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November 2, 2012 12:07:10 AM

Hello, I am looking to upgrade from my current dell 420 xps to a better computer. This computer needs to have fast internet connection and at least 8 gb of ram. I will be using this computer for surfing the internet, publishing adobe after effects projects and mainly gaming. I would like it to have a very good graphics card which can handle large online multiplayer video games at high fps.(I do not care what company makes it as long as it is not apple) My budget is about $1500 dollars. Does anyone have a suggestion on a good top of the line desktop?(I realize this might not be in the right cateogory, if i put it in the wrong place i am sorry)

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November 2, 2012 2:13:17 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Computer Brands to section Systems by Area51reopened
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November 2, 2012 2:31:18 AM

You will get MUCH MORE bang for your buck if you build a computer vs. buy a prebuilt.
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November 13, 2012 10:27:22 PM

Where do you suggest that I get the parts for cheap?
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November 13, 2012 10:35:57 PM

many websites such as newegg.com.
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November 13, 2012 10:44:48 PM

Newegg is pretty good for that.

Something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.28 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.79 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($386.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1157.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-13 19:43 EST-0500)

should suit your needs just fine. I'm assuming you need an OS and you also are not overclocking. If you want to save money or give your computer more goodies, you can part out your old computer and get more HDD space and an optical drive.
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November 14, 2012 12:25:09 AM

looks unbalanced ... but what do I know ..haven't been on these forums for half a year
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November 14, 2012 12:37:53 AM

Well, the i5 is a great gaming processor. Having an i7 does nothing for gaming performance really.

And I'm just assuming that since the user has a Dell currently that he has no interest in overclocking, so there is not really any need for one of the "K" models.
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November 14, 2012 8:12:26 PM

Thanks so much. Yes I do need a new OS (I have vista which sucks) and no I don't need overclocking. This looks like a nice build which will meet my needs and for really cheap compared to a pre-built computer. I will get right on getting the parts and then on to building it which shouldn't be too hard. Thanks for all the great advice!!!
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November 14, 2012 8:12:45 PM

Best answer selected by wiad.
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November 16, 2012 2:03:06 AM

Just make sure to ground yourself while building!
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