Honestly, If you were gonna save up to spend on a computer how much would you spend?
I was reading an article today that said $0-1000 are low tier computers.. $1001-2000 are mid tier computers... and $2001+ are high end computers...
So how much would you really spend on a computer?
Right now I'm looking at buy a 4600+ amd athlon dual core with 2 gigs of ram, 320 gigs of memory a liquid cooling system all for about obviously a sony dual layer dvd burner (no monitor or windows as i own them already)
Now i'm not putting in a physics card, nor am i putting in a high end videocard, because i don't play games like halo, counterstrike, doom 3, quake 4, etc... I like to use my computer as a media center to watch videos and play games that don't require highend graphics cards...
to that end i'm putting in a nvidia geforce 7300 gt 512 16x pci express x 16 video card
all this for 1052 dollars...
I guess if i had to buy a monitor and operating system... i'd have to fork out another 4-500 bucks and end up in the mid tier range... what about you guys? i see these computers online for like 400 bucks.. and others for 4000, and think man 400 bucks isn't gonna do much... but 4000..-18000 wtf are those guys thinking!!! (go to apple.com and build the most expensive thing you can for the macpro you'll see what i mean...
__________________ Quotes from Hia8:
"I claimed that the science is sometimes faulty."
"You don't understand. This is fiction. That means none of this stuff really happened."
"There is no writer to purposely ignore a character's natural ability just because it suits the story."
"in some cases because the writer knows that Character A will dominate Character B easily and refuses to allow this to happen for the sake of the story."
As much as I needed to. If you shop smart you can get stuff a lot cheaper, and if you spend a lot of time on the PC then you may as well get the most out of it performance wise. But say, for a physics card, I will most likely get one at some stage, however its not going to do me a lot of good right now so I see no point. For graphics cards, if you can spare an extra $200-$300 more, buy as close to top of the line as you can, there is no point paying $$ for a card thats going to be outperformed in 1-2 years (I just re-read and noticed you said it was for media stuff, so a 7300 will probably be good enough for that, but if later on you intend to game a bit more, you'll have to spend more money and get a better card), hell I'd get SLI if I could afford it, maybe for my next PC.
I'd say anything between $1000 - $1500 (AU) would be ok if you spent a bit of time on the computer mostly doing other activities, maybe a little bit of gaming. $1500 - $2000 can get a sweet rig for gaming if you shop around, anything over $2000 is only really if you are die hard about having the biggest and best stuff for max performance.
Example: PCPowerplay magazine has a list of the biggest, fastest, best bits of hardware for PCs, and they slap it all together and see how much you would have to pay, the current issue came to a whopping $14000 for a PC (this is paying $2000 just for a CPU, mind). And on the other side, they find the best stuff you can get for the cheapest price, cost about $2000.
Just dont be stupid with your money and end up paying $$ for stuff thats not going to perform well in a year or two.
What I dont understand is why get a Media Center PC which requires a Video Card and TV tuner just to watch movies and maybe play a 2 or 3 games. Thats just way too much for something you will not use as much.
I would rather you do as Mist already said and look for a bargain on MOBOs, Video Cards, cases, fans, HDD etc. and I can certainly say that you could build your own PC for less than $1000 (Im assuming American or Canadian here) and you will have a mid to high end PC.
I'm planning on building a new computer, and my goal is to do so for under $1000...preferably about $600-700. I don't really play PC games that much so it doesn't need to be top of the line, just not complete garbage.
$1000 = low tier is a bunch of shit. If you know what your doing and do it yourself you can get a very good computer for a very good price. It mostly depends how high end video you need, and how nice of a monitor you want. And most people over spend on a processor.
****, a grand? i cant afford to spend that. i dont want to play any games on my pc, games like the original doom or something like that. but thats it. i dont play games on my pc. i just want to be able to use my cpu without it being slow. i use it for music and the internet, thats it. how much would that cost me to get a decent comp for what i need?
__________________ In bed, without anyone knowing, Quaresma does a trivela.
No way the game rules. You can download it at WWW.mariocharts.gov. Your play as an accountant named Mario and you have to chart out the gains and loses of companies and the farther you get the larger companies you work for. The farthest I have gotten I Target though I have been trying to get Wal-Mart and McDonalds for so long.