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Looking into buying a new Desktop.

  1. #1


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro

    Looking into buying a new Desktop.


    I am looking for a desktop that has an i7 (5th gen preferred) with the ability to expand to 32gb ram. SSD is a plus. Looking at around 1200 is what I can spend.

    Thus far, cannot find those specifics, except for an "iBUYPOWER" Desktop that is 1500, but I have never heard of that brand and also read a few crappy reviews. I am not looking to buy from someone here, just if anyone can point in the right direction i'd be grateful.




    Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 124
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    That's a lot of power, you may not need it but if you want it there are a few options. Dell, HP, Alienware, IBuyPower, and a few other ones that I can't think of right now. Some of those manufacturers can give you the ability to upgrade certain components. You'll likely be using all of your money however. Are you interested in building your own system, self supporting your own system, and troubleshooting if anything goes wrong? You'll get everything you want at the budget you want.

    Are you looking to cut down on cost? Look at my system specs, with this hardware I run various virtual machines, launch a large amount of apps, play games and much more.
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  3. #3


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
    That's a lot of power.
    I agree. If you are not into serious gaming and/or heavy-duty video editing you will likely never take advantage of all the power.

    Check the Benchmark Performance Scores on whatever CPU you are looking at as all i7's are not equal. You should also consider an SSD as a cache drive if not your primary drive, as this will significantly boost performance while still allowing you to have a standard HDD for capacity.
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  4. #4


    32gb of Ram is a ton, unless you are running multiple concurrent vm's this is likely not needed. I'd much prefer the SSD over that much Ram.
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  5. #5


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    pparks1, the Server we built for our church, that has two Xenon Quad Core CPU's in it, I do not even think if I remember that we put that much RAM in it. We are running two top of the line GPU cards, that would be used in tv production. The whole reason was because we needed a machine that could run photo editing, while also running the slides for church services, and stream out video & audio at the same time.

    I am wondering if the OP is just trying to build an on the cheap gaming platform. But without more info, and just the little we have. As far as we all know. They will just be cruising the Internet.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
    That's a lot of power, you may not need it but if you want it there are a few options. Dell, HP, Alienware, IBuyPower, and a few other ones that I can't think of right now. Some of those manufacturers can give you the ability to upgrade certain components. You'll likely be using all of your money however. Are you interested in building your own system, self supporting your own system, and troubleshooting if anything goes wrong? You'll get everything you want at the budget you want.

    Are you looking to cut down on cost? Look at my system specs, with this hardware I run various virtual machines, launch a large amount of apps, play games and much more.
    Thanks. I realize it is a lot of power, and am only interested in the ability to upgrade to 32GB, sorry if I didn't clearly state that. I do, however, plan to set up a home lab at some point to having the option to upgrade is my preference. I am also not opposed to building my own system, but I have never done so before and would really need a specific detailed list of what I would need to do so, where to get it, my options for hardware, etc. Self supporting would be my goal as well. I looked at the iBUYPOWER but have never heard of it and have no idea if they are a reliable company, or a company at all lol.
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  7. #7


    After ten years, I finally built myself a new Desktop PC.

    I much prefer AMD cpu's over Intel cpu's so I bought a Gigabyte motherboard that would take an 8 core AMD cpu chip.
    Then of course, I had to buy the CPU and new RAM, but for just starters I opted for just one 4GB stick of DDR3 Crucial ram.
    I got all these items from "Tiger Direct.com".

    I also grabbed a new case for just $29 from the Computer Warehouse in Orlando.
    Assembling a new PC from scratch takes me less than an hour, even being very detail oriented in my assemblies.
    I used to build PC's professionally, since 1980.

    I already had my 650W PSU and NVidea GForce vid card from an earlier build, and of course my 1TB Seagate HD.
    So in less than two hours, I had a new PC up and running, with Windows 8.1/x86.
    Why x86, one might well ask, well.....it's because I still run 16 bit software that will not install on an X64 PC.
    But can be made to run on x86 based PC's, running Windows 8.1.

    I'm also testing Windows 10, 10130 on the same PC, but on a separate (spare) hard drive. And it's running quite well.

    Good Luck!
    TechnoMage
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  8. #8


    Building is quite easy. I just looked at new parts last night and might pull the trigger this summer. Looking at Antec 302 case, intel quad core i5 haswell, 16gb of Ram (2x8), Asus z97a mobo with USB 3.1, a 512gb Samsung SSD, with an eVGA gtx970 superclocked video card with a Corsair fully modular 750w power supply. Price approx $1200.

    Probably will buy windows 10 pro (or the equivalent of the SKU) when its out.
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  9. #9


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    I much prefer AMD cpu's over Intel cpu's s
    I'm not asking to flame, just out of curiosity, but what is your reason? I've been building PCs for the better part of 15 years, but I haven't been closely following the hardware scene for about 2 years now. I'm getting ready to build a new tower, and I'm not finding any reasons to consider AMD over Intel at this point. I've always prefered the Intel chipsets on mobos, which has led me to use Intel procs as well. Again, not trying to flame, I'm gathering information.

    As for your 16 bit software, is it anything that needs direct access to hardware, like a scanner, etc? If not, you could always add more memory, run Windows 8.1 x64, and then virtualize the software.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 124
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chris1neji View Post
    That's a lot of power, you may not need it but if you want it there are a few options. Dell, HP, Alienware, IBuyPower, and a few other ones that I can't think of right now. Some of those manufacturers can give you the ability to upgrade certain components. You'll likely be using all of your money however. Are you interested in building your own system, self supporting your own system, and troubleshooting if anything goes wrong? You'll get everything you want at the budget you want.

    Are you looking to cut down on cost? Look at my system specs, with this hardware I run various virtual machines, launch a large amount of apps, play games and much more.
    Thanks. I realize it is a lot of power, and am only interested in the ability to upgrade to 32GB, sorry if I didn't clearly state that. I do, however, plan to set up a home lab at some point to having the option to upgrade is my preference. I am also not opposed to building my own system, but I have never done so before and would really need a specific detailed list of what I would need to do so, where to get it, my options for hardware, etc. Self supporting would be my goal as well. I looked at the iBUYPOWER but have never heard of it and have no idea if they are a reliable company, or a company at all lol.
    Start with watching Youtube videos on users putting together computers. You'll learn (hopefully) how to properly handle and grab the parts. This will be among the most important thing, grabbing pieces by the correct area to avoid bending or breaking them. It will also give a general idea on what to expect. Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct,are among the most "mainstream" places to buy components but not the only ones. Always watch and read the online store's return policy and fees.

    When buying computer parts warranty length from well known brand is important. A lot of products will have a 1 year, few will do 3 and rarely will they have lifetime. If it's lifetime be aware that you may have to pay for the shipping fees both ways.

    Once you get all the basics down it's finally time to get down to money. Plan out the components, budget, and compatibilities. If you're still interested in building it yourself many of us will be eager to come up with builds. Or you can come up with one (which is the best part of custom building) and we can give you constructive criticism. We need a larger summary of typical usage scenario about your usage. Also what stuff you see yourself doing on it next year and so on. A good machine will not need to be upgraded for at least 2 years. Most of the times even longer. If you have any other questions or concern we're here to help.
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