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Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by MoSeS, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. MoSeS

    MoSeS New Member

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    ok i want to buy my first computer (no i don't have one i post while at school) and i have no clue what computers are good. i think i like dell computers (thats what the school uses) but i don't know if they would be good for what i want it for. the only reason i want a computer is for online games and the internet (PORN!!! j/k). it might get some pics stored on it, not porn, and some music but thats about it. so if anyone can help me out i would greatly appreciate it, i have no clue what ram is or gb means but all computers have it listed how much it has.
     
  2. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    avoid dell like the friggin plague. they are garbage.


    For a basic "get online, do email, and forums" stuff, you don't need much. "games" might take you to a higher need. Online games not so much (ie, poker and such) but real games (liek call of duty, etc) will require a lot more spec.

    for you, i'd go with
    xp pro
    512 mb ram
    60-80gb hard drive
    some decent processor (basically anything but a celeron)

    if you're at school, i'd suggest a laptop. makes life a lot easier (although allows for easier theft, so keep it locked down to the desk)

    I work on a laptop, and don't miss the desktop at all. just get an external full-size keyboard and a regular mouse :)

    makes moving home a LOT easier too. lot less to lug around.
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    remember, xp home CANNOT join a domain-based netweork... and there's a good chance your school uses a domain network. so make sure you get pro, not home or media center crap.
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    call of duty is not a real game :)
     
  5. MoSeS

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    well the computer isn't going to be used for school................ at all. i just want something that would be able to support games like world of warcraft and matrix online and black hawk down.
     
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    smarty009 Senior Member

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    well...the universities ive attended allowed guests to have access to the internet...so if you were stuck with xp home...you were still able to access the internet under a guest account...but to be on the safe side...go with xp pro...plus...xp pro is 139274827489237849 times better than home...so yea...and if you plan on doing a lot of gaming....like call of duty, battlefield, need for speed, or any role playing games...you might want to make sure it has a pretty high end video card in it...anyways...good luck!
     
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    if you want to play those games, your $700 laptop just turned into a $3500 gaming pc.
     
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    lsvtec GNU/Linux Evangelist

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    Nah, you could do it for 1500, less if you really had to. For 3500 you will be getting into some pretty serious hardware. This is all assuming that you build it yourself...
     
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    Go out there, get a good HP with 1GB RAM, AMD X2 processor or Intel Core Duo and 250GB for about 700-800 bucks with a 17inch LCD. Then go on newegg.com and order a 7600GT for $120 and stick it in your PCI-E 16x slot and you're good to go.
     
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