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#1 Shaolin

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:30 PM

After 4+ years, it's time to replace our family's Sony desktop computer! Historically, we have tried to buy higher end desktop systems and then keep them until they expire or until they start having issues running current software.

I've noticed that the capability of laptops these days is almost on par with desktop systems and that the prices of laptops seem more reasonable than the last time I shopped for a computer. Is there any good reason to stick with a bulky desktop if I can have the added flexibility inherent in a laptop? Our budget is around $1,500, and we're very impressed with the Asus Republic of Gamers and Toshiba Qosmio systems.

Please send us your questions and comments! Thanks.

Edited by Shaolin, 12 January 2011 - 05:31 PM.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:09 PM

You would rather build your desktop since it is way cheaper and better then the pre built desktop.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:27 PM

Thanks for the reply, Killerx! Do you think a home-built, desktop system is a better option than a similarly equipped laptop?
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:38 PM

Yes home built desktop is a better option.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:13 PM

Got it. Thanks again, Killerx.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:56 PM

No problems :thumbup2:

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:43 PM

was just wondering what this pc will be used for... and yes towers all the way unless u plan on traveling a lot...but imo laptops seem to go obsolete faster and cant be upgraded by peice in the future to save some money down the road

just wondering what it will be used for...cuz if all ure going to do is surf the web etc... u could build a pc for around $550 that could do that, but if u want to game and use all of the $1500 budget thats cool too

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:51 PM

Budget is everything when building your own.

If you want just a basic machine. Surfing, e mail. Then it is usually cheaper to buy off the shelf. Have seen complete systems w\monitor, mouse, keyboard and a warranty for around $400 U.S.

Usually only when you get into higher-end machines, $750 and up, is when you can save money building your own. And then only with careful shopping and research. The problem with that is you are dealing with individual warranties on a part by part basis. Should the machine not work for any reason you have to do your own trouble shooting and RMA parts.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:03 PM

Custom building desktops can be a pain but it saves a lot of money and for a better product. ATI's leading graphics card is the 5870 right now where as Nvidia is the 460; you can new egg these products if you wish to see, hope that helps.

Good luck, if you need any help just ask :D

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:16 PM

here is a build that can be used for surfing the web, email, etc...

motherboard $109.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128444

case $49.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144&Tpk=rosewill%20destroyer

windows 7 home premium 64-bit $99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-754-_-Product

athlon iix2 amd processor $59.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103687&cm_re=amd_athlon_ii_x2-_-19-103-687-_-Product

450w psu $39.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182075&cm_re=450w_psu-_-17-182-075-_-Product

4gb ddr3 (2x2gb sticks) $52.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211364&cm_re=4gb_ddr3-_-20-211-364-_-Product

dvd/cd burner w/lightscribe (i use this and love it) $22.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827140041

500gb WD HDD $59.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320&cm_re=500gb_hdd-_-22-136-320-_-Product


total w/out shipping: $485.92 with shipping to my house as a rough estimate: $498.64 shipping costs: $12.72

some of these items can be "combo deals" to save an extra $10-20 as well

like i said this is a basic build for surfing the web, email, and daily work...if u do need a higher-end pc for photo/video editing, modeling software than just post back and ill be happy to make a different parts list for ure full budget

hope this helps and good luck! :)

Edited by Blaze413, 13 January 2011 - 06:17 PM.


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:21 PM

Blaze413,
Many thanks for your very helpful replies. You even sent me a shopping list! :thumbup2: Regarding our plans for the new computer, we'll run MS Office regularly, my daughters will do some photo editing (but not too much), and I'd like run MS Flight Simulator X.
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:29 PM

ThunderZ,

Thanks for your response. Looks like the photo editing and MS Flight Simulator X will require more than a basic unit. Sounds like you've got some concerns regarding potential hassles associated with home built systems. How often do components go bad? I've only had to replace a CD-ROM and a keyboard on my current and prior 2 desktops combined.

Edited by Shaolin, 13 January 2011 - 09:56 PM.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:33 PM

Zinus,
Thanks for your willingness to help. I'll likely take you up on your generous offer of assistance. :clapping: Looks like home built is a serious consideration in light of our planned use for the machine; however, I have no experience building one.

Edited by Shaolin, 13 January 2011 - 09:57 PM.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:37 PM

hmmm then all u should have to do is add a video card to that build, and since ure not doing any massive gaming this card should do fine:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102855

but if u plan on running multiple programs at once and especially if u plan on photo editing i would suggest just for faster and better performance possibly getting a quad core processor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&cm_re=955-_-19-103-808-_-Product

and if u want really good graphics performance u could upgrade to this card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161334

or even better:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873&cm_re=5770-_-14-102-873-_-Product

it really comes down to what u want to spend...u get what u pay for really applies to this...o and if u get up there in the video cards and for upgradability later u might want to look at upgrading to a 600w psu such as this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182032&cm_re=600w_psu-_-17-182-032-_-Product

just dont know what ure willing to spend...trying to keep it cheap for ya cuz i know money isnt that easy to come by these days :)

o and btw np i love doing this...wish it was a career lol

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:53 PM

Thanks to the helpfulness of several members, we've gone well beyond my original "laptop vs. desktop as a desktop replacement" question. As such, it's template time :blush: :

My budget for the new computer is: $1,500

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Mail, web browsing, photo editing, game playing, word processing, spreadsheets

What software do you intend on using on the computer? MS Office 2007, Sims 3, Flight Simulator X, photo editor software of some sort

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Simulation, flight simulation

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? Don't intend to have lots of programs running

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Yes, lots of pictures
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