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Old 12-11-2009, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know , I know - build it yourself. But, time is money and then add skill, knowledge, etc. and buying a used computer is looking better and better. Tried building with arranged help- but it fell thru twice - so now looking to buy.

Computer will be used for gaming on a 52 inch plasma.

Current best find - one year old college student build who needs money.

Q6600 2.4 ghz LGA 775
Gagabyte GA-EP45-ud3r mobo
Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL PSU
EVGA 9800GT 512 MG videocard
Munshkin 4 gb ( 2x2gb) 1066 DDr2 memory
Samsung 22x DVD black burner SATA
Western Digital Caviar Black 500gb HD
Creative soundblaster audiology SE 7.1 PCI sound card.
Win7 ultimate ( recovery code only) installed and running
Coolermaster ATX mid tower case.
All for $600.

Will it run Crysis /far Cry - other demanding games on the plasma? Worth the money ? thanks guys
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For that budget I would go AMD with AM3 socket since Intel socket 775 is "dieing".
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My estimated value are as follows:

Q6600 $130
ud3r $80
PSU $35
9800GT $75
mushkin $80
dvd $25
caviar black $50
sound blaster $20
case $50
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$545


win7 ultimate ---- only worth money if it's legal
since no disk provided, guessing it's shady

priced okay I guess

skill? knowledge?
I kinda want to say there is none involved if you just run everything at stock

it's really not as hard as you think
I was the same as you before I built my first PC back in '07

after I received my parts, it's like lego
parts only fit one way, you can't put something into where they are not suppose to go
it just doesn't fit, physically
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It'll lay far cry, bnut i doubt crysis.

I was spec'd very simular, and the 9800gt starts coughing up, on higher games. If the bq's old enough, OCing is a dream..

I'd go for 500 on it unless he/she csan produce the legit dvd. I'm betting its a bulk license thing.
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Its a good price for a complete system that includes q6600, 9800gt and 500gb hdd if it were bought new. Used id be wanting a discount not a premium. The problem i have with it is your buying parts that are already several years old, and in the PC business things get outdated quickly and your starting from behind.
I tried building a comp around a athlon II X3 and 5770 gfx card, came to $675 b4 shipping.

To give you comparison on what you can have, and if you change your mind to build it, here it is:

CPU - Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
$77

Mobo - Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA78LM-S2 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
$60

Ram - Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Desktop Memory
$83

GFX - Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
$165

Case/PSU - Newegg.com - Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases
$110

HDD - Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3320418AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$45

DVD drive - Newegg.com - LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
$29

OS - Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
$105

Total: $675
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Not considering the copy of Windows 7, the computer he mentioned doesn't have a legal copy of Windows 7, your build is a little cheaper and is more future proof. I would with that!
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Again - it looks like I need to get on the stick and get over my fear and build it myself- I don't suppose any of you guys live around Pittsburgh and would be interested in getting hired to teach/build. The other thing is that I know if a build it- I will get better components so I wont have to build/tweek, etc. for years- which means more $$$. Yes, it will be a great setup ( if I do it right) - but I am worried about screwing up and breaking something or not understanding how to load the OS, etc. and end up spending the $1000 and not have a working system. Yes - I think the Win7 intimate is from an University bulk license- so not legal . TO run Xp dont you have to have win7 ultimate or pro?
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you could buy from a place like Ibuypower.com They pre-assemble the computer that you get to choose components for. Will be a little more expensive than building it urself, but it will come with all components installed and working, and a warranty for the computer in entirety.
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I will check that out. DO they come with all the bloatware, norton, etc. that you cant get off??
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I will check that out. DO they come with all the bloatware, norton, etc. that you cant get off??
I believe they dont install the OS, so theres no bloatware.

I was just looking at the site, from another post here, and this guys build off a "gamer paladin e750" config was surpsingly good for the items. We'll prob have to look at the amd builds tho, intel core-i5's kept running up over $1000.
This is the thread Need some expert advice...

You say your budget is $1000? I can play around with configs on the site later.
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