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July 21, 2009 4:25:15 PM

So I'm sure questions like this get asked quite frequently -- I apologize in advance.
I am still using my 5 year old eMachine for gaming/ music production/ general use but I have recently come into some money. I figure now is as good a time as ever to upgrade. My budget is set at around $1000-1200. I am very interested in future proofing my computer as best I can because, as you can see, I do not upgrade my system very often. Naturally I am interested in the i7 line of CPUs and Vista 64-bit. At the moment I have my eyes set on http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... as it seems to have everything that I would want/need. Any time that I try and build a system on newegg the price of the components comes out higher than that of this pre-built one. Anyway right now I feel like I am leaning towards the pre-built system as I have never actually assembled one myself. However, if I stand to save significant money from building a comparable system myself I would b open to it. Recommendations?

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July 21, 2009 9:56:02 PM

Hp had a core i7 complete system with monitor for around $750 about 10 days ago. It included the core i7 920, 6 gigs of ddr3 and 23 inch monitor. Check slickdeals or fatwallet.
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July 21, 2009 10:02:59 PM

1. future-proof computers?? I have yet to see one.
2. Self-built PC always cost less then pre-built. You may be looking at newegg parts that are of higher quality then the pre-built PC.
3. self-built PC is always easier to upgrade then pre-builts but they obviously lack the warranty so each has their own pros and cons.
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July 21, 2009 10:52:54 PM

Intel core i7 920
Asus P6T X58 motherboard (combo -$40)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.216037

Cooler Master RC 690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137&Tpk=rc%20690

HIS Radeon HD 4890
OCZ Gold 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600 (combo -$17)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.208635

Corsair CMPSU-750 TX power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

MS Windows Vista Home Premium x64 for system builders w/ tech guarantee (coupon for Windows 7)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677

Total: $1123 AFTER shipping $1093 after MIR's

This build has a better power supply, video card, hard drive, and possibly memory, but I won't stake any claims there.

Obviously if you spend more time, you could probably build something better than this (combos, sales, etc).
July 22, 2009 12:00:59 AM

If you can build a pc (which most anyone can with some reading) always do it. it will always save you money, its easier to upgrade, and that knowledge is great to have.
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July 22, 2009 12:13:13 AM

If you want to play games, then build it.
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