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Old 12-25-2008, 05:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello...I'm looking into buying this desktop PC...I'm interested in everyone's thoughts

Newegg.com - iBUYPOWER Gamer Extreme 528 Phenom X4 9550(2.2GHz) 4GB DDR2 500GB ATI Radeon HD 4850 Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit - Desktop PCs
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's not terrible, but if you build your own computer, which is easy and highly recommended, you'll get WAY better performance. If you're willing to put a computer together yourself, we'd be glad to help you through the process.
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It's actually not a bad system for the price. Building your own would be better for a few reasons. If something goes wrong, you know how to fix it, since you BUILT it. You KNOW the parts that are in, and not some knock off, or cheap PSU, etc... but I will say this, if you need to get everything, (I.E.) keyboard, monitor, mouse, OS,etc... it will be more expensive to build the first time. But once you have those items then it's not so bad.
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Hey Skiller. Yes, the guys here can get you a sweet pc, if you are willing to build yourself. It is really not hard at all and the bang you get for your buck is just amazing.

If you post your budget....help will soon be on its way....the pc you listed is not a bad pc.....it is just that you could get much more for the money.
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Newegg also has a 1 year warranty on it :P

I looked into building my own...With basically the same parts in this tower...it came to $829, without an operating system, which is $100 for Vista 64. The only things I'm not sure about are the manufacturers for the PSU and Memory. The Mobo, CPU, GPU are all very reputable in the link I posted.

I'd like to keep my budget around $1,000 including the monitor (which is $170) and keyboard. This one comes with a keyboard and it's $850 + $170 = $1,020, which I'm willing to spend.

But I'm open to suggestions about building my own.

If this budget isn't reasonable maybe $1,000 at the very MAX for the Tower :P

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Solution presented itself...
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While Asus makes good products, that motherboard is very outdated, and Phenom processors are not worth it at this point in time. Intel is currently the better choice.

I just looked into it, and for 830 bucks (after 80 bucks of mail in rebates), you can get a computer with a much better motherboard, that has more options and expandability for the future, a processor that will be much stronger for gaming (Intel Core 2 Duo E8500), a Sapphire HD 4870 graphics card, the same case, a PC Power & Cooling (Top of the line brand) 610w power supply, Samsung DVD Burner, Seagate 500gb hard drive with 32 mb cache (very fast), and 4 gb of nice G.Skill RAM.

You get what you're paying for. The reason that pre built computer seems like a good deal is because you're looking at the obvious specs. People see "Phenom processor, HD 4850, 4 gigs ram, 500gb hard drive, Asus motherboard". But what they don't know is that it's a low end Phenom CPU, a very outdated Asus motherboard that has little to no room for future upgrades, 4 gb of possibly no-name brand RAM, a 500gb hard drive that is likely old technology and slow, and a stock power supply that could give out after 2 months. And if you do any upgrading, such as changing a part, it could void the warranty they give you. Not to mention that iBuyPower computers have HORRIBLE wiring jobs. Also, they won't include a copy of Vista, they'll probably just preinstall it, which is VERY annoying if you have to reinstall your OS in the future.

So you can learn a new skill, and get top quality parts that will last for years to come and will allow you to stay up to date with technology, or you can take the easy road and spend 200 bucks over what you should've for some old technology that you'll be upset with in a year or 2.

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Alright man, thanks a lot!

What if I were to go even better on the GPU. To say this one: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Would I need a better PSU?
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No you would not need a PSU upgrade
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Posting for my own reference: Newegg.com - Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard - Keyboards
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