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#1 Zarcasm

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:55 AM

I previously asked for help here on getting a new computer. I was originally going to get one of the computers suggested to me, but Newegg has since deactivated it when I was only a week or two away from having enough money put back to buy it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227336 was it. This so far has been the only computer that will fit into the oddly small 9.3 inches wide x 16.5 inches deep x 20.9 inches high compartment on this desk.

I found http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/LAN_Warrior_II_-_AMD/c/2883222 which would allow me to choose what I need/want, but I'm completely clueless.

Budget: $700, this needs to include any warranty, shipping, and necessary extras (mouse, keyboard). A tiny bit over $700 is ok (IE: $720), but the lower the better.

Primary uses: Web browsing, some gaming (mostly WoW), lots of work in photoshop (mostly painting with a tablet), music, movies.

Software: Games, Photoshop, iTunes, various art programs (animation shop, sculptris), open office, aim, skype.

Games: Mostly WoW. I'd like to be able to run it on high settings while still getting pretty high FPS. Some other minor games, probably nothing very big - things like Sims 1 & 2, maybe Portal.

I will typically have a web browser, itunes, messenger, and either photoshop or wow/some other game open at once, so kind of a lot of programs open at once.

I store lots of music/pictures/etc. Lots of large psd files from paintings.

It does not have to be the Lan Warrior, this is just the only one I have found so far that will fit in the space I need it to - if you know of something else that would work/is better/cheaper, please tell me.
Or is there any chance of Newegg reactivating the computer I linked above? I've never seen them reactivate any of the other computers I looked at, so I assumed once it's deactivated, it's gone, but I don't know for sure.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:56 AM

DELL XPS 8300 (X8300-196NBK)

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 08:02 AM

DELL XPS 8300 (X8300-196NBK)



I concur.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 08:15 AM

The depth on that 17.9 inches according to the dell website, making it too big.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 08:38 AM

For gaming you want a big case to avoid heating/cooling issues.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 04:54 PM

For gaming you want a big case to avoid heating/cooling issues.


Yes, I know. But it's not possible for me to fit anything bigger in this desk, and I know it is possible to find something smaller, considering the one suggested before had fine reviews as a gaming pc despite the small size. It's just difficult.



Would either of these work?
http://www.meritline.com/gaming-desktop-intel-core-i3-550-processor-3point2ghz-ibuypower-m5450i---p-57355.aspx?source=fghdac
http://www.walmart.com/ip/iBuypower-LW-WA526D3/16775623?sourceid=1500000000000003142050&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=16775623
I could toss in a new video card if that's an issue.

Edited by Zarcasm, 19 July 2011 - 05:24 PM.


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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:03 PM

Id buy the one from Walmart.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:46 PM

Id buy the one from Walmart.


is it better than the other one?

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:50 PM

Cheaper, and you get a much better video card.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 01:05 AM

And it has bigger storage and 3 cores :wink:

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:48 AM

Okay, thank you so much for your help.
One last question - I don't have a wired internet connection reaching to the room the computer will be in (i currently have a laptop).
From what I gathered a PCI card is better than a USB one, so I was looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166020
Would I be able to put this in that computer? I've done things like upgrade ram or a graphics card and things like that, but never messed with PCI slots so I'm not sure if there's anything special I need for this specific computer or if this will work fine.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:04 AM

The Rosewill isn't that good compared to the D-Link DWA-525 which i have personally used before. I am not 100% sure if there is a PCI card slot but usually there is on most motherboards.

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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 20 July 2011 - 09:26 AM

The Rosewill isn't that good compared to the D-Link DWA-525 which i have personally used before. I am not 100% sure if there is a PCI card slot but usually there is on most motherboards.


Thanks, I was just going by what appeared to have a lot of good reviews and was within a reasonable price range.
Is there no way to check? I guess I can email the manufacturer and ask.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 05:10 PM

I already had a look at the iBuypower site and that model isn't there. So you could email the manufacturer and see what they say.

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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 20 July 2011 - 05:11 PM

I already had a look at the iBuypower site and that model isn't there. So you could email the manufacturer and see what they say.


I did just that a little while earlier. Waiting on a response.




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