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Old 09-18-2009, 10:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hmm, take my advice with a large grain of salt because i'm new at this as well, but if you're going for a "best bang for the buck" sort of build, wouldn't it be better to get a dvd drive without lightscribe and maybe rated at something like 16x-20x? Or is the 24x required for certain games? Gaming is definitely not my forte, but just some thought. If you were able to drop the price by $15-$30 then the OS would only put you about $50 over your budget.

Once again, I'm not very experienced in this, if someone says that I'm wrong, then I probably am

EDIT: My bad, I should have looked at the price of the optical drive listed by Trotter, its only $30, might as well get better one, the $5 more would be well spent. But thanks for the thread, has helped me out some.

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Old 09-21-2009, 11:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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If you were to wait until November, prices on the ATI graphics cards should go down. Not drastically or anything, but it'll save a few bucks.
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This case is alot cheaper and is awesome. - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

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