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Picking a new computer need help Please

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Proudmoms, Nov 1, 2004.

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  1. Proudmoms

    Proudmoms Thread Starter

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    I have two choices, I know they may not seem like much but we want them just for use with game playing mostly and storage, Paint Shop Pro .
    Just what would be the best choice for todays game,
    I don't think we'll be playing 3D games on it. and I don't know anything about Lindows/Linspire

    A. $199.99
    CPU: AMD® Athlon® 2000 + Processor
    Front Side Bus: 266MHz
    Chipset: SIS 741 GX & 964L
    Memory: 128MB DDR (expandable to 1GB)
    Hard Drive: 40GB Ultra Hard Drive
    Multimedia: 52x CD-ROM
    Floppy Drive: 3.5" 1.44MB FDD
    Motherboard :
    Onboard 64-bit 2D/3D video graphics accelerator
    Built-in sound system supports the AC97 audio codec
    56K Modem Connection
    10/100 Fast Ethernet Network Connection
    Expansion Bays:
    Two 5.25" drive bays for expanded flexibility
    Expansion Slots:
    One Open 4x AGP Slot (For Video Expansion)
    One AMR slot for a special audio/modem riser card
    Two 32-bit PCI slots for PCI 2.2-compliant bus interface
    Memory Support:
    Two DIMM slots for 168-pin SDRAM memory modules
    Support for 200/266 MHz memory bus
    Maximum installed memory is 2 x 1GB = 2.0GB
    Port Connectors:
    Four USB ports
    Two PS/2 ports for keyboard and mouse
    One Serial port
    One Parallel port
    One VGA port
    One Game port
    Audio jacks for microphone, line-in and line-out
    Accessories:
    Keyboard
    Mouse
    Power: 250W
    Case: Micro ATX form factor
    Operating System: Lindows/Linspire 4.5

    B. 299.99
    CPU: Intel Celeron D 320 2.4GHz
    Chipset: Intel 845G
    Memory: 256MB DDR SDRAM
    Hard Drive: 40GB Hard Drive
    Multimedia: Combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW Drive
    Motherboard:
    Embedded 128-bit 3D AGP Graphics Accelerator with 64MB frame buffer
    Embedded Direct Sound AC'97 Codec for audio and modem applications.
    Built-in 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN
    56K Modem Connection
    Expansion Bays:
    Two 5.25" drive bays (1 available)
    Four 3.25" drive days (2 available)
    Expansion Slots:
    One Open AGP eXpress slot
    Three 32-bit PCI slots for PCI 2.2-compliant bus interface (1 used)
    Memory Support:
    Support DDR 333MHz memory bus
    Port Connectors:
    Six USB 2ports
    Two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard
    One Serial port
    One Parallel port
    One VGA port
    Back Audio jack for microphone, line-in and line-out
    Accessories:
    Keyboard
    Mouse
    Speakers
    Power: 250 Watts
    Case: Micro ATX form factor
    Operating System:
    Windows XP Home Edition
     
  2. tyris

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    Definitly the 2nd option, why?

    Windows is what most companies design there games to support, so it might not work on the machine running Lindows/Linspire

    More CPU, means your computer will run more smoothly :)
     
  3. Couriant

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    Go for option B IMO Lindows is new and most likely not supporting much.
    Most of todays games are in 3d or in need of a high end video card.

    One thing I noticed is that the power supply may not be sufficent. I don't know though. Make sure it does have a least two air fans. (1x air going into the computer, 1x out)
     
  4. Triple6

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    Is there an Option C? I wouldn't want either in my house.

    Of those two options, B is better.
     
  5. Proudmoms

    Proudmoms Thread Starter

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    Why don't you like them triple6?
    I would like to know what I am getting into before I buy these.
    Even B sounds good but I would rather ask what your opinion is.
    Don't be afraid to share.

    Being as we don't have much money we don't have allot of choices.

    By the way thanks to all that have supplied help.


    Hugs,
    Vera
     
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  7. ohgrant

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    B, I had some compatibility problems with the sis chipset, I here good things about Intel chipsets. I have always had good luck with Celerons. I'm not familiar with agp express socket If you plan on playing games like doom3 you will probably want to upgrade your video card, in that case, I would pick option A because of the 4x agp slot.
     
  8. cheese

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    If you want a good budget gaming computer...just save 100 dollars more (400) and you can get yourself a decent rig.
     
  9. Triple6

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    The Celeron is a budget CPU, it has extremely poor performance compared to everything except VIA CPU's. Its not good for gaming or even most office work. And the Athlon is slow, has way too little RAM, has Lindows. Both have Onboard Video, which takes away system RAM for the graphics and onboard video just plain sucks for gaming. 250 Watt powersupplys limit the upgradeablity of either system. SiS chipsets suck in my opinion, and its obvisously an old board if it only supports 200 and 266Mhz RAM.
     
  10. ohgrant

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    I have owned several Celerons and I have not had any problems gaming, I had a 566 mgz Celeron with a visiontec 9200 pci card that would play most of the games that had a 900mgz system requirement. When I first built my new computer I started with a 2.0 GHz Celeron, I upgraded to a 3.06 p4 of course the p4 out performs the Celeron but it cost 2x more. I do agree SIS chipsets suck.
     
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