This is my first post so allow me to introduce the situation. So currently I am an Apple user converting back to desktop PC (never thought I'd say this). I use a 13" MacBook Pro 512GB SSD with 16GB RAMM for day to day school/personal use, but for working at home I use a really old computer that is terribly slow and basement material. It is a Cisnet computer that is about 6 years old and turns out the company rebranded but enough of that.
I need your advice as I am a newbie on wether I should buy the new Dell XPS or build a compatible computer. My other option was to make a new rig with comparable if not better specs with a $750 budget.
Here is the specs, check the URL for more info.
Dell XPS 8500
Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor (3.40 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.90 GHz)
Operating System: Windows 8, 64-bit, English
Memory: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
Hard Drive: 1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
Here's the URL for it: http://goo.gl/ZYVKN
My other option was to make a new rig with comparable if not better specs with a $750 budget.
I trade bonds, commodities, ETFs, forex, gold, options, REITs, and stocks in various OTC markets.
For my work purpose I need 3 monitors with extended desktop, and a FAST processor for handling multiple applications such a trading platform, charting platform, live stock data feed, etc.
I just ordered 3 brand new Samsung LS22B150N 21.5" LED monitors
Further specs: http://goo.gl/m1Brk all of which have VGA connectivity.
I need your help in deciding each component for my new build or to buy the Dell above. If they're any other suggestions for desktops comparable to the Dell please also let me know (UNDER $750)
According to some computer guide these are the components I would need:
(I will use some parts from the old desktop I have)
Necessary Computer Parts:
Case [could reuse old one]
Power Supply [could reuse old one? Not sure if it will work on the new hardware]
Motherboard [best cost to performance ratio]
Processor (CPU) [must be Intel i7 3770 or faster that costs about the same]
Memory (RAM) [wanting 16gb but could settle for 8gb]
CD-Rom Drive or DVD Drive [dont really want one, could reuse old]
Keyboard [already have wireless]
Mouse [already have wireless]
Speakers [already have, but could use an upgrade, not included in $750 budget]
Monitor [just order 3 - 21.5" Samsung monitors]
Optional Computer Parts and Accessories
Floppy Drive [Lol what's that]
Video Card (If there is no onboard video or you are building a gaming machine) [support 3 screens]
Sound Card (if there is no onboard sound or you want high quality surround sound)
Modem/WiFi (Used for a dial up internet connection if you are not going with Cable or DSL) [wifi would be cool to have, or the same old Ethernet connection works]
Power Strip (Highly Recommended) [if this is a power bar, I already have a 8 socket Monster one]
Printer [already have]
Scanner [already have]
So I need your help in deciding each part that will generate the best performance but is on budget!
If you could provide 2 or even 3 products for each (in numerical order of greatness), that would be amazing.
I will love you forever, and tattoo your username across my forehead.
Edited by partytime - 1/28/13 at 5:50am