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Buying New Desktop PC - recommendations/advice?


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#1 ElonOF06

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 06:38 AM

Looking at buying a new home PC. Main use will be photoshop, lightroom, and illustrator (wife is a part time photographer and dabbles in web design) and looking to spend between $500 and $750. Right now I currently have a Dell Inspiron 530. The 530 has a AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ processor, and 2GB of RAM. It is running too slow and hurting productivity. I'm looking at a new Dell XPS 8300 with the following specs.

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
Intel® Core™ i5-2320 processor(6MB Cache, 3.0GHz)
6GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz- 4 DIMMs
1TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
AMD Radeon™ HD 6450 1GB DDR3
Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

Price for this machine is $699, both direct from dell and on bestbuy.com. Any other machines/specs I should be looking for?

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 07:21 AM

That Dell looks fine but what you can do is by choosing the Intel Core i5 2400 which is for a extra $40 which makes it a total of $740 because since you mentioned those things you use the computer for, it is worth upping the processor to something a bit faster.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:14 PM

Ya the athlonx64 processor just won't be enough power for the photo editing I would go for the i5...the amount of ram is good and the video card always helps that rendering just go faster so u sent watching a progress bar all day

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:19 PM

I think that's a perfect machine for what you're wanting to do. I also agree with killerx525, go ahead and upgrade the processor, it's worth it.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 12:21 AM

Thanks for the comments and suggestions so far. I have also found a couple of HP setups that I'm liking. Both are $679. One has a better processor, and one has a better graphics card. I would assume that the better processor would be better to have, but I'd like to hear what you have to say...

Setup #1
Components

• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
• Intel® Core™ i5-2500 quad-core processor [3.3GHz, 6MB cache]
• FREE UPGRADE to 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
• FREE UPGRADE to 1TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
• 512MB DDR3 AMD Radeon HD 6450 [DVI, HDMI. VGA adapter]

Setup #2
Components

• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
• Intel® Core™ i5-2400 quad-core processor [3.1GHz, 6MB cache]
• FREE UPGRADE to 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
• FREE UPGRADE to 1TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
• 1GB DDR3 AMD Radeon HD 6450 [DVI, HDMI. VGA adapter]

Edited by ElonOF06, 17 October 2011 - 12:22 AM.


#6 killerx525

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 01:12 AM

The first one since it has a faster processor.

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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 17 October 2011 - 05:50 AM

Or if you would be interested in overclocking you could buy the second one then just OC the processor it to what the ghz is in the first Pc

Edited by Blaze413, 17 October 2011 - 05:51 AM.


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Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:03 AM

It would be very hard to overclock on a OEM PC and the i5-2400 has locked multipliers.

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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 17 October 2011 - 08:07 AM

It would be very hard to overclock on a OEM PC and the i5-2400 has locked multipliers.

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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 17 October 2011 - 09:53 AM

O my bad I didn't realize it was locked

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 03:12 PM

That's ok, everybody makes mistakes.

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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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