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Old 10-17-2007, 09:28 PM
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Default What to look for in new desktop?

I'm helping a friend pick out a new computer for poker only. His budget is $700. He plays up to 8 tables with PAHUD and PT. Other apps that would run simultaneously are Camtasia, Skype, AIM, and a browser, but I think that's about it. He wants a dual monitor capability, too (although only one for now).

So, since neither of us know too much about what to look for, first off, what are the key specs to look at when shopping around?

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Old 10-17-2007, 10:06 PM
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Default Re: What to look for in new desktop?

that is a pretty open question, but Core 2 Duo and a GB of RAM, it is easy and cheap to add a second GB yourself. Post some systems you are looking at.
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:35 AM
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Default Re: What to look for in new desktop?

Thanks...here are a few (he wants to pick one up ASAP, so I included a BB, Fry's and CompUSA, as well as Newegg). If I would see him soon, I would install the 2nd GB of RAM for him, but I don't know when I'll see him, and he said he wants to do as little as possible....although I guess he'll have to at least put in a graphics card.

Newegg PC
CompUSA PC
Best Buy PC

Fry's PC

Thanks again for the help [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:55 AM
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Default Re: What to look for in new desktop?

On a budget, the best thing you can do is build it yourself.

CPU and RAM are the two most important aspects for what he'll use it for.

The more cores in the CPU the better and the more RAM, the better.
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Old 10-18-2007, 03:15 AM
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Default Re: What to look for in new desktop?

Thanks, I'll definitely mention that, but I'm pretty sure he's looking for something already built.
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:14 AM
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Thanks, I'll definitely mention that, but I'm pretty sure he's looking for something already built.

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It's a pure waste of money, but if that's what he wants, gl!

Building your own rig is not hard at all....
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:34 AM
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Default Re: What to look for in new desktop?

this one is $588 delivered

http://www.dealcatcher.com/redir.asp?m=611&c=100295

check out dealcatcher.com always a good deal
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:54 AM
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that is good system kooze, upgrade to the E6550.

I disagree with Felix. If you don't have an OS handy, it has always seemed more cost effective to find a good deal on a built system, it saves a lot of time and hassle too. Just be careful on the upgrades.
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:30 AM
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Default Re: What to look for in new desktop?

thanks Beavis68. I too have been looking for a desktop- my laptop has limited upgrade capability, and thought this was a good deal, without breaking the bank. If I had any clue i'd buid a computer- but since i can't even build a sandcastle, i need pre-built!

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Old 10-18-2007, 11:44 AM
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this one is $588 delivered

http://www.dealcatcher.com/redir.asp?m=611&c=100295

check out dealcatcher.com always a good deal

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Very nice system, thanks...and he can upgrade the CPU as suggested, still staying way under budget.
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