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Best gaming desktop configuration for 700$

The desktop configuration should cost not more than 700$ it will be used for performance gaming hard disk should be at least 320 gb ram should be at least 2gb ddr2

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    Kevin Shafer May 11, 2010

    I can hook you up with a speedy dual core processor, 2 GB DDR Dual Channel memory, 512 MB PCIe graphics card, 500 GB Hard Drive. Send me an email to info@antiochpc.com and we can discuss it further. Thanks!

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Dell has a good deal on a studio desktop pc Core 2 duo quad core but even without the monitor its 550, then you have to add a good video card, integrated cards are garbage and so is intel, so the good ones are anout $100-300 intel and amd

to keep cost down you could also go with a core 2 duo (dual core) but stay away from celerons they **** for gaming
check staples/office max/best buy/circuit city or dell dot com for good deals

some dell studio's are slim desktops and unless you get a video card from dell they can be hard to find(near impossible)

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What is a gaming pc?


This question is certainly dated, but it is one frequently asked so I figure at least someone should field it at some point. My guess is that it often goes unanswered for a variety of reasons.

Put simply, no there is no difference between the two. They each require a CPU, RAM, a hard disk, motherboard, interface (mouse, keyboard, etc.), a power supply, and a monitor.

To the gamer, there is an enormous variance between the two. A PC is what people use for surfing the web, processing office documents for work or school, and other relatively low demand tasks. A gaming rig is, again, comprised of the same guts, but those innards are built for more intense performance demands that many games demand. The cost involved in purchasing or building a PC can range from a slightly higher price tag to an exponential increase. Those increases are based largely on performance and functionality, but like any other products can also be based in large part upon brand name.

Apr 25, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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5 Routines to Speed up Your PC


1. Avoid Crowded Desktop

Do you have thousands and thousands of tiny little icons filling up your desktop? Each time our operating system loads it uses the memory to load all the files in the desk top; every time you refresh your computer it also steals your time to reload all the files in the desktop. So my word of advice is ‘KEEP YOUR DESKTOP CLEAN’. Keep only the important shortcuts in the desktop, keep your files in other folders say for example My Documents or in other Drives, etc.

2. Viruses, Malwares and Spywares

Every computer is prone to malwares; when it comes to windows machines they are more vulnerable. Regularly check your computer with a good antivirus software and an anti spyware software (Avast and Ad-Aware are two good free software for this purpose). Also using a firewall will help you prevent some attacks. Performing Regular Virus and Malware checks can help your computer stay healthier and thus improve performance.

3. Unused Programs

Most of us install programs for short period usages. If you have any program that you are no longer using, remove the unwanted programs (Revo Uninstaller is good software that can help you remove unwanted programs effectively). This can help you increase your computer’s performance.

4. Remove Programs from Startup

Have you ever noticed tons of tiny little icons in the right end of your task bar? They can cause your machine slow down dramatically because many of those programs start with your operating system and thus use the valuable resources we need to perform our activities.
You can remove them: Go to Start Menu -> Run and type msconfig and go to the startup tab. Remove all the programs you don’t want to start with your windows by de selecting them.

5. Optimise your hard disk performance

With time the hard disks get filled with fragmented files, corrupted files and temporary files, etc. This can cause your system to perform really slowly. If you don’t regularly check your hard drive for errors and defrag it then it can be deadly.

Instructions to defrag your hard disks : Click Here

Instructions on checking your hard drive for errors Click Here

Visit this page for removing temporary and unwanted files: Click Here

If you can follow these five suggestions regularly then you will have a stable performance from your pc. Stay tuned for other tips.


Best Regards
NextDoorNerd

on Jul 31, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Having slow performance? Make your PC/laptop run faster (only for WIndows XP)


There are some steps which you can try to boost your Windows XP PC/Laptop's speed & performance:

1) Removing Startup items

Click Start, point to Programs, click Startup, and then right-click each item in Startup and select Delete. Your Startup folder should be empty

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2) Remove unnecessary programs from Add & remove programs list

Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. Double-click Add or Remove Programs icon.

Scroll through the list of installed programs, and remove the one you don’t need. Be sure about the programs those you don't need.

3) Setting PC/Laptop for best performance

Right-click My Computer and select Properties.
Switch to Advanced tab and click the Settings button under Performance subsection. Performance Options window will open.
Select Adjust For Best Performance option and click OK button.

This may degrade the looks but will increase the performance of PC/Laptop.

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4) Right-click My Computer and select Manage. Computer Management window will open. Maximize Computer Management window.
Click plus sign next to Services and Applications, click Services, and switch to Standard tab on the right.

Disable the following services one by one:

Alerter
Background Intelligent Transfer Service
ClipBook
Error Reporting Service
Fast User Switching Compatibility
Help and Support (switch to Manual)
Indexing Service
Messenger
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Performance Logs and Alerts
QoS RSVP
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Registry
Telnet
Upload Manager
WebClient
Wireless Zero Configuration (don’t disable if using wireless network/Internet connection)

To disable the service, search the service name in the list of services & double-click on it. Change Startup Type for the service, selecting Disabled from Startup type dropdown box and clicking OK button.

Restart the computer.

5) Run CCleaner regularly.

Download CCleaner application from here. Install it.

Run it time to time to run your PC smoothly.



6) Defragment hard drive (may take up to 30 minutes or more than that)
Click Start, select Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and click Disk Defragmenter.

When Disk Defragmenter window opens, select a drive in the top portion of the window, and click Defragment button.

on Jun 15, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Desktop computer starts and run slow


You can speed up your PC with the help of these tips given below:-

1) Defragment & Optimize files in the hard disk regularly.
2) Disable the unwanted start up programs.
3) Defragment the registry if needed.
4) Uninstall unnecessary programs (Games, crapware, toolbars, etc.)
5) Install latest Windows updates.

For task 1, 2 and 3 use reliable program like I always use "RegInOut" for the best performance. Remember that Windows need above to be optimized from time to time. So regular maintenance is required.

Jan 12, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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HOW TO INCREASE COMPUTER SPEED


Yes you can increase your PC's performance by following these steps:

If you have Windows CD, boot your system with it and reinstall Windows and install only required software. Reason: You have too much clutter of junk files. This will help you start over. if you cannot do this, read on.

Remove all temporary files: Right click on C: drive in My Computer. Select properties then Disk cleanup.

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Use it to remove unwanted junk files. Tick all the options in the list. Do the same with every drive.

Next, Press Windows logo Key (between Ctrl and Alt) + R. Input %TEMP% and press enter. Delete all files.

Restart your PC and defragment drives especially C. Press start --> Accessories --> System Tools --> Disk Defragmentor.

Change Visual settings:
  • On the Start menu, right-click My Computer and click Properties.
  • In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab. In the Performance area, click Settings.
  • In the Performance Options dialog box, on the Visual Effects tab, you can either click the Custom radio button, and then select which user interface (UI) features to disable to improve performance. Or, if you click the Adjust for best performance radio button, all of the UI features will be disabled. Choose the option that works best for you.
  • Click Apply.
After performing this, you should notice a small increase in performance.

If you want big changes, do as follows:

Increase system memory (RAM) if your motherboard allows. Make sure that you buy a compatible module.

Install an add-on PCI-E or AGP graphics card. This will give it a real boost.

As a side noet, there are many software claiming to improve performance but I always end up with an unstable Windows after using them, so I advise you not use them unless you know what you are doing.

Oct 26, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Useful Run Command Shortcuts


Hi All,


I know there are a lot of people who love using the run prompt or the
command prompt rather than using the mmc control...

So here are some quick tips that you can use ... Enjoy...

List big, but still i hope it is useful!!



* Accessibility Controls : access.cpl
* Add Hardware Wizard : hdwwiz.cpl
* Add/Remove Programs : appwiz.cpl
* Administrative Tools : control admintools
* Automatic Updates : wuaucpl.cpl
* Bluetooth Transfer Wizard : fsquirt
* Calculator : calc
* Certificate Manager : certmgr.msc
* Character Map : charmap
* Check Disk Utility : chkdsk 
* Clipboard Viewer : clipbrd
* Command Prompt : cmd
* Component Services : dcomcnfg
* Computer Management : compmgmt.msc
* Date and Time Properties : timedate.cpl
* DDE Shares : ddeshare
* Device Manager : devmgmt.msc
* Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)* : directx.cpl
* Direct X Troubleshooter : dxdiag
* Disk Cleanup Utility : cleanmgr
* Disk Defragment : dfrg.msc
* Disk Management : diskmgmt.msc
* Disk Partition Manager : diskpart
* Display Properties : control desktop 
* Display Properties : desk.cpl
* Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected) : control color
* Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility : drwtsn32
* Driver Verifier Utility : verifier 
* Event Viewer : eventvwr.msc
* File Signature Verification Tool : sigverif
* Findfast : findfast.cpl
* Folders Properties : control folders
* Fonts : control fonts 
* Fonts Folder : fonts
* Free Cell Card Game : freecell
* Game Controllers : joy.cpl
* Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) : gpedit.msc
* Hearts Card Game : mshearts 
* Iexpress Wizard : iexpress
* Indexing Service : ciadv.msc
* Internet Properties : inetcpl.cpl
* IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration) : ipconfig 
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* IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents) : ipconfig
/displaydns
* IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents) : ipconfig /flushdns
* IP Configuration (Release All Connections) : ipconfig /release 
* IP Configuration (Renew All Connections) : ipconfig /renew
* IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS) : ipconfig
/registerdns
* IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID) : ipconfig /showclassid 
* IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID) : ipconfig /setclassid
* Java Control Panel (If Installed) : jpicpl32.cpl
* Java Control Panel (If Installed) : javaws
* Keyboard Properties : control keyboard 
* Local Security Settings : secpol.msc
* Local Users and Groups : lusrmgr.msc
* Logs You Out Of Windows : logoff
* Microsoft Chat : winchat
* Minesweeper Game : winmine 
* Mouse Properties : control mouse
* Mouse Properties : main.cpl
* Network Connections : control netconnections
* Network Connections : ncpa.cpl
* Network Setup Wizard : netsetup.cpl
* Notepad : notepad
* Nview Desktop Manager (If Installed) : nvtuicpl.cpl
* Object Packager : packager
* ODBC Data Source Administrator : odbccp32.cpl 
* On Screen Keyboard : osk
* Opens AC3 Filter (If Installed) : ac3filter.cpl
* Password Properties : password.cpl
* Performance Monitor : perfmon.msc
* Performance Monitor : perfmon 
* Phone and Modem Options : telephon.cpl
* Power Configuration : powercfg.cpl
* Printers and Faxes : control printers
* Printers Folder : printers
* Private Character Editor : eudcedit 
* Quicktime (If Installed) : QuickTime.cpl
* Regional Settings : intl.cpl
* Registry Editor : regedit
* Registry Editor : regedit32
* Remote Desktop : mstsc 
* Removable Storage : ntmsmgr.msc
* Removable Storage Operator Requests : ntmsoprq.msc
* Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof) : rsop.msc
* Scanners and Cameras : sticpl.cpl 
* Scheduled Tasks : control schedtasks
* Security Center : wscui.cpl
* Services : services.msc
* Shared Folders : fsmgmt.msc
* Shuts Down Windows : shutdown 
* Sounds and Audio : mmsys.cpl
* Spider Solitare Card Game : spider
* SQL Client Configuration : cliconfg
* System Configuration Editor : sysedit
* System Configuration Utility : msconfig 
* System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) : sfc /scannow
* System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot) : sfc
/scanonce
* System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) : sfc /scanboot 
* System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting) : sfc
/revert
* System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) : sfc /purgecache
* System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) : sfc 
/cachesize=x
* System Properties : sysdm.cpl
* Task Manager : taskmgr
* Telnet Client : telnet
* User Account Management : nusrmgr.cpl
* Utility Manager : utilman 
* Windows Firewall : firewall.cpl
* Windows Magnifier : magnify
* Windows Management Infrastructure : wmimgmt.msc
* Windows System Security Tool : syskey
* Windows Update Launches : wupdmgr
* Windows XP Tour Wizard : tourstart
* Wordpad : write 


on May 19, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How to solve low memory problems? Normally this warning message shows when you...


How to solve low memory problems?


Normally this warning message shows when you run many programs same time than the RAM installed on your computer is designed to support. Your can solve this problem by increasing the system paging file size also called as virtual memory. Using this virtual memory windows moving information to and from the paging file for fast processing. This will free up enough RAM for other programs to run properly.

To increase the system page file follow the give path:

Control Panel > System > Advanced > Click on Settings (Under Performance) > Advanced > Change

Here under Drive (Volume label), you have option to select any of your hard disk drive, but the best choice is, select any drive other than C drive for virtual memory.

Set the double Initial & Maximum Size of your Virtual Memory. Here set initial size 700 MB and maximum size up to 1000MB; you can change this size according to the free space available on your hard drive.

on Apr 08, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Hi yesterday I tried to download a PDF file and halfway through the download the screen wentblank white and now this is happening regularley, I also have been playing a cricket game on the hard drive...


Hi Kevin,

Here are some area's to look into:

  • The Advance tap in System Properties, check the Performance settings. Under Visual Effects, you may want to choose "adjust for best performance". This helps reduce memory uses. And in the "Advance" tab check the virtual memory. Generally, the paging file should be 1.5 times the amount of memory installed. Or you can use the recommended by the system. Again, this will help reduce memory uses.
  • Go to your Display Properties and change the the Color resolution to 16 bit.
  • Check if there is an update driver for your network adapter.
  • Perform disk cleanup and defrag.
  • Then reboot.
Performing these steps will take time but should help.

Good luck and thank you

Jul 22, 2008 | Siemens Computers & Internet

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Enhncing your computer Performance


Hi guys,

There are several ways b ding which one can enhance the computer speed without any cost.
Some of the ways are:-

1.Emptying the tmp directory.
Just go to run Start button and type %temp%
Now select all files and press SHIFT+DELETE button to remove the files. This will increase your computer speed.

2.defragmenting the hard disk.
ime to time defragmenting the hard disk will improve the computer performance.
Just right click on any hard disk partition like C or drive and click on the Proprties and go to Tools. Now click on the defragment Now button to defragment that partition.

It wll surely improve the performance of your computer.

3 Creating a Restore Point
Whenever you feel that the computer is working very nicely, just create a restore point from Control Panel meu and later when you feel that the computer speed is not upto the mark then restore your computer to that particular earlier restore point.

4.Wallpapers: They slow your whole system down, so if you're willing to compromise, have a basic plain one instead

5.Minimizing: If you want to use several programs at the same time then minimize those you are not using. This helps reduce the overload on RAM

Thease are the some tricks which can improve the performance of your PC without costing a penny on any hardware.

Regards,
polysandy

on Apr 07, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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