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Is this a good computer?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ACA529, Feb 4, 2011.

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  1. ACA529

    ACA529 Thread Starter

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  2. Elvandil

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    I think you could do better. You may wasnt to get something that supports some future games, too, and not just what is available now.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=6&name=Desktop-PCs

    If you already have a licensed version of Windows, and you want to use it on a new computer, that would save you the cost of Windows if you buy a machine with no operating system and use your own.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=119
     
  3. ACA529

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    Thanks but I think I'd prefer to stick with something at a local store. Any tips for a machine on FutureShop.ca or BestBuy.ca?

    Thanks again.
     
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    If it ships with onboard video, I can just about guarantee you that it is NOT going to work with a performance video card. The system you linked to is decent for email, spreadsheets, etc. It is NOT for gaming and if you buy it with the intent of running games, you are going to be disappointed.

    If you want a gaming system, either build it yourself OR have a local shop build it for you.
     
  5. ACA529

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    What's the problem with onboard video if you add another video card?
     
  6. crjdriver

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    The problem is that big box systems ie dell, hp, whatever ship with a pw supply that is just enough to pw the system as shipped. There is little reserve for any pw using upgrades ie video card. Next issue is cooling and space. Most of these use small cases that may or may not have room for a high end video card. Then you get into cooling issues. High end video cards generate heat. If the case does not have decent airflow, you are going to add heat to the rest of the parts.

    In short IF you want a gaming system, then have one built. Do not buy a hp and expect it to run games. As I posted if you do this, you are going to be disappointed.
     
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