I'm a college student considering buying a new stationary computer. For the last two years, I have only been using my laptop, which is very convenient but it has it limitations.
I will for most part use it for software programs that is needed regarding my education, example; Matlab, etc.
But with a new system, it would be nice to play a game or two now and then.
In the end, the cost is what will affect my decision most. One system is almost two hundred $ cheaper but one doesn't buy a new computer that often. With any recommendations, please try to keep the system price below 1800.
Considering two different systems; either Duo core or Quod Core
1x NZXT HUSH Black SECC Steel/ Aluminum/ Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer $90
1x EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card $280
2x CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $248
1x Western Digital Caviar RE WD5000ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $135
1x SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22" 2 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor – Retail $350
1x LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM $32
1x ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - $35
Welcome to everyone's boat. Generally you will only notice a difference in the 2 processors if you do a lot of editing, either graphic or video. Or a lot of multitasking. Otherwise just get a dual core. The E6600 is a great chip.
and don't let any of the bleeding edge people here convince you otherwise.
You still need to add a keyboard and mouse, but this is a better list (just tweaked it a bit, you did an overall good job). I upgraded the PSU to an Antec NeoHE 500, because that's the one I use with my GTS and I know it works properly.
i would get it because i do a lot of video trans coding and video conversion. if there is a way for me to get a q6600 and a 8800gtx with all the other parts for 1500 dollars and still can oc my system i would do it.
did anyone else notice that yesterday newegg had the q6600 for $299 (as opposed to the anticipated $269 price tag) and today its up to $345? I was going to order it last night but got busy... What's the deal?
EDIT: WTF??! It just went up to $375?! Literally 1 minute after I posted this... am I going crazy/looking at the wrong thing?