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    your opinions please, need a little help here

    hi all,


    hopefully this is the right place to post this...

    i am planning to sell of my old system and thinking of buying a new one...

    so far i have found out that dell is the cheapest.....

    this is what i am planning to buy....


    8400 Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 530 with HT Technology 3.0GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
    Intel® 925X Chipset
    Integrated Gigabit Ethernet
    1Yr Limited Warranty with Next Business Day Onsite Service
    1GB(2x512) NECC Dual Channel DDR2 533Mhz SDRAM Memory
    128MB PCIe™ x16 ATI Radeon™ X300 SE w/TV-Out & DVI (i think they mean the 9800XT series, is it any better then the 9600SE one??)
    Dell™ Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse
    17" Flat Panel LCD Monitor
    160GB SATA (7200RPM) Hard Drive
    Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional (English)
    DVD+RW/+R With CDRW Combo Drive
    Sound Blaster® AudigyTM 2 Sound Card
    Dell™ A425 stereo speakers with subwoofer (Australia)
    56K PCI Data/Fax Modem
    + some other software and dial up connection package and standard warranties.....

    they are ready to throw in the 5.1 surround, floppy drive and a extra optical drive for a discounted price as well...

    now here is what i am asking your opinions on:

    what do you guys think.. is this alright??? do i need to add anything else in there? i am already way past my budget and can spare another 50-100 dollars...

    are dell systems any good... ?i do not wish to spend lots of money and then find out that i might have been ripped off . really really confused about this....

    has anyone had any experience with them? particularly dell australia??
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    Have Fastgame build you a system -

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    never heard of them, are they also present is australia? website address please
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashish
    never heard of them, are they also present is australia? website address please
    FastGame is a member here in the forum. He can give you suggestions like going for an AMD system instead. How much will the Dell system cost you? Us hardware guys normally build our own systems, though I know that Dell LCD's are quite good.

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    ohh... sorry.. i thought it was a web site.. i actually went and searched on google for it :P

    anways... that system is gonna cost me AU$2900... and y AMD??? :O coz of the 64 bit thingy??? what is that all about anyway??

    BTW i have built a few ssytems myself... but ever since i cracked a motherboard i have been a bit reluctant
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conan
    FastGame is a member here in the forum. He can give you suggestions like going for an AMD system instead.
    now now Conan, due too customer demands a few Intels have crossed my work bench. I just charge more for the extra labor it takes to sterilize my work bench afterwards
    Quote Originally Posted by ashish
    BTW i have built a few ssytems myself... but ever since i cracked a motherboard i have been a bit reluctant
    Well chalk it it to experience be more careful next time. Make sure the mother board is out of the case, on a hard flat surface when you install the CPU/HSF and ram.
    so far i have found out that dell is the cheapest.....
    Just remember there's a reason why.........
    i do not wish to spend lots of money and then find out that i might have been ripped off
    Your not going to get ripped off, you'll get exactly what the spec's say. The Dell will work fine for general PC usage and it'll look nice. The 128MB PCIe™ x16 ATI Radeon™ X300 SE w/TV-Out & DVI is not a very good card (gaming wise), the desktop will look nice bit it's no way shape or form close to the ATI 9800...more like the 9200. Dell LCD monitors are excellent, word of mouth is they're Samsungs.

    I say give building your PC a try again, you could build a PC like the one in Conan's sig and have a much better system

    BTW if the system in my sig catches your eye don't blame me, it's that frigging road runners fault

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    I agree with Fastgame. Go for it and build the system yourself. Especially if you are already over budget. This will shave quite a few pretty pennies from the total cost.

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    FG is totally correct... about that video card anyhoo

    It's crap for gaming.

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    hi everyone,

    thanks for all your replies.... just wanted to make a small supdate... instead of going for the X300 series.. i am opting for the X800 one (i think that is the 9800 series, BTW wil there be a noticable incerase in performance??)... dell is giving me a pretty good deal on it... and i am also opting for the ultra sharp 17"in instead of the normal one.

    the rest of the config is pretty much the same... oh, BTW the system is gonna cost me AU$3100 now...

    oh by getting ripped off.. i meant.... performance wise...... i mean.... this system looks pretty good on paper (virtual paper in this case)... but i want it to give me value for my money....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashish
    hi everyone,

    thanks for all your replies.... just wanted to make a small supdate... instead of going for the X300 series.. i am opting for the X800 one (i think that is the 9800 series, BTW wil there be a noticable incerase in performance??)
    The X800 Pro or XT is about a 100% percent improvement over the 9800 Pro series (depending on resolution size).

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    wow.. that much improvement. amazing !!!!
    Cheers,
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    what I'm hurt no one mentioned my name. But like fastgame said AMD=better and cheaper.



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    You build PC's phish? Oh yeah, you have a shop...no.. do you? Sorry forgot.

    did some investigating: tech support - mitchell international
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    and build custom built AMD only pcs on the side.



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