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Old 08-10-2009, 12:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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You should understand that with a prebuilt, when you want to upgrade the GPU, you will also need to spend $50+ upgrading the Power Supply as very few prebuilts come with one that can power a good GPU. Also, an integrated 9200 won't perform as well as a separate one because it shares memory, and can often put load on the processor.

While building is often cheaper, it isn't the number one reason most people build computers. They build computers because they know exactly what parts go into their computer, and they have control over their entire system.

When you buy a prebuilt, be prepared, if something goes wrong, for repair to be a headache. Psu went out? The new one might not fit in the socket. Want to upgrade the Graphics? Oh, too bad, need a better power supply, and if it fits, oh, shucks, the case was designed strangely and getting the card you want into the case is impossible, as its too long, tall, or whatever. Card reader went out? Too bad, its built into the case. Motherboard went out? Too bad your power switch pins are blocked together and a new motherboard will mean buying a new case.

I exaggerate, obviously. You're not likely to have every problem, or perhaps not likely to have any, but, I have had most of the aforementioned happen to me, and I'm only 19, so I'm sure I'll encounter a few dozen more in the next few years.

Edit: Recording videos at high resolution while you play will make almost any game/program lag. Its a very intense task.
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:45 PM   #22 (permalink)
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the link to the pc you posted is the same one you posted in the first page, and i had mentioned already that it was in american dollars. if you have $500 CAD now, this is probably the most youre gonna get for your money without skimping too much.

Newegg.ca - AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.ca - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK - Desktop Memory
Newegg.ca - PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.ca - SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.ca - Foxconn A7GM-S 2.0 AM2+ / AM3 Ready AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

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the link to the pc you posted is the same one you posted in the first page, and i had mentioned already that it was in american dollars. if you have $500 CAD now, this is probably the most youre gonna get for your money without skimping too much.

Newegg.ca - AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.ca - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK - Desktop Memory
Newegg.ca - PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS420X 420W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.ca - SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.ca - Foxconn A7GM-S 2.0 AM2+ / AM3 Ready AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

$485.92

I guess I'll buy that.
Anything I'm missing or need to know about?

Oh yah with the DVD thing - can I buy that later and have no problems?
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yep, just install it in the case and hook up the cables whenever you buy one. but do you plan to use an old one that you already have? because you'd still need a disk drive.
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yep, just install it in the case and hook up the cables whenever you buy one. but do you plan to use an old one that you already have? because you'd still need a disk drive.
Yah that's my plan.
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I love newegg but sometimes you can find better deals on Buy Computer Parts, Computer Hardware, PC Parts at Best Online Computer Shop - DirectCanada with faster shipping then newegg.
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I never bought the computer yet. I had to invest in something else, but now I can again - with $650 this time.

I guess I'll go for same thing - but problem is:
Newegg.ca - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK - Desktop Memory

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Old 08-21-2009, 03:03 PM   #28 (permalink)
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i used the site that hussein suggested above because most of their prices are the the same as newegg's but they offer free shipping. thers 3 locations where they charged alot for shipping + handling so just check. these are some better parts for your money now. total $630 CAD. and like you mentioned above, you can reuse your disk drive.

AMD Phenom II X3 710 Triple Core Processor Socket AM3 2.6GHZ 7.5MB Cache 95W 45NM Retail Box - DirectCanada

Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H AMD780G mATX AM2+/AM3 PCI-E DDR2 SATA2 Video Sound GBLAN HDMI Motherboard - DirectCanada

Cooler Master Elite 335 Black ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.25 6X3.25INT W/ ATX PS2 Front USB Audio - DirectCanada

Western Digital SE16 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS Ncq Hard Drive Oem 3YR Mfr Warranty - DirectCanada

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - DirectCanada

PC Power & Cooling PPCS500 Silencer 500 EPS12V 500W 12V 35A 80PLUS Power Supply - DirectCanada

G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada
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