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I had recently purchased a new system from ibuypower.com, solely for the purpose of playing World of Warcraft. The thing is a complete piece of crap. The hardware is faulty and the graphics often blink or turn black occasionally. It frequently stops processing graphics in games for a period of anywhere from 10-60 seconds, if it doesn't freeze the game / computer completely. I'm returning it on Tuesday, and looking into buying a well constructed replacement. Now, for my actual questions :whistling:

I know what most of you will instinctly say, and I'll prevent the needless discussion now. I'm not interested in building my own. I would have been open to it before this computer. The actual problem could still be a multitude of things. If something were to happen to a computer that I built myself, I wouldn't have the security of being able to fall back on a company. I would have to go to vendor after vendor until I figured out what was the cause of the issue, and it's just not worth the hassle to me.

Now... I'm looking at buying a system from http://www.digitalstormonline.com . Does anyone have any positive or negative feedback from this company? From what I've found so far, they seem like a solid company and really put pride into their products and make sure they're in top condition. I'm open to suggestions for other sites, but I do have somewhat limited funds (Looking at spending about $1200 maximum).

Then, there are two hardware issues which I'm a little torn on. First and foremost, an AMD processor vs an Intel processor. I know that AMD's are ideal for gaming, but they also tend to run a tad bit hotter than Intel's. Would standard fan / heatsink cooling be ok for an AMD based system?

Also, I'll be running dual video cards in the system that I'm looking at. With a single hard drive, single optical drive (No floppy either), simple case lighting and dual video cards, would 450 watt power supply be sufficient? At most, I would possibly add a second optical drive, so let's even say that I'll have two of those in the system.

Also, would I benefit much more from 2 512 MB video cards vs 2 256's?

Thank you in advance for any advice :blink:
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I find the best method to find out how good a store is in general is with a reseller rating's check. Heres your 2 stores.



The only real problem i have with buying whole computers on-line is you have to ship them back at your cost to get them fixed. Its both time consuming and a bit costly.

Newer AMD cpu's actually run a bit cooler than the intel processors. I would not worry about that aspect. If needed just buy a couple of Enermax manual adjustable case fans( model UC-8FAB-B) and run them if needed.

If needed you can also install a Zalman 7700 cpu cooler.

More memory always helps but you really need to tune your system in for best performance in gaming. This calls for testing with utilities to find out the best setup to run it in. With a dual video card SLI setup you can be pulling up to 150 watts just with the video so i would suggest a 500 to 600 watt quality PS like a enermax or silverstone. Heres a calculator.


This calculator always seems to read a bit high for me, so take it with a grain of salt.


Edited by SRX660, 01 January 2007 - 06:33 AM.

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If you want a solid computer with tech support that can help you out anytime,

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