My PC broke yesterday and won't boot up anymore. I was able to save most important files, and tried to do a restore, but I keep getting blue screen of death. (or I did, now it won't even boot at all). Anyway, I have found 2 potential options for a new tower. Which would you get? I will use for browsing, some HD video playback, but likely no gaming as I mainly play on consoles.
1. HP Pavilion AMD A6-3650 $429
2. Gateway 2nd Gen Intel Core i3-2120 $529
I guess a second question would be, is there a place I can get a better deal on a tower? Or can anyone suggest a better replacement in the same price range (400-550ish)
I only have a few requirements I want.
MIN 1TB Harddrive
Similar to above option's speed
Thanks in advance.
Jul 6th, 2012 11:52 AM #1
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Help me choose a new PC tower (now some help troubleshooting too)
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Jul 6th, 2012 11:59 AM #2
Do you intend to reuse any of the parts from your old box? e.g. the hard drive and the wireless adapter.
Jul 6th, 2012 12:01 PM #3
Jul 6th, 2012 02:49 PM #4
Have a custom specified system built by a computer shop like NCIX, ME, etc. An example here:
Pre-built systems typically have weaker (cheaper) components....220-300 watt cheap power supply is one of the biggest limitations. Refurbs can be cost effective...but a hit or miss on reliability since warranty is only 90 days. Have owned several refurbs...will be having a custom system built for me the next time.
Jul 6th, 2012 03:15 PM #5
Thank-you for the reply. The problem with building a custom system is that I have no idea about brands/parts that will go well together. I am open to the idea, but I would need a lot of help. If I could build an i3 similar to the above Future shop example I have for around 500 I would do it. I just tried a build on ncix but I was just putting random parts lol
Jul 6th, 2012 06:05 PM #6
Here's a ~$500 build excluding monitor, keyboard and mouse.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/bwiB
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/bwiB/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.88 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6450 1GB Video Card ($30.63 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
The following is an alternate tower case...it's a bit larger than the Rosewill R101-P-BK...both are $29.99:
PC assembly/testing fee is extra...typically up to $50. Get NCIX/ME/etc. to pricematch $25 Infonec's assembly fee: http://www.infonec.com/site/main.php...RT_RMA_SERVICE
Last edited by DavidY; Jul 6th, 2012 at 06:07 PM.
Jul 7th, 2012 09:22 AM #7
Just in case I go with the FS pre-built computer, which one is better in your opinion?
Jul 7th, 2012 10:13 AM #8
Jul 7th, 2012 10:40 AM #9
The Gateway has the i3-2120 which is generally a superior CPU to the AMD A6-3650...however, the integrated graphics is better on the AMD. Unless you are doing heavy duty CPU stuff, there isn't a ton of difference. Both have 1 year warranties. Probably pick the cheaper one (by $70 right now) which is the AMD.
You could save around $60-$65 on a cheaper CPU on the custom PC....by choosing a Pentium G620....good enough CPU for entry level general desktop applications. You could always upgrade this CPU later to a much faster CPU like an i5-2500, etc.
Jul 7th, 2012 11:07 AM #10
Last edited by DavidY; Jul 7th, 2012 at 11:09 AM.
Jul 7th, 2012 11:11 AM #11
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From the 2 towers you have mentioned I suggest you the one with the i3 processor. Intel i3 is better than the AMD . It worth the plus $100.
Jul 7th, 2012 11:25 AM #12
Jul 7th, 2012 12:03 PM #13
I would still likely choose a custom rig over a pre-built/refurb. My last 2 computers have been refurbs because they were really cheap...$300 was the last one...I've added memory and a graphics card to it. Previous computers were built by NCIX. One can tell the cheapness of the refurbs/pre-builts.
Last edited by DavidY; Jul 7th, 2012 at 12:11 PM.
Jul 7th, 2012 07:14 PM #14
Both of you guys, thank-you so much. So I think I will find a local PC place and get them to help me with a PC build then. I will print out the one you made me, and even ask for their input I suppose. As long as they know it's entry level, and the price range I want, I think you are right in saying a custom build is the way to go. If the quality is better, then it is a no-brainer. Now I just need to find a place that does custom builds.
And yes, WIFI is a must, as I want cords out of the way. I'll keep you guys posted. Walking into a place and asking them to build one with me.... is that an ok way to go about it? I'll bring the print-out of the build you made me, as well as the FS ones for comparables. Good plan?
Jul 7th, 2012 10:02 PM #15