Best Computer for My Budget

Not sure if there is a better place for this thread but…

Hello everyone,

I have been planning on changing my hardware from my current emachines T5224 Desktop. I have several ideas but I would like to hear from all of you about your experience with one or more of these computers with 3D modeling software like Blender, 3D Max, etc. I would also like to know how the computers preform with games and anything else in general. Now onto the computers:

Standard Alienware Area 51 i750:

Price-$899.00 (This is my limit for money)

Dell Studio XPS Desktop:

Price-$749 to $899

Dell Studio XPS 435:


Dell XPS 625:


Dell XPS 630:


Gateway LX Series:


Also, I know that none of these have monitors, that’s not a big worry for me. I have one right now and I am willing to wait a little longer to get a good monitor. Right now I want to focus on the hard drive.

Your help is greatly appreciated.:smiley:

why not build your own? and dell… EW. dell are way overprices and give you very low end PSU which means adding things to ur comp could decrease speed.

If you’re going with a Dell, I strongly suggest getting one of their business computers.
The business ones have big discounts, and generally offer the same features.
I got the Vostro 1510 Laptop, built with a bunch of nice extras (3 gb ram, intel c2d, nvidia 256mb graphics card) , for about $720. I’m very satisfied. I recently played Bioshock on the very high graphical settings, and it ran very smoothly.

Build your own, you’ll get a lot more value. Dell’s in my experience are not too bad but upgrading is very limited and overclocking is out altogether. Putting components together isn’t that difficult and you can get a lot of help and advice on the net.

Thanks, you guys.

After talking with some people, I have decided that it would be best to build my own computer. From what I have been told, the choices I pick where lacking in some places.