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Old January 16th, 2008, 11:52 AM   #1
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ugh.... computer shopping.

I really want to build a new desktop, but I cant even come close to saving any money after I look at what dell has to offer. I want something that I can do a little gaming with. I have been looking at the Dell XPS 420 ($899, but with my work discount I can get it for $699)

Or I have been looking at building a desktop, but after selecting the mobo, processor, ram, case and hdd I want I am already up to $739. However, all I would need is a power supply, and I could rob the graphics card from my current system, and I would be rolling with a pretty sweet computer.
( Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775, GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard, Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive, Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, 4gb Kingston ram, and ill toss i nthe graphics card I already have nvidia geforce 6200? 6800?... something like that)

I dont do a whole lot of gaming, but I do like a few first person shooters and the like.
Are there any other options I should look at? I really don't want to spend more than $1000 on a new desktop if I dont have to, Under $800 would be purrrrrfect
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Old January 16th, 2008, 11:55 AM   #2
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all depends on what you want to do when the computer dies. a home built system saves money in the long run. I only replace the parts need replacing. You can't do that with an OEM brand.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #3
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all depends on what you want to do when the computer dies. a home built system saves money in the long run. I only replace the parts need replacing. You can't do that with an OEM brand.
I was thinking about that too. I think I would be able to get more life out of a home built PC, than an OEM PC.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:12 PM   #4
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do you have a home brew to strip parts from now?

I spent $800 for cpu, mobo, ram, psu, and video card for my last switch and canabalized the rest of the parts I had.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:30 PM   #5
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yeah... sort of. Iv got a video card, wireless card, cd/dvd drive... thats about it. I would probably use the hard drive I have now also.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:32 PM   #6
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If you go home build with the duo core, check out mircocenters 680i SLI motherboard (brown box) I bought one for my son's system I just built. They covered up the Striker Extreme name with their part number sticker. $400.00 board for $149.00
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Old January 16th, 2008, 12:42 PM   #7
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Check out some of the gaming computers @ newegg.

I got a E6750 core2duo, 2gb ram, 500gb hd, 600W ps and a 8800GT video card for $999 after rebate.

Pwerful enough to run Crysis (current FPS gaming benchmark) at 1440x900 @ max settings.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 01:23 PM   #8
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I just put this system together from newegg.. Just add case and powersupply. So far I am very happy with it, plays DirectX 10 games on vista.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
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GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
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$99.99

XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT XXX 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
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$30.00 Mail-in Rebate $124.99

A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K - Retail
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6000CZBOX - Retail
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Subtotal: $497.95 + shipping, case and PSU
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