FighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 21 Posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2605 times:
Well as a birthday present from my parents, they agreed to buy me a new computer for when I go away to school. They gave me a budget of around $1000-$1500 CAD to spend on a computer. I'm not sure what to all get etc. There are only a few things I want it for:
Be able to run FSX, Photoshop, etc.
Have a lot of HD space for all my pictures.
A good LCD monitor, preferably 20+ inches.
Other then that there isn't much else I need. I've been using the site www.NCIX.com to browse and build, but every time I build something it's way out of my price range.
FighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2579 times:
Well I had a few discussions with some friends that are "computer nerds" and they all suggest a custom computer. Mainly reason being, It's easier to upgrade. In the past I've had a few friends that tried to upgrade their Dell computers with new video cards, and after they were installed their computer gave them nothing but troubles, crashing etc. I'm not sure what your referring to by a "school discount." I'm going to be going to Sault College's Flight Management Program am I'm unaware of and "discounts" for buying any computer. It looks to be basically the same price from either a pre-made, or custom built, when the specs. are generally the same.
AC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2572 times:
It's certainly doable, but off the top of my head it won't be easy to get without building it yourself. That way, you can pick out exactly the parts you need and want to focus on (beefy video card for FSX, etc.). It'll save you money, it's a great experience, and the resident A.net nerds are always here to help.
Alternatively, you could always buy a regular PC and just add the video card yourself. There are a million possibilities, man.
Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
N231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2560 times:
Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 3): I'm not sure what your referring to by a "school discount." I'm going to be going to Sault College's Flight Management Program am I'm unaware of and "discounts" for buying any computer.
Either you don't know about any program, or the school you plan to attend is behind on this.
Every school that I know of, including mine, offers a discount on certain systems; only Dell or Apple. Even products such as Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Adobe Creative Suite, Macromedia/Adobe Flash, etc. have a major reduction in price, although some are sold as "educational editions"
Yfbflyer From Canada, joined Sep 2006, 302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2550 times:
you mentioned www.ncix.com.
If you go into their forum and post the same message there are plenty of people that would help you out.
I think you are being a little optimistic about getting a system with a 20” LCD for $1500. FSX is pretty hard on computer systems and once the direct x 10 patch is released you will need a 8000 series Nvida video card and Windows Vista to run it with all the features.
With you budget I would consider switching to a 19” LCD and putting the money towards a better video card.
For you budget you could get
LG GSA-H50N dvd writer
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB
OCZ Special Ops PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12
EVGA Nforce 680I SLI LGA775 Conroe ATX DDR2 2PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition DVD OEM
Acer AL1916W Asd 19IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1440X900 700:1 5MS VGA DVI-D
EVGA E-GEFORCE 7900 GS KO
Mushkin HP-550 550W ATX 12V 24PIN SLI Ready ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Dual Core Processor
And whatever case you decide on.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 15): Yeah, running through the first summer, but having the second summer off.
Yeah my friend graduated from that program a couple years back and the forces wouldn't take him into pilot training because they wanted a 4 year degree... So now he's at uni. Other than that sounds cool.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21592 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2434 times:
Macs below the Mac Pro are general-purpose machines with excellent features regarding CPU, networking and other aspects plus excellent manufacturing and a great software package, but their GPUs while capable are not comparable to those you'd use in a specialized gaming machine which sacrifices pretty much everything else for the sake of a higher-ranking graphics card. If you want a gaming machine, get a Playstation, a WII or an XBox - or a specialized Windows box.
The Mac mini and the smallest version of the 17" iMac use integrated graphics, so they cannot be recommended for any significant 3D applications or games at all.
I don't use any flight simulator, but from other 3D games and applications I'd say iMacs / MacBook Pros should be able to run FS, but you'll probably not get the same frame rates as you would on a specialized machine.
UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2426 times:
I work for Dell...or rather, I DID work for Dell. I just quit. Trust me, BUY A MAC! Even if it costs you more money. PC's are worthless pieces of crap and Dell's customer service sucks about as bad as every other PC maker's. I own and will always own a MAC. You don't have to go through that worthless Microsoft crap with MAC. No anti-virus, no reboots, no freezing, no hard shut downs. Nothing but good, quality computing with MAC.
Ebs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 2401 times:
Quoting UAL747 (Reply 23): I work for Dell...or rather, I DID work for Dell. I just quit. Trust me, BUY A MAC! Even if it costs you more money. PC's are worthless pieces of crap and Dell's customer service sucks about as bad as every other PC maker's. I own and will always own a MAC. You don't have to go through that worthless Microsoft crap with MAC. No anti-virus, no reboots, no freezing, no hard shut downs. Nothing but good, quality computing with MAC.
Actually Dells customer service rating is one of the top in the industry, it may take some time on the phone but you will get the help you need. And im suspicious that you worked from Dell, the usually moron inst dumb enough to get a virus, and if your pc is freezing you need a new pc not a new OS. PC's are not worthless, they do everything a mac does. Now it might not have the same video editing capability's but it will get the job done, thats why it owns 95% of the market.
And if your planning on using flight simulator your much better off with a pc.