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#1 stinkfist

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:11 AM

Well I am getting ready to buy a new PC very soon. I know there are people here you know alot more about good deals on a high end PC then me. I will be using it for my Cam/Cad software and also coping Blu-Ray movies so it has to have a BD burner. I might also try some gaming since it will be hooked to a 32" Toshiba HD tv. This is what I have found so far... it is a Dell. All this for $1100. Is this a good deal? My budget is about $1200


PROCESSORS Intel® Core™ i7-960 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 3.2GHz)

OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English

WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1 Year Basic Service Plan

MEMORY 3GB DDR3 Tri-Channel SDRAM at 1066MHz - 3 DIMMs

HARD DRIVE 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

VIDEO CARD nVidia® GeForce® 310 512M GDDR3

MONITOR No Monitor

OPTICAL DRIVE Blu-ray Disc (BD) Burner (Writes to DVD/CD/BD)

SPEAKERS No speakers

SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

WIRELESS Integrated 10/1000 Ethernet

KEYBOARD Dell Studio Consumer Multimedia Keyboard

MOUSE Dell Studio Optical Mouse

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 02:38 AM

The above should do just fine, but I would upgrade the RAM and video card.

Edited by RainbowSix, 11 February 2010 - 02:41 AM.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 09:17 PM

The above should do just fine, but I would upgrade the RAM and video card.



great thanks for the input. So more ram is what alot of people have been telling me. As far as video card what about this one 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250. I also found this PC . How does it compare to the Dell? It is refurbished.


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Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:28 PM

The GTS 250 is a good card, but does not have DirectX 11 support.
That HP only has a blu-ray reader, not writer. It also has Vista, not 7.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 07:04 PM

Well I am buying my new PC tomorrow. My wife found this one. What do you think? Is it worse then the HP? What is the difference between the i7 860 2.8ghz & the i7 920 2.66? What are the ZT pc's like any good? It has a 3 year full warranty. I will be upgrading the video card to a GTS 250 or better.

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http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/v...-860-8GB-SDRAM

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http://www.ecost.com/Detail/Desktops/HP/NP...971&cm_mmc= Affiliates-_-Performics-_-k1971-_-Primary

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 05:22 PM

Well thanks guys for all the info. I went with the ZT system because my wife wanted to make payments. It also had the three year full warranty. I still think she wants to spend the $ on shopping or something LOL

Now I need to buy a video card. I have about $200 to $300 limit for a VC. I have been reading about the Quadro cards for MasterCam & Solidworks. I was told that is what they recommend. How does the ATI 4890 or GTS 250 compare for Cad/Cam? I will also be gaming a little on the system. I will be using it with a 32" 1080P Toshiba LCD. Do I need a HDMI output? Or can I just use a DVI to HDMI adapter? I see most VC's have two outputs for monitors. I don't think I will need two outputs. Here is what I found so far.



http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-4890PE...=1266530324&sr =8-1

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-01G-P3-11...=1266530774&sr =8-1

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 08:04 AM

Both your Amazon links are broken :blink:

Are you using MasterCam & Solidworks 'professionally'? It's not absolutely necessary to have a "certified" CAD/CAM video card, but it's sorta expected in that business. "Professional Graphics" cards usually have different drivers and firmware optimized for work rather than gamer's needs (even though it may be the same basic hardware)

http://www.amd.com/us/products/Pages/graphics.aspx
>> "Professional Graphics"

You'll probably find you can do moderate gaming OK on these.


Edit: Edited to remove unnecessary quote. ~ tg

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 10:55 AM

Check this website out, they have lot of great computer deals:
www.Incrediblecomputerdeals.com




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