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Postby BuckoSurf » Wed Apr 25, 2007 23:42

Let me know what you think. I'm considering buying this tower: http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529665346.php

I dont have the technical knowledge to buy and asemble my own system. Any input on this one and at this price?
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Postby OldScotch » Thu Apr 26, 2007 01:34

Looks pretty solid, and the price is reasonable for all that you're getting. See if you can get some information on the power supply before you buy it though. My older machine is a Dell, it was nearly top of the line when I bought it (like this one), but it only came with a 250 watt power supply, so that limited my upgrade options severly a couple years later. The power supply was proprietary, so replacing it meant replacing the case. And replacing the case meant replacing the bloody Dell motherboard because it couldn't be mounted in a standard case.

So yeah, upgrading one thing meant buying a whole new machine ><
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Postby BuckoSurf » Thu Apr 26, 2007 15:15

Ohh good advice Nate thanks. So the more wattage the better for future compatability?
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Postby OldScotch » Thu Apr 26, 2007 18:25

Wattage is one thing, yes. Reliability is another. I don't know who Gateway contracts to make their power supplies, but I imagine its one of the 'good' ones. So yeah, basically ask 'em what wattage it's at, and ask how many rails are available. Most modern power supplies have two 12 volt rails, some will have three. For futureproofing yourself, I'd be looking for somewhere around 500 watts in that sytem.
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