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Aricaan
Gallente
Cobra Corp
Posted - 2008.03.10 23:26:00 - [1]
 

Anyone know a good place to buy a pc online that could run Trinity?

I dont know how to build PCs myself :( and am hoping for anything less than $700.

need something to do with my tax refund. haha.

Daelorn
Posted - 2008.03.11 00:22:00 - [2]
 

Putting a PC together is easier than legos.

I think you should reconsider building your own computer.

Dark Shikari
Caldari
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2008.03.11 00:24:00 - [3]
 

CyberPowerPC

pwnedgato
Posted - 2008.03.11 00:32:00 - [4]
 

Originally by: Aricaan
Anyone know a good place to buy a pc online that could run Trinity?

I dont know how to build PCs myself :( and am hoping for anything less than $700.

need something to do with my tax refund. haha.

Someone that isn't about to go drop 2 grand on a pc! (I'm not alone afterall!!!)

Menth
Reikoku
KenZoku
Posted - 2008.03.11 00:45:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Menth on 11/03/2008 00:45:53
I would rather build but for some people that isnt a option. So here are a few i would get if i had to buy one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229003
well crap i just looked around hoping to find a few to list for you and this is all i could find. Im sure there are plenty of places i didnt look mind. But this will be tough to beat buy much.
if you dont like that one there is this one i guess
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0278808

sorry they are over your budget
:(

Rawr Cristina
Caldari
Naqam
Posted - 2008.03.11 01:10:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Daelorn
Putting a PC together is easier than legos.


Building things out of Lego takes a great deal of skill I'll have you know Razz

Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2008.03.11 02:09:00 - [7]
 


I "built" a new PC for my girlfriend a couple of months ago, and I had her assemble it (I merely "supervised"), so it's no big deal... as long as you read all the instructions properly.
The shop offered to have it assembled for free, but we would have had to wait a couple days longer for that, so we didn't bother.
It cost around 540$ (plus taxes, so around the equivalent of 640$ end-price, that's without a monitor since she already had one that was just fine).

Stuff inside ?

MB : Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L (dual DDR2-800, onboard 8ch sound)
CPU : Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz
VC : PCI-Express Asus EN7300GT "silent" (no fans, just heat sink) 256 MB/128bit (she doesn't play games much, and I was quite shocked at the performance you get from a puny 60$ video card)
2x1 GB kit of "generic" PC-6400 DDR2, 4-4-4-12 (more than enough for XP)
"generic" 450W case
HDD 500 GB, DVD-RW, both SATA (had to buy extra power adapters, case had only one SATA power connector)

Contrary to what most people would say ("boo, this machine sucks"), it WILL run just fine, and is quite cheap.
It ran EVE Premium quite nicely, around 80 FPS on minimum settings.

You could easily just "upgrade" your old stuff, and leave out the HDD/DVD out, re-use existing ones... then you're looking at merely 375$ or so (plus tax).

Toasted Trucker
Fleetworks
Posted - 2008.03.11 02:15:00 - [8]
 

Edited by: Toasted Trucker on 11/03/2008 02:15:40
Originally by: Dark Shikari
CyberPowerPC


this

Aricaan
Gallente
Cobra Corp
Posted - 2008.03.11 03:18:00 - [9]
 

Well, I am running a mac, so I cant really upgrade. I love my mac, but it is sucky for gaming.

The only thing about building my own stuff, is it seems those machines can be hit or miss and warranty's can be dodgy. I am sure its not that hard, but I have tried to install an internal modem on a PC once and something about static electricity or something and I fried it. Not something I want to do again.

Thanks for the suggestions even if they are slightly above what I was asking for. (I knew I would get a few of those ;)

Anyway, whats the diff between Athlon and Intel?

Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2008.03.11 04:56:00 - [10]
 

Edited by: Akita T on 11/03/2008 05:05:37
Originally by: Aricaan
Athlon and Intel?

Mostly the name Wink
Since you're a PC user, not an OS programmer, you couldn't care less (and I kind of doubt even they care much).
The big difference is that you need a different type of motherboard depending on processor you pick.

Overall, AMDs used to be cheaper for similar performance, but competition is tight enough these days to make the overall performance/cost ratio almost identical... maybe still slightly in favor of AMD, I guess, but not a huge difference.
Personally, I tend to stick with Intel nowadays (and NVidia video cards), since most games lately "kind of" optimize performance for that specific combo (usually, but not always).

Originally by: Aricaan
The only thing about building my own stuff, is it seems those machines can be hit or miss and warranty's can be dodgy. I am sure its not that hard, but I have tried to install an internal modem on a PC once and something about static electricity or something and I fried it. Not something I want to do again.


No offense, but other than that (which can be "cured" by discharging any static electricity you might be charged with before you start assembling, and keeping away from stuff that could generate more... like wearing a sweater and taking it off, or working on a wool blanket or some other silly stunt like that) and "blunt force trauma" to the components, there's not much you can get wrong.

Most boxed components come with a manufacturer warranty (keep the boxes and all protective material when you take them out), not just with a reseller warranty (they just ship them back to the manufacturer anyway), and if it doesn't "break" in the first couple of days, it usually lasts longer than you'd want to keep the machine for.

Also, most boxed components come with a pretty extensive installation and configuration manual, on top of CDs/DVDs with software, and as long as you follow those instructions to the letter, you just can't go wrong.
Heck, they even mention the thing about static electricity in most of the papers (and how to avoid causing damage from it), so again, no worries.


Best case scenario, you find a component retailer, and ask nicely for their boys to put it together.
All you need to do is pick whatever components you like to have, and get feedback from the "masses" (i.e. this forum here works just fine) if they can work together (don't get an AGP video card for a PCI-E motherboard, don't get DDR3 for a MB that only supports DDR2, etc) and... like I've said a lot of times before... you'll be just fine.

Rawr Cristina
Caldari
Naqam
Posted - 2008.03.11 04:57:00 - [11]
 

Don't Intels also run a lot cooler?

Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2008.03.11 05:11:00 - [12]
 

Whichever chip tech is "smaller scale" and therefore uses less Watts runs cooler, usually.
For the same size category, the difference is not that big from Intel to AMD.
For instance, that E4500 I listed is 0.065μ (65nm), and uses up to 65W of power (radiated as heat).
You can usually see those specs on most sites selling components.



 

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