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KevB
02-03-2010, 05:12 PM
So I'm going to be in the market for a new desktop soon. I'm looking to keep it around or preferably less than $1K (only need the pc, don't need any peripherals). I'm hoping you all can give me ideas on the right setup.

I'm rolling with a Dell XPS400 right now, and that's going to be the kid's pc. I do some minor video editing (may do more in the future?), rip/transcode movies, e-mail, web, light MS Office type work on my computer now. I don't really game on it, as I have an XBOX 360. I have a 500GB external drive that serves as my backup currently (using Win 7 backup). I use my XBOX 360 as a media extender, watching ripped movies, PlayOn, Netflix, etc. I have a Wii on another floor that also uses PlayOn. This pc has a TVTuner, but the picture is mediocre, so I don't watch it much. I've started using MyMovies to collect movie data and to serve as a nice UI as I watch the ripped movies on my XBOX 360 in my basement. The only other pc in the house is my wife's netbook.

I'd like a newer/faster desktop with a bigger hard drive. Do I go Dell or something like it, or build my own? I also hear a little about a RAID setup with mirrored drives as a backup solution. There are also media server options (could use the kid's current pc with XP here) that I know only a little about. Would this be any better than my XBOX as an extender setup?

Lots of stuff here, but I'd love to hear any ideas you all have or what your current setup looks like.

Bane
02-03-2010, 06:39 PM
Check out www.newegg.com.

Dells are ok,I've had good and bad luck with them,but I'm rolling Macs now.

bevischief
02-03-2010, 06:41 PM
Go talk to local computer store that is not a national chain.

QuikSsurfer
02-04-2010, 01:42 AM
Gigabyte 770TA-UD3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..CPU - $125
Phenom II X3 720: [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103649

GPU - $155
Sapphire Radeon 5770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102864

RAM - $90 - $10 MIR
Patriot 4GB DDR3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220435

Case - $40
Coolermaster RC-330: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119115

PSU - $70 - $25 MIR
550W OCZ Modular: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341022

HDD - $55
1TB Samsung Spinpoint: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152181

Optical - $30
MSI DVD/CD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827100059

Total: $660 - 35 = $625

SLAG
02-04-2010, 02:21 AM
Gigabyte 770TA-UD3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..CPU - $125
Phenom II X3 720: [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103649

GPU - $155
Sapphire Radeon 5770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102864

RAM - $90 - $10 MIR
Patriot 4GB DDR3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220435

Case - $40
Coolermaster RC-330: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119115

PSU - $70 - $25 MIR
550W OCZ Modular: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341022

HDD - $55
1TB Samsung Spinpoint: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152181

Optical - $30
MSI DVD/CD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827100059

Total: $660 - 35 = $625

Thanks dude

Whats the best you can do with an core 2 duo?

or is the phenom better?

KevB
02-04-2010, 10:31 AM
Thanks Surfer, very cool of you to take the time to put that together. I'm going to dig into that setup.

If I were to buy one already built, how about this one:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5651022&csid=ITD&body=MAIN#detailspecs

Core i7, 1TB HD, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a GEForce GTX 260 vid card