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Windows 7: Buy Mac or upgrade pc?


25 Mar 2012   #1

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 
Buy Mac or upgrade pc?

Hello I been thinking about buying a iMac. But the iMac I want is about $2000. Or should I upgrade my pc. I would upgrade my pc in no time if I can find a motherboard that works with 4 DDR 2 800 and the intel i series. But I looked all over and found a few motherboards that will work but they don't have 4 slots for memory. So could someone find a cheap way to upgrade my pc?

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25 Mar 2012   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nckfrtg28 View Post
Hello I been thinking about buying a iMac. But the iMac I want is about $2000. Or should I upgrade my pc. I would upgrade my pc in no time if I can find a motherboard that works with 4 DDR 2 800 and the intel i series. But I looked all over and found a few motherboards that will work but they don't have 4 slots for memory. So could someone find a cheap way to upgrade my pc?
You have me confused.

You say you can't find motherboards with 4 slots for DDR2.

Here is a list of 10:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Motherboards, Intel Motherboards, 4240pin, DDR2 667

You want a cheap way to upgrade, but you are looking at a $2000 Mac??

DDR2 is outdated. The new DDR3 is dirt cheap---8 GB for $50.

You can certainly upgrade to a new motherboard, new RAM, and new processor for maybe $500 that will be a very very strong PC. That's what I'd do, but I don't know your real budget.
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25 Mar 2012   #3
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Keeping those old Dimms makes absolutely no sense if you want to upgrade.
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25 Mar 2012   #4

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Newegg.com - ASRock A770DE+ AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ975FBGMBOX
Use your DDR2 with these and this will rock your world ! Just dropped a 2.6BE in this mobo and it kicks ass. Please consider upgrading your GPU or blast what you have in it and do a phase two upgrade later.
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25 Mar 2012   #5
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Newegg.com - ASRock A770DE+ AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ975FBGMBOX
Use your DDR2 with these and this will rock your world ! Just dropped a 2.6BE in this mobo and it kicks ass. Please consider upgrading your GPU or blast what you have in it and do a phase two upgrade later.
This is a nice board and CPU. But given that RAM is so cheap, I would still recommend to go with DDR3 1600 - with a matching board. Upgrading today with DDR2 800's does not sound right.
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25 Mar 2012   #6

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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.
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25 Mar 2012   #7

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nckfrtg28 View Post
Hello I been thinking about buying a iMac. But the iMac I want is about $2000. Or should I upgrade my pc. I would upgrade my pc in no time if I can find a motherboard that works with 4 DDR 2 800 and the intel i series. But I looked all over and found a few motherboards that will work but they don't have 4 slots for memory. So could someone find a cheap way to upgrade my pc?
You have me confused.

You say you can't find motherboards with 4 slots for DDR2.

Here is a list of 10:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Motherboards, Intel Motherboards, 4240pin, DDR2 667

You want a cheap way to upgrade, but you are looking at a $2000 Mac??

DDR2 is outdated. The new DDR3 is dirt cheap---8 GB for $50.

You can certainly upgrade to a new motherboard, new RAM, and new processor for maybe $500 that will be a very very strong PC. That's what I'd do, but I don't know your real budget.

Ya but they don't work with the intel i series.
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25 Mar 2012   #8

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Newegg.com - ASRock A770DE+ AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ975FBGMBOX
Use your DDR2 with these and this will rock your world ! Just dropped a 2.6BE in this mobo and it kicks ass. Please consider upgrading your GPU or blast what you have in it and do a phase two upgrade later.
This is a nice board and CPU. But given that RAM is so cheap, I would still recommend to go with DDR3 1600 - with a matching board. Upgrading today with DDR2 800's does not sound right.
Thanks for the links I might look in to that.
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25 Mar 2012   #9

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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.
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25 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Simple answer. Are you a gamer? If you answer yes, then you can forget about a Mac.

Wait about a month, if you can. Ivy Bridge will be released. Otherwise, get yourself a decent build with an Intel i5 2500k CPU. You can get a new PC with that processor for about $700 or more. But if you can wait, do it. You'll also be able to have a motherboard that supports PCI-e 3.0. Those are actually currently out, if you want a six-core Sandy Bridge processor. I don't know if it's worth the extra price, though.

In 2007, I had my PC built by CyberPowerPC. I will say, there are some negative reviews about that site, most of which come from "Enthusiasts". I never had a problem with my PC at all. In fact, it still works. My only complaint, is that it's too loud and I didn't have it built well for overclocking/cooling. I've upgraded the GPU, hard drive and RAM because I needed more power, not because of a malfunction. Those parts worked fine til the day I upgraded, but I'll be honest, I wouldn't bother selling them, they're useless now.

If you're going to get a new PC off of a website like CyberPowerPC, or iBuyPower or some other site, I would suggest for now getting one without the OS installed. You can download Windows 8 Customer Preview for free, and it's good until 2013. Then, just buy Windows 8 OEM and do a clean install. Keep in mind, OEMs are tied to the motherboard, and there isn't much support for it. So, you have to know what you're doing when you install it, not that it's all that difficult, anyway.

I'm about getting ready for a new upgrade, myself.

Again, to me, MACs are useless. Then again, I prefer Microsoft products (MS Office) and I'm also a gamer. Generally, developers will make games for the PC, since Windows is used more in the home PC over Mac OS.
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