual-core T3400(2.16GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 2GB Memory DDR2 800 160GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi Intel GMA 4500M (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834114611)

I know its kinda long but I really need help. I also want to keep a steady budget. As I said before, the games I play don't require heavy usage (in my current computer dated around the year 2000, it does take a lot of usage). I also can someone tell me what the cooling system is under? I went to specifications and search for Fan and cooling with foxfire but found nothing. What is it under? Also Which shipping should I use? Fedex or UPS?

Edited by CalusBlade, 18 June 2009 - 09:24 PM.

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#2 rigacci



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Posted 23 June 2009 - 12:17 PM

First thing you want to know is, "Stay away from eMachines!"

Gateway owns eMachines or vice versa. Either way, I personally would not touch a Gateway or eMachine.

I like those Acer Desktops but the power supplies are small, 220watts and 250watts. As long as you leave them like they are, it shouldn't be a problem. However, if you want to play some games, you would want a better video card and if you upgrade the video card, you should upgrade the power supply. (it can get to be a vicious cycle, upgrading).

I prefer Intel but either looks to be decent although the Athlon X2 has a better video and a little more memory.

For Heatsinks and Fans, look under Fans & HeatSinks at New Egg. A fan upgrade is always a good idea. Don't forget the thermal paste although many Heatsinks come with some already.

Have fun!


PS: I just noticed also that a monitor comes with the Athlon while the Intel does not. Hard to say if that is better or worse...
However, it does look like it would be easier to replace the power supply in the Intel unit. (standard form)

Edited by rigacci, 23 June 2009 - 12:51 PM.

#3 hamluis



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Posted 23 June 2009 - 02:45 PM

FWIW: Vista is just about done, as far as promotion/installation in new computers. You might make inquiries about the availability of options to upgrade (free) to Windows 7 pending its likely release this Fall.


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