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Old 08-12-2005, 09:57 PM
David04 David04 is offline
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Default Help me build a poker computer.

I am very sorry, I am sure that this topic has been done around 1,000 times since the inception of this forum. But, I will do it again. I am looking for a computer that can:
Run poker programs(Party, PT, GT+, etc.)
Store a large amount of music/movies.
4 table with no overlap(I do not want a 2001FP, too expensive at the moment)
Other basic things(e-mail, internet usage, etc.)

I need wireless internet, and I would like a video card with the ability to add a second monitor, should I want to in the future. Other than that, nothing very specific.

I would prefer to NOT build my own PC, but if it will be signifigantly cheaper, than I would be willing to undertake this small project.

As cheap as possible, please(preferably sub-$1k.)
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Old 08-14-2005, 12:23 PM
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Default Re: Help me build a poker computer.

I think it's cheaper to buy a computer rather than build your own, unless you plan to steal XP. At the very least get a bare bones system with XP and then add on what you need. I built my own for many years, but never again.
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Old 08-15-2005, 12:00 AM
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Default Re: Help me build a poker computer.

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I think it's cheaper to buy a computer rather than build your own, unless you plan to steal XP. At the very least get a bare bones system with XP and then add on what you need. I built my own for many years, but never again.

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When I said "build a computer", I really just meant "customize". I suck at the internet.
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Old 08-15-2005, 12:16 AM
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Default Re: Help me build a poker computer.

Well, heres my 2 cents.

Start with any modern ( no older than 1 year ) computer...dells / compaq / hp's.

I'd say get 2-4 Dell 2001 fp's.
Upgrade your graphic card possibily to a Radeon 9600 or better. Make sure u have 1024 MB DDR ram or better ( 2 GB preferably ). Wireless mouse / keyboard.

And one of the most important things...a NICE Chair!
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Old 08-15-2005, 12:18 AM
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Default Re: Help me build a poker computer.

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I think it's cheaper to buy a computer rather than build your own, unless you plan to steal XP. At the very least get a bare bones system with XP and then add on what you need. I built my own for many years, but never again.

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Yeah...the big boys like Dell can get better prices on most of the components than you can, and then pay $5 to have somebody put it all together.

Granted, you can accumulate components cheaply if you're willing to wait for rebates, but that takes a while and is mostly limited to RAM and drives.
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Old 08-15-2005, 12:25 AM
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Default Re: Help me build a poker computer.

Try this one

Pentium® 4 Processor 630 with HT Technology (3GHz, 800FSB)
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
512MB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz - 2DIMMs
40GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) (but I would upgrade this)
48x CD-ROM Drive
20 inch UltraSharp™ 2005FPW Widescreen Digital Flat Panel
128MB PCI Express™ x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory
All the usual junk (keyboard, mouse)
$929 minus a $100 mail-in rebate
Add $50 for a wireless adapter

Or if you'd rather go cheap, this system includes a 19" LCD and is only $429 after rebate.

Both are stock systems, so customize to your needs.
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Old 08-15-2005, 05:45 AM
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Default Re: Help me build a poker computer.

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Make sure u have 1024 MB DDR ram or better ( 2 GB preferably ).

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Why on earth would he want to waste money on buying 2gb or ram? 1gb is enough for what he wants to do, and even 512mb would be enough.
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Old 08-15-2005, 03:35 PM
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Make sure u have 1024 MB DDR ram or better ( 2 GB preferably ).

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Why on earth would he want to waste money on buying 2gb or ram? 1gb is enough for what he wants to do, and even 512mb would be enough.

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Well...I wrote 2-4 Dell 2001 fp's, implying up to 16 tables. Along with PT and any other programs, I dont think 2GB is too farfetched...especially with how cheap ram is these days.
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Old 08-15-2005, 03:42 PM
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Bad advice is worse than no advice in some cases. Like when it involve spending others money. If you think PT and 8 tables of poker and some GT and whatever will use so much ram that you will need 2gb then I suggest you actually run some tests and se how much ram is needed...
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Old 08-16-2005, 01:11 AM
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Default Re: Help me build a poker computer.

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I'd say get 2-4 Dell 2001 fp's.

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I said I didn't want a 2001FP. I definitely don't want 2-4.


Thanks for any other suggestions though.
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