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Alrighty then!

Since the slim might pose problems with future upgrading, I went through techbargains.com for another, non-slim model that came out to pretty much the same more or less, for about the same price with the coupons and such. Unfortunately after ordering I realized it's actually listed as a mini-tower in the end, which may give many of the same problems. But oh well, fuck it, at this point I care not. Cheap computer! That I shouldn't have to worry about falling apart around me!

Anyhow, thanks a ton for the various inputs, guys. I really appreciate everyone commenting... for a purchase of this type, I really want all the input I can get. :/ Really, I mean it, I love you all! In non-physical ways.

1 Inspiron 546 Minitower w/ Black Bezel
1 AMD Athlon? II X2 215 (2.7GHz, 1MB)
1 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4 DIMMs
1 Dell Consumer Entry USB Keyboard and Mouse
1 No Monitor
1 ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB
1 320GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
1 Piano Black
1 No Floppy Drive or Media Card Reader Included
1 Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
1 Mouse included with Keyboard purchase
1 Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
1 No Modem Option
1 Adobe® Reader 9.0
1 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
1 Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio
1 Dell AX210 1.2 Watt 2.0 Stereo Speakers
1 Microsoft® Works 9
1 McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
1 1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
1 Wild Tangent Games


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Oct. 24th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
That's not a bad mid-range rig. But it depends on what it's costing you.

I built a similar rig but a couple steps higher performance for about $400 so if it's more than that, you might want to re-consider.

Oct. 24th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Bah, well, it was around $500, but it's too late to reconsider since I already ordered. Got impatient because I just wanted it *done* with. :/
Oct. 24th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ahh. Well that's actually OK. I forgot to think about the fact that my $400 box did not include an operating system.

So the windows 7 license you get with yours makes it worthwhile.

(oh and the commenter in your other post saying the 4350 is a 'slow' video card is wrong. It's not slow, it's average. PC nuts use the word slow too liberally. )
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Oct. 24th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Hrm, would my current-computer recently-bought Radeon ATI 1650X be better, worse, on par, or what? And would it be the same "type" of card?
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Oct. 24th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Heh, kinda figured since it was relatively cheap, but since it was something I bought recently figured I'd at least ask.

Oct. 24th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Er, or Radeon X1650 Series or whatever. :p
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not even going to click on that article. You could not be more wrong.

I am running a 4850 and I get 60 fps on Crysis at 1440x900 with everything set to High. With everything set to the absolute max I got at least 30 fps.

Oblivion is an incredibly old tired engine and while I haven't played it on my 4850 I have played Fallout 3 on this rig. It's the same engine but beefed up, and it runs at well over 60 FPS with everything maxed out.

Now, I have a better CPU than storm's post pointed to, I have an X2 7850 Black edition.

But that doesn't change the fact that the 4850 is an upper end card that has not failed to give high framerate on high settings on every single game I have ever thrown at it, including Far Cry 2, Red Faction Guerrilla, Batman Arkham Asylum, Operation FlashPoint Dragon Rising, Call of Juarez 2, and pretty much everything else that came out this year.

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Oct. 24th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Every card is obsolete within 2-3 weeks.

99% of PC games are console ports. True.

We should get used to it. Eventually they won't even bother making PC ports. No money in it. It's all money.

And as my previous comment said, I got all fired up because I misread your message due to my retarded mail client. Apologies.
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Dammit. Now I have to apologize. My retarded fucking e-mail client mangled the thread of replies and I thought you were making that oblivion statement about the 4850.

Sorry. I very heroically mis-read you. My bad.
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Awesome, we're new computer buddies! The one I ordered was an i7-860 with 8 gigs of RAM... which is almost certainly more than I need, but I couldn't resist! I managed to resist splurging on a graphics card though since the only games this thing is likely to see are Starcraft 2 plus a bunch of old and or emulated games that ran fine on my LAST computer.
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Hee, that's one reason I didn't go too overboard with gaming specs... a lot of the games I play/buy now are ones for console, so mostly I need to be able to run the stuff that I... already could run on my older computer.
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Oct. 24th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Apparently everyone is doing it!

And is this a rhetorical question? ;)
Oct. 25th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm waiting until January. I want an Arrandale (the duallie variant of Core i5/i7) laptop.
Oct. 25th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting for SSD to become cheap & ubiquitous. Then I'll buy a new computer.
Oct. 25th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Go for it! All the cool kids are doing it!
Oct. 24th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Not too shabby for the price. And it'll play WoW, of course -- if you ever come back...come baaaaack...jooooin usssss... (>x_x)>

It'll probably even do Sims pretty well, although I'm not up on the specs of that or any other recent god game. I've been sticking to combat/shooter/carnage games, MMOs, and (oddly enough) brain-crack fiddly puzzle games like World of Goo...
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