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Is This A Good Computer For Its Price?

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#1 shortymac


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Posted 21 June 2006 - 12:11 PM

I saw this sale in a best buy ad for $380, on the surface it seems alright but I just want to make sure before I go out and buy it for my brother:

AMD Sempron Processor 3100+ -----> this is what I知 worried about the most since I知 not familiar with AMD processors.
512mb DDR ram
100gb harddrive
DVD/CDRW combo drive
nVidia GeForce 6100 graphics
comes with a monitor and a photo printer

For $30 extra I can upgrade it to:
AMD Sempron Processor 3400+
160gb harddrive
Double layer multiformat DVDRW drive
9-in-1 media reader (T3418/17F3/IP1600) ---> what exactly is this and what does it do?

The most demanding thing he would use this for would be World of Warcraft.
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Posted 21 June 2006 - 01:43 PM

Kind of marginal for a gaming system.

The double layer DDV allows you to burn a lot more data to a DVD but the DVD media costs a lot more. It will burn single layer as well.

The media reader directly reads the media from digital cameras.

For $30 more the bigger proscesspr is well worth it.

#3 TheEmuRider


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Posted 25 June 2006 - 11:09 AM

For the average web surfing, music listening, movie watching user this computer would be decent. However, as a gaming rig this will not hold much water, especially with the new games coming out. The most taxing game at the moment for you may be WoW, but you will want to play others eventually. Keep that in mind, because in my experience eMachines aren't easy to upgrade.

If you are on a tight budget and don't want to build your own, I say at least get the $30 upgrade. If you decide to try building your own (as I recently have started doing the same), I'm sure everyone at this great forum would be willing to help you out as they have me.

Best of luck, and let us know your decision!

#4 protozero


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Posted 25 June 2006 - 11:45 AM

I would recomend the 30$ upgrade. A few months ago I saw that computer at Best buy when I went ot buy mine. I haven't had any problems with Best buy, some of their prices to are actually quite good. And most of the people working there are usually pretty smart and cna anwser your questions truthfully. I would ask if you're going to buy it what socket the motherboard is? 754 or 939. 939 would be better since later on you could upgrade it to a Athlon 64, an Athlon FX or even an Opteron. The 6100 is intergrated but for casual web surfing, email and movies, it'd be a good system. The 9 in 1 media reader is a little thing, it'll probably be on the front, it's for all sort of small media storage system.s Like Compact Flash, Smart media card, MMC or SD, Memory sticks, ect.
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