Your Computer?

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What kind of computer do you have and what kind do you want?

I have 2 Dell Dimension 4200 Desktops with 17 inch flat panel monitors. Both have 80 GB hard drives, 2.8 GHz processors, 512 MB of RAM, and CD burner/DVD Player combo drives.

If I could afford it I would get a fully customized Dell Dimension XPS Gen 5 with a 1.5 TB hard drive (actually 3 HDDs would be required), 4 GB of RAM, 3.8 GHz processor, 24 inch flat panel LCD screen, Dual Drive 16X DVD-/+RW and 52X CD Burner. This system costs about $5000.
 
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I have a Sony Vaio RS630G, with a 19 inch LCD flat panel monitor. It has 1 terabyte of hard drive space, a 3.8 GHZ processor, and a I also got a liquid cooling system installed.
 

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I have a 100% Custom Self Built Machine

Athlon 64 3500+ (2.2ghz stock) @ 3900+ (2.53ghz) stock heatsink/voltage. s939

nForce 4 motherboard

1GB Dual-Channel DDR 466 RAM Clocked all the way at 466.

GeForce 6600 GT (500/1000 stock) @ 585/1210 with ramsinks and massive gpu heatsink.

200 GB SATA HDD

16x Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW Burner.


My DREAM:

Athlon 64 X2 4800+

Dual 7800GTX in SLI

4GB DDR 533 RAM (for overclocking)

2x 76GB WD Raptors in RAID 0

2x 500GB Data Drives

BlueRay Dvd burner

All water cooled

Thats about $4000 if i built it myself, $6000 if i had it made by a pc company. And dell doesnt make anything that good :p
 

ishould

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Compgeek, that’s a duplicate of my dream computer. I know alienware can build a similar system for about $7000 right now. They only have a max of 400GB HDD’s, and they only have 2GB of "low latency" RAM for that set up. And obviously they don't have the blu-ray burner yet. I've got two comps

2.53 GHz P4
1GB 133MHz RAM
Radeon 9600 ~300Mhz 256MB
120GB HDD
160GB HDD
DVD burner

On number 2:
2.4GHz Celeron
768MB 266MHz RAM
Radeon 9600 ~300MHz 256MB
40GB HDD
30GB HDD
DVD Burner

I’m looking to upgrade to this in the near future (within a year costs permitting)
Athlon 64 3700+ 2.4GHz (I’m really looking at an X2 if the prices drop)
7800GTX (if prices drop below $400)
2GB DDR-400 (or higher clock rate)
400GB storage
146GB 10k for games
80GB for Linux

Of course that’s looking at over $1500 right now, so I’ll probably end up splitting the cost with my parents trying to convince them that I need this kind of power strictly for school work :wink:
 

coltde420

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I have a system that i built myself
Athlon XP 3000+ Barton
Ga-7Va Giga-byte motherboard
1GB crucial ddr-400 ram
Ati Radeon 9700 pro 128mb
80GB Samsung harddrive.

My build in the process
Athlon fx-55(have)
Geforce 6800 ultra 256mb(need to buy)
A8N Sli-deluxe mobo(have)
2gb Dual channel Corsair mem(have)
Creative X-fi sound card(hasnt come out yet)
this should be a good gaming system
 

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ishould said:
You know how much computer power Microsoft Word takes! And you defiantly need a 7800 to cope with the massive amount of graphics in it :lol: :lol:
OH yeah.. forgot about that, and u need all that speed so u can boot up in 5 seconds and get to doing school faster ;)
 
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I have a very weak computer:

266 MHz Celeron
32 MB of SDRAM (DIMM)
8 MB ATI Rage Pro
FSB speed - 66 MHz
1 CD-ROM burner and player
1 floppy drive
40 GB hard drive (Used to be 1.5 GB)
Sound Blaster Card
2 USB ports
Dial-up Modem

^^^
This Computer needs a upgrade badly!
 
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hoverbike said:
I have a very weak computer:

266 MHz Celeron
32 MB of SDRAM (DIMM)
8 MB ATI Rage Pro
FSB speed - 66 MHz
1 CD-ROM burner and player
1 floppy drive
40 GB hard drive (Used to be 1.5 GB)
Sound Blaster Card
2 USB ports
Dial-up Modem

^^^
This Computer needs a upgrade badly!
Wow what year did you get that computer? Those specs seem very old, time to invest in a new computer.

1.5 GB wow, my music files couldn't fit in that.
 
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Lol, tell me about it. A hard drive that used to be 1.5GB? Crazy..

Mine is:
Intel Pentium 4, 2.5GHz.
512 MB of DDR-SDRAM
Integrated Intel Pentium Graphics chip
1 CD-ROM player/burner and 1 DVD Player
1 Floppy drive
120GB Hard Drive
Built in Sound chip

Is this good? Cause on quake 3, the most FPS it goes up to is 50. Which is gay, cause I can't do man jumps. And can't play on all the America's Army's levels.
 

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Quake III used to be the number 1 game for benchmark tests. But the graphics engine is a little outdated and your computer would be more than fine for it if you bought a new graphics card and upgraded your RAM to at least 1 Gig (you could play most games at good frame rates if you had a high end graphics chips).

Integrated Intel Pentium Graphics chip
The graphics chip that comes standard with any computer is always terrible.
 
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PeanutButterMunky said:
This Computer needs a upgrade badly!
Your computer doesn't need any more upgrading. What you need is a NEW computer altogether. ;)
Well yeah! You could upgrade this massively weak computer by replacing the motherboard then every thing else after :?

And yes the 1.5 GB hard drive thing was a nightmare to cope with every day something will get deleted because of the space. I now have a 40 GB in its place :D

I got this computer for $300 but before the :shock: :shock: It came with a great moniter (didn't measure it)
 
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i just ordered a:

AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 Processor with HyperTransport Technology
2GB Corsair™ XMS Extra Low Latency DDR PC-3200 SDRAM at 400MHz - 4 x 512MB
NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7800 GTX PCX 256MB w/Digital and TV Out
500 GB Western Digital Caviar SE Serial ATA 7,200 rpm (2x250GB) - RAID
Plextor PX-716SA 16x DVD±R/W Drive - Black
Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy 4 7.1 Pro
 

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yesmar91 said:
i just ordered a:

AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 Processor with HyperTransport Technology
2GB Corsair™ XMS Extra Low Latency DDR PC-3200 SDRAM at 400MHz - 4 x 512MB
NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7800 GTX PCX 256MB w/Digital and TV Out
500 GB Western Digital Caviar SE Serial ATA 7,200 rpm (2x250GB) - RAID
Plextor PX-716SA 16x DVD±R/W Drive - Black
Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy 4 7.1 Pro
How much did you pay for that awesome piece of technological excellence?
 

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We had a post like this A LONG LONG time ago...well here's my PC specs:

It might have the same specs as the "Factory Model" but my computer is a Alienated Mega Suped Up version of the Aurora.

Aurora 7500

AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 Processor with HyperTransport Technology
3.6GHz, 2000MHz FSB, 1MB full-speed level 2 Cache

Graphics
Single PCI Express x16 high-performance graphics
Up to 256MB DDR3 dedicated video memory
DVI, VGA, and S-Video outputs with dual-display support
Dual DVI and S-Video outputs with dual-display support*
Full DirectX® 9.0 and OpenGL® 2.0 graphics compatibility
NVIDIA SLI-Ready* with Geforce 6800 GT.
(Dual NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 Ultra PCI Express 256MB DDR3 with NVIDIA SLI Technology)

Memory
Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at 400MHz
Four DDR DIMM sockets
Up to 2GB of system memory
(2GB Extra Low Latency DDR PC-3200 SDRAM at 400MHz - 4 x 512MB)

Drive Bays
Externally accessible:
Four 5.25" for DVD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD/CD-RW, or DVD±RW drives
Two 3.5" for floppy drive, 8-in-1 digital media reader / writer, or front accessible 1394
(NEC® ND-3520 16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Drive)

HD:
400GB Serial ATA 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache

Additional Storage:
400GB Serial ATA 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache

(Pff, I'll bet you I'll use all 800gbs of storage in a month XD Laughing)

Sound:
Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS Platinum Pro High Definition 7.1 Surround with Dual Firewire (IEEE® 1394) - Incredible Audio Performance

Display:
NEC 30" LCD 3000 Black

(Thing was 6 grand....paying 203$ a month, yada yada yada)
 

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Hey PS Gamer: Have I ever told you that I envy your computer, more so than CompGeek's now? If I had a stable job I might think about upgrading to a 7800 GTX. But I'd need to upgrade my motherboard. And my processor would be holding it back, so I'd need to get it upgraded. Then there would be a bottleneck with my old, slow RAM, so that would need to be upgraded. Then I'd need to get a bigger power supply because mine is only 250W. See how much I'd have to upgrade to get ONE piece of better hardware lol
 

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ishould said:
Hey PS Gamer: Have I ever told you that I envy your computer, more so than CompGeek's now? If I had a stable job I might think about upgrading to a 7800 GTX. But I'd need to upgrade my motherboard. And my processor would be holding it back, so I'd need to get it upgraded. Then there would be a bottleneck with my old, slow RAM, so that would need to be upgraded. Then I'd need to get a bigger power supply because mine is only 250W. See how much I'd have to upgrade to get ONE piece of better hardware lol
I've been thinking of upgrading to a 7800...but its 500$....I think I'll wait till it comes down a bit. I mean I'm still paying off my machine.
 

ishould

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I'd say once you pay off your machine (in 2 years probably) you should buy it in an SLI set up. By then though they would have the 8800 or 9800 out and it'd be a much better upgrade anyway. Or you could just win the lottery and buy a new, $10000 computer from alienware. Get a 64 X2 4800+ and 7800GTX in SLI and all your worries would be forever lost in the deep depth of the never ending sea…
 

coltde420

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I'd say once you pay off your machine (in 2 years probably) you should buy it in an SLI set up. By then though they would have the 8800 or 9800 out and it'd be a much better upgrade anyway. Or you could just win the lottery and buy a new, $10000 computer from alienware. Get a 64 X2 4800+ and 7800GTX in SLI and all your worries would be forever lost in the deep depth of the never ending sea…
7800gtx in sli thats just sick, power wise and price wise. Instead of the x2 4800+ have you seen the new FX-57 coming out. That is just one sick gaming cpu.
http://www.gdhardware.com/hardware/cpus/amd/athlon64/fx57/001.htm
Check it out there with benchmarks.
 

ishould

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I would wait and don't bother with the FX-57, even though it is probably the fastest thing out there, just wait. With the announcement of upgrading to the 2.8GHz clock speed, I'm predicting within 3 months, there will be an Athlon 64 X2 FX-57 clocked at 2.8GHz. Plus, if you have a game made in 64bit and coded to work with dual core, I'm sure the 64 X2 4800+ would be faster than the FX-57. Although it's entirely up to you because it’s your food money you'll be spending.

edit: Tom's Hardware put up a better benchmark IMO. It compares the game at 1280x1024 instead of 640x480. Depends what game, but sometimes 64 X2 is higher, sometimes the FX-57 is
http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20050627/index.html
 

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Okay, I have a Sony VAIO P4 530J(hyper-threading) 3.0ghz, and 4-channel 1024mb RAM. The only thing is that the mother came with integrated graphics, but thank god it came with an open 16x PCI-Express slot.

Compgeek! How is that 6600gt working for you? Because I'm either getting the BFG 6600gt overclocked, or an ATI x700 pro. The X700 has 256mb of memory (twice as much), but all the benchmarks I've seen have the 6600gt with higher framerates across the board. Should I get it? I need a second opinion.