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I Have $5,000 For A New Computer


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#1 meatman

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 03:03 PM

I have $5,000 saved up for a new computer.I don't play games.I download music and have a huge music library.I want a killer speaker system and a nice printer.I use broadband meatman

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 03:25 PM

hi meatman,

I think you've saved an ample amount of cash.
Probably be able to splurge on a nice dinner out when its all up & running, too.

Dual core processors help a lot.
Especially as AMD does 'em, imho.

http://www.amd.com/us-en/ or deeper into it
http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/Produc...5_13041,00.html

If you want to multi-task,
listen to the music,
sort it,
pull in artwork to adorn it,
comment on it using a document application,
and print out select labels, etc.
simultaneously then you want speed, big mobo caching, hyper-threading & SATA drives.

Think "work station" for entertainment.

Think 64-bit not 32-bit.
Think winXP Media Edition or Vista

Think 512mb video card for graphics.
Think maybe Seagate Barracuda HD.

A 1,000 MB (thats terabyte, lovely number)

maybe a SATA 10,000 rpm for the system HD ... and big.
maybe a SATA 7,200 rpm drive for storage ... and huge.
maybe even another one.

some thoughts.

Edited by phawgg, 18 March 2006 - 03:28 PM.

patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 07:15 PM

Hhmm.. so much money so few aparts. Dual 20" LCD moniors, $700±\ea. That would mean dual 256mb nVidia graphic cards $400±. 6.1 surround sound speakers, $400 and up. Color multi-function laser printer, $600 and up.
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 07:22 PM

You going to build it yourself or buy it?

Go to Alienware and click on their Aurora 7500 for some ideas.
I "built" one that reached $8500 by selecting the best of every option ordered including a 32" widescreen lcd display.
That was with the fastest AMD processor although my personal preference is for Intel.

You may want to wait until December and get it with Vista.

http://www.alienware.com/product_pages/des...aming.aspx?cs=1

Edited by Enthusiast, 18 March 2006 - 07:40 PM.


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Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:46 AM

if you want just a plain system and then upgrade from there just go to wal-mart they have sound cards and vid.cards and speakers i was pricing computers for a freind of mine and they had compaqs for just over $400.00
like i said its just plain but its some to star out at

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 05:02 AM

Here is the down and dirty turn key list.

IBM

Dell

Gateway

Emachines


When I wrote this HP and Compaq were offine. The truth of the matter is almost any box computer will do what you want. I dare say you could have a turnkey name brand computer for $1000± that will far exceed your requirements. You can piece by piece buy and build youself a computer. That will do the same for around the same amount. I would go that route just because I like building and working on computers.
Where I feel you should focus you money and energy would be the home entertainment part of your computer. Buy you a Boise 6.1 surround system and plumb it into your Home stero/TV.
Average computer with heavy RAM 1gb+, 3 very larger hard drives, 1 for OS and programs, one for music, 1 to backup data and music.. Stay away from the USB/Firewire. Strictly interior drives. Dual DVDs, 1 DVD-RW, 1 DVDrom. Multi-card reader. Often over looked but cheap and very handy.
Take the reast of your money and look into the Bosie system I menitioned earlier.
FYI I stream music from my cable modem with a 1999 P-III 500mhz w/512mb RAM. Never has aproblem except when the Net loads up.

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