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Please help me figure out what kind of system I need

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March 4, 2010 3:29:00 PM

We need a new computer but there are honestly so many choices that I'm having a hard time figuring out what will work for our needs without paying for more than we do need. We do some basic gaming and video editing. Also my husband wants to use a design program with the following recommendations (it won't run at all on our current computer, and photoshop keeps crashing as well):

2+ GHz processor
2+Ghz RAM
500 MB free hard drive space
3D class video card with 512+ MB memory. Must support OpenGL version 1.5 or higher. ATI Radeon and Intel cards are Not recommended.

I was initially looking at an i7-860 with a GTS 240 graphics card, but that may be way more than we actually need. My husband would prefer to keep costs in the $500 and under range, if possible. I know we can't do that with the above system. He vetoed my suggestion of building it ourselves, but refurb is ok. I also prefer to have a system that has a little room to grow and isn't just barely getting by because getting a new system is like pulling teeth. Our current one is 7 years old.

So what should I be looking for with respect to a processor and graphics card and/or a system as a whole?

Thanks

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March 4, 2010 3:51:15 PM

amd 425 tri core

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

amd 770 board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gt 240

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4gb ddr3 ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

500gb hard drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

nice case and power supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

that comes too $501 before shipping

plus windows 7 home premium 64 bit is another $105

but if you need alil more cpu power since quad cores are becoming the norm you can look into the amd 620 qaud core for $24 more

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