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Old 08-05-2010, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

Well I am looking to build a desktop computer because I would like to have for when it is no longer worth repairing my laptop (might be before December).

I will be using my computer for school and some gaming purposes, but after several hours of research the amount of available parts to design and build a computer is just overwhelming.
I just happened to find this amazing sight and I figured if I am going to get any help it will be from here.

I need the computer to run at least windows vista, but preferably windows 7, and I will be using Microsoft office 2010 (I plan on getting the professional academic version).
I also wanted something that will be able to support starcraft 2.

As for a monitor I was hoping to save money by just using the HDTV I got for my birthday 2 weeks ago so I probably need to get a VGA/audio cable (I know there are other ways to connect it but I don’t know those ways so any suggestion are gladly accepted).

As for a budget I don’t want this to be that expensive, most likely in the $500-700 range if possible.
Thanks, z154122



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PC Minimum System Requirements*:
• Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
• 2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
• 128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT or ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better
• 12 GB available HD space
• 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)
• DVD-ROM drive
• Broadband Internet connection
• 1024X720 minimum display resolution
PC Recommended Specifications:
• Windows Vista®/Windows® 7
• Dual Core 2.4Ghz Processor
• 2 GB RAM
• 512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better


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Operating System: Windows Vista or Windows 7 (looking for a cheap version of windows 7, but the student discount is only an upgrade, anyone know if there are any other discounts)
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Old 08-06-2010, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here is a good rig to suit your purposes:

CPU - Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530 = $109.99

MOBO - Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard = $119.99

RAM - Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9 $89.99

GPU - Newegg.com - Palit NE39800TFHD02 GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card = $105.99

HDD - Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

OP DRIVE - Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners = $18.99

PSU - Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply = $89.99

CASE - Newegg.com - Thermaltake V5 Black Edition Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis With Embedded Handle VL70001W2Z = $59.99

MOUSE - Newegg.com - Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical - Black = $17.99

KEYBOARD - Newegg.com - Rosewill RK-800G Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Gaming Keyboard = $14.99

TOTAL = $682.9

I have left out the operating system. if u want it from the same site - OS Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full = $149.99 which will bring the total to $832.9 but i suggest u do a bit if bargain hunting first.

Hope i helped
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CPU - Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530 = $109.99

MOBO - Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard = $119.99

RAM - Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9 $89.99

GPU - Newegg.com - Palit NE39800TFHD02 GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card = $105.99

HDD - Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99

OP DRIVE - Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners = $18.99

PSU - Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply = $89.99

CASE - Newegg.com - Thermaltake V5 Black Edition Mid-Tower Gaming Chassis With Embedded Handle VL70001W2Z = $59.99
well i really do not like the handle on the v5 so I am thinking about going with the v4 Newegg.com - Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case Fully Black Powdered Interior VM30001W2Z or the v6 Newegg.com - Thermaltake V6 BlacX Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case BlacX Top Mounted HDD Docking Station VM100M1W2Z

TOTAL = $639.92 if v4 case or 659.92 if the v6 case

I found I can buy windows 7 prof UPGRADE for 29.99, but it wont help much since i dont got a full version of windows xp or vista >.<

And im guessing this will support sc2 for mid - low settings, is that correct? (i really dont have any idea when it comes to picking out a graphics cards)
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this will run starcraft 2 on max settings with decent fps and yes go with the v6 case if u can, i forgot to change it after i caculated the total.
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I found I can buy windows 7 prof UPGRADE for 29.99, but it wont help much since i dont got a full version of windows xp or vista >.<
Z154122, good luck on your build. I see that you are considering Windows 7 Professional and I wanted to share some resources with you. You can try out the features of Windows 7 Professional at Windows for Small and Midsize Business: Windows 7 Professional Test Drive and watch a video at Windows 7 Professional - Microsoft Showcase Videos. There's also a list of Windows 7 Pro features (and some case studies) at Windows for Small Business: Home. Windows 7 Professional is available for download or shipment at Windows 7 Professional Upgrade - Buy and download from Microsoft Store the OS includes both the 32- and 64-bit versions plus 90 days of Microsoft Support Services. There's also a list of system requirements, or you can visit Windows for Small and Midsize Business: Windows 7 system requirements. You can also follow us on Twitter @Win7ProSB for small business related updates, news, and contests. Hope this helps. Andrea H. Windows 7 Professional Outreach Team
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