Still tossing it around to buy a dell or build my own. I know nothing about paring up the new cpus, motherboards etc.
So I checked new egg and found this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
I am considering buying this and adding a blue ray player with it. I could purchase a graphics card if what is on the mother board is not adequate.
Any help with deciding is appreciated. It is cheaper this way but then I will have to figure out putting together and like I posted in prebuilt before it has been since jan of 06 since I built a computer which is the one I am using now. I have had no problems with it but is giving me alot of lag, pokiness and downright aggrivating. It is old and I am tired of waiting on it!
Thank you for any help, and yes I have a hard time making up my mind.
800-1000 dollars is my budget. I multi-task with photo programs, multi browsers while surfing, light gaming and I have an embroidery digitizing program that is comparable to video editing.
Okay so I go with my own build, any directions for me? What about the build I posted earlier would it be okay and difficult to put together?
Thank you for your help and time.
Video Card - Asus GTX 460 768MB ($150 - $20 MIR) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm not sure if the GTS 450 will get the job done, but the GTX 460 is a good graphics card, and I think you should be able to get your work done with 768MB of video memory (we usually recommend the 1GB, but that tends to be for gamers or CAD users).
So the grand total is $718, which is ~$20 more than the combo, but you're also getting better parts and a dedicated graphics card.
With your budget, you could also put in a solid state to keep Windows and your photo programs on in order to boost your load times. It's not a necessity, but I just thought I'd mention it.
I am going to look at both builds. I noticed the difference in the i5 and i7 is hyper-threading. Isn't that a good thing for performance? As I said before I am not up to date on all new parts. I don't plan on upgrading this build, it will be like my last, I made it, used it, bandaid it up, but didn't upgrade, after 6 years I don't see the advantage to it.
Thank you both so much for helping me.
One more item is the sound card. I have always bought creative. Why? I don't really know but I used to do music files from records to cd's but with all the new technology I don't. I DO want a crisp clear sound. I have a creative speaker set up with 7.1 surround that enjoy. I love to hear the "surround" when listening to videos and my music and gaming.
I also wanted ask the advantage of blu-ray on a computer.
I guess in your instance, the hyperthreading would be useful. I'm surprised that the i7-2600 is the only LGA 1155 CPU that has it. So just switch CPUs in the parts list I posted, and add $90 to the total price.
Wel,, Creative is really the only major sound card/chip manufacturer
In order to fully support a 5.1/7.1 system, you'll need to get a sound card with Dolby Digital Live Encoding. Otherwise, the card (regardless of manufacturer) will just emulate surround sound. It'll be roughly $70-80 to get a card with that.
As for Blu-ray, if you have a home theater set up and an HD monitor (1080p) or HDTV, then it is worth it. If you use Blu-ray discs for data, it's worth it. If not, stick with a regular DVD drive.
You'll also need a Blu-ray playback program, since Windows does not natively support Blu-ray discs. I use PowerDVD 10, and it works quite well. Depending on the version, it can be pricey.
I am going to look at both builds. I noticed the difference in the i5 and i7 is hyper-threading.
Hyperthreading is useful if you have a lot of tasks competing for the available CPU cores. It allows faster context switches. For a home user I think it provides more benefit with single core or dual core processors. If you already have 4 cores, I doubt that you will see any benefit from Hyperthreading. It would be useful for something like a web server that handles requests in separate threads which tend to be I/O bound. Allowing faster context switches would benefit overall throughput.
Still tossing it around to buy a dell or build my own.
Dell has a pretty good reputation for prebuilt machines. If one meets your needs it can be a decent purchase. However, some are highly optimized for the intended purpose and it can be difficult to upgrade some of the parts. A custom mobo form factor may make it impossible to upgrade the mobo down the road. The PSU may not have connectors to support a gaming capable video card. You can probably add or upgrade the HD, but some cases have a fancy front panel which requires a proprietary DVD/CD drive.
The combo you picked out from Newegg will be less likely to suffer from that sort of constraint. However you can probably pick out a better combo with the help of some of the members here. An excellent place to start is this link about builds by usage. Check out this link as well.
Well as of this point, any pre-builts aren't worth it.
1. Most manufacturers like HP or Dell lock their desktop bios's so they won't overclockable should you buy an SB chip. Which on a stock cooler could easily get to 4.6ghz on a decent board.
2. They cost more, for the label of "HP" or "Dell" it's like an extra 200$ for cheapo OEM parts than I could get better mainstream parts for the same price. (Course this is my opinion)
3. All the parts in pre-builts are crap if they are companies like HP, Dell, or Compaq etc . etc. They give no room for expandability and your just left to buy a new psu, a new motherboard or what have you to upgrade in the future.
I decided to buy the dell build. I really can only say the reason why is because after reading all the links about building my own, the "decisions" on which parts etc. I just really felt overwhelmed. I haven't kept up on anything in building one, I have learned and remembered alot from the links here but got cold feet. I hate to put the money out and then not know what to do, end up paying someone to help or being so frustrated I would give up.
My husband is going to want a new one so in the mean time I will brush up on all the new possiblities out there and build his when he is ready, that is unless I give him my new one I bought and build my own then.
He will be needing one this year sometime. He is a "pogo" player so I am sure I can handle his build, LOL!
I will keep you all updated on my computer when I get it, I went with the 2600 cpu just because I could. I don't plan to update anything, like I said I can always hand it down to my husband and build a new one then.
Thank you all for all your knowledge and time you have so graciously given me. It is a real blessing to be a part of this forum and all those that contribute of their time. It really is nice to know you can get something for nothing, even if it is just advice!
I will be still reading the posts and learning here so don't stop the great work you all do!