Noob needs help buying PC.

June 25, 2011 at 13:22:33
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello, I'm looking for a PC that i can plug into my TV via HDMI, I have no room for a monitor, as I have a small room and want something more reliable then last laptop. I found one on currys that seemed like everything I need for the job. I only plan on using the computer for social networking, youtube, photoshop if it runs smoothly and maybe a couple of games. I'd like to have lots of programs running at once with no problem.

Intel® Core™ i3-550 (3.2 GHz)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Memory: 3GB
Hard drive: 640GB.

Most of it means nothing to me.. but i stumbled across some on eBay claiming to be 9.6 GHZ and so on with 1TG hard drive etc for cheaper! When I searched on google not a lot come up but a few forums saying about how they can't believe people fall for these scams. This is where I got really confused, they discussed about how the different cores are 3.2ghz each and it wouldn't be anymore powerful then a standard one.

Sorry if i confuse you, as i don't really have a clue what i'm talking about.. But if anyone could give me any help it would be appreciated. Thanks.

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June 25, 2011 at 17:18:54
If you stick with a reputable dealer, you will be better off if a problem arises.
As far as configuration, they will be close in price from OEM's (Dell, Compaq, etc).
Photoshop really likes RAM. So do the games. In fact, games will push the limits of current technology. With the games you run, what is the preferred / recommended specifications for a machine to run it smoothly? Maybe that is where you start looking.

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June 25, 2011 at 17:42:26
Don't buy from eBay, especially if you're not familiar with computer specs.

There are numerous types & models of CPUs (processors) available from both AMD & Intel - single core, dual-core, triple-core, quad-core & hex-core. The advertised CPU speed is always based on a single core. They are NOT to be combined. For example, if you see a 3.0GHz quad-core CPU, do NOT multiply it by 4 & think it's equal to 12.0GHz. It does NOT work like that. Whoever is claiming to have a system that runs at 9.6GHz is either clueless about CPUs or is deliberately trying to mislead the buyers.

As for HDMI, it's a combination digital graphics/audio interface. Basically, it's just video & sound transmitted thru a single cable. So you will need a system that has a video card that fully supports HDMI & your TV must fully support it as well. Some only transmit/receive video thru the HDMI cable, therefore a separate audio connection would have to be made.

For gaming, you need a decent CPU, lots of RAM, & decent graphics. Generally, integrated graphics isn't going to get the job done. That means the system will need an actual video card. There's a huge range of cards in terms of both price & performance, & the 2 usually go hand-in-hand.

The specs that you listed are incomplete. No motherboard, graphics card or power supply is listed & the RAM & HDD descriptions you provided are incomplete as well.

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June 26, 2011 at 01:55:21
I recommend core i3 2100(socket 1155 board is required).

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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