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July 7, 2010 8:05:25 PM

Hello. I have been buying Dells for many years now, and honestly, haven't had any issues. I am getting heavily into gaming and am looking for another brand. I know that Dell's "XPS" series does have 400+ watts, but am interested in HPs, as I've seen a few with more watts.

Before I make a decision, could you all please give me input about HPs? Thanks in advance!

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July 8, 2010 12:32:03 AM

prljamm1 said:
Hello. I have been buying Dells for many years now, and honestly, haven't had any issues. I am getting heavily into gaming and am looking for another brand. I know that Dell's "XPS" series does have 400+ watts, but am interested in HPs, as I've seen a few with more watts.

Before I make a decision, could you all please give me input about HPs? Thanks in advance!



First off what are you looking to purchase a laptop or a desktop? Secondly power supply wattage really doesnt indicate how good a computer is. If I was you I would just print off the specs on a few different machines that you are looking at that are in your price range. Look at the specs What type of power supply is in each machine? What type of video card? How much RAM? What is the size of the hard drive?
Then I would choose whichever system has better specs for the price. If you going to get a desktop then you could always look online for articles on how to build your own computer its cheaper you know youll be getting high quality parts its fun to do and its really not that difficult. This was what I did for my first build and I have built about 6 since will never go back to buying a desktop from any manufacture.
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July 8, 2010 12:35:34 AM

Sorry I meant to say what type of processor not powersupply.
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July 15, 2010 12:01:21 AM

I am interested in another desktop. I have looked at HPs and were basically wondering how good they are as I've never purchased one. Ironically, I have looked into building one, but would prefer one already assembled. What are your thoughts on the HP brand overall? Thanks.
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July 16, 2010 1:56:30 AM

HP is basically on par with Dells. A higher end PC capable of gaming is going to cost a pretty penny.

I think for what you are looking for, you may want to check out ibuypower.com or cyberpower.com. You can customize them the way you want, and they assemble it for you. They deal in a little higher quality parts than HP or Dell.
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July 16, 2010 1:31:17 PM

thanks "aford 10." I will check out those sites. Since the motherboard is one of the components, is there something specific I should look for and buy? Also, are these types of PCs long-lasting and built well?
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July 16, 2010 2:11:04 PM

The hardware that they use, generally, are higher end parts. They should last as long, if not longer, than your OEM store bought PCs. This requires some routine system maintenance, as with any PC. The big advantage, is if a part dies, it's much easier to replace because they don't use proprietary parts.

The motherboard is a good question. However, before you look at motherboards, you need to think about the CPU that you want to use. This is all going to be hinged on your budget as well.
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July 16, 2010 2:16:21 PM

Thanks again, "aford!" I am looking for a good gaming computer that isn't too expensive. With that, I am looking for a very good (yet inexpensive) graphics card and a power supply that can handle around 400-700 watts. As for the CPU, I am leaning towards the i7s. On that note, which is better in the long run...AMD or Intel. I know that AMD doesn't have something similar to Intel's "i7." Hope this gives you a better idea of what I'm looking for.
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July 16, 2010 2:25:15 PM

There are a variety of i7's on the market, and more about to come out. AMD may not have the power house CPU's to compete with the top end Intel's. But they do have some very nice, and well priced CPUs.

May I ask what your total budget is?
Do you have an OS?
Do you have a keyboard and mouse?
Do you have a monitor?
Do you want to SLI/XFire?
Do you live in the US?
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July 16, 2010 2:50:52 PM

Sure...
- Budget = $900-1100
- OS = Windows 7 (does that come with the computer?)
- I have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, but no extra speakers.
- What's the difference between SLI/XFire? I've heard of these, but don;t know exactly what they do.
- I live in the US
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July 16, 2010 3:25:26 PM

With the sites I linked above, you can get the OS installed, or you can have it shipped with a bare/formatted hard drive. If you're comfortable installing windows yourself, I would advise buying it on your own. I'm not sure if the OS they install is retail, and if you even get a disc. The price won't be much different at all.

SLI/XFire is the NVidia/ATI term for multi graphics card setups. If you plan to add a 2nd video card, you'll need a stronger PSU to be able to handle the power requirements. Judging by your budget, you aren't planning on doing it now. But it's something to keep in mind for the future.

You can probably get a system with an i5 750, i7 860, or i7 720/730. If you go with AMD, check out the phenom II x4 955 or 965.

You can also find good prices on pre-built custom gaming PCs on newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor...
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July 16, 2010 4:25:58 PM

Thanks again. I've installed Windows 7 on my current PCs. I see that they have some Cyberpowers on there, so I will need to explore a little bit, I guess. I am wondering what the deal is regarding systems without monitors? Personally, I would like to have everything at once.

Off the subject, but how does on edit a profile? I just added some stuff to mine and noticed a misspelled word in my "personal saying."
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July 16, 2010 4:39:25 PM

Most systems don't come with a monitor, unless otherwise specified. That's an accessory that's usually sold separate. That's good for you and your budget, if you plan on using your current monitor.

Go to manage my profile-->forum options-->edit your personal quote-->click the submit button at the bottom.
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July 16, 2010 4:43:25 PM

I see. BTW, I was searching for help on my "signature," and see that you were on many of the threads in that section. I read it and solved the problem...thanks. I guess I will be exploring your 2 websites on building my own PC to see what they have to offer. Thanks again for your help! If I have other questions, I will be sure to post them. Take care!
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July 16, 2010 5:35:19 PM

Glad to help....good luck!
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