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Replacement for a 8 year old XP


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#1 BrainyTehBrain

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:45 AM

My budget for the new computer is: $700

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Web browsing, mail, video editing, casual games

What software do you intend on using on the computer?
After Effects, photoshop, chrome for browsing.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Occasional flash game, probably maplestory, may try more cpu intensive games later on

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?
I usually have 3-4 programs on at once, I multitask a lot

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Yes, 10gb+ of pictures, a lot of music too


http://www.dell.com/ca/p/studio-xps-7100/pd?oc=dsx7100_f_3e&model_id=studio-xps-7100

Original Price:$1,178.99
Savings: $479.00
Sale Price:$699.99

Processor
AMD Phenom™ II X6 1090T + ATI Radeon™ HD 6450 1GB
Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Monitor
No Monitor
Memory3
8GB3 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
Hard Drive
1000GB4 SATA hard drive (7200RPM)
Video Card
1024MB ATI RadeonTM HD6450
Optical Drive
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Warranty
1 Year Premium Hardware Service

On top of that, theres free shipping + no interest for 12 months.
What do you guys think.

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:49 AM

That seems to be a very good deal from Dell which includes a 1 year premium hardware service :thumbsup:

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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 13 July 2011 - 10:17 AM

How well does it compare to
http://www.dell.com/ca/p/xps-8300/pd?oc=dxps8300_f_1e&model_id=xps-8300

Same price

Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-2310 processor (6MB Cache, 2.9GHz)
Operating System
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Monitor
No Monitor
Memory3
6GB3 DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
Hard Drive
1000GB4 SATA hard drive (7200RPM)
Video Card
1024MB AMD RadeonTM HD6450
Optical Drive
Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
Warranty
1 Year Premium Hardware Service

These two are my primary choices, which one of them is better to suit my needs?

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:47 AM

The second choice because the processor it newer and faster and it suits the programs your gonna use.

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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
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 13 July 2011 - 07:39 PM

Before you decide, call or visit some computer shops in your area. Ask if they have a basic build, what it includes and how much. After you find out the specifics, you can ask what it would cost if you wanted other things added. You may be able to get a custom built system within your budget. One advantage to custom built is that the system won't have any extra stuff that is commonly installed on computers.

Be sure to ask about the warranty.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:04 PM

The other advantage i can think of is that there would be probably more future upgrade options.

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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
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:31 AM

I'm not interested in building a PC, too complicated for my taste.

Also, Dell updated it's site with new XPS 8300's.
Which would be the best, they all suit my budget.

http://www.dell.com/us/p/configuration-compare.aspx?ocs=dxdoma4,dxdoma3,dxcwmn1&returnURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dell.com%2Fus%2Fp%2Fdesktops%23facets%3D135390~0~6687268%2C130686~0~4569317%2C51805~0~812582%26p%3D1%26sort%3Dprice

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:35 AM

No she is saying that a local builder can build it for you.

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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 16 July 2011 - 11:56 AM

Yes, have someone build it for you. Many of those retail PCs have poor-quality parts.
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Posted 16 July 2011 - 07:01 PM

Some of them have limitations to upgrade.

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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 22 July 2011 - 12:51 PM

Thanks for the advice. I recieved a $100 off coupon in my email so I ended up buying the XPS 8300 with and i7 processor with 8gb of ram. It should be arriving within the next week. :thumbup2:

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 12:02 AM

Nice :thumbsup:

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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
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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