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Windows 7: Buy Mac or upgrade pc?

25 Mar 2012   #11
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
It's just a much cheaper solution then a full mobo upgrade, cpu and ram and buys the op time without breaking the bank. As mentioned I just ordered this same mobo and with 8gb of DDR2 800 and it's 2.6Quad and a GTX260 OC card it spanks out 7.2 across the WEI with the help of a C300 64 SSD. If you look for the other you have:
$95-230 usd mobo
$150-350 usd cpu
$50-250 usd ram
My solution saves $100 usd and it a banging system to boot.
Intel BOXDB65ALB3 Mobo: $89.99
Intel Core i3-2105: $139.99 This one has the HD 4000 gpu and is only $10 more than the cheapest one.
1x8GBG-Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3: $58.49. You can get more RAM as you go along (preferably not individually as shipping's expensive).
Grand total: $288.47. And you have plenty of room for expansion.


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26 Mar 2012   #12
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Phenom Quad core has nothing to fear from a i3 dual core. But excellent to show the op has another affordable solution but in my humble opinion the i3 just doesn't have enough horse power other than for pure business applications.
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26 Mar 2012   #13
nckfrtg28

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
nckfrtg28,
Just an idea based on my first hand experience with this mobo. You're correct that these DDR2 mobo are drying up fast. This board for the money is flat crazy nice. I run a Phenom X4 9550 2.6BE in it and in my other rig it's a 3.4BE and a enthusiast MSI mobo listing for over 2 bills when running programs it's next to impossible to notice a difference.
I wouldn't mind buying a Motherboard that has DDR3 it just 2 months ago I brought 2 more DDR2 800 sticks for my computer. Because my computer was crashing when i was using Photoshop. Also got it for Skyrim too.
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26 Mar 2012   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nckfrtg28 View Post
I wouldn't mind buying a Motherboard that has DDR3 it just 2 months ago I brought 2 more DDR2 800 sticks for my computer. Because my computer was crashing when i was using Photoshop. Also got it for Skyrim too.
That's the price you pay (literally) for buying more of an old tech as opposed to spending the money more wisely, or saving it towards a larger upgrade. DDR3 has been around for quite some time now, so there was little reason to buy DDR2 which is more expensive.

As for your initial question, do you want to throw money away on a less-functional platform, or do you want to spend 1/3 of the cost for a more powerful system, the ability to run nearly any program you want, and the ability to upgrade in time as you see fit?

It always seems like a very simple equation. There's nothing about a Mac that justifies the cost.
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26 Mar 2012   #15
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Phenom Quad core has nothing to fear from a i3 dual core. But excellent to show the op has another affordable solution but in my humble opinion the i3 just doesn't have enough horse power other than for pure business applications.
It runs circles around my Pentium, which I can play Skyrim on.
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26 Mar 2012   #16
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

We'll wait for the op to get back to us as to the best direction now that he knows there are loads of relatively cheap options. I agree absolute zero need to buy a Mac. I've shown a excellent way to stay with the ram he just bought and still power on for many years. Otherwise there are of course are more expensive options that would future proof for added cost and only he'll have the answer to this question of how far does he want to take this situation.
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26 Mar 2012   #17
nckfrtg28

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
We'll wait for the op to get back to us as to the best direction now that he knows there are loads of relatively cheap options. I agree absolute zero need to buy a Mac. I've shown a excellent way to stay with the ram he just bought and still power on for many years. Otherwise there are of course are more expensive options that would future proof for added cost and only he'll have the answer to this question of how far does he want to take this situation.
I was thinking. How expensive will it be if i Upgrade my Motherboard, 8GB ram, and a 2GB video card. And use my old motherboard and Ram and video card for a media PC?
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26 Mar 2012   #18
nckfrtg28

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 

I would like to spend less then 400.
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26 Mar 2012   #19
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nckfrtg28 View Post
I would like to spend less then 400.
yet you were willing to buy a 2000$ imac

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
It's just a much cheaper solution then a full mobo upgrade, cpu and ram and buys the op time without breaking the bank. As mentioned I just ordered this same mobo and with 8gb of DDR2 800 and it's 2.6Quad and a GTX260 OC card it spanks out 7.2 across the WEI with the help of a C300 64 SSD. If you look for the other you have:
$95-230 usd mobo
$150-350 usd cpu
$50-250 usd ram
My solution saves $100 usd and it a banging system to boot.
Intel BOXDB65ALB3 Mobo: $89.99
Intel Core i3-2105: $139.99 This one has the HD 4000 gpu and is only $10 more than the cheapest one.
1x8GBG-Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3: $58.49. You can get more RAM as you go along (preferably not individually as shipping's expensive).
Grand total: $288.47. And you have plenty of room for expansion.
I like this combo you should go for somthing like this
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26 Mar 2012   #20
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

though I'd probably recommend going with 4GB per RAM stick if you're staying with Home Premium, as that's limited to 16GB or RAM.
It's cheaper, too.
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