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    Default which computer should i buy

    can you tell me which computer would be better for my needs i want to use the computer for gaming watching videos and some multitasking i have chosen and intel and a amd computer which would be better for my needs

    heres the intel computer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116212
    motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121295
    harddrive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106
    cd/dvdplayer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827151212
    memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820161654
    powersupply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817704002
    soundcard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102177
    videocard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814131305

    $776 without shipping

    heres the amd computer
    Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103535

    motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813153033
    cddvddrives
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827151212
    harddrive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106
    memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227031
    videocard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814131305
    soundcard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102177
    powersupply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817192003


    $632 without shipping

    which one would be the best value for the dollar and which one would last me awhile
    Last edited by Yawgm0th; 08-02-2005 at 04:05 AM.

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    Default Re: which computer should i buy

    Man that saw some messy HTML. I'm guessing the vB WYSIWYG editor is more responsible than you. Oh well, fixed.

    As for your question, neither of those computer would really be all that great. It's pretty hard to compare them because they're almost $150 apart. As it stands the Intel would be better in a lot of ways because it has more-expensive, dual-core processor. You have a few choices in this area:
    You can get that cheap 830 now. It won't be great for gaming, but it won't matter if you only use a $120 video card (more on that later). It should beat any of the single-core AMD processors in multitasking. However, they'll be more powerful for a lot of applications, adn they'll be a lot cheaper. So you can also get one of those, such as what you picked out. The third option is to spend a lot more and get an AMD dual-core. Those go for well over $500 and you'd need either a bigger budget or some major cuts in other areas to get one. It will beat the crap out of the Intel, but it costs a lot more. The final option is to wait a couple months or so. AMD's Athlon 64 X2 3800 will be out and it's about the same price as the 830. It also performs a hell of a lot better.

    Basically: Pentium D 830 for good multitasking; A64 3000,3200, or 3500 for non-multitasking; X2 4200 for good everything; or wait for X2 3800 for good everything and a good price. It's up to you. Personally, I'd probably wait if I couldn't afford a dual-core Athlon 64.

    As for the other parts of the system...

    You'll need a different power supply with either system. A 500W PSU for $26 is almost guaranteed to be crappy, as is a 450W for $22. Get something in the area of 450-500W from a good company such as Antec, Thermaltake, OCZ, or Enermax. You'll probably end up needing a 24-pin PSU, depending on the motherboard. I'll help you there when it comes down to that.

    The motherboards are also a problem. Well, the Intel is fine as long as you're sure to get a Micro-BTX case and PSU. Again, we can worry about those later if you choose the Intel. The AMD motherboard isn't a huge problem, but I certainly recommend an nForce 4 Ultra chipset-based motherboard over the Via. Specifically, this Chaintech motherboard would be better. Lots more features for the same price, which is worth it even if you don't use any of them.

    Your hard drive and CD player choice are fine, as long as you don't need to burn CDs or DVDs. Personally, my life would be a lot harder if I didnt' own a CD burner. But then, you might already have one.

    The RAM could use some changes, too. On the Intel side, there are similar choices from better companies for lower prices. This Corsair, for example. For the AMD system, that's good RAM though you could get cheaper that's worse, but still good, and save a decent amount of money. But there's nothing wrong with what you have now.

    The sound card is fine, though you could get rid of it entirely and use onboard sound. The sound card will have better quality, but for many people it's not noticable enough (if at all) to warrant a $30 card. That's up to you.

    Last, but certainly not least, is the video card. Unless you're a really casual gamer, I'd suggest spending a little more. A GeForce 6600GT or even X800 would be great, though at the very least I'd suggest you get an X700 Pro. You can get one for about the same price, though it'll be 128MB instead of 256MB, which can make a big difference in newer games. A 256MB X700 would add too much to really be worth considering. Even if you stay with a card around that price, you could switch to a Geforce 6600. It depends on what you play. It can perform worse in many games but it will have better image quality in pretty much everything and perform better in some games. If you're really willing to throw some money into this for better gaming, a 6800GT would be great.

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    Default Re: which computer should i buy

    Yawgm0th<SCRIPT type=text/javascript> vbmenu_register("postmenu_226091", true); </SCRIPT> is this a good setup

    Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103547
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    motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186066
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    memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820236110
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    cddvdplayer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827130043
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    harddrive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106
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    powersupply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104124
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    sound card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102177
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    video card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814142040
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    Last edited by Yawgm0th; 08-02-2005 at 08:15 AM.

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    Default Re: which computer should i buy

    I'd get a better video card and that PSU won't do Otherwise, yes. Although, both the processor and motherboard are out of stock so you'd have to wait for them to come back in stock. You could also just get the Chiantech motherboard I suggested. It's better than what you picked out in every except that it's ATX instead of micro ATX, which means it won't work in a micro ATX case, meaning it won't do if you want a really small case.

    Get this PSU. It's 24-pin, which you'll need, and it should be powerful enough for this system. After the rebate, it's only $5 more than what you picked out.

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