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post #11 of 41
For a laptop, they are all really about the same, but everyone here will have there own personal bias. Personally, I got burned by a toshiba laptop (not only was it a terrible machine, it literally burned me it got so hot), and my HP laptop rocks. Other people swear by dell laptops. It's up to who you are.
post #12 of 41
"I am shocked you are considering a Dell."

"Let me tell you about a friend of mine. I sold him my 8800GTS 640MB card and he went to put it in his machine. He needed more power though, Dell only include the bare minimum PSU with their systems, so we went out and got a PSU."

"I asked him if the tower was ATX standard and he said. 'YEP!' So I went and got him a nice 500W PSU from Cooler Master. But when he went to put the card in, it couldn't fit a 2slot cooler. When he tried to take off the big stupid plastic shunt for the hot air to be moved out the back of the case the plastic shell came off, but so did the CPU HS and the CPU as well since the CPU was actually glued or welded or SOMETHING to the HS!! He bent the pins. So now he is dropping a few hundred just to build a new rig."

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"I am shocked you are considering a Dell."

"Let me tell you about a friend of mine. I sold him my 8800GTS 640MB card and he went to put it in his machine. He needed more power though, Dell only include the bare minimum PSU with their systems, so we went out and got a PSU."

"I asked him if the tower was ATX standard and he said. 'YEP!' So I went and got him a nice 500W PSU from Cooler Master. But when he went to put the card in, it couldn't fit a 2slot cooler. When he tried to take off the big stupid plastic shunt for the hot air to be moved out the back of the case the plastic shell came off, but so did the CPU HS and the CPU as well since the CPU was actually glued or welded or SOMETHING to the HS!! He bent the pins. So now he is dropping a few hundred just to build a new rig."

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Bummer... Yeah I know I'm such a N00B. I'm looking to spend about $800 or so on a new system.

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post #14 of 41
even if you don't plan to OC you are still better off building it yourself with name brand components then buying from dell. You are going to get crappy proprietary components that you have to go through them for support. You will get much better components for less money and have the rewarding experience of doing it yourself.

For $800 you can build a C2D + 8800GT system in a nice case.
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Haha thanks for the advice. If I were to look into a laptop you guys recommend Dell? If I decide on a desktop I'll probably buy the parts myself and get a local computer store to hook me up.

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The only Dell laptop that I ever found remotely decent was the Vostro line, but that's just because they tried to mimic ThinkPads as much as they possibly could. With that said, the only laptop I will ever buy in the future will be a ThinkPad (as long as they continue with the quality they are known for). If you can, try typing on a friend's or a store's ThinkPad, you will be amazed at the keyboard; I find it better than even desktop keyboards.
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Bummer... Yeah I know I'm such a N00B. I'm looking to spend about $800 or so on a new system.

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Man i think personally that is an excellent budget to build your own pc with. I think you should drop by newegg and build a few wish lists see how they price out, Do you have anything , monitor kb mouse etc??
    
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post #17 of 41
We are all more than happy to help you in building your own computer here on OCN, you'll get all the support you need mate - I built my first computer when i was 14

Its just high tech lego and common sense


I would reccomend...

CPU: E2180 or E7200 if possible
CPU Cooling: Artic Cooling Freezer Pro 7
Mobo: Gigabyte DS3L
GFX: HD 3870 or cheap 8800GT
PSU: Hiper or Corsair 500w
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 320GB [7200.11, 16MB Cache]
RAM:2GB of OCZ / G.Skill / Crucial 800MHz
Choose yer case
Choose yer OS

That'll do you fine for gaming on most games with decent settings, and you'll get good overclocking also



Ok for $840...


CPU --> Intel E7200, 2.53GHz, 9.5 Multiplier
Cooler --> Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7
Mobo --> Gigabyte P35 DS3L
GFX Card --> XFX 8800GT
RAM --> 2GB G.Skill PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
HDD --> Seagate Barracuda SATA 320GB, 16MB Cache, 7200.11
PSU --> Corsair 550VX [550w]
Case --> Thermaltake Tsunami w/side window, mid tower
OS --> Vista Home or Premium 32bit OEM


That would be an excellent first system
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post #18 of 41
Dell's are amazing and the XPS 7 H2C editions series ones let you overclock, but it's worth building it, Lets you bond with your computer beyond, Oh i wanna play a game... It's a great feeling, for 800 you can have a decently nice system with an easy OC and never worry about it, Like a q6600 to 3.0ghz and never look back for temps or anything.

For laptops, Dell's the only way I go...
Edited by DigitalBear - 5/31/08 at 9:28am
post #19 of 41
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If you don't plan on o/c'ing at all, ever, then yes, you can't beat Dell's prices and customer service.
Customer service? I think there are lot of good deals on Dells out there but their customer service sucks, and so does their proprietary bloatware they bog their PCs down with.

It makes me sick when I think about a company who makes $20 BILLION+ a year outsourcing jobs to save a couple of million. I mean, how disloyal to your customers can you get? How greedy?
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If you want a laptop I recommend HP. I've always used them, no problems ever. I've had a dell laptop BSOD on me once or twice on XP.
    
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