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Guru
06-25-2010, 10:52 PM
Found this at Best Buy tonight for $589 in store and $529 online. It does need a graphics card put in it though.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway+-+Desktop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i3+Processor/9698918.p?id=1218153427813&skuId=9698918

I know I can probably build something comparable but this will already have Windows on it instead of me having to drop another bill for that.

Opinions?

EDIT

Or this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.415721

Guru
06-26-2010, 11:54 AM
MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130269R
$95.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$55.99

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor HDX925WFGIBOX
$129.00

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBPK
Item #: N82E16820231179
$92.99

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black EIDE/ATAPI Model SH-S222A
Item #: N82E16827151175
$24.99

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811129065
$79.95


Thoughts on this?

Where are all the computer wizards at?

TrickyNicky
06-26-2010, 12:34 PM
You would still need a better gfx card for the newegg one too. The ATi HD48xx series are dirt cheap now so it would be worth looking into.

Guru
06-26-2010, 12:40 PM
You would still need a better gfx card for the newegg one too. The ATi HD48xx series are dirt cheap now so it would be worth looking into.

Oh, I know. I am just focusing on the basic unit right now.

Valiant
06-26-2010, 12:43 PM
You could also wait for back to school, to save a few more bucks if you do not need it right away..

Guru
06-26-2010, 12:45 PM
one thing i am noticing about the retail models is that the power supplies are crap. Bare minimum for what the PC needs. If I add a graphics card to any of them I will have to change out the power supply too.

Looks like building it will be my only option.

Guru
06-26-2010, 10:46 PM
You would still need a better gfx card for the newegg one too. The ATi HD48xx series are dirt cheap now so it would be worth looking into.

Just ran into a problem with that. Had the 4850 card selected and it requires a 450w psu. Since this setup was a combo deal that would blow everything up.

20watts. really?

TrickyNicky
06-27-2010, 12:24 AM
I would go with something like this:


Thermaltake Armor A90 Black Steel / Plastic Gaming ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case VL98521W2U w/ 850W W0319RU Modular Power Supply
850W Modular power supply SLI& Dual Core CPU Ready (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133177&cm_re=Thermaltake_850w-_-11-133-177-_-Product) $149.99

A great case with a honkin 850w PSU, so when your card becomes a little slow for the games, you can either double up or have enough wattage for the biggest and brightest.

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189) $99.99

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX + GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard + Free game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.405958) $289.99

GIGABYTE GV-R485ZL-512H Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125238&cm_re=ATi_4850-_-14-125-238-_-Product) $99.99

Total $644.00 before OS. Which, if you went with the original deal, plus a 500W PSU and a ATi HD4850, would still put you in the $600+ range. You could probably bring the price down more with a different mobo/CPU combo.

EDIT** Forgot the hard drive, which would be another $50-$75 depending on how much capacity you want.

Guru
06-27-2010, 10:14 AM
nah, that is more powerful than I need and will exceed my budget by nearly $150 or more after adding the HDD, DVD ROM and shipping.

Guru
06-27-2010, 08:25 PM
AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819103872
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$84.99

AMD Gift - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Coupon
Item #:N82E16800995090
FREE

GMC X-7 Black ABS / SECC steel Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 3 fans
Item #:N82E16811110016
$49.99

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813128443
$94.99

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817371016
$59.99

XFX Radeon HD 5750 HD-575X-ZNFC Video Card
Item #:N82E16814150448
$129.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231189
$99.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822152181
$54.99

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #:N82E16827106335
$25.99

Grand Total after discounts and shipping $597.41

Guru
07-01-2010, 03:01 AM
Damnit!!! My order just shipped and now one of the products in my order has a promo code for $30 off. Just my luck.

EDIT

WOW!!!! I sent an email asking Newegg if they would be willing to consider adding the new promo code to my order for that $30 fully expecting them to say they wouldn't. Instead I got this email from them....

Dear Customer,

Thank you for contacting Newegg.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. I show the promo code was valid after the order was placed. Due to the constant fluctuation of prices in this market we cannot offer any price guarantees. Your order has been processed so that we can not adjust the price. However, since you are our valued customer and we always strive for customer's satisfaction, we are willing to make an exception and I have requested a credit in the amount of $30.00 to be issued back to your source of payment. Please allow 3-5 business days for the funds to be posted into your account.


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I knew there was a reason I always look to Newegg first when buying online.