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The Typer

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#1 11 years ago

A friend of mine is aware of my computer knowledge (which is somewhat high, not that high though), and he asked me what new computer he should buy. I recommended these things: Not Dell, and if you don't have the money, not Alienware. Alienware makes good computers but they are so expensive. I'm pretty sure he does not want to construct a whole computer, which is what I would recommend if he did want to go through all that trouble. But he doesn't, I do not know how much he is willing to spend, I'll ask him soon. He will be using it for games, school work, a normal computer that leans on the games side. From what I know he plays a good deal of Battlefield games, or likes to, so I'm figuring at least something like this: AMD Athlon 64 Processor (Don't know which one) At least 1 GB of RAM (Battlefield games) A 256MB Video Card (prefferably PCI-E I bet) Decent sized hard drive, and the other stuff that comes included: sound cards, psu, ect. I know what a good computer needs to run, but I know barely anything about computers that you buy when all the hardware is already made. So I am wondering which computer company he should buy from. Really I would suggest waiting a few years, but whatever.




marvinmatthew

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#2 11 years ago

First of all, he ought to be getting a Intel Core 2 Duo, they've eclipsed the AMD 64 series in terms of performance.

But getting a serious gaming computer from a store is a difficult task.

To be honest, his best bet would be to buy a computer online from dell.com. He should look into the Dell 'XPS' desktop series, they make some good gaming machines for a decent price.

Virtually no machine that you can buy in a store (like CompUSA or BestBuy) will have a decent video card in it. You could purchase the computer, and a decent video card to go in it, but since the system wasn't built for gaming, you'd have to upgrade the PSU for a new video card. And then you'd be paying a fair amount more money than you need to be for the computer.

Not to mention that when you buy a computer from a store bassed reatailer, you're paying the costs the store incurs to stock the item, and for the store's employees. So buying the computer online is going to be a decent bit cheaper.




theelusiveyoda

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#3 11 years ago

building a pc can take as little as an hour to build with all components the worst part of building a pc is installing the operating system




Bs|Archaon

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#4 11 years ago

(Which isn't actually bad as such, but it takes longer than actually building the thing.)




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#5 11 years ago

If he's looking for a storebuilt one then I'd say that Dell would probably be his best bet. I had a second Dell machine for about 18 months and it never gave me any problems. If he's into serious gaming then a low-end XPS or a midrange Dimension model would probably suit him well.

Building a machine yourself would obviously be the better choice, though. Regarding the difficulty of such a task, I built one this morning and it took all of ~2 hours, including the installation of an OS.




marvinmatthew

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#6 11 years ago

^Just an FYI, (in the US) Dell doesen't sell their their computers in-store, they only sell online.

If you're going to go in-store, HP or eMachines make up 90% of all of the systems.




Bs|Archaon

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#7 11 years ago

That is the case all over the world. Selling directly to consumers is pretty much the entire point of Dell. Rookie was probably assuming that by store-bought, he meant pre-built (ie can be bought online/by phone as long as it's a complete system).




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#8 11 years ago

marvinmatthew;3550096^Just an FYI, (in the US) Dell doesen't sell their their computers in-store, they only sell online.

If you're going to go in-store, HP or eMachines make up 90% of all of the systems.

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Yes, by store-bought I was referring to run-of-the-mill prebuilt systems as opposed to a homebrew model. Dell do the same thing over here, you can only either order online from Dell, or hunt down a reseller that has the model you're after in stock (Which is usually a good bit cheaper since they tend to stock factory-refurbished machines).




DarkstuareZ

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#9 11 years ago

Acer isn't that bad. But building a computer isn't hard at all, just ask him what his budget is and surf NewEgg or something.

One of my assignments in a class was to go on newegg, and build a gaming computer with an 800 dollar budget, I think it would've been an ok machine.




The Typer

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#10 11 years ago

The reason I am standoffish to Dell is just how the computers are installed and stuff. Their gaming computers are not that bad obviously but I have been told that Dell believes the customer knows nothing about computers so they put software on the computers that Dell thinks the computers will need, such as Ad-Aware and Spybot. This software is the wrong version, or was put onto the computer from the wrong place and will kill the computer. It may not happen to all Dell computers but it could. I'll ask him about his budget and get back to you guys.




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