I have two 22 inch dell monitors (1680 X 1050) and I have a 40" Sony 1080P TV. I would like to run all three screens at once. I don't really game at all but do watch movies and stream tv shows. I also program and multi-task a bunch. Looking for the best bang for the buck and would like to order this week.
Any advice on compatibility and quality would be greatly appreciated.
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I do alot of programming and excel macros. Mostly I just have 10 to 15 things open at once. Plus I would like to be able to stream tv or watch a DVD at the same time. Really I figure with the time and effort it so going to take i would rather invest the $1200 now and have a computer that is still working at a respectable speed in 5 years. I would like the option to play a game now and then but its not my main goal.
I figure to buy a system from dell I was looking at about a $1000 for what you suggested below. So why not build something that is much faster for only a little bit more money. I did strongly consider an SSD but I didnt know if the reduce space and increase cost would be seen in real performs. I am new at this and I am just reading alot.
Bang/buck? Office work?
What are you doing with those parts?
Get an Athlon2X4/Phenomx6/i5-760 with 4/8 GB of ram, cheapo/integrated GPU, 400 watt PSU, and an SSD.
Mostly first person shooters. Call of Duty and Halo. Maybe Madden. I also hobby with video and picture editing as well as ripping DVD to put on my ipod and to make backups. But most of my time is internet and programming. I do plan to add a tv tuner at some point to record tv.
Resolutions 1680 X 1050 and 1920 x 1080 on the TV not sure which I would play games on.
I could easy add the OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for only about $30 more and use a couple of old 500GB drives I have for storage. Do you have a better suggestion for around $100?
I have two prebuilt laptops with AMD and I was just not impressed. I know thats like arguing which car brand is best but I at least feel more comfortable with Intel. Also I thought the 8 hyperthread cores of the i7 was better then 6 on the AMD.
What resolution is your monitor? What games were you looking at?
If you're planning on doing a ton of things at once an AMDx6+8GB of ram would be my preference for extreme multitasking. I would not get a Dell/prebuilt.
SSDs are the single most noticeable upgrade you can get, but they are expensive per gigabyte.