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December 16, 2007 10:32:46 PM

Gateway - Q6600 Desktop
Model: GT5628 | SKU: 8540867
Price: $959.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8540867&t...

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I am not that smart when it comes to todays technologies, and i am curious can i do better for the same/low price?
I am looking for a positive response from anyone who has great knowledge of todays current hardware because
i am looking to totally buy/build a new system because this one is 6+ years old

I have an old system i have is a E-Machine with AMD 3200+,
AGP Geforce 6800 GT 256MB card, with 1GB 400MHZ DDR

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December 16, 2007 10:58:24 PM

Build. You can do MUCH better for less than that price. Read some of the budget build threads on the forums. You might also want to read the reviews for that machine - click 'Customer Reviews'.
December 16, 2007 11:18:21 PM

yonv said:
Gateway - Q6600 Desktop
Model: GT5628 | SKU: 8540867
Price: $959.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8540867&t...

-------

I am not that smart when it comes to todays technologies, and i am curious can i do better for the same/low price?
I am looking for a positive response from anyone who has great knowledge of todays current hardware because
i am looking to totally buy/build a new system because this one is 6+ years old

I have an old system i have is a E-Machine with AMD 3200+,
AGP Geforce 6800 GT 256MB card, with 1GB 400MHZ DDR


The one thing that PRE-builders always skimp on is the GPU so if you are looking at gaming this one is a no goer.

Heres a quicl build for you

DS3L $97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059

Q6600 $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

HD3850 $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102714

2gb RAM $48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211066

Centrion 5 $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

WD 500Gb $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

Antec NeoHE430w $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103939

DVD burner Samsung $38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151154

Vista home prem $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116202

total $973

My build gives you faster ram, faster GPU, higher quality PSU. Able to Overclock and more warranty on most components than what you get o nthe Gateway
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December 16, 2007 11:19:10 PM

The Video Card in your current system is likely faster than the one in the system you linked.

So long as you buy a new GPU for it, the system should be fine.
But once you do that, you are losing lots of the savings.
December 16, 2007 11:39:58 PM

What I hate about desktops sold at retailers like BB or CC, is that they fill them with crapware and do not include decent graphics cards or even a PSU for you to add a good one. Virtually no upgradeability.
December 16, 2007 11:50:22 PM

I think this one has a 400w PSU.
Don't ask how I know that, I'm just pulling from memory and cant recall where I learned it.

THat would allow for a moderate card in there such as maybe an 8600GTS. Nothing great.
December 17, 2007 12:17:57 AM

And that would be pushing it.
December 17, 2007 12:23:26 AM

chookman said:
The one thing that PRE-builders always skimp on is the GPU so if you are looking at gaming this one is a no goer.

Heres a quicl build for you

DS3L $97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059

Q6600 $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

HD3850 $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102714

2gb RAM $48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211066

Centrion 5 $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

WD 500Gb $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

Antec NeoHE430w $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103939

DVD burner Samsung $38
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151154

Vista home prem $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116202

total $973

My build gives you faster ram, faster GPU, higher quality PSU. Able to Overclock and more warranty on most components than what you get o nthe Gateway


better p35 board for just about the same price after RB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 17, 2007 1:19:50 AM

Personally, I prefer to build my own PCs; I got burnt back in the late 90's by a Micron PC that was simply a lemon.

Building your own can be less expensive, but I prefer to select my own components which in turn can be more expensive than buying a brand name.

The most important question, you gotta ask yourself is if you are willing to be your own tech support?

December 17, 2007 2:07:15 AM

jaguarskx said:
The most important question, you gotta ask yourself is if you are willing to be your own tech support?



Considering I AM tech support for lots of people (its my job) thats not a problem for me ;) 
December 17, 2007 3:13:42 AM

lol

i second chookman
December 17, 2007 3:43:34 AM

I want to thank everyone who replied to my post

Chookman, thank you with that build, ya i like video games. I will work with what you gave me :) 
December 17, 2007 9:17:57 PM

Thanks cool goodluck with it man, POST back if you have an issues or just let us know how it goes
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