alright i am thinkin about buying a new computer and my price range is no greater then 1550$ so..... i have narrowed the feild down to 2 choices. i am buying the PC for gaming and internet so i am focusign on that. the 2 systems i like are.... 1. Dell 8400 Specs 3.2 GHZ P4 prossecer XP home edition 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM 160 GB serial ATA hard drive (7200RPM) 16x DVD rom drive and 8x DVD-RW drive 19' CRT moniter 128MB PCI express X300 SE 2.1 speakers free kodak easy share digital camera all in one printer the price: 1536$ now... for the otehr computer which i like a tiny bit more ibuypowers's gamers power (customized) 3.0 GHZ p4 prosscesser 1024MB memory the best part about the PC............. ATI RADEON 9800 PRO GRAPHICS CARD 160GB serial ATA hard drive logitech z-640 5.1 speakers (are they any good?) 19' flat screen CRT moniter LCD tempature display green color case with 3 fans cooling neon lighting and see thorugh case all for the price of... 1422$ plus 100 for shipping but i am waintg for free shipping (hopefully christmas) ok they there are i am thinking about going with the ibuypower one because of its 9800 pro graphics card,flat screen moniter and 5.1 surround sound BUT with the dell u get a realiable company and a free printer and digital camera but like i said i really want it for gaming. TELL ME WHAT YOU GUYS THINK!!!
I think the build your own is the best. I also thing that AMD is cheaper and gives you equal preformance.
yea oopma i was thinking about that but i dont know much about the AMD they have like 3000+ 3200+ ect and i dont know which one would equel the preformance of a 3.0GHZ p4 also isnt the 9800 pro graphics card alot better then the one on dells 8400?
no the one is the dell is better but the AMD 64 3000+ will offer equal if not better preformance then a intel P4 3 ghz.
Building your own has many advantages. One is saving on parts as you can decide on what to get. Buying a Intel Processor costs more than an AMD. AMD do run hotter, but at the moment they have the best cost-performance ratio. They're also the only one to be doing the 64 Bit exclusively, which will come in handy in the future. Also, you can choose a good motherboard that will fit any ATX case (Dell motherboards are bigger than standard, thus only fitting Dell Cases.) Dell and other 'Prepackaged' computer companies will perform a common practice that locks components into the Motherboard and locks the BIOS settings so you cannot upgrade the computer. You'd have to buy a whole new one. Another advantage from building your own is you get what you want, and you'd be happy with it. Also, you would learn from it, and have a whole new perspective on how computers are made. Build one, and you'll probably never go prepackaged again ;).
Spyder F-16 Another advantage from building your own is you get what you want, and you'd be happy with it. Also, you would learn from it, and have a whole new perspective on how computers are made. Build one, and you'll probably never go prepackaged again ;).
Amen my brother.
I agree, I like AMD but if you got the money to go Intel tehy are not bad at all.
Generally speaking a AMD XP is rated at the equivalent speed of a P4, thus a AMD XP 2800 should perform close to a Intel P4. The AMD XP's above 2.8GHz are laggin a wee bit behind the P4's but the speed rating on the Athlon 64's do perform close to if not better than a equivalent P4. So a Athlon 64 thats says its a 3000+ means its rated as being equivalent to a Intel P4 3GHz processor.
The AMD Athlon 64 runs at about 2.1GHz but performs close to a P4 3 GHz because of its streamlined architecture and more modern design.
alright i think i am going to go with a different base model of ibuypower that has AMD proccessors and i am thinking about getting a 3200+ with all the same stuff. oopama did u say that the dell graphics card is better then the 9800 pro it says PCI express and ive heard about tthe whole PCI thing but i thought the 9800 pro was really good secodn best to 9800 XT
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x300 is better.... Its the next line of ATI's also PCI express is faster... But it just needs to be worked on. PNI Express is 16x which is a huge differnce from AGP 8x