I'm looking into buying a new computer and while I know quite abit about what I want, I had some questions and figured I could get the best feedback here, so here we go...
I'm looking to buy a top of the line system and have already priced out ones on Gateway and Dell. I've always gotten Gateways and had few problems, but my other family members have not been so lucky and Dell has gotten great write ups in like PC World and other places for tech support and their computers being good quality.
So, I'm looking at a 1.7 Pentium 4, 256 MB PC800 RDRAM, 60 Gig Hardrive, Windows ME with the upgrade to XP when it comes out, nice 21" monitor, THX speakers, ect. I figure this is the last computer I'll be able to afford (and have some help paying for) for a while so I might as well go all out . Anyways, now to the things I have questions about.
Is a combination DVD/CDRW drive a good idea or should I get seperate drives? It's cheaper in combination, but how much quality do I lose that way?
If the only games I play are EA Sports Games do I need a GeForce3 64 MB graphic card? Will I notice the difference when I'm playing DVD's? Like, I figure this will be my DVD player, so will that make my picture better on the DVD or is a 32 MB GeForce 2 fine and dandy and I'll never know the difference?
Should I wait for Windows XP to come out or should I get a new CPU and upgrade in November or should I stick with Windows Me?
And now for the real important one...For a guy who just surfs the internet, plays a few games but not many (Madden, You Don't Know Jack, maybe I'll get into some RPG's or whatever, but probably not), uses Word and Office a lot, and plays DVD movies a lot, will I notice a difference if I get a $1500 CPU instead of a $3000 CPU? I priced out a CPU and I just don't know if I'll ever need or notice all the bells and whistles I added to it. Maybe I should save the money on the CPU (Since I'm just using it for internet and DVD playback) and buy a nice TV and DVD player instead...Will the DVD/TV give me a better picture or will it be the same as on the computer? What are your thoughts?
I appreciate all of the help, it'll give me some real food for thought. Thanks!