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#837740 - 09/23/12 06:25 PM New Computer
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I am desperate for a new computer as my mother board is failing and I need my computer to earn a living.

My hubby gets a discount at Tiger Direct so he would prefer I get it there but anywhere I can go pick one up would be acceptable such as Best Buy.

This is my gaming computer so it has to be able to handle the new games. I would really like to keep it under a thousand dollars.

I also prefer Nvidia graphics card.

Any suggestions please and thank you. I need to decide really quickly.

Ana thanks
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#837746 - 09/23/12 07:50 PM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Have you considered having eCollegePC build you one? They will build one to your specifications and provide a 3 year parts and labor warranty at no extra charge. Shipping is free too. A bunch of people here at GB have gotten new gaming computers from them. They are also very fast in building one for you.

This is an example of one that cuts no corners for $1053, free shipping and 3 year warranty. You can always back off on a couple of things to stay under $1,000.

Intel Core i5-3570 3.4Ghz 6MB Cache Quad-Core
Stock Intel LGA1155 Heatsink and Fan
ASUS P8H77-V LE (Intel H77, HDMI, DVI, 2xPCI-E, 6xSATA, 4xDDR3)
4GB (2GBx2) PC3 10666 DDR3 1333Mhz Memory Lifetime Warranty
1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA3 6Gbps (Major Brand)
24X LG SATA Lightscribe Dual Layer DVD+/-RW DVD-RAM w/Nero
1GB GeForce GTX 560Ti GDDR5 PCI-E Dual-DVI/HDMI (Major Brand)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Antec Black Three Hundred Two (3 5.25, 6 3.5) 2 Fans, Audio/USB 3.0
650watt AGI Power Supply
Onboard LAN included
Onboard Sound included
Wires and Cables neatly tied up away from fans
3 Year Parts and Labor Warranty

You can always add more RAM later if you need to, but if possible, I'd go with 8 GB.

If hubby knows what to get, check them out.

EcollegePC

EDIT: I should add that unless they have changed, places like Best Buy sell computers with integrated graphics and as a gamer - even the new adventure games - you will not be happy with one from there.
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#837749 - 09/23/12 08:13 PM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thanks Drac! Even though I did not want to order, I will pray mine holds on for a few days and will order it in the morning unless someone has anything better. I value all your opinions, I really do not know where to start on my own. thanks
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#837752 - 09/23/12 08:22 PM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I'd agree with Draclvr. You can order what you want, and if anything happens to the computer, eCollege will give you good customer service.

It's hard to find a good gaming computer at a local store like Target or Best Buy. Most of them sell pre-built computers that aren't meant for better than casual gaming. And if they do sell gaming computers, they charge more for them than eCollege would for an equivalent computer.

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#837755 - 09/23/12 08:37 PM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thanks Drac and Jenny. With the two of you behind it, I won't wait till morning.

Thank you! hearts

EDIT: What do you guys think about adding cooling?


Edited by BrownEyedTigre (09/23/12 08:43 PM)
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#837760 - 09/23/12 08:57 PM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Just wanted to say that my son has a computer from eCollege and he couldn't be happier with it.

And if you do order from them, be sure to take advantage of that 5% discount code showing on the top righthand side of their home page. wave

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#837765 - 09/23/12 09:15 PM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Well, I thank you all and I just finished buying it.

I upgraded the memory to 8GB, the cooling system and got the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card and with the 5% discount it ended up being 1048.00.

Now I just have to pray mine stays up till it gets here.

Thanks again!

EDIT, Marian, thanks about the discount. I saw it when I loaded the page and fortunately remembered when I checked out, It helps!



Edited by BrownEyedTigre (09/23/12 09:18 PM)
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#837802 - 09/23/12 11:42 PM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Wow, good buy. I just grabbed a good Antec Case - or did you get a different one? They have a ton of other ones too. The Antec case is nothing fancy, but gets very good ratings at Newegg. The two USB ports on the front of the case are USB 3.0 too. I would definitely stay away from the default case. It's OK for a lightweight system and I've used it for one build for a guy in his late 70's. But it's too small for enough cooling for an Ivy Bridge processor and that video card.

If you upgraded the stock cooler, that's a good upgrade. From what I understand the Ivy Bridge CPUs run a bit hotter than the Sandy Bridge CPUs do. Even an extra case fan would be good depending on which case you got.

You could have upgraded the motherboard too, but that Asus is a very good one and has plenty of upgrade potential should you ever need to. It's a good compromise and let's you get the better video card and stay close to your budget.

Just FYI, the business is right here in St. Louis in the South County Shopping Center. So your ground shipping should be pretty fast.
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#837858 - 09/24/12 06:32 AM Re: New Computer [Re: Draclvr]
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Congrats, BrownEyedTigre !! Hope your new machine is fabulous !! bravo

I'll be coming to these fine people here at Gameboomers for advice also - as soon as I have the cash to go buy praise
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#837887 - 09/24/12 10:16 AM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Drac, I left the case that you picked. It was hard to make a choice without a bunch of pictures. As long as it runs, I don't care what it looks like. lol

Thank you again for your help. It is much appreciated.

Mad, I hope you can get a new one soon. I hope that Sherlock runs on yours! hearts

Ana wave
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#837888 - 09/24/12 10:26 AM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I just hope your old one holds up until the new one gets there!
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#837891 - 09/24/12 10:31 AM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I am talking to it really nicely. grin
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#837906 - 09/24/12 11:54 AM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Give it TLC Ana. Congrats on the new one.
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#837937 - 09/24/12 02:08 PM Re: New Computer [Re: flutist]
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Are we going to see pictures of your new baby when it arrives? I just looovvveee pictures.

Nice selection, ana.
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#837940 - 09/24/12 02:13 PM Re: New Computer [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I can most certainly post a picture Homer. grin

Thanks Bets!

I emailed them this morning to upgrade the motherboard but haven't heard back yet.

Ana wave
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