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Old 08-17-2007, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can anyone really build a better computer for $899+tax?

Costco $100 Off HP a6157c-b 22"W E4400 2.00GHz 2GB DDR2 320GB HDD

The ram is pc-5300

You have two options: try to make an identical one for less, or try to make a better one for less.

Remember, it comes with the drive reader, Vista, monitor, tv tuner, wireless desktop, and much more. The software isn't nessesary but the hardware seems to be for a bargain. I just can't think of a better build for $899. Try to make this the same intel build, but AMD builds are also welcome.

Also, is that system faster at gaming than my machine? I doubt it since it have integrated graphics.
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Default Re: Can anyone really build a better computer for $899+tax?

842.89 before fees (using newegg)

amd build would be better because it gives more headroom for a video card

coolermaster centurion with 380 w psu 74.99
intel e4400 125.99
gigabyte 945gc 56.99
corsair 2x1 GB pc2-5300 ram 75.99
wd 320 gig 74.99
sony/optiarc dvd burner 28.99
acer 22in monitor 224.99
super talent all in one media reader 7.99
msi pci fm/blah tuner 29.99
logitech cordless keyboard/mouse set 29.99










SHAME ON YOU
YOU THOUGHT I FORGOT THE OS

ms vista home premium 32 bitin` 111.99

still HP owns this build
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Default Re: Can anyone really build a better computer for $899+tax?

Ugh, i was gonna try, but then i decided that im entirely too lazy. For a prebuilt machine its not bad considering that it has vista and a 22" lcd.
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Default Re: Can anyone really build a better computer for $899+tax?

And the wireless desktop, the tv tuner, the 13-in-1 card reader, the lightscribe drive, etc. It's actually a good bang for your buck machine.
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Default Re: Can anyone really build a better computer for $899+tax?

if your not into building its pretty nice but you can still build better for around the same price
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The real question comes down to how much of that extra crap are you really going to use. If you cut out some of the frills that most likely will never be touched you can get some higher end components.
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if your not into building its pretty nice but you can still build better for around the same price
give me a better build...
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842.89 before fees (using newegg)

amd build would be better because it gives more headroom for a video card

coolermaster centurion with 380 w psu 74.99
intel e4400 125.99
gigabyte 945gc 56.99
corsair 2x1 GB pc2-5300 ram 75.99
wd 320 gig 74.99
sony/optiarc dvd burner 28.99
acer 22in monitor 224.99
super talent all in one media reader 7.99
msi pci fm/blah tuner 29.99
logitech cordless keyboard/mouse set 29.99










SHAME ON YOU
YOU THOUGHT I FORGOT THE OS

ms vista home premium 32 bitin` 111.99

still HP owns this build
thats nice... and that g945 isn't much of an overclocker.. get an msi p6n sli-fi with that e4500... btw at stock speeds the e4500 beats the e6320 and e6300 (if all 3 are at stock) plus that e4x00 series are mad overclockers... (but what core 2 duo isn't ... heh..)
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* SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA ...$33.99
* POWMAX CP808PL-1 Beige Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W ...$21.99
* HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive ...$68.99
* Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support - Retail ...$224.99
* EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail ...$89.99
* Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110 967561-0403 Black USB + PS/2 RF Wireless Standard Keyboard Mouse Included - Retail ...$29.99
* SUPER TALENT INT-AIN1-C All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader - Retail ...$7.99.
* A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K - Retail ...$79.99
* GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ...$94.99
* Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E4400 - Retail ...$125.99
* Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM ...$111.99

total (before shipping and MIR): $890.89
MIR: $30.00


dont know how much "better" it is than the one posted though.
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Default Re: Can anyone really build a better computer for $899+tax?

No tv tuner, but hey: I LOVE YOU UA_IRON. You did the build on a very tight budget. I couldn't do one better myself.
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