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Old 02-10-2008, 07:24 PM   #1
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Default Help getting computer.

I only play 2 rather old games (pretty sure the graphics card should run them) and I like the edit videos every once in a while, nothing special though. Heres a quick build I made at Dell on an XPS 210.

PROCESSOR IntelŽ Core™2 Duo Processor E6600 (4MB L2 Cache,2.4GHz,1066 FSB)

OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows VistaŽ Home Premium

MEMORY 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4DIMMs

HARD DRIVE 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst
Cache™

OPTICAL DRIVE 8x DVD+/-RW Drive

MONITORS 19 inch S199WFP Widescreen Digital Flat Panel Monitor with TrueLife

VIDEO CARD ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO 256MB

SOUND CARD Integrated Sound BlasterŽAudigy™ HD Software Edition

KEYBOARD & MOUSE Logitech Cordless Desktop S 510 Keyboard and Mouse - Arctic Silver

FLOPPY & MEDIA READER No Floppy Drive Included

Please tell me anything you think needs changing!
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:27 PM   #2
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Looks like a decent build to me. If I were you, I'd go for a quad core, but I don't know your budget.

Also, I think 2GB might be enough for your tasks (from what I understand). 4gigs might be overkill if you aren't going to be running multiple memory-hogging programs, games, etc.

Everything else looks pretty good!
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:20 PM   #3
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What Games are you looking to play?
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:21 PM   #4
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Garry's mod and Counter Strike: Source.
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:49 PM   #5
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everything looks pretty good, except 4gb RAM might me overkill. try for a new processor or gpu with that money
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:02 PM   #6
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Why not just build it yourself? The E6600 is sort of outdated, there are newer models. Either go for this cheaper processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115029

Or this one that has just come out, it's really nice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037


The 4GB of RAM is up to you, you may use it with the video editing, but a slightly nicer graphics card could be to your advantage.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:22 PM   #7
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is an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6700 (4MB L2 Cache,2.66GHz,1066 FSB) good?

Also, this is probably stupid, but, doesn't Vista itself take up 2GB of RAM? That would take up all my RAM. I don't know if that means anything or not. I'm not all that great with computers.
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:57 AM   #8
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I'd honestly get a Quad Core (Q6600) instead of an E6700...that'll save you a few dollars there, too.

Regarding vista, nope, it doesn't take up 2 gigs of RAM. It takes up a few GIGs on your hard drive, but 2 gigs of ram will suffice for the stuff you want to do.
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I don't think he needs a quad for the things he wants to do. A nice wolfdale E8*00 will be perfect.
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I don't think he needs a quad for the things he wants to do. A nice wolfdale E8*00 will be perfect.
A E6700 like he picked would be more expensive than a Q6600 like i'm suggesting, so basing it on those two selections, I'd go with a Q. Let's wait till he chimes in again.
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