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A new computer

It's time for me to get a new computer. My old machine is seriously failing on me and it's about time that I had something modern. I've been researching, but I'm stuck on a couple things. First, should I go with Intel or AMD? Intel seems nice, but AMD would save me some money.

I've been looking at graphics cards and there is a lot of options for this as well. I'm thinking about spending about $200 on the graphics card, which would give me something like a GeForce 9600 GT. Once I pick these two parts, the rest of the computer can easily be built around them. But I don't know, maybe I can get away with something cheaper.

Or should I pick up the easy parts right away, like a case, hard drive and whatnot. What to do, what to do...

No wonder people buy premade machines. Planning all this is hard.

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patrick
Feb. 29th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
Interesting. I was just looking at cards on amazon and the eVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT is $187. I don't think it matters too much which one of these cards I go with, but I would like something thats 512MB with SLI capability if I want to upgrade some more.

There is just so many options!
herbaliser
Feb. 29th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
GO TO NEWEGG
patrick
Feb. 29th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
good call
endquote
Feb. 29th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Is it actually cheaper anymore to buy parts rather than something pre-built? I quit buying parts after the last time I tried to build a computer turned into an odyssey of returning things that didn't fit together like I'd planned.
evan
Feb. 29th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Seconding "buy something premade". Also, it's hard to compare processors these days (since ghz doesn't measure speed) but AMD is in no way a lesser-quality brand; if they've got something faster for cheaper then go for it.
patrick
Feb. 29th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
It seems like AMD is cheaper, faster and doesn't overclock as well. Intel processors are more expensive and slower, but can be overclocked to outperform amd. Seems sort of silly to me, actually. Every review of intel processors talk about how you need to overclock them to get the performance you would want.
evan
Feb. 29th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Overclocking is, as they say, the fool's game. It makes it so you never know whether your system is stable or not.
patrick
Feb. 29th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Although it would be interesting to play with overclocking, I don't want to have to depend on it.

Hmm... I think I am really leaning towards buying a pre-built machine. It seems like more and more of a good idea because it will force me to stay within my price range. When I start picking parts, I keep on going over.
patrick
Feb. 29th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
I am a little nervous about that, but only because I haven't built a computer in a long time. Things not going together and dealing with internet companies does sound annoying, though.
mikeprincipito
Feb. 29th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Dude I just got a 8600GT for like 70 bucks and it is an awesome performer.

The 9600 has a 256-bit bus and that is what you are paying for.
mikeprincipito
Feb. 29th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
patrick
Feb. 29th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Yea, that is a good price. Maybe I should just settle for that.
mikeprincipito
Feb. 29th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
That card is not "settling"

BTW, I like your LJ theme. Where did you get that?
patrick
Feb. 29th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
The theme I'm using is called Zen Midnight.
toast
Mar. 3rd, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
8800GT! But it's around $230. You might be able to find it cheaper somewhere.

Here's a good summary of cards by price tier.

Also, if going for prebuilt, I highlyrecommend checking out gotapex.com. They usually have some good deals for computers, just check the site every couple of days until you see something you like. The deals they list tend to expire quickly, too, so be warned.
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Mar. 6th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
Just came across this, thought you might find it useful.
patrick
Mar. 6th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
I found a really great deal for a full machine that matched up with everything I was looking for, except for the video card. So I bought a machine and the video card separately. I'm waiting for everything in the mail now.

That's an interesting article, though. I still have the notes from the machine I was planning on building and I still really want to build a machine so it might still happen. I just needed something here and now, too.
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