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A bit of advice needed from you computer gurus!

Alright, so I am finally in the market for a new computer. My POS Gateway laptop (about 2 years old) just shit the bed the other night so I definitely need to secure something new for myself within the upcoming week or two.

I have decided I do NOT want another laptop. After seeing the craptastic performance of my supposed "gaming system" laptop [note: I was scammed on that] and the troubles my sister has been having with her HP laptop and my boyfriend with his Dell laptop I just want to go back to a desktop. From talking to a few people I am under the impression that laptops are too unreliable and aren't strong/fast enough for my needs. I plan on fixing up my Gateway for school to just run basic word processing applications and internet browsing, so no worries on the portability argument.

So here is where I need your help... what I need is a GOOD system that can run Photoshop with ease. Photography is a hobby/passion of mine and I shoot in RAW a fair amount of time so I need a computer that can handle it fairly easily. My current laptop can barely handle even OPENING Photoshop, nevermind doing any editing in it. I also do a fair amount of gaming… Second Life, There, various PC games, etc. so I need something that can handle that as well without freezing up.

I was thinking about going the custom route… but at this time I don’t have the money to pay for a computer in cash (and from what I am told people who sell custom computers don’t take credit cards). Not to mention the issue of warranty on a custom computer has me a bit iffy. So that most likely leaves me with going through a store like Best Buy or Circuit City and putting it down on my credit card. Do you folks have any suggestions on brands… who to go with, who to definitely stay away from, etc.? I have zero desire to go with Gateway/Acer/eMachine/etc. but if you can convince me otherwise, have at it.

I am looking for something with a duo (or quad) core processor, no less than 3 GB RAM, good graphics card, etc. Hard drive space isn’t a huge issue since I do have an external that I can put a good amount of information on.

Here is the catch… I really don’t want to spend a buttload (I’d say $1,200-1,500 max) on a system. I am not under the delusion that I can get an ultra performance gaming system, but I want something that will perform to my needs and expectations. =)

Any and all advice, comments, etc. are GREATLY appreciated. Thanks folks!


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Re: A bit of advice needed from you computer gurus!

I would build my own desktop so I can't really help you there, but my parents both have HPs and theirs are great.

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Believe me, I'd *love* to go the route of building myself... but I don't have a clue how to.


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Did u see the new super sexy slim Mac laptop? Might change ur mind about laptops. LOL
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No laptops! Hahaha.


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Re: A bit of advice needed from you computer gurus!

laptops *can* do everything you want them to, you just have to pay a hefty premium for it over the desktops.

i'd go w/ one of the barebone systems from:
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/Barebones.hmx?
http://www.newegg.com/

for your application, gaming and PS, i would get a core 2 duo 1.6 or higher (1.6 would be pretty damn cheap right now), 2 gigs of ram, and something like a Nvidia 8800 GTS (you don't need the GTX).

installing peripherals really isn't difficult w/ how plug-n-play things are now. it's not like the f'n dip switches and jumpers from way back.



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[quote author=oredith link=topic=100017.msg1998090#msg1998090 date=1200500966]
laptops *can* do everything you want them to, you just have to pay a hefty premium for it over the desktops.

i'd go w/ one of the barebone systems from:
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/Barebones.hmx?
http://www.newegg.com/

for your application, gaming and PS, i would get a core 2 duo 1.6 or higher (1.6 would be pretty damn cheap right now), 2 gigs of ram, and something like a Nvidia 8800 GTS (you don't need the GTX).

installing peripherals really isn't difficult w/ how plug-n-play things are now. it's not like the f'n dip switches and jumpers from way back.



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Hell an 8800GT at 200 - 240 is good enough.

Remember the 45nm core 2 duo's will be out in a few weeks so wait and get one of them. Unless they won't fit your budget, I know the e6750 is a good core 2 duo chip (the one I'm currently running.)
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How much do you expect the 45nm core 2 duo to run?


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always expect a heavy premium for latest and greatest.

I would personally wait for the new stuff to come out, and buy the 1-tiers down stuff for a lot cheaper (prices always drop quickly for the "last week's news&quot.

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[quote author=oredith link=topic=100017.msg1998148#msg1998148 date=1200502355]
always expect a heavy premium for latest and greatest.

I would personally wait for the new stuff to come out, and buy the 1-tiers down stuff for a lot cheaper (prices always drop quickly for the "last week's news&quot.
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