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Offline Solaren

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #60 on: April 16, 2007, 03:48:20 am »
Right now I'm eyeing a prostar 5724.  It seems to have better specs than a dell m1710 at higher cost ($2700 vs $3400).  I'm going 100gb 7200 hd simply because we have a few 300+ gb hd's lying aroung the house, so long time storage isn't an issue and that seem to be my biggest space problem.  When I'm done playing a game, I can uninstall everything but the saves anyway to be safe if I plan on whipping it back out again.  The only thing bugging me on the machine is, that while it's configured with a 512mb geforce go 7950gtx, it still said that the machine had 256mb video memory.  I'm hoping that this is just an inconsistency on the website.  If it isn't, what does this mean?  I obviously don't know as much about video as I thought I did.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #61 on: April 16, 2007, 05:34:22 am »
I really don't know that much about video cards myself but I just upgraded my desktop with a video card that has 512mb DDR and they said that was best. Most of what I know is just experience of using a laptop for gaming for the last two years and what I wish I had vs. what I do have.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #62 on: April 16, 2007, 03:51:44 pm »
Is there a difference between video card memory and video memory?  When I go to pro-star.com and click to compare the 5724 and 9191 models, both have nVidia GeForece Go 7950 GTX as an option and you can it the 512mb variety on both machines.  But right under that, under video memory, the 5724 says 256MB DDR3 and the 9191 says 512MB DDR3, I don't get it.
Other than that, the only differences between the models that I might care about is a 667 bus on the 5724 vs 1066 for the 9191 and the maximum upgradeable ram for the 9191 4096mb and only 2815 for the 5724.  Neither of these are enough to make me spend the extra.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #63 on: April 23, 2007, 01:25:45 pm »
Okay...
 
1)  i want a uber gaming computer (not too uber) and dell has a monthly pay plan. This interests me because i currently have $30 and make 400 a month. So instead of buying nothing else for a year or two i can just pay in many small $60 increments.

2)  Alienware also appears to have this type of a payment plan. Is there any other company/distributor that i can go with? Which company is better? At the moment ive only looked at dell, but i dont really like dell so im thinking of going with alienware. Ive seen a couple more but they seem out of my budget of $3500 and can't be paid for monthly.

There are only a few more months before spore and a couple of other uber games come out so i need some help. Plus im going to get garrys mod and what a fast system to run it. Please help me.

p.s. : I like windows and microsoft
P.s. again. : i'm sorry that my i's arent capitalized. im used to word and just subconsciously cant do it.
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #64 on: April 24, 2007, 02:18:08 am »
Defininetly go for Alienware. Theres no such thing as an uber Dell gaming computer, even though they have some quite good systems. Alienware however are a specialised gaming company so they know what they're talking about.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #65 on: April 25, 2007, 01:25:24 pm »
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Theres no such thing as an uber Dell gaming computer, even though they have some quite good systems. Alienware however are a specialised gaming company so they know what they're talking about.

Really completely can't agree with you there.  I own a blazing fast Dell XPS (Gen 5) system and I'm very happy with it.  It's almost 1.5 years old and I can run pretty much everything still at high detail.  I had a bad RAM chip about 3 months after I bought it, and they sent out another stick and I was back and running again.  I will say say that Dell's customer support is a bit slow and sometimes difficult to get a hold of.  But if you don't want to build your own PC and want it for a pretty decent price, (I paid about 2k for a top end system) maybe Dells for you.  BTW - Dell is the 1st PC I've actually bought complete (except no monitor).  All my other PC's I've built myself (Newegg!) I'm just at a point in my life that I have the $$ but don't have the time to do the old research/buy/build/update/install thing anymore.

With that being said - my best friend owns a top-end (at the time) Alienware PC.  It's about 3.5 years old and is finally starting to really show it's age. However, he absolutely LOVES this system and I can say, I can't blame him. It's just really well made, very fast PC - and he's had ZERO problems with it.  He's put in a bigger hard drive and now needs to decide if he wants to upgrade his old  Nvidia 5950 AGP card (top end at the time) or buy a new PC.  He did pay over 3k for this PC but I'll tell you -he will never buy from anyone but Alienware.   I can't blame him - I would also seriously consider an Alienware myself, they make a great gaming rig.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #66 on: April 25, 2007, 08:02:09 pm »
Alienware it is then. Lol.

I have this egomaniac friend that keeps bragging about his computer and tells me its military grade and all this. I finally say the thing... It was a big green terd in a beige plastic box. The thing ran oblivion at a decent setting but it was slow as crap and microsoft sam didn't even know how to talk! I chewed him up and told him i'd have an alienware by the end of the month.

as you all know the above paragraph does not explain or justify the Lol at the beginging of my post. So here is the funny part: (prepare for sad/funny irony)

I had a halo party. It lasted until 6 a.m. The next day i had to get up at 11 oclock. I had work from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. I obviously was overly tired and couldnt do it. So i faked that i was sick and went to the hospital 1/4 of the way into my shift. I HAVE MONO!   :(  I can't work for a month and then some so i wont even have enough money to pay for my insurance. Right when i seriously considered typing my cc number into alienware's site and activating my payment plan!!! I cant make money, cant recover from prom expenses, and most importantly distresssing i cant kiss my gf!!! I'm gonna take my old COMPAQpresario and bash myself in the head with it until i cant remember why im doing it and revert to the days when i enjoyed physical activity without computers and stuff.

Sorry... Just venting...  ;D
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #67 on: April 25, 2007, 10:02:00 pm »
remember i was geting a pc for my birthday? well now i cant choose the parts anymore...its gonna be a suprise lol

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #68 on: April 27, 2007, 02:32:04 am »
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remember i was geting a pc for my birthday? well now i cant choose the parts anymore...its gonna be a suprise lol

By the sounds of it thats not a good thing.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #69 on: May 08, 2007, 12:03:14 pm »
erll my brother chooses...and he knows all that stuff...its coming in today...or tomorow

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #70 on: May 09, 2007, 12:56:15 pm »
YAY i have it...its awsome

now lets install 5000 games i couldnt play before

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #71 on: May 11, 2007, 10:39:12 am »
In my opinion, here's what you should have got....

Mac Book Pro:

2.33ghz Core2duo
2GB DDR3 667mhz SDRAM
160GB HDD
ATI mobility Radeon X1600 (256MB SDRAM)

Dual boot with OSX 10.5 and WindowsXP SP2

The best operating system for everything except gaming (OSX), and the best operating system for gaming  (WindowsXP)..... On one machine.

P.S: I don't want this thread to turn into a mac bashing frenzy.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #72 on: July 08, 2007, 08:14:19 am »
Soon I am buying a laptop, I am very stuck for cash and am trying to do the best with the money I have, here's some details -

Laptop - Dell Inspiron 1501
RAM - 1GB
Hard Drive - 60GB
Screen - 15.1"
OS - Vista Home Premium

Comments?
No way dude, you're trolling me.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #73 on: July 08, 2007, 07:59:04 pm »
See, now is not a good time to buy a computer. While we're all gonna have to upgrade to Vista sooner or later, I would wait until a service pack comes out, and until you can afford another gig of ram.
 

Also, what processor does that laptop have?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #74 on: July 12, 2007, 05:55:05 pm »
Well, I am doing a quick upgrade to my hardware before I head off to college.

It may not be super top of the line, but they are better than what I have. Take a look!

Motherboard
Video Card (I'm getting two of them)
Processor
RAM


Feel free to tell me if I messed up anything as well, I already picked through it a few times and found a few errors, although I'm fairly certain that this build is good. Anyway, that's an update on my computer for you all. It is a shame to see the old parts go, they were top of the line once...

The beauty of the design is that I will be able to integrate all of the new parts into my water cooling system without having to modify too much.


Of course, there are still second thoughts on the Motherboard...

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I changed Motherboards, I'm going to take a gamble on this one. Most of the reviews were favorable.
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