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Old 11-20-06, 09:02 AM
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question on new family pc?

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Getting the family a new pc for christmas, its for my wife, I, and our kids(oldest is 9) Have a sony vaio now thats 2.5 years old. Its used for basic internet, some online gaming my son does and thats about it for now(we like to play some games but nothing to extreme, but that could change) We are going to have qwest dsl instesd of our cable modem and just get the wireless dsl modem hnece the need for the usb wireless adapter, probably get another one for the other desktop we have and then my laptop has a wireless card.


Skipping to the point I guess is will this pc do the trick?



http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...=bddw1ac&s=bsd



I chose to upgade to a 20 inch monitor, 160 gb hd, and the the wireless adapter, and 2 year warranty comes out to $592

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Old 11-20-06, 10:06 AM
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stick with a 19 inch monitor, get the 256MB ATI video card, stick with the 80GB HD and buy something in the store when a deal comes out. i saw 300GB SATA II disks for $90 after rebate in compusa on saturday. stick with the 1 year warranty since replacing bad PC parts is cheaper yourself and desktops rarely break. get at least 1GB RAM and think about 2GB

i would probably downgrade to an E521 and get a 17 inch monitor since you are going to play games. the 17 and 19 inch are both 1280x1024 resolution and it will look sharper on the smaller screen. the 20 inch flat panels are 1600x1200 and you need a $500 video card to play games at that resolution. with LCD's you need to play at the native resolution of the monitor or it looks pretty bad and there are very few cards on the market that play 1600x1200 at nice frame rates

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Old 11-22-06, 11:29 AM
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or would I be more happier with this?


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i've been building PC for 10 years and still read about all the hardware crap

if you are going to play games don't get a 20 inch lcd unless you fork out $500 for a video card. even older games. only the most expensive video cards can do 1600x1200 at a decent frame rate

i have an ATI X1600 XT video card and at 1280x1024 it sometimes slows down some in Rome Total War
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Old 11-22-06, 12:13 PM
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Yep planning to stay with the 19 inch analog, will that be ok and upgrade to the 256 video card, do I need the other crap this model has versus the other, thanks a bunch
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Old 11-22-06, 12:25 PM
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get a digital LCD, it's worth it
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Old 11-22-06, 01:27 PM
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For the $120 or so you can get them for, I'd go for a 19" LCD. The extra size over the 17" makes a better ergonomic environment in my opinion.

However a decent 19" CRT is just fine too. I still have a very nice 17" CRT in use.
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