Okay, so I've been waiting for a long time to get a new computer. My current computer is VERY old (like 2000 old) but it's done be well and played all the new games (like WoW) and let me use Photoshop to my heart's desire. But I need a new one for more complicated projects like Adobe Premiere and Blender 3d. So I'm looking to buy a new computer that can meet my requirements or build one (even though I've never done it before). Here are the specs I am looking for. I got most off of Adobe's website.
I went to dell.com and this was a computer I was able to come up with:
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6550 (4MB L2 Cache,2.33GHz,1333 FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs
320GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT-DDR3
All together, this would cost me $859. It's a bit over budget, and I have no idea if it would meet the requirements of what I posted above. Processors CONFUSE me how some with lower GHz perform better than some with higher GHz and how certain RAM is better than other. I can't tell which would be better.
I know I could make a computer for cheaper than above, but how much cheaper?
You know all of the annoying trial software that pre-built systems come with (like AOL and netzero)? Those companies pay Dell to put that stuff on the system as advertisement and as a result, lowers the end-users costs. The business lines don't come with any of that crap installed so your prices increase slightly. I would also imagine it has something to do with the different case. I would upgrade to the burner if I were you, just so you could back-up your files onto disk.
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD3200AAKS
Item #: N82E16822136074
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy
In Stock $79.99 -$5.00 Instant $74.99 LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185 - OEM
Model #: LH-20A1H-185
Item #: N82E16827106055
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
In Stock $31.99 $31.99
That doesn't include any operating system. XP pro will run you 286.99 at newegg
The processor meets the AMD requirements from Adobe (SSE2 enabled) and $600 is a nice price for it all (even though I'd have to spend money on a OS too).
PROCESSOR : Intel® Core™ 2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition with re-installation CD
MEMORY: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 2 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE: 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
OPTICAL DRIVE: Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
VIDEO CARD: 256MB nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS
It would cost me $1149
Is this worth the money?
Somebody is going to say no.
Look at this issue this way (just quick rough numbers with apples to apples comparision):
A basic PSU and case will cost you $100 or so.
The Q6600 can be purchased for just under $300
MB is going to be $110 or so.
WinXP will cost you $90 for OEM, $190 for Retail.
A HD will cost $80
The RAM might cost $60
The burner will cost $35
The Video card is what $160
$935 for DIY. $214 Premium for the Dell (which includes shipping, some basic support, a warranty for those minor things and that real big screwup the eats the CPU). Of course the $935 for DIY does not include shipping costs ($40-$50 easily) plus your valuable time to assemble it yourself.
Would I buy the Dell? Yep. Sure would. You know what you are getting. The price is fair. And if the sucker is a dud you get another one from Dell under the warranty exchange. I would not buy that particular unit as I would only buy a computer that was preloaded with Vista, but that is my personal opionion and not a critical must have for many people.
Just a word of advice. Avoid Dell upgrades. Another 2GB of RAM could cost you $200 or more from Dell, yet that same Kingston RAM can be bought for $60. Which raises a question, on your Dell system, is the 2GB of RAM included or is that an upgrade? If an upgrade, just accept the basic RAM and install your own sticks of RAM and save a few $.
^I agree actually. With the lower end system, Dell is tough to beat with their prices. It's when you get into the higher end that Dell's prices start to get ridiculous. I say go for it. Dell has yet to let me down with 3 desktops, 2 laptops, 2 TV's and a monitor.