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So, my MacPro desktop died again, and it was decided to replace the computer as opposed to trying to fix it again. I'm told it will be an "IBM-compatible PC, with Windows 7", and they're asking me what processor, memory, and hard drive space I need.

I use (and used my old computer) for my college work, specifically with a lot of digital art (Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, etc) and 3D modeling (Maya, Mubbox, Motionbuilder, Unreal Level Editor). I also play a lot of games as well.

My Mac is over two years old, so I'd like to take this opportunity to get at least some moderate upgrades on things. It had around 450GB hard drive space, 4GB RAM, and a Quad-Core 2.33Ghz(I think) processor. It also have an nVidia GeForce 8800 GT graphics card.

So yeah, any suggestions for my situation? I haven't been told a price range to stay in, but don't go completely overboard.
 

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Are "they" going to someplace like dell and dell is asking "them" what "they" want in the system? Or are "they" building a custom computer for you and asking you what components to put in your custom built computer?

Sorry to pry, but my suggestions will change as to if it's going to be a custom built at home pc, or if a company is piecing it together for you.
 

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To be honest, I'm not sure. I've been talking to a computer technician specifically, and nothing has been mentioned about working for Dell or whatever. But, if this works anything like how they handled my previous computer, then it is a custom-built one (last time, they took specific recommendations from my college adviser for what I needed, and the computer they gave me had that).
 

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Like I said before, I wasn't told of a price range. If you could, provide a couple recommendations that are lower in price too, if you want.
 

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Here is some suggestions put together by someone other than me.

Click on it and scroll down, the different builds are named puppy, dolphin, narwhal, and unicorn. All are solid builds with components that are proven to work together. Unicorn would be the best and do all that you listed in the 1st thread.
 

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Build it yourself. If you know how to work a screwdriver you can build a PC. I'm not joking. It's not hard at all. Just list all the parts you are going to buy here on Overclock.net and people will proofread it and give you opinions on what you could improve or better parts for the same price.

Everything slides right into place and it's virtually impossible to plug something into the wrong place when building a PC.
 

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Build it yourself. If you know how to work a screwdriver you can build a PC. I'm not joking. It's not hard at all. Just list all the parts you are going to buy here on Overclock.net and people will proofread it and give you opinions on what you could improve or better parts for the same price.

Everything slides right into place and it's virtually impossible to plug something into the wrong place when building a PC.
I can vouch for this and I agree you should build your own. I think if I can do it almost anyone can. I had my first ever computer built for me and I was able to take it completely apart and put back together a year later from mostly memory. So while you may think you're getting a better deal cause it saves you the trouble it will cost you so much more in money. Build your own.
 

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You're missing the point. This computer ISN'T coming out of my pocket at all.

You can just admit that it's your parents. Noone judges here, well, some people do but they are buttholes and noone likes them.

To have suggestions we need a budget, otherwise you're just going to get suggestions of stuff which is at the max high end.

So, budget please, otherwise nothing.
 

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You're missing the point. This computer ISN'T coming out of my pocket at all.

MY point is whoever is paying should be talked to about the benefits of ordering stand alone parts in order to maximize your performance per dollar as well as the flexibility with compatibility.
 

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You can just admit that it's your parents. Noone judges here, well, some people do but they are buttholes and noone likes them.

To have suggestions we need a budget, otherwise you're just going to get suggestions of stuff which is at the max high end.

So, budget please, otherwise nothing.

It's actually not my parents. A financial aid agency of sorts for disabilities is helping pay for college expenses, including providing me with a computer suitable to my studies. I'm not aware of what their budget is, so while I want something that's an upgrade from my last computer, I don't want to feel like I'm asking too much of them either, if that makes any sense.
 
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