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Old 09-12-2008, 03:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Buying from Best Buy.
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Old 09-12-2008, 03:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hint: Never buy OEM mother boards. Their warranty isn't great and it always results in spending the difference between OEM and retail on the cables.
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Old 09-12-2008, 03:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Can you link us to this?

Also, what is the power supply, motherboard, or brand of these components?

With my distributor, I would probably make something just like this for quite a bit less ($30ish range, perhaps).

A standard computer with an Athlon 64 X2 4600+, biostar mobo with onboard video and a PCI-E slot, 2gb Super Talent S-Rigid, 320GB HDD, 400W PSU, and OS is only like $350ish.... but with Shipping costs the savings would be null. Whoever said something about bulk buying is right. The way these big corps do it is buy in huge bulk orders of thousands of pieces. I use the same distributor as Dell, HP, Gateway, TigerDirect, etc. and if I were to buy 100pcs of 2GB Ram, I'd save $2 per stick. Now imagine Dell's usage plus a 2% discount for using cash, and they could easily buy 1000pc at a time, which means they would probably save $5-6 per stick of ram, which would be $5000-6000 more profit.
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Gateway - Desktop with AMD Phenom™ Triple-Core Processor 8450 - GT5692

I believe thats the one but it includes a 19" LCD, Canon Printer, and I assume keyboard and mouse.
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Old 09-12-2008, 06:36 PM   #15 (permalink)
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This system is slightly more expensive but will be allot better at gaming and includes an os. It comes to $683 before mail in rebates.

Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Newegg.com - Antec NSK4480 Black/ Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Computer Cases

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.com - Hanns·G HW-191DPB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 Built in Speakers - LCD Monitors

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100255L Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - GeIL Ultra 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P31-S3G LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - Operating Systems

You could switch the E5200 to a E2180 to save some money.

Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Also you could get HD 2600xt for the gpu which is significantly slower than the HD 4670 but should still be enough.

Newegg.com - POWERCOLOR HD2600XT 512MB DDR2 Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Dude, how come no one pointed out that my build didn't even have a harddrive or an optical drive? Total brain fart there...
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Puddle Jumpers build is probably the best you'll get at that price. Really decent price due to the fact it includes a 19" widescreen.
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