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Advice on bare bones systems needed

Discussion in 'Recording' started by kobuk, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. kobuk

    kobuk Guest

    Hello,

    I already have a rockin DAW that I built for a home studio but now I am in the market for a home system that I will be using mostly for internet and photoshop. I won't be doing much recording so I don't need a super powerful machine and I'm on a much stricter budget this time around (under $400 not including monitor).

    I guess I'm wondering if a bare bones package is really the way to go or if I should go ahead and build a system from scratch. I have to admit that I'm feeling a bit lazier this time around and would rather buy a system that's at least partially put together before hand. I also haven't had much luck finding a barebones package that looked any good online.

    I have less of a clue about what mobo/processor/video card combos to shoot for in a budget machine. Any thoughts on this would definately help me to narrow things down a bit.


    thanks,

    kobuk
     
  2. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    A PC under $400 to run photoshop? Good luck. In that scenario, I'd suggest buying a ready built machine and swapping, for example, the video card with a better model, and adding a ton of RAM and a fast second HDD.

    At under $400 you're looking at a celeron or a Athlon 2400 at the most.

    Try here:

    http://clearance.cnet.com/5/
    http://www.dealnews.com
    http://pricewatch.com
     
  3. kobuk

    kobuk Guest

    Mark,

    thanks for the links. I see the benefit in going ready built. My next question is, If I want to add more RAM or switch out other parts am I stuck with buying directly from the manufacturer (Dell, Compaq etc.) or can I swap with parts that have the same specs that I buy at an online retailer like newegg?

    For instance, at dealnews.com there is a Dell dimension for $399 after rebate (celeron 2.4 128mb and 40g drive). If I upgrade the RAM at the time of purchase adding 128mb will cost an extra $70.

    kobuk





    kobuk
     
  4. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    No Way, you buy from whomever you please. The trick is to spec your motherboard to see what type of RAM, etc. it takes. I do suggest buying quality parts though.
     

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