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#1 nosnhoj#3

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 05:18 PM

Hi All,

I have about $2000 to spend on a new PC and I have an idea of what I need, but I am not totally sure. Here are a couple of links to PC's that caught my eye.

V2 Premier at Shop NBC

Dell XPS 600 at Dell.com

The V2 comes with a ton of software but I'm not sure if the Hardware is up to par. It also comes with printer, D-cam and other extras, but I don't want to sacrifice Performance for stuff that I already have anyway. They make the XPS sound hot, then you find out they are talking about the one that costs $5000, the link is for the base model. I'm curious how good the base model fits my needs.

I have read lots of reviews, but have found nothing that addresses what I am looking for, and quite frankly, I just don't know enough about the components to make an informed decision.

I would be totally thankful if someone thats Component Savvy would check these out, and tell me what you think. Or if you can point me in the direction of a PC that will fit my needs, that would be cool to.

What I want/need:

-1GB RAM
-at least 200GB Hard Drive
-dual-layer DVD Drive plus another drive
-at least 19in LCD Monitor
-The fastest Processor I can get for budget
-Future Expandability

I will be using it for....

-Web site building and maintaining
-Software Testing
-Graphics Editing(I use Gimp daily)
-Multi-Media (not real heavy, mainly pictures)
-School (Web development, Software development, or related areas)
-Email, blog, chat, file sharing, etc....

Oh Yea, I am not a Gamer, but I am an extreme multi-tasker!

Thanks in Advance, I will return the favor in any way I can.

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Posted 03 October 2005 - 10:19 PM

I suggest finding a system builder to build you what you want without the extra junk and bundled software one never uses.

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Posted 04 October 2005 - 07:25 PM

You'll pay a premium for state-of-the-art stuff right now - the technology is still developing.

Once the new technologies mature (DDR2 and 3, Dual Cores, BTX motherboards, PCI Express, 64 bit computing. SATA3, Windows Vista, etc, etc, etc) the prices will come down.

So, it depends on if you want to wait, or if you want it now. Finally, it's easy to build your own - and there's lot's of sites on the web that will recommend systems for specific purposes.
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