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Old 09-07-2009, 04:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I am building a new desktop for gaming purposes. I plan to use this computer for no more than two or three years before upgrading to a much better PC. My reason for this is because I am earning my Degree in Psychology and I plan to have received my BS and masters with in the next two to three years. I have been a gamer my entire life and I currently work for a gaming community (vVv Gaming.) I plan to play an MMORPG (WoW, Aion, or Warhammer), Heroes of Newerth, and Steam/Valve games.

Now that you have my life story, here is a computer that is an example of what I am looking for, Newegg.com - iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 513 Athlon II X2 250(3.0GHz) 4GB DDR2 500GB NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Free MS Windows 7 upgrade - Desktop PCs
. I'd like to keep it UNDER $530, and if possible MUCH under that price. My only concern is the free Windows 7 upgrade that is offered by Best Buy and Newegg, and I do not own a current version of Vista, just the pre-installed version on this laptop. I am only building a tower including a case, and I might need a monitor (I expect it to be over 530 if i choose to get a new monitor). I have a keyboard/mouse and speakers.

I appreciate your time and help, thank you.
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Welcome to the forums Method I know someone will be on and help you with a list! You'll be looking at an AMD build...

I can recommend this HDD: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

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+1 to muffin for posting combo deals... I forgot to mention look for combos when you are ordering Method... between that and Mail in Rebates you can save a good amount of money!

He could get Windows 7 and that would save the $110 for Vista
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Sorry, the Windows 7 RC is no longer available for download. If you’ve got the download and need a product key, they’ll be available until October 21, 2009.
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Free Win7 RC is done unfortunately. At least now you can buy vista with a free win7 upgrade.
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Free Win7 RC is done unfortunately. At least now you can buy vista with a free win7 upgrade.
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only thing I don't like on Muffin's build is that he skimped out on the PSU. but budget limitations are tough
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well, rosewills are no corsairs or pc p&ps, but they are still good. but its not as cheap as the one that would have come with that prebuilt, which i think is a sunbeam.
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Instead of an hd 4850 you could always go with an hd 4670 to save yourself some money, with that downgrade you could also easily downgrade to a 400 watt power supply; for what it seems like your intentions are, I think this would be a suitable solution.
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