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Helping a friend out...please help with suggestions?

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December 11, 2007 6:46:07 PM

I have a friend that is wanting to buy a computer and this is what hes thinking of http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I told him that he could build that same computer for cheaper and It would also be better. Just putting parts together this is what I have come up with. The total is cheaper and there are rebates to make it even nicer. Not to mention the 64but OS. I know its vista but thats what hes going with. What do you think about this build...needs to stay below $850. Also this computer is going to be kickin for along time so upgradeability is kinda nice. The video card can be upgraded later too...

LITEON burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Budget Videocard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 11, 2007 10:18:54 PM

The HP AIO PC is ok, but its 6150 GPU is crap for gaming if it's going to be a gaming pc. More like a multimedia one.

The specs look good. The PSU is overkill. A Corsair 450W VX can power an 8800GT/HD3850 pc. You can find an Antec case with a decent psu like Sonata 3 for about a 100. If he doesn't play games, a 400W PSU is plenty.
December 11, 2007 10:35:15 PM

I'd go with OE MXP given Vista is still buggy and they're already beta testing SP1. I put the savings towards an 8600GT video card, you can get them for $85 or $90 with a rebate
December 12, 2007 2:12:31 PM

That video card will suck considering you can get a better one for around $100 or less (7600GT or 8600GT). Of those two, the 8600GT will be better for future games and I believe there is also a 512MB version. I don't know how much better it is than the 7600GT, so I can't really say if it's worth the extra money. I just got an XFX 7600GT for $70 after rebate. I have seen 8600GT go for $100 after rebate, but that's the lowest I've seen them.

IMO you'd be better off going with a different CPU and MOBO combo. You'd get more for your money going with a GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L mobo and an Intel 4xxx CPU and overclocking it.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note that on the mobo you can find them for $90 shipped if you wait. They run sales off and on for it.
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