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Joe Gran

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I would like to buy or build a computer that can have several programs running at the same time. For example, Itunes, email, messenger, and possibly a game like runescape. Before i get laughed at, i don't play that game just my brothers do. This is the system I'm currently on: Intel® Celeron®CPU 2.53Ghz 1gb of ram on only 40gb HDD. I would like to use this system for entertainment: Itunes, some movies, web browsing, some games. If you could build a computer and post it, that would be greatly appreciated. I would like to stick with Intel processors.

Note: I will need a vista disk if i do choose to build.If i was to build, it would be my first time.
Thanks for your time.

Edited by Joe Gran, 29 May 2009 - 12:01 AM.

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The items you mentioned don't require a lot of overhead.
The system you listed would work. I would upgrade to more RAM and get a larger hard drive, but that is minimal in cost compared to buying a new system. Your 2.53 CPU will run the items you stated.

The difference between building and buying a Dell is warranty, pre-loaded software and experience in building a system. The costs are going to be about identical. Used to not be that way, but the drop in price in proprietry systems makes building a viable option if you don't want to mess with proprietry systems.

$700 will buy a lot of computer these days, pre-built or not. It won't be a top of the line, but again, I state that the items you mentioned require low overhead.
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I agree with thenotch. The computer you are currently running should be fine for running all of those applications, but a bit more RAM and HD space could improve performance. I recommend buying another gig of RAM if your motherboard supports it, and a new Hard Drive such as the Western Digital Cavier 640GB, which goes for pretty cheap these days.
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I see where you guys are coming from but that was a minimum example of what i use it for. Of course i could upgrade the HDD and or 1 more Gb of RAM, but that would make a minimal difference in speed. It hardly handles anything i throw at it. I just want a badass computer that is fast so i don't have to wait for load speeds.

Edited by Joe Gran, 30 May 2009 - 04:07 PM.

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Edited by Joe Gran, 30 May 2009 - 03:14 PM.

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