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#1 kevin92

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 09:49 PM

Hi, im looking to get this system, and I primarily will be using it for gaming, but also downloading music, watching movies too. I was wondering should I splurge on 4GB of ram, or go for the better video card, what do you think?

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 11:19 PM

i'm not terribly familiar with any of those video cards, but 2gb is plenty of ram. for what you're paying for the system, i'd recommend going cheap with the video card and buying one to install yourself. you could probably get it for cheaper than they're offering.

i don't know how well that would work out on a prebuilt dell, though.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 11:38 PM

If you're using XP, your system basically won't use more than 2GB of RAM. Vista will be better at accessing larger sums of RAM I believe, but honestly for gaming you won't need it. Put it to the video card.
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 12:30 AM

I'll be getting Vista when it comes out, because it comes with an upgrade coupon :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 03:03 AM

My opinion of dell itself is exceedingly low and Ill tell you why now..
because if anything goes terribly wrong with your computer you have to actually go back to them to get stuff to fix it

IE if your windows screws over and htey dont' send the disk out or they fail to send the motherboard CD out or whatever, you have to send it back to them to fix, Tha'ts the only issue Ive ever had with them other than their crappily built computers to begin with

just be warned if you receive your dell and it doesnt' come with a windows CD or a motherboard CD or anything like that that you're basically on your own if you break it or something happens, If you can't get support to fix it

first and foremost that you should know, nothing ever requires over 2 gigs of ram, as of yet, no programs are that heavily graphiced or anything to require that much hell 1 gig gets you by with ANYTHINg today, to be blatently honest, so go with the video card, and put some extra in there


Vista also isnt' really needed at htis time, There might be some security upgrades and all that compared to windows but the big reason IMO that microsoft is pushing it through is so that their products such as office and other things can stop getting ripped onto torrents and passed aorund like candy

honestly when I heard about vista and I heard that nothing would work right unless properly activated, I knew that was the reason they were pushing it through

windows XP could honestly last another decade if they could patch a little bit here and there when needed lol

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 09:38 AM

I've got Vista RTM and I've got 4 gB of RAM - don't waste your money!!! Vista (like XP) stubbornly refuses to acknowledge all of the RAM (in the 32 bit versions). My system states that it has between 3.25 gB and 3.46 gB of RAM.

There is some concerns that the extra, unrecognized RAM may actually decrease performance. I haven't noticed it on my system tho'.
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 10:50 AM

To run games such as Battlefield 2 I would strongly recommend 2GB Ram if your thinking about running it on high as smooth as possible, the only way to run Battlefield 2 on highest settings is with 2GB Ram,

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 11:11 AM

My opinion of dell itself is exceedingly low and Ill tell you why now..
because if anything goes terribly wrong with your computer you have to actually go back to them to get stuff to fix it

IE if your windows screws over and they don't' send the disk out or they fail to send the motherboard CD out or whatever, you have to send it back to them to fix, That's the only issue Ive ever had with them other than their crappily built computers to begin with

just be warned if you receive your dell and it doesn't' come with a windows CD or a motherboard CD or anything like that that you're basically on your own if you break it or something happens, If you can't get support to fix it

first and foremost that you should know, nothing ever requires over 2 gigs of ram, as of yet, no programs are that heavily graphiced or anything to require that much, hell 1 gig gets you by with any thing today, to be blatantly honest, so go with the video card, and put some extra in there.


Vista also isn't' really needed at this time, There might be some security upgrades and all that compared to windows but the big reason IMO that Microsoft is pushing it through is so that their products such as office and other things can stop getting ripped onto torrents and passed around like candy.

honestly when I heard about vista and I heard that nothing would work right unless properly activated, I knew that was the reason they were pushing it through.

windows XP could honestly last another decade if they could patch a little bit here and there when needed. lol


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Posted 28 December 2006 - 12:54 PM

To run games such as Battlefield 2 I would strongly recommend 2GB Ram if your thinking about running it on high as smooth as possible, the only way to run Battlefield 2 on highest settings is with 2GB Ram,

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I run BF2142 on pretty high settings and Ionly have a gig, and my performance is a mazing, Not quite sure which is more demanding pretty sure 2142 is with graphics wise, just my 2 cents...

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 01:28 PM

I could add the the Battlefield series, or shooters in general, aren't the most memory hungry games out there. Going from 1GB to 2GB of memory in World of Warcraft does wonders for Ironforge. The difference between 1GB and 2GB in Supreme Commander is also pronounced.

Besides I wouldn't want to run Vista with less than 1GB of RAM, and 2GB does help.
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Posted 29 December 2006 - 08:46 PM

You would think BF2142 would take more power to run but a friend of mine says they run BF2142 better then BF2.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 10:47 PM

As already said in this topic, 2gb is plenty. Just get the onboard video card and buy a 7950GT. It costs the same , sometimes less than, the 7900GS on dell. (7900 ((especially the GS)) for 300$ is a rip-off)

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 07:37 PM

The 7900 GS OC is on sale for $168.00 I'd like to get the 7950 GT OC but it's $300.00 is it worth it?

It's possible to just install one right, even though it's prebuilt? Anyone have any experience with dell where that's been a problem?

Edited by kevin92, 30 December 2006 - 07:43 PM.


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Posted 30 December 2006 - 09:37 PM

Ya should be. I got a graphics card for my dell yesterday and it works fine.
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