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Purchase Template: Researching New Desktop

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#1 Luvthekeys


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:52 AM

My budget for the new computer is: 1500 Max

What are the primary uses for this computer Mail, Word Processing, games Diablo3, Witcher 2 etc.

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Windows 8, multiple web browsers, Avast antivirus etc

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Diablo3, Witcher 2

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? No, sometimes run four or five progams at once. Also have multiple windows open on web browser.

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

I am in the process of researching a new desktop computer. I will be using it mostly for the internet, word processing and occasionally games (Diablo 3, Witcher 2 etc) I would like to use my 42 inch Panasonic 1080 TV for the display. I also will be using a Logitech wireless touchpad for Windows 8. I want to get good performance for games and other graphics.

I have listed following what I might purchase. I would appreciate opinions and suggestions. Also which of the two graphics cards would be the better choice.

XPS 8500

Dell Price $1,274.99

Black w/19:1 Media Card Reader

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor (up to 3.90 GHz)

Operating System:
Windows 8, 64-bit, English

12GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs

Optical Drive:
16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW), write to CD/DVD 16XDVDR

Hard Drive:
2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s 2TBS 1 [342-4107] 8

Video Card:
Nvidia GTX 660 1.5 gb or Radeon HD 7870 2 gb

Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE

Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4

Network Card:
Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet

P.S. I am also looking at the XPS 8500 Special Edition which would cost more but gives be better options for the video cards. I just found an almost idential version of the XPS 8500 on Amazon for $979 just a lower end video card.

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#2 blacktiger826


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

1. have you considered simply making a computer? at that price it will most likely be cheaper to build one.
2. call me an nvidia fanboy, but I really like most of this generations gtx cards and really dislike many of the ati/amd radeon cards. A normal 660 will probably match up very similar to the 7870, but have you considered a 660ti? It is barely more and preforms better.

Overall its not a bad computer, but depending on what you want to use it for, you can do better building one. While you don't seem to be wanting a "hardcore" gaming machine, you still seem to want to play, and I think you will do better with a personalized one. Also, while Dell high ends are not bad, they do have issues.

I would recommend higher end brands in terms of buying a computer, but at the moment I can only think of origin pc and that gets very pricey. Ill update if i remember something by the time I return home.

Edited by blacktiger826, 27 November 2012 - 05:32 PM.

#3 killerx525


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:18 PM

Looks like a good desktop that which should suit your needs :thumbup2:

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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