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    Any Recommendations for a Desktop?

    Hey everyone,

    I am going to be buying a new desktop soon. I need some recommendations on desktops. I am a heavy user of Photoshop, Illustrator etc. and I want a system that can multitask between big programs without a problem. I am not too worried about HDD space. About 200 GB-ish is all I need. I would also like a DVD-R DL burner but most computers come with that nowadays so that shouldnt be a problem.

    Price range: $1000-1500

    Does anyone know of a good computer that will suite me? If your recommendation is over my price range, suggest it anyway but I would prefer something in my price range.

    Thanks guys!
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    Dell has this system on sale through 8/1 which is actually a decent deal. You might squeeze in a little under if you built it yourself, but for saving the hassle, it's quite cheap, plus you get a warranty.

    http://dell.com/julysale

    Dell Inspiron 530
    $499 after $230 Instant Savings
    E-value Code: 6M233-DDPDDU3

    Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Service Pack
    3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 4 DIMMs
    500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
    16X DVD+/-RW Drive
    Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
    Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, it should handle your graphics and multitasking for years to come Only thing I might do is add a 256MB video card for $100 more (or buy your own and add it after you get it).

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    Hey, thanks for the reply. This desktop is way under my budget. It looks great. Is there anyway that Dell will upgrade the Windows Home for me? Also I heard that Dell customer service was not good, is there any truth to that? Thanks again!
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    I have only had to call customer service once about an issue with a laptop I had a 3-4 years ago, and they sent out a postage paid FedEx box to mail it to them for service the next day, and had it back in about a week fixed.

    Doesn't look like you can upgrade the operating system, but why would you? Home Premium has Media Center... the only thing you get more with Ultimate is "Ultimate Extras", which are trash like an extra card game...

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    Something to look @ + upgradeable: Alienware: Area-51 7500 Desktop or the XPS 420

    The XPS 420 should be enough.

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    Hey, I am about to buy the Dell. Can you tell me if these specs look ok?

    PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)
    OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Service Pack 1
    MEMORY: 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4DIMMs
    HARD DRIVE: 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
    OPTICAL DRIVE: 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
    VIDEO CARD: ATI Radeon HD3650 256MB
    SOUND: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

    Thanks for your help!
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    Specs look fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixel Inception View Post
    Hey, I am about to buy the Dell. Can you tell me if these specs look ok?

    PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)
    OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Service Pack 1
    MEMORY: 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4DIMMs
    HARD DRIVE: 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
    OPTICAL DRIVE: 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
    VIDEO CARD: ATI Radeon HD3650 256MB
    SOUND: Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

    Thanks for your help!
    Configuration is fine but Graphic card is poor u can go for new ati HD 4850 best bang for money

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    You really shouldn't go with Dell they use proprietary connectors and motherboards that make upgrading with retail parts very hard (maybe this has changed). Just build your own its incredibly easy to do, if you can do a 7 to 8 piece puzzle you can build a computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwmcsween View Post
    You really shouldn't go with Dell they use proprietary connectors and motherboards that make upgrading with retail parts very hard (maybe this has changed). Just build your own its incredibly easy to do, if you can do a 7 to 8 piece puzzle you can build a computer.
    Not really, not the Dells I've looked inside at least... normal DDR2 RAM slots, normal IDE cables, normal AGP or PCI-E slots for video... you could easily upgrade. And it's not like computers have gotten much faster, nor the need for processing increased much, in the past 4-5 years... the old 2 year upgrade cycle of the first half of the decade is long gone.

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    Hey that looks like a HOT Buy, that computer should be more than enough - haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by nwmcsween View Post
    You really shouldn't go with Dell they use proprietary connectors and motherboards that make upgrading with retail parts very hard (maybe this has changed). Just build your own its incredibly easy to do, if you can do a 7 to 8 piece puzzle you can build a computer.
    I had this with a Dell I had in the past I actually decided to save time and get a new motherboard!

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    Hey guys, thank you all for your help. I bought the computer with the specs I posted above on the 22nd. The only thing I changed is the memory, I upgraded that to 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4DIMMs. I added a 19" monitor and a TV tuner card to the order.

    Dell was super fast in sending me the computer. I ordered it on the 22nd, and it was shipped on the 24th. I received it on the next day since the shipping center was in Nashville TN and I live in Atlanta GA.

    Here are some pics for anyone who wants to see:





    Now I just have to wait for the slow people from the furniture store to ship my computer table. Going to go out to get some speakers too. The ones I have are like 6 years old :S.

    Thanks again everyone.
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    I've never heard of a custom computer from Dell coming that fast, that's awesome!

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    I think it had to do something with the fact I only lived 3 hours away from the shipping center. Look at the tracking details:

    7/25/2008 10:01 am Shipment delivered. Ne Atlanta, GA Why is this?
    6:52 am With delivery courier. Ne Atlanta, GA
    6:49 am Arrived at DHL facility. Ne Atlanta, GA
    6:13 am Depart Facility Atlanta Hub, GA
    1:32 am Processed at DHL Location. Atlanta Hub, GA
    7/24/2008 12:00 am Shipment Acknowledged Nashville, TN
    Picked Up by DHL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixel Inception View Post
    Hey guys, thank you all for your help. I bought the computer with the specs I posted above on the 22nd. The only thing I changed is the memory, I upgraded that to 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4DIMMs. I added a 19" monitor and a TV tuner card to the order.

    Dell was super fast in sending me the computer. I ordered it on the 22nd, and it was shipped on the 24th. I received it on the next day since the shipping center was in Nashville TN and I live in Atlanta GA.

    Here are some pics for anyone who wants to see:





    Now I just have to wait for the slow people from the furniture store to ship my computer table. Going to go out to get some speakers too. The ones I have are like 6 years old :S.

    Thanks again everyone.

    Hmmm. I might have to pick me up one of those.

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    Glad to see your purchase is working out... My recommendation would have been completely different. I've used and serviced PC's for at least 1/2 of my working career in Computers, and I would have told you to go buy a quad core Intel based Mac. Maybe even a MacMIni. Lots of room for Ram, great video, and seriously fast for Photoshop work. In your budget, you would have been able to spend a bunch of money on a seriously big monitor and sound kit.


    But, you've chosen, and I hope that Dell works out really well for you.

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    Someone I know bought a Dell, about the same price range, .... memory hungry programs like indesign,photoshop, and illustrator ... I had to buy a HP notebook so I could work through all the down time.

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    He got his new computer 8 months ago guys, no more suggestions needed.


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