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Which of these budget laptops is best?

Q: Which of these budget laptops is best?

Am trying to decide between Lenovo G500 15.6" Laptop 4GB Memory 1TB Hard Drive 59399508 - Best Buy

and HP Pavilion 17.3" Laptop 4GB Memory 750GB Hard Drive 17-e019dx - Best Buy.

This will be for Windows 7 multi-tasking on internet, Office, streaming video, Skype, no gaming. The RAM will be doubled to 8gb.

The HP 17" screen for about the same weight is fast with Corei3 4000 Haswell processor which compares favorably with the Lenovo's Core i5 3230. But a possible fatal flaw is the flimsy power port with elbow plug which falls out. Best Buy says they will replace the PC with another one since it isn't a known flaw for the model and extend the return period so I can compare them side-by-side.

Which do you think is best, and why?

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A: Which of these budget laptops is best?

Hi Greg .. I have two Lenovos one a Desktop which i have had for for over two years the other one a Laptop which is in my System Specs ...Neither of them have given me any bother in all that time ... So i would say for reliability Lenovo wins hands down .. Apart from that side of things i think the Lenovos are better made .. I have had an HP Laptop in the past that was a number of years ago .. And it did preform well but i think their standards have dropped .. I see a lot of Laptops on here with problems HP rate as one of the highest a long with Sony .. Maybe that is because not many people have Lenovos .. Before i joined the Forums i had all the Bloatware that came with the Laptop and even with that it was still fast booting time was around 20/30 Seconds .. Thanks to you i done a Clean Install and now it is even better .. I think your best bet is to try them both for awhile and see how they compare ...

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This looks like a really good deal for 3rd generation I3 with a sleek Asus design, but wonder if 2 USB ports and no DVD burner makes the comparable I3 Toshiba that's mentioned preferable?

Asus X501A-SI30302Q

I have a friend who wants it for schoolwork, web, IM, not much more.

What do you think?

A:Compare new budget Core I3 laptops

The Toshiba is $10 more which does include a DVD burner . Id go for the Toshiba

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I have a friend who wants to buy a laptop. I offered him my laptop
Specs of my Laptop (its in the show specs on the bottom)
My Laptop, selling for $350 15.6"
i3-2350M
500 HDD
8GB DDR3 1333mhz
Intel HD 3000

The laptops my friend wants to buy

Laptop #1(acer) $299 11"
Celeron N2840
320 HDD
2GB DDR3 1066 Mhz
Intel Hd graphics

Laptop #2(Dell) $399 14"
Pentium N3540
500 HDD
4 GB DDR3 1600 Mhz
Intel Hd graphics

Laptop #3(acer) $429 17.3"
AMD a4-6210
500 GB HDD
4GB DDR3 1066 Mhz
AMD Radeon R3

All the three laptop has the same HDD speed (5400,Even mine)

He told my he will do some web browsing, some gaming, Ms office etc.

So overall which laptop is the best from the four?

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Hello.
In June 2016 our company bought Inspiron 5759. I used it at office, we have air conditioning, nothing that could cause overheating or other problems. In the end of July 17 laptop just turned off and didnt react on any actions. I brought to service center and they told it's the hub located on the same board with CPU. The only way to fix it is to replace the whole board which costs around 600 USD because there's CPU Core i7 in it. I was given another laptop Inspiron 5558 which was not used since winter of 2017 because it had problems with WiFi. I tried to connect it with LAN cable and discovered that LAN is not working, in fact there's no LAN adapter in device manager. Service center said today that's the same problem - but this time hub is not completely broken, it's just doesnt see LAN adapter and periodically shuts down WiFi. The technician told that this is a frequent problem with Inspirons and Dell knows about it but doesnt recall laptops or extend warranty on this spare part. I asked when second laptop got the wifi issues - it started at the beginning of 2017 and warranty ended in December 2016. Again just 1-2 months.

So, it looks very strange that Dell laptops break right after ending of warranty with same problem, and we can't just change the hub, we need to buy a new board which includes CPU for 600 USD.
SNs: c0jchc2, 5lcmd72

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Here's a thought. I've been searching high and low for an affordable laptop which has

Awesome Graphics card (not sure what - but something that could handle Crysis at high)
15-16" screen with 1920 x 1080 res
4gb or more ddr3 1333mhz ram
core i7-720qm or higher processor
backlit keyboard
HDMI, long battery life, etc etc

So basically everything but at under $2500. I even bought a dell studio xps 1645 with the above specs and the price was real good ($1730 with student discount) but it had lots of problems so i had to return it.

Now that the problem is solved (? maybe?).. dell dont offer that laptop in that configuration, making the laptop around $2400 just due to an increase in RAM (6gb instead of 4gb).

And since I am unsure of the quality with dell or any other brand for that matter, I was wondering if there is any laptop out there that gives alienware m15x performance for a smaller pricetag? (a discount coupon for the above would do! hehe)

If not, what about "overhauling" or "Pimp My Laptop" sorta stuff if you catch my drift... You know customizing the laptop or even building it up from scratch.

I've done some basic upgrades in the past (RAM HDD, bluetooth card etc.) but does anyone have any experience in upgrading graphics cards, screens and CPU's?

Any experience or information about this is very welcome, as finding the right laptop in the right price is sorta like the Holy Grail of laptops, especially in NZ s... Read more

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I don't know if its the laptop or if it has to do with the router but it seems that Apple laptops always interfere with my wifi connection.

My brothers Mac does it when we both visit home and my girlfriends roommates mac always kicks both of our laptops off the wifi. After a few minutes it will let us connect back up but then dies out again after a few minutes.

I assume it has to do with the laptops because neither my brother or the roommate seem to have the problem and it only happens when they are online.

Anyone Know whats up?

Thanks All!

A:Apple Laptops seem to force my Windows Laptops Offline...

Any Help Anyone?

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I have $700 to use for a PC setup. I originally was just going to customize a Dell from the Dell web site until I saw how severally overprice many components were and even way outdated! Therefore I want to build my own with parts through Newegg.

Here's what I have so far:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12032652
I already have a Sata hard drive and THIS power supply so those 2 items can be excluded.

Can anyone tell me for sure the processor,motherboard,memory and case that I picked would all be compatible with each other?

I play on adding a video card down the road also. I remember reading but not sure if it was this specific motherboard, but one of them said it didn't have integrated video so I'm curious as to how you'd even install a video card with no video to install the drivers?
 

A:$700 Budget for a PC

$700 is a bit more than a budget computer...

You have an OS to install? At least until Windows7 comes out?

I would go with the following (order of your list)
1 - Case: Pretty much anything that is Rosewill = crap. Want a good basic black case with good airflow, try this:
Antec 300 $55 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 (IS your PSU 24pin and 4pin wires very long? Many of todays cases such as the 300 has the PSU on the bottom)

2 - Keyboard, $7 keyboards won't last long. A good cheap keyboard is an HP or Logitech for $15+ But none of them are as good as what was made 10-15years ago.

3 - Spend $40~50 more on a 24" Samsung. Acer tends to be washed out. Over at Costco, they sell the 24" Samsung for $200. $250 with HD-Tuner and HDMI input. (Add $50 from newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001280

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Produc...=0&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1

4 - With AMD DDR2 boards, its generally best to go with DDR2-800mhz: RAM 4GB DDR2 800 - $47 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682014518 G.Skills are good, I use them.

5 - Mice : Check out Logitech... $5~10 mice tend to live for a month or so. Spend at least $15+ Good mice are $30~50.

6 - Motherboard The 790 doesn't have onboard graphics. Not sure what you're asking. If you buy a motherboard without on-board graphics and you don't add a video card, you DON'T get vide... Read more

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Hi Everybody!

I need some help with my HP Compaq Presario SR5030NX Desktop PC. Lately I have noticed that it has been running low on memory and the performance has been slow. I have already upgraded my RAM to the max capacity (2GB /2 GB (max) ) and I have been running into problems when trying to do general things like surf the net, run WMP11, and some general multitasking. WMP will start skipping as I am running an application or browsing the internet or I will have slow loading times.

I am just wondering if there is anything I can do to improve its performance by not breaking the bank. I have thought about buying a non integrated graphics card to free up memory but I would also need a new PSU since I am working with stock. Could buying a new Mobo with more RAM expansion and a faster processor help or is there anything that you all could think of?

I use my PC for listening to music, surfing the internet, editing videos, and business applications.

Here are a few of my specs:

Desktop PC HP Compaq Presario SR5030NX
Processor Intel Pentium 4 641 / 3.2 GHz
Type & Installed Size L2 cache 2 MB
Chipset type Intel 945GC Express
RAM 2GB / 2 GB (max) PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive 160 GB Serial ATA-300 7200rpm
Graphics Intel GMA 950
OS Windows Vista Home Basic
Security / Utility Software Norton Internet Security (always on), PC Tools Spyware Doctor (occasionally on), PC Tools Registry Mechanic (occasionally on)
 

A:Budget PC needs help

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Gentlemen,

I am building a low budget PC for a friend of mine. He would like the system for a couple of music mixing programs and to play a few lower end games. Here is what I put together from NewEgg. Let me know what you think.

Case
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811129150

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813123219

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819104224

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820144310

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822144362

OS
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16837102151

For the graphics card, I have an old PNY GF4-4400 w/64MB that I can give him. Do you think this would be a good barebones system for him? Any problems that you might see?

Joe
 

A:Low Budget PC

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Making new computer 6-8 monitors (8 preferred) for 80% business 20% gaming.

Need a completely silent case so I don't hear the fans or whatever.

Right now I'm looking at 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133165 for videocards.

Soundcard?
Speakers?

CPU?
mobo?

HD?RAM?

and what kind of monitors should i get? I use 2 ultrasharp 20.5" dell ones atm (1600x1200 res)

any recommendations is appreciated. also wanna hook up a wiimote and a wireless internet card.
 

A:$10,000 Budget

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Greetings everyone. As a result of my recent lemon from CyberPower, I have decided to just build a new gaming rig myself.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Tonight I am going to tweak and further research some build ideas, but there is always some one on here who has some useful insights to offer.
 

A:$1,900 budget

Hi PYGMUS. I'm assuming your budget excludes the cost of a monitor and peripherals such as mouse, keyboard and speakers.

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz - $299.99
ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 - $299.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $139.99
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W Power Supply - $119.99
2x MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB - $439.98
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB - $74.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black Steel ATX Full Tower - $139.99

Total - $1,514.92

With the remaining cash you could get yourself a good aftermarket CPU HSF and other components of your choice and requirement. You could look towards getting a Blu Ray Drive or SSD if you're interested.
 

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Q: Budget

I wanted to know if any of you guys could help me with creating a budget sheet in Excel 2010 to track all the different people I owe money too and how much I have paid and remaining balance, with dates for each entry. Thanks in Advance!!
 

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I just bought the HIS HD 4670 IceQ Edition 1GB graphics card and its bottle necking on my pc..

My current cpu is intel pentium 3ghz..

I got 100 was less.. Which cpu would be best ??

I need intel socket 775

I want to play my GTA IV... I no my NEW graphics card not amazing.. But it can play GTA IV.. Its on youtube.. reviews etc.. But it lags.. and my current cpu was like 98 usage in benchmark test :L

Also play cod4
 

A:What CPU should I buy on a £100 budget?

I was thinking maybe

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139971
 

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My current computer:

Dell Dimension 4550

Penitum 4 Northwood 2.4ghz s478 (does not support prescott cpus )
350w Power supply
Nvidia 6600 OC
2 gigs of RAM (Max on Mobo)

I have $200, what can I buy to get decent FPS on TF2, currently I am sitting at 20fps.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:$200 budget what can I do.

Basically nothing. TF2 relies too much on the CPU for a graphics+power supply upgrade, which you could afford, to make any difference. A new motherboard, CPU, RAM and OS are out of your budget. ~80 $ for a decent motherboard, 110$ for a really good one, 50-80 for RAM, 80-130-150-190 for a CPU, 90-150 for an OS.
 

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I am eventually going to build a budget pc, but for now im trying to understand the parts as much as I can. For the cpu i wanted to know what the discription of the cpu
is, for Ex. "Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470"
For the "3470", I wanted know what that means, like if its overclockable by that much. as well as the "Intel HD Graphics 2500", does that mean what type of graphics card it is compatable with are something else. If any one can help explain these things to me I would be very much greatful. those discriptions above are the only ones I need thank you.
 

A:Budget PC

Start by Googling & reading.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405044,00.asp

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5871/intel-core-i5-3470-review-hd-2500-graphics-tested
 

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So, this computer that I'm thinking about started out cheap, but has gotten a little more expensive over time. This is the first build I will be attempting, so this is pretty cool for me. After having multiple computers from places like Dell, I've decided to just build my own. This computer will be used for a range of things, including some gaming (stuff like Tomb Raider: Legend), Internet, Music/Video, School, and so on. Here is what I have so far (just looking at Newegg right now):

- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -- $99.99
- GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard -- $79.99
- Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor -- $ 119.99
- Rosewill RC-204 IDE to SATA Mini Vertical Bridge (for IDE device) -- $14.99 (I have 3 IDE drives and 1 port (2 devices) on the mobo)
- Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply -- $59.99, $39.99 after rebate
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL6D-4GBNQ -- $47.99
- SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card -- $74.99, $64.99 after rebate

Totaling: $467.93

I am using from my old computer:
- 120 GB Seagate SATA HDD
- 120 GB WD Caviar IDE HDD
- D-Link WDA-2320 PCI Wireless Card
- Some Hauppage TV tuner (I don't remember the model)
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A:Budget Rig

Try this as an alternative build:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz Black Edition 6MB L3 Cache CPU - Retail - $102 + free shipping
ASUS M3A76-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $59.99
OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit - Retail - $49.99 ($39.99 after $10 rebate) + free shipping
XFX GeForce 9800GTX+ 512MB PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Retail - $89.99
BFG LS-550 550W PSU with Active PFC - Retail - $68.49 + free shipping
Antec Nine Hundred Mid-Tower Gaming Case - Retail - $111.22 + free shipping
You can go with the Corsair 400CX instead of the BFG PSU if the latter is out of your budget.
 

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When looking up budget MP3 players alot of lists have ones that are up in the 200$ range. how is this budget?

I am asking for some help because I have never owned an MP3 player except on devices that are other things like computers and phones. Okay here is what I need - A budget MP3 player that is nice and small (possibly something that just clips on and I can run out the door). I would like it to be rechargeable but thats not a deal breaker. I would like it to work just like flash memory and not need any extra drivers or any special software to be required to be loaded just to get some songs on it. It does have to be random song playing with the ability to fast forward/rewind.

I don't need any LCD. I don't need any search for a song function. I was almost thinking ipod shuffle would this be the best of a budget type? I really would like the cheapest possible. Can you access the ipod shuffle without loading up itunes and all that junk?

Now on top of this I do have a few 2GB SD cards already.... is there any one that is cheaper and does not come with memory but has a memory slot and may be cheaper?
 

A:Since when is budget MP3 player 200+$'s?

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Ok, so I have allowed myself to spend 300 bucks this pay check and I was thinking going with a I5 6600 6mb skylake cpu and either an ASUS B150M-A D3 or an MSI H110M PRO-D. I was hoping to get some help on comparing these two motherboards. Perhaps if anyone has other ideas I could do while staying in budget or a lil past it. The budget is $300.
 

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First, you have to give us some important information, stated as follows:

What are you going to use the PC for?
Gaming, Gameplay Recording [Playclaw], Programming, Video/Picture Editing

How much is your budget?
1,000 USD

Are you willing to buy online?
Yes

Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build?
No

Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others?
Monitor + Headset + Keyboard

Have you already bought any parts?
No

Do you have an Operating System (OS)?
Yes, Windows 7 Professional

Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup?
It depends on if I decide to OC my CPU (assume yes for CPU)
 

A:Gaming rig $1,000 budget

What's wrong with the PC listed in your specs?
 

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I've finally come into enough money so that I can buy myself a desktop. No more using moms'! Anyway, the most I can spend is 800$ US money. I don't know a lot about computers ( I'm still learning from reading things) so I was wondering if I could get help from people who knew more about it than I do. Currently I'm looking at this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=999977300050015&type=product&id=pcmprd77200050015
I figured that anything budget doesn't have a good graphics card so maybe I can invest in one of those later. I do like play games even if I have to have them run at less than the best options. Basically, I want to be able to multi-task without having to fear a dreaded slow down. The last comp I got was e-machine and it short-changed me on RAM so it had some problems running XP. I don't want to run into that problem again. The sites I've been looking at are Bestbuy and Newegg. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. ^^
 

A:Buying Budget: Need help

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I do not live in the US so rebate would not apply to me, so I am asking which of these laptops i found at tigerdirect.com would be the best. I am just playing games that do not really need that much, (world of warcraft, need for speed carbon and counter strike). thanks for any information given.
It is of urgency sorry my dad says i have to tell him today. Thing is he only told me today to choose lol
 

A:Trying to work with a budget of under $580.

I have moved your thread to the correct forum and deleted your other thread for this subject.

Regards Howard
 

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Hi

I need a good quality monitor for my parents pc. Something that does at least 85hz at 1024x768. Price of 90-100. Any suggestions?

BenQ Value V772 seems ok for 86inc vat, but not to sure about the company...

how bout Hansol? the 730E seems ok and is 5 more....

TIA

Raz
 

A:Budget Monitor

if im not mistaken, dells are rebranded benqs. i've heard problems about the p992 with not being magnetically shielded and that, so keep all speakers 1m away. never heard anything bad (or good) about hansol
 

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I only have about $80 bucks US to spend on a vid card for some casual gaming. I was thinking about a FX5200 with 128 mb ram. What are your guys' sugestions on what to buy?
 

A:budget gfx card

Stay away from the 5200. It'll just dissappoint you.

I'd recommend looking for a cheap GeForce4 Ti 4200. You might be able to find one under $80 now.
 

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http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/nVhm7P so recently i have wanted to make my own computer, (gaming pc), and yeah, i want to know how my build is? i want to run games like counter strike:GO on ultra settings and games like battle field 4 fine on mid settings. is this a good build? and the case-cooling system are they really compatible or not? the link is my build. ty (os is not inlcuded i will get that seperately, (its windows 7) and i dont need an optical drive) EDIT: (is my power supply watts the right lvl aswell?)
 

A:Budget Build PC

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Hi I'm new to the forum and I'd like some help please. I just bought a budget PC and would like to know where to look to upgrade it or if that was even possible.

Its an eMachines E4082 desktop running XP.

Intel Pentium D 820 (Each at 2.80ghz)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200 with available PCI Express slot (Pretty sure this is an onboard card)
512 MB DDR2 RAM

Basically what I would like to find out is if I can upgrade this machine and the best places to look. How do I find out if graphics cards will be compatible? Will any DDR2 RAM work with it? Really am a newbie with PC's when it comes to the hardware side but I would like to play a few older PC games on the machine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Budget PC gaming

Welcome to Tech Spot and please read through this.

http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache...ating+system+problem&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=ca
 

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Im currently looking for a 144 hz monitor. Preferably 27 inch but obviously doesnt fit my budget (below $300). Therefore I have to go with the 24 inches (not bad either). I'm currently deciding between 3 monitors all in stock on amazon.
Amazon.com: BenQ XL Series XL2411Z 24-Inch LED Monitor: Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: Philips 242G5DJEB 144hz, 1ms Extreme Performance 24-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor: Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: AOC G2460PQU 144hz, 1ms Ultimate Performance 24-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor: Computers & Accessories

It's hard to decide which one since i have no experience in these monitors.

A:budget 144 hz monitor, help

Your output will always be 60hz, regardless of the refresh rate of a monitor. Majority of the times, the higher refresh rates, causes what is called "Screen Door effect", "Soap Opera" effect, and for some people, they have actually had severe Migraines. The suggested settings are to turn off all fancy features on the monitor/HDTV, or in the Control panel for your GPU when you calibrate it.

If you really want to know what people are using and want to see the rating. Check through the websites that are dedicated to gaming to look at their ratings. Along with Consumer Reports.

Just remember that your weakest link will always be your GPU & other Computer hardware. The really sad thing is that computer gaming is an ever evolving market. What may be best now. May be worse six months down the road.

Gaming for computers has always been one of those things, that unless you have a whole lot of money. You are never going to get close to the exact same high end hardware or setups that they are using for testing the game products on.

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I wasn't sure what category to put this under so I put it under games as I'm trying to find a pc (not all in one) that will run SIMS 4 Fast, not laggy and with good graphics. Any help will be appreciated
 

A:Best Budget PC to Run Sims 4

https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/requirements/the-sims-4/12305

Above are the requirements for The Sims 4.

They are extremely lightweight and pretty much any modern computer with decent graphics should handle this. If this is the main / only game, I would say to look on your local Craigslist as a machine with these specs should be able to be found on there for 100$ or less.
 

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Hi, I'm Mason and I am building a PC for about $800 with a monitor and I want to know if there are any components that you would recommend.

here is my build on PC partpicker.com
https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Srt98/saved/KbgBmG
 

A:Budget gaming PCs

If you're wanting to use this for gaming, throughput will definitely be important to you. In that respect, you'd want to install the games on the SSD and the one you've picked out just won't cut it. Windows 10x64 alone will account for about 11GB of space on the SSD, and then there are all the other applications you may want to install. This is before you even get around to installing games, which oftentimes will consume several GBs of space per game.

However, that is not to say you can't use the SSD for your OS and general apps, and then use the 1TB drive for installing your games. They just won't load as fast, and I just wanted to point this out to try and help you make an informed choice.
 

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Hey techs! Merry Christmas! (First of all)
I need a big help! Now that is christmas i need to get a new gpu for my computer! I am giving the motherboard model! Its a bit old so please can you help me find me a bugdet gpu (under 140?)
Thank you so much!

P.S: i live in Greece

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
 

A:Help for choosing a budget gpu

Do the following in that computer because we need a lot more information than its Gigabyte motherboard - which has a partially-obscured model number in your image.

Download and save the TSG System Information Utility (SysInfo.exe) to the desktop.
After it's been downloaded and saved, double-click it to run it.
Information about your computer will appear.
Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the ENTIRE text here.

Also advise us what the brand name and complete model number and wattage is of your computer's power supply.

Also advise us the main reason for you wanting to install a graphic card in your computer.

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Hey!

I was looking through CPUs and Motherboards (As that's all I need to buy at this time, don't worry about the RAM).

I found these (Sorry, I'm not allowed to post links yet):

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400

I want to future-proof this set-up as best as possible FOR UNDER $450.

The Q9400 has SSE4.1, 6mb L2 cache, and 1333mhz fsb (45nm manufacturing process).
I assume SSE4.1 instructions are GOOD to have (should I forget about this)?

The thing is, I will never overclock anything, and I'm wondering how much extra am I paying for this "fairly capable" overclocking gigabyte board. Is there one that's comparable without the overclock-ready components?

Any responses are GREATLY appreciated!!!
-thehighroad
 

A:PC Plans - Less than $450 budget

Futureproofing by my definition: I want to fit into the "reccomended" requirements for games over the next 3 years. Not 120FPS in crysis kind of goal.

"Don't worry about ram": I can get 2GB sticks of DDR2 RAM at any time from my local stores, so I don't need to discuss it. No offense taken .

I am doing this in increments though, trying to capitalize on what I have now, and the future development of products whilst getting the best value possible.

My plan: Core 2 Quad (yet to determine best value per dollar now, i thought the new instructions might be worth my while), Gigabyte motherboard (good quality; not DESIGNED solely for overclocking), 4GB kingston DDR2 probably 1066.
Still keeping my--harddrives, nvidia 7800gt (I know this is "inefficient"), 450W coolermaster PSU, case, sound blaster audigy 4...

I realize at some point I'll have to buy a new GPU, and a new PSU, I'm waiting until DirectX 11 to contemplate this, as I feel buying a DirectX 10 video card is a waste.

The i7 doesn't interest me, by the time I can afford it, octa-core will be released, I have to choose when to buy sometime... I have an athlon 64 right now.

The Question Remains

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400

Good Combo? I will not be overclocking.

Thanks for your response Matthew.
-thehighroad
 

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Ok,
I thought I had to go AMD for price so I purchased:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition


Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Now I am getting a lot of feedback that I should have stuck with Intel for my new build. So who can come up with a better Intel CPU & Mobo at around $150? E5200 with mobo? Would it be worth it to send the AMD back? Would I need a cooler for whatever you can come up with or is stock ok?

Which would be better upgradable?

Am adding it to:

Crucial 2GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory

Western Digital WD 3200AAKS Caviar SE16 320GB SATA II 7200 Rpm 16MB Cache SATA Hard Drive

Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply

GPU: Radeon X1950PRO 256MB PCIe GDDR3

I already have purchased these other components and got many at better prices than NewEgg so not inclined to change them, except maybe add memory.

This will be a XP system with only occasional WoW gaming ect.
 

A:AMD or Intel CPU Budget

7750 or e5200, the difference your not going to see.

go with whats cheaper.

i tested the 7750, it is no doubt amd's best dual core chip in the athlon x2 line.
i tested it against the x2 6400.

clock for clock, the 7750 came out on top, and the temp difference was amazing.
the 7750 ran 10C cooler in the same system.

3.4Ghz is a good stable overclock on the 7750. (2.7 stock)
thats a 700mhz overclock.

i cant speak on the e5200 overclocking, because i have not owned one myself.
im sure it can overclock past 3.4 tho, given you have a good cpu cooler.

but what im trying to say, either chip you get, the performance is almost identical to the other.

here is my 6400 vs 7750 chart i made @ another site after a couple of bencharmarks were completed.

test system:
asus m2n-e 570 ultra mobo
ocz platinum ddr2 800 ram
evga gtx 280
x2 7750 and x2 6400


the 3dmark score is cpu score only, the actual scores both are in the 12k range, but that is thanks to the gpu.

edit: get a getter video card than that x1900 series.
if your going ati, grab a 4830 if you can afford it, its about $100
if you want nvidia, grab a 9600gso, its less than $100, and its a great budget card.
 

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Hello, I am wondering what a good CPU would be for an AM3 setup. I would like a fairly cheap one around 40-60 but one that has potential to be unlocked and maybe overclocked as well. :S (not sure if that is a good idea with an unlocked CPU)

Any way this is the motherboard and RAM I will be buy with the CPU

Motherboard - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/174597
RAM - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159919

Thanks, Jack-O-Bytes`
 

A:Solved: What Is Best Budget AM3 CPU

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Hi all,
My PC is now 5 years old (and not top of the range when I bought it) and I am looking to make some cheap upgrades to improve the speed/capability when running HD movies and some gaming (Civ 5, Football Man 2012 etc). I'm primarily thinking CPU and as a necessity of that the motherboard.

Overview of current PC:
P4 processor, RC415 motherboard, 2gb Ram, NVidia GEForce GT430 GPU, Vista 32 bit, Internal 140GB & external 1TB hard drives.

Looking around the internet at prices and benchmarking a good value/performance ratio option (based on my limited knowledge of PC hardware) would possibly be:

AMD Athlon II X4 631 Quad Core - 2.6 GHz - 55 and
ASROCK M3N78D - Socket AM3 - Chipset 720D - ATX - 40

Can anyone advise me:
1) If this indeed would be a good improvment (on current system)
2) A good option (compared to other CPU's etc)
3) Any compbatability issues I may have not anticipated.

Many thanks in advance
 

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Well most the parts are used but who cares lol, they were bought off anandtech and hardforum.

Used- MSI K8NGM-V 24$
Used- Kingston 512MB DDR400 35$ *Shoulda waited for better deal
New- ARCTIC COOLING ALPINE64 15$
Used- My old emachine 300W PSU
Used- My old Xion XON-103 Case with 80CFM Fans
Used- Mobile Athlon64 3200+ Clawhammer (1MB L2) 22$ *Worth 80+ on ebay (seller has 2 more available)
Used- My Lite-On CD Burner from e-Machine
Used- My old Maxtor 200GB IDE Hard Drive (Need to RMA the damned thing)

So this is an example of a LOW budget system bought from used parts that I got a good deal on. It has rather low power comsumption because of mobile processor, it is also cool because the mobile processor has no IHS and would be a quiet system if I didnt put 80CFM fans in my case lol. I just need to RMA my hard drive for a new seagate.

Total Build Cost is 96$ Excluding Old Parts, including shipping.
 

A:New Budget Build!

Wow, can put mobile processor in a desktop? i thought you must use laptop motherboards in order to work properly...

Good job, value for money, value for use (low-power)
 

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Hi, i'll dive straight in and say that i think i need a whole new pc. i think something shorted on my mobo and now nothing works, it won't turn on. ?I think the PSU is ok because after it shutdown (it happened whilst it was on) the fans kept rinng, like they're meant to (Enermax PSU).

So i think i need a new mobo and cpu to go with it, and quite possibly a new graphics card. I'm not worrying about RAM too much because i think i'll probably get that from eBay.

Basically i'm asking for advice on what i could buy, but on a pretty tight budget. I was thinking possibly this cpu AMD Sempron 3000+ and this mobo DFI INFINITY NF4X Socket 754 but nothing's definate yet so i'm fairly flexible.

Thanks in advance

Oh, i found this on eBay too if it's any good
 

A:New pc parts - on a budget

The main qusetion that need answering is what is the pc going to be used for!!
 

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i am 18 and i will be going to college this fall. i will be going into engineering so ill need to be able to run things like auto-cad. i am also an avid gamer and i enjoy games like starcraft 2. my current computer is 7 years old and can only run it on the lowest graphic setting. i have a budget of at the most 700 dollars. my dad is going to buy me a laptop so i was thing of having a good desktop and a net-book to bring to class and type notes and write papers. my dad suggested he would put 600 dollars (what he was expecting to spend on a laptop for me) to getting a nice laptop that runs games well. i have 3 questions

1 is this a good idea to just get a really nice laptop or do the desktop and net-book deal

2 one of my friend put together a system for me and i want to know if it is any good.

3 is the solid state drive a good idea


processor AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
$139.99

case COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
$49.99

LOGISYS Computer CF120BL BLUE 4 LED LED Case Fan
$6.99

hard drive-Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99

Ram Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
$42.99

Arctic Silver MTX-2.5G Matrix Thixotropic Premium Thermal Compound
$5.95

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$124.99

Power hec HP485D 485W Power Supply - No Po... Read more

A:Building Budget pc

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Alrightly. I'm looking to do a massive reconstuct to my computer, While trying not to spend too much on building an entire new system. Namely, I plan I reusing my old Case, unless I can find cheaper, good one that I like. Newegg has some cheap ones but their cases are either very cheap but Crappy (you get what you pay for) or just out of my price range.

Eitherway, This may sound like a silly question but how can you tell if your Case can fit ATX or Micro ATX or maybe both? Also, can anyone suggest a very cheap Motherboard that can support HighEnd Gaming and a Radeon card?

Added to that, I need a Very Cheaper Processor but is at least higher then 1G and can fit the previous stated MotherBoard?
Anyway, if you haven't guessed, I don't really know what I'm talking about. I'm just tring to find the Cheapest Motherbaord/Processor that I could put into my current case but can also easily support my games (this computer can't).
 

A:Looking to Upgrade on a Budget.

Cheap doesn't equal high end gaming. I honestly don't know your definitions of both.

In tech forums, most would tend think $600 graphics card for high end gaming. Such as nForce 6800 GT.

I can't recommend any mobo or CPU that are cheapest and for high end gaming.
 

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Hi, I need a $700 budget gaming PC that can run World of Warcraft on ultra/high settings with a high/considerable frame rate. I don't really want to build it, since I'm only 14 and pretty inexperienced with fitting all the hardware into the case. Also, the website needs to be able to ship to Australia internationally with a preferably small postage (if possible). I'm not looking for anything that's able to run Crysis on high settings, just a simple game like World of Warcraft. I've seen some pretty mediocre gaming rigs that can handle WoW on high/ultra settings with a good frame rate, so I think $700 should be enough (as long as you pick the right hardware). Here are some of my options:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-Intel-E6...085860?pt=AU_comp_dekstop&hash=item4aa55f99e4 - I want to upgrade the RAM, which is available in the seller's description, and get a good gaming video card ($100-150, and maybe $200 if necessary), which is going to be from another source, and maybe even a HDD upgrade. Given the details in the seller's description, can upgrades of these sorts be applied? I'm not exactly certain. I'd also like to mention that the operating system, monitor, keyboard and mouse are all covered already (not inside my budget).

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-Intel-E5...764192?pt=AU_comp_dekstop&hash=item53dd38ab60 - This is my second option. I'd like to upgrade to 4 GB of total RAM (available in the seller's description)... Read more

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i need to buy a laptop and l am hoping to spend about $600 , should l go for the dell brand or the hp brand, which is more durable?? particularly which type. Morever l am typically looking for more of an entertainment laptop
 

A:Laptop: what to get on a $600 budget?

Really its User preference
There's a laptop made for everyone

I prefer Dell, but your choice
 

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Hey I just built a new pc and I realised that I was extremely stupid and ordered ddr3 8gb 2 sticks of vengeance so yeah and I only have 50 left over plz and thx
 

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Hello people.

I want to purchase a new PC within $650(cannot exceed the price range)

What i mainly want to know is about MOBO and PROCESSOR !!

I dont mind AMD or INTEL... i want as much performance i can get

My HDD requirements are : 120 GB (nothing more than that)

and need 17in' or 19 in' LCD monitor

RAM: 1 GB

graphics card : 128MB will be fine .. But if i can afford 256MB within the price, then fine

DVD writer already decided keep $50 for it

Dont care for speakers or keyboard or mouse .. anything that i am comfortable with (So around $20 --> already decided)
I am heavy MULTI-TASKING USER .. Not at all GAMING USER !

I need boost to Browsing experience, Video Encoding and Fast response of my application.

Should really be Vista compatible. Kindly be more descriptive about the hardware you want to suggest me
Kindly Suggest me

MOBO,

PROCESSOR,

Graphics CARD

and other stuff which sums up to $650 .. Need to get performance for every dollar
i live in INDIA... anyways give me the config details

Thanks a lot in Advance
 

A:Help building Budget PC within $650

That lcd monitor realy limits you. A pentium D 820, and a this mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121035

and a this vid card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143054
 

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Hello all, I hope everyone's doing well..

I am slowly teaching myself hardware, because I want to get a gaming computer for obviously gaming, but also video editing and software development. I figure whatever can handle games well, could also handle video editing fairly well.

I need your help in deciding what I should buy, as I am building my PC from scratch (least expensive way).

What I have so far... (last updated 3/15 9:42 am)
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 - $129.99
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 - $219.99
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426 - $41.99
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565 - $244.99
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 - $129.99
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139023 - $89.99 (changed from Builder to Gaming; +$20)
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Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227 - $49.99
Extra Fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103022 - $11.99
Disc Reader/Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 - $20.99 (changed to Asus from LG; +$4)

Subtotal: $939.91Click to expand...

What should be changed if not everything?

Goal

Run Battlefield 3 around High (as I know Ultra requires an expensive GPU) with AA.
Play Crysis 2 on High
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i am saving up like 500 bucks for a custom build pc that can multitask and be able to play light games like 18 WOS
so here are the parts i am looking foward to.

website: newegg.com

asus cd/dvd burner :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204&cm_re=asus_cd-_-27-135-204-_-Product

rosewill challenger computer case:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...47153&cm_re=challenger-_-11-147-153-_-Product

amd athlon II x3 3.0ghz triple core: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103843

samsung spinpoint f3 :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...181&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

gskill 4gb (2x2) drr3 pc3 10600:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...1179&cm_re=g.skill_4gb-_-20-231-179-_-Product

asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131398&cm_re=v_evo-_-13-131-398-_-Product

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...200&cm_re=rosewill_psu-_-17-182-200-_-Product

so this is the parts i am intrested in so let me know if its a good build for a 500 $ budget thanks,
 

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Hi,

I'm after a new processor, on a budget. I've been told this - http://www.processorghz.co.uk/u/pp/...ghz-2mb-fsb800-btx-box/bx80547pg3000ft/274735 - will suit my system, but I'm wondering whether it's good enough? I mostly use the relevant PC for just general web browsing and listening to music..

Thanks!
 

A:Budget processor - is this the right one?

Hello there.

Are you building a new computer or are you replacing a CPU in the computer you alread have?

Jack-O-Bytes
 

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first of, dont buy anyting from www.nt-micro.com . punks sent me wrong motherboard and 3 weeks later i'm still trying to get them to send me an RMA to return it. the one they sent me actually costs 115$ and i spent 220$ on the purchase. they are about to get a call from my lawyer. or my best friend pretending to be one!

anyhow i was trying to purchase the abit fatal1ty an8, not the SLI version. i had the money to spend and i figured i wouldnt need to upgrade it for a while.

the rest of the equipent i bought is as follows:
amd64 3000+ Rev E (Venice?)
2 gigs of Corsair XMS serries pc3200 cas 2 RAM
SATA 80 Gig HD
x700 ATI Radeon pro 256 mb pci-express
550W psu

anyhow i was wondering what motherboards everyone would recommend? and even if i should still with my abit an8 fatal1ty choice. not interested in any SLI boards either kind like ATI.

so if everyone could make some recommendations that'd be great and list a few reasons as why.

thanks in advance. :bounce:
 

A:Looking for new motherboard, 220$ budget!

Check Newegg.com. They have good prices and most products have customer reviews.
 

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I am going to use this for gaming.
budget is 550$
located in USA
yes willing to buy online specifically newegg.
Im not sure of any parts i can use off my old rig.
Do not need mouse or keyboard. Maybe speakers.
Haven't bought any parts yet.
no os on me.
I don't know if ill need any cooling.

I need a rig that has everything i need for decent gaming including graphics card for under 550$.
 

A:Need a budget gaming pc

Hello Tech,
try this configuration, leaves you room for speakers,optical, etc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817226001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131153
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680

good for performance at 1680x1050 on high for most games

If you really need to start shaving the cost down because of peripherals, a few suggestions:
go with the 7750 or 7850 BE and OC it. (will need a different Motherboard i believe)
two, if you have a little faith the 4830 is different in two ways from the 4850 it has 4-shader clusters for 640 total, and 8 less texture units (32). the major vendors of ati cards (in order to get a competitive advantage) have turned on the 5th shader cluster, and the 8 texture units to make them effectively 4850's. and can be had for $89.00. i would also recommend the 4770, if a guy could find one.
 

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