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    Maybe Updating My Comp & Wifes Laptop

    I have never built a desktop before and am interested in the potential. I'm really good at breaking things less so at building them. I did purchase a Dell factory outlet desktop several years ago and after 3 years of ownership they conceded in giving me a much updated comp so this comp has lasted over 6 years LOL.

    Because I am, that retarded - and hoping to score The Famed Dell duo-plan, I am also looking over Dell's factory outlet for deals on laptop's & desktops.

    I'm not too up to date on which systems to go with either a core-duo or i7 build and which graphics cards to go with either. I'm looking roughly at $800 - $1,000 for the laptop ( wife & work ) and approximately $1,200 - $1,500 on desktop.

    Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    R. Cav.
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    Kind of looking in this direction for desktop. It does not come with any add on productivity software or monitor, but I have both.

    Studio XPS 8100
    (System Identifier: EJBD15PE)


    Studio XPS 8100 Desktop
    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium

    System Price : $909.00

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    Operating System
    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
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    Memory
    8 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz (4 DIMMs)
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    Hard Disk Drive
    1 TB SATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache
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    Video
    1024MB ATI Radeon HD 5770 GDDR5
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    Media Bay
    16X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability
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    Software Upgrade
    Windows Live
    Microsoft Works 9.0
    McAfee Security Center, 30 Day
    64BIT Operating System DVD
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    Hardware Upgrade
    125V Power Cord
    Dell USB 6-Button Laser Mouse
    USB Keyboard
    No Modem
    Thermal Module Heatsink,95W
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    Network Interface Card
    Dell 1525 Wireless-N PCIe Card
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    Processor
    Processor: Intel Core i7-860 Processor (8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)
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    Certified Refurbished
    Certified Refurbished
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    Base
    Studio XPS 8100 Desktop
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    This is what I'm thinking on laptop:

    Studio 17 - 1747
    (System Identifier: 04L32MZH)


    Studio 17 - 1747 Laptop
    Genuine Windows 7 Professional

    System Price : $939.00

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    Operating System
    Genuine Windows 7 Professional
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    Memory
    4 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz (2 DIMMs)
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    Hard Disk Drive
    500 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM) 2nd Drive
    500 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
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    Video
    1 GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
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    System Color
    Black Chainlink
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    Bluetooth Wireless
    Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Module
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    Laptop Screen
    17.3 inch HD+ (900p) Bright LED Display with TrueLife
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    Base
    Studio 17 - 1747 Laptop
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    Web Camera
    Integrated 2.0 MP webcam with dual digital array microphone
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    Hardware Upgrade
    90W Adapter
    Standard Keyboard
    9 Cell Primary Battery
    125V Power Cord
    No WWAN Option
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    Certified Refurbished
    Certified Refurbished
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    Media Bay
    8X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability
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    Network Interface Card
    Dell Wireless 1520 802.11n Half Mini-Card
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    Software Upgrade
    Windows Live
    Microsoft Works 9.0
    McAfee Security Center, 30 Day
    64BIT Operating System DVD
    64BIT Operating System CD
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    Processor
    Processor: Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core Processor 1.6GHz (2.8GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
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    both are fine. I would definately watch gotapex/slickdeals etc for coupons. they always have coupons!

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    For the desktop I would personally drop the ram to 6gb and up the processor to a i7-920+ or if money doesn't matter just keep the 8gb ram anyway. But thats just my only slightly informed opinion, someone that knows more should comment.

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    I'll check out what I can find with teh i7-920 but these are just ready built options.
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    Anyone heard of this brand or can suggest a company that puts your parts together (not me :) )

    Rick C.

    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
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    I bought my system from http://www.ibuypower.com which from the looks of it is the same as cyberpower? Before I purchased my machine I did the math and it came out to the same price if I were to buy the parts seperate and do it myself, so I said screw it and just had them do it. Everything came in a timely manner in perfect working condition so no complaints at all. I'm still confused as to if cyberpower is the same company as ibuypower though, their websites looks so much the same.

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    Not sure but they are both selling pre-made boxes on NewEgg (would be kind of funny if they are the same comapny XD). Any brand names to stick with on their site or are they all good?
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    Playing around with configuration - Too much overkill or any areas to alter?

    Thanks,

    Rick C.

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    iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction ( Advanced - iBUYPOWER Harmony SRS Sound Reduction System )
    iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion ( None )
    Case Lighting ( None )
    Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7 930 Processor (4x 2.8GHz/8MB L3 Cache) )
    iBUYPOWER PowerDrive ( None )
    Processor Cooling ( CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooling Fan System )
    Memory ( 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1333 - Corsair XMS3 Dominator w/DHX technology )
    Video Card ( ATI Radeon HD 5850 - 1GB - Single Card )
    Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA )
    Motherboard ( ASUS P6T SE )
    Motherboard Add-on ( None )
    Power Supply ( 850 Watt -- CoolerMaster Silent Pro 850W Power Supply - SLI Ready )
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    Meter Display ( NZXT Sentry 2 LCD Touch Screen Fan Controller /w Temperatures Display - Black )
    Floppy Drive ( None )
    Sound Card ( Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio )
    Network Card ( **$99 - $20 Instant Rebate!** Killer Xeno Pro Gaming Network Card )
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    The mobo you picked out already has onboard LAN so you don't need need Network Card ( **$99 - $20 Instant Rebate!** Killer Xeno Pro Gaming Network Card )

    Flash Media Reader/Writer ( 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black )
    Meter Display ( NZXT Sentry 2 LCD Touch Screen Fan Controller /w Temperatures Display - Black )

    Do you really need/want that stuff?

    I have no idea if the headset you are getting is any good, do you already have one?

    The solid state hard drives are bad ass but expensive as all hell and not much space (like the 40gig one you have on there) so you just have to decide if you want to spend that extra money or not.

    The default packaging I had was fine and put together really well and I didn't pay for any of the advanced building options, but once again if you don't mind paying extra I guess better safe then sorry.

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    Thanks for the input. I was just picking through options but I don't need a lot of those upgrades was just getting wrapped up in the choices. I think I'll keep the ssd for windows and windows office ( if it will fit both).
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