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Gateway FX6840-57 or build from scratch?

 
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Nov 27, 2010 23:33 |  #1

My home PC workstation is over due for replacement. I shoot with a friend that just bought a Gateway FX6840-57 that he really likes. I'm thinking about buying the same model or building something similar. It will be used mostly for photo editing using CS5 and LR and maybe some light gaming.

I used to build PC's in the past but it's been over 5 years ago and I've lost track of the technology since having kids etc. Would I be better off building something similar or buying it complete from Gateway? The FX6840-57 sells for around $1,200. Not sure if this system would be overkill or underkill for what I want to use it for.

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Nov 27, 2010 23:35 |  #2

Buy it. You can't compete with pre-built performance now adays...every time I go to buy a new machine I price out building my own and it's always 25% more at least.

I have purchased a few gateways for the business recently and have been very pleased.


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Nov 28, 2010 06:55 |  #3

Stay away from Gateway and HP. They have the worst track records. Dell, Lenovo, Sony and Asus are far better company's. There's a reason they're priced so low.


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Nov 30, 2010 19:24 |  #4

MaxxuM wrote in post #11357296 (external link)
Stay away from Gateway and HP. They have the worst track records. Dell, Lenovo, Sony and Asus are far better company's. There's a reason they're priced so low.

I agree to stay away from HP...but...if the Gateway works out of the box you are good to go...all the components are good.

Problem with Gateway is DOA product which is a QC/Testing issue.

I think they are the best of the value off the shelf PC's.


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Nov 30, 2010 20:41 |  #5

Beau1k wrote in post #11356443 (external link)
Buy it. You can't compete with pre-built performance now adays...every time I go to buy a new machine I price out building my own and it's always 25% more at least.

I have no idea what you're doing differently but I always end up at least 25% cheaper than a prebuilt.


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Nov 30, 2010 23:43 as a reply to  @ Sp1207's post |  #6

Thanks for info guys. This is funny since my friend just returned the PC today. He was having some hardware issues that he couldn't resolve. He swears he will never buy another pre-built PC again.

I think I will build my own also. Can someone who's really into this recommend the parts I would need to build a similar system for under $1,200? I really only need the system for CS5 and LR3. I would appreciate it.


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Dec 01, 2010 06:50 |  #7

Sp1207 wrote in post #11373179 (external link)
I have no idea what you're doing differently but I always end up at least 25% cheaper than a prebuilt.

I'm with you on this one. Always cheaper and better to build your own.


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Dec 01, 2010 06:58 |  #8

This looks like a good AMD build (external link) and it has a SSD as well which is a big plus

I recommend having an SSD in your computer, its like a L lens, once you go SSD you never go back to platters.... 200 mb/s compared to an HD's 50 mb/s (Those speeds were pulled out of my ass but... it is for comparisons sake)

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Dec 01, 2010 07:12 |  #9

Heres one that I built (external link) I'm pretty sure the PSU is powerful enough to match (what do you think guys?)....

If you want to save almost $200, cut out the SSD, but I highly recommend it)=


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Dec 01, 2010 07:25 |  #10

I built my own earlier this year. Kick all kinds of *ss out of those huge files the 7D takes in Photoshop or Lightroom.

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