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Advice for which "ready made" computer

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by stormjai, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. stormjai

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    Nov 15, 2003
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    Have 3 year old sony vaio RX201. Want to upgrade and keep that one for the kids.

    Old question, but which ready built computer would people reccommend currently.
    would use for home video editing, and playing odd games. needs to keep up for few years.

    have some ideas for specs, but advice appreciated.
    P4 3.0, 1 gig Memory, SATA H.drive, PCI-X video card radeon 800/ nvidia 6000, DVD writer (dual layer?). :thumbsup:

    thinking of "usual suspects"
    Dell, Evesham, Mesh, Sony (underspecced - but good to look at!! - new RA series coming)
    any others to consider??

    Ta! :lease:
  2. gandley

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    Aug 31, 2003
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    Depends on how much you want to spend.

    The intel inside route is not a good option. An amd machine will be the quicker with the right spec

    somthing like this

    AMD64 3800+ or if poss AMD 64FX 53
    mainboareds with PCI express are enroute soon
    1GB of mem. this has a noticable effect of smoothing out the latest games, 512MB isnt enough any more and should be considered minimum spec

    2x SATA drives bigger isnt always better. so two western digital rapters with 76GB platters are ideal as there so fast.

    NEC dual layer burner is so reliable and media friendly.

    The best grafix card u can afford but no lower than either a Nvidia 6800GT or x800 Pro

    Creative audigy ZS sound card as it is great(unless your motherboared if AMD has has nvidia soundstorm)

    If u go intel go with a 3.4 northwood CPU on a canterwood chipset(i875) as these still outperform the newer grantsdale and alderwood chipsets series 9xx.(prescott chips slow them down and DDR2 is causing problems)

    Also the first lot of benchmarks have shown the PCI express chipset and cards other no real performance increases. Give it six mths however this will change probaly with the arrival of Nvdias Nforce 4 chipset for AMB cpus and improved grapics cards that are designed only for PCI express and not just adapted.

    I realy would advise building your own. It is so easy its untrue.

    My choice would be an ALIENWARE pc these are sent out fully optimized which is rather nice.

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