Re: New PC Specs - Opinions Welcome
- From: "Dave" <noway@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 21:07:29 -0500
"johns" <johns321@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:5d76e4d5-61b6-4398-8e06-21509533d7d3@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
That is way too much machine for your needs.
If you are not a gamer, you should consider the
8600 cards. They are fast, but they run much
cooler than the 8800s, and will last much longer.
ASUS is crap. That is all there is to it.
mobo bundles from Mwave are much more
Whoops, there ya lost me. I could have said that about gigabyte at one time or another. Too bad asus bought them, though. Asus=gigabyte=asus=crap, IMHO. For mainboard, look at Intel or DFI or AOpen or Biostar. Some other good brands, also. But check those four 1st.
GA-P35-DS3L is excellent, and setup
for single video card with plenty of room for
the new X1 cards coming out for digital TV.
Put a modest price DUO with 2 gigs of Kingston
ram in it, and you are in a nice system that will
meet all of your needs.
Sounds like excellent advice, other than the gigabyte/asus mainboard.
ACER is crap.
Look at the new Viewsonic 24 inch
LCD monitor. It is about $350 and will go lower soon.
Whoa!!! For monitors, Acer is just as good as Viewsonic. There are better brand names than both Acer and Viewsonic, but comparing Acer and Viewsonic...they are identical, in terms of quality. You can't say one or the other is "crap", unless you think that they are both crap. They are both pretty good, but not the best. For better quality, go NEC, for just one good example. But the OP should be happy with either Acer or Viewsonic. They are both good.
3 hard drives is going to fry your box unless you
go with a cooling game box like the Antec 900.
Nonsense. As many hard drives as I run, my wife's box should be erupting like a volcano in it's cheapie raidmax case. (she liked it) I outfitted it with some quiet cooling fans and an extremely quiet power supply. You can barely hear it running, and it stays nice and cool with four drives running.
Like the guy said, Vista is still buggy. At least
once a week I fling a fit and swear I'm going to
put XP back on my Vista box.
Man, I can't agree with you less, here. Nothing wrong with Vista that I've found. But I'm curious why you chose to run just one OS? I've got three running on this box. Two are microsoft products, BTW.
Concluding: you are mixing game parts with
utility parts which cripple the game parts. You
do not have a balanced system.
I don't see that, necessarily. From a quick look-see at the OP specs, the video card is incredible overkill, and too much RAM definitely (but that never hurt anything). Basically, he could spend a little less money and be just as happy, given his stated uses for the system. I'd probably advise the OP to spend $200 MAX on the video card (aim for less than $150, in fact) and start with one stick of 2GB RAM. Other than that, it looks like a pretty decent system, even if he keeps the Asus boards. I have strong anti-Asus opinions, but I know many disagree with me on that. So I can't fault the OP for choosing the Asus branded stuff. He did a lot better than most in choosing components. Gotta give him credit for that. :) -Dave
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