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Old February 23rd, 2010, 04:08 PM   #1
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should i buy?

hi guys!had plans to buy my editing system in parts like everybody does but my brotha told me he saw a new HP elite 180t desktop system.am confused.dont know if i should tell him to buy it because a lot guys on this forum have advised not to purchase branded systems?what should i do?
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 05:25 PM   #2
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Branded system are not bad at all, if:

1. The configuration and price is right.
2. You are OK without overclocking.
3. You decline any improvements/add-ons on the basic system.

Just remember that branded systems get their profit from improvements/add-ons and they steal you blind with those. If you find a nice offer that contains all you need, go ahead. If you need anything else, get it elsewhere and install it yourself.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 08:11 PM   #3
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thanks a lot.have always found this forum so helpful.my problems basically about the system is the power[460w],if it is necessary to have a RAID configuration and the cooling system.wont these factors make it really slow when editing?
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Old February 24th, 2010, 06:27 AM   #4
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The cooling system is OK, because the BIOS is crippled and overclocking nearly impossible. The cooling system was designed/chosen for this specific system. Same with the PSU. But if you want to insert another graphics card that uses a lot of juice and add a raid controller plus a number of disks, then the 460W may be a bit underpowered.

You can check this yourself here: eXtreme Power Supply Calculator v2.5
I can really advise you to get the Pro version. It is worth every penny and will save you from getting a mediocre power supply. My system is a bit different, but I nearly got a Zalman PSU that was not correct for me and this calculator saved me from a bad investment.

Hope this helps.
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