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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2009, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Is this a bad ass computer for $630?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1218096181010

AMD Phenom™ X4 9750* quad-core processor
Multicore processing for extreme multitasking performance, Cool'n'Quiet™ 2.0 technology for efficient energy usage and HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology improve 3D graphics performance.

Direct Connect Architecture
Delivers overall system performance. AMD Wide Floating Point Accelerator and AMD Digital Media Xpress™ 2.0 for improved digital media and 3D gaming and graphics.

AMD Memory Optimizer Technology
For multithreaded software performance, and AMD Virtualization with Rapid Virtualization Indexing to help virtualization software run securely and efficiently.

8GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM
For multitasking power, expandable to 16GB.

Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible media. Supports DVD-RAM and LightScribe direct-disc labeling using compatible LightScribe media.

2MB L2 cache + 2MB L3 cache memory
For efficient system processing. AMD Balanced Smart Cache for a smooth multitasking and multithreaded experience.

750GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Provides plenty of storage for all your data at fast read/write speeds.

NVIDIA GeForce 9100 GS graphics
With 256MB dedicated video memory and up to 1407MB total video memory as allocated by Windows Vista. High-definition audio delivers clear sound.
See the benefits of an NVIDIA graphics processor in your desktop.

Front-panel 15-in-1 media reader
Supports CompactFlash Type I/II, Secure Digital, mini Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC), MultiMediaCard Mobile and MultiMediaCard Plus.
Also supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card and Microdrive.
1 IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface and 6 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
Front and rear accessible, for fast digital data transfer and easy peripheral connectivity.

Built-in wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g/n)
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Built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet networking interface
With RJ-45 connector to ensure a wired Internet connection.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2009, 03:17 PM
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id say its pretty good for the price.

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NVIDIA GeForce 9100 GS graphics
With 256MB dedicated video memory and up to 1407MB total video memory as allocated by Windows Vista. High-definition audio delivers clear sound.
See the benefits of an NVIDIA graphics processor in your desktop.
That would be a deal killer for me, even if just for "email and surfing" the web. I know there was a debate about Vista being better about this stuff, but at the end of the day I want dedicated RAM.

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No gigabit ethernet and a small hard drive, other than that it's okay. I'd also look for bluray support for a little more money.

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Why not build your own? Or buy the parts and have someone on dfwstangs build it?
That argument is a given though. There is just so much to be had when pricing it online and building it. You can almost always, get way much more for your money.


However to go inline with the thread, I don't think that is a "bad ass" computer for 630. But I agree with Ceyko, integrated GPU horrible.
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If I look slightly to my right, about 2 feet away, I see the exact same PC. It's been great except for the hard drive taking a shit after 5 months. Had a new one from HP in 3 days though, working great since.
Oh, and is freakin faaaaaast too.
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build your own. and don't worry about warranty.

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be easier to build your own pc, cheaper and plus if something goes wrong you have an idea of what it could be and how to fix it.

Building PCs is very easy. If you want it to last forever make sure you have good a good cooling system to keep your cpu, gpu consistent. Watercooling FTW

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If I could get some guidance, I might just build my next one then.

I dont' need one right now, was just looking.
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If I could get some guidance, I might just build my next one then.

I dont' need one right now, was just looking.
I'll help you Matt, no problem. I've built hundreds of computers over the years. I can help you with the hardware and it will take us about an hour to get it up and running.
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If I could get some guidance, I might just build my next one then.

I dont' need one right now, was just looking.
The only counter arguments I have and why I don't build my own anymore...

1. If you shop, you can buy quality pre-built PCs cheaper then you can build it.

2. One stop shop for warranties. (i.e. Costco has 2 years out the door)

Although, if you never built one you should just so you understand how simple the process is these days and the inner workings of a PC. That experience maybe worth it just to get it under your belt.

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I'll help you Matt, no problem. I've built hundreds of computers over the years. I can help you with the hardware and it will take us about an hour to get it up and running.
Thanks, I'll keep this in mind. My current HP has a 2.0GHZ AMD dual core processor, 4 GB ram, and a 256MB DDR2 Radeon HD 2400 Pro video card, and a 250 GB ATA 7500 hard drive.

The most demanding thing I run is Photoshop CS4.
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Thanks, I'll keep this in mind. My current HP has a 2.0GHZ AMD dual core processor, 4 GB ram, and a 256MB DDR2 Radeon HD 2400 Pro video card, and a 250 GB ATA 7500 hard drive.

The most demanding thing I run is Photoshop CS4.
I was able to put together a computer a few months ago for around 550 which was leaps and bounds quicker than what was posted. It all depends on how you want to go. for photoshop you'll want a 64bit OS and a good amount of ram with a dual core.
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for heavy graphics I'd look at a quad core.

I just upgraded from an e2200 I had overclocked to 2.75ghz to a Q9400 quad core and went from 4 to 8gb ram and this puppy flies now.

I also hate onboard graphics unless its a server.

I'm still using my 8800gt and it seems to handle most everything fine

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