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January 23, 2010 4:25:17 AM

OK so I'm not gonna dive into building a PC quite yet. Instead I figured I would buy a custom built from E-bay. Please don't judge me, I just need a nice PC apart from the disaster I'm using right now. Here is a link for what I'm looking at through a E-bay store. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2705... . Looks like a decent system to me but I'm just a newb.

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January 23, 2010 4:36:41 AM

what kind of games are you playing? if you plan on playing futur upgrades you might consider upgrading your dual core to a quad ir 15, plus better graphics.
January 23, 2010 4:46:06 AM

I'm not a big gamer. Just looking for sumthing I don't really have to worry about. I would be doing alil photo editing, surfing the web, "maybe" play a game or to, watvhing videos. I just want to be able to do it swiftly. If I need to upgrade the graphics card thats not a problem. I just don't want to buy sumthing thats too powerful for what I do.
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January 23, 2010 4:54:27 AM

Okay there is about $330 in parts w/out the OS, so I would be a bit skeptical. I would make sure that you actually get the OS DVD w/authorization key with it. It looks like they make a backup of your system and give you a copy, but I'm not sure if it's a valid copy/original DVD of the OS.

I also would be warry of the PSU that comes in the case. It's made by Logisys (if I found the right one), by the link below:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I personally wouldn't buy this system. The mobo limits what upgrades that you can have and is probably the cheapest mobo on newegg right now, which isn't a bad thing, but you pay for what you get.
January 23, 2010 5:00:56 AM

Ok. Thanks for the info. And I'm sorry I'm taking the easy way out. But If I were to find a good prebuilt custom build. Where would I look? If I'm breakin the forum rules I'm sorry but I gotta get a good system in this house thats not out of the box from Bestbuy or Dell. I feel going that way would be a waste of $$$$.
January 23, 2010 5:24:43 AM

I would build you one myself, but I don't know what your requirements are or where your located at. If you had a budget too, that would help us to point you in the right direction. It'll be hard to get a complete build for $400 (at least a quality one).
January 23, 2010 5:48:40 AM

What I have now is a Windows NT system running on Linux. I can't watch videos or play simple flash games. When I click on stuff it's a tourturus waiting game and hoping that this thing doesn't freeze up completely. Like I said above, my system would need to be photo and video friendly, surfing the web, basic stuff, alott of storage for photos and videos and a DVD burn every now and then. This is a thing I've been waiting for to do with my tax return. I'm setting my buget at 600 w/OS. Heck I'm in SE wisconsin. I think that covers most of it.
January 23, 2010 7:28:48 AM

Well you can buy a system from Newegg.com, if that is comfortable for you. Here are some already built systems:
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor...

Here is a build that I'd consider, if I was to build it for <$600.

CPU/Mobo combo - $160 shipped!! Quad core and plenty of power for your current and future needs!
AMD Athlon II x4 620/Gigabyte 785g based mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case/PSU combo - $95 shipped! One of the better combo's you can get for the $!! Plenty of quality power and a decent case too!
Antec VSK-2000 Case w/400w Neo ECO PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - $94 shipped! One of the faster sets that run on stock voltage (1.5v), so there's no messing with BIOS settings to get these to run at said speed!!
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - $55 shipped!! One of the fastest HD's at this size and price!!
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner - $30 shipped! Comes w/software to read/burn DVD's!!
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - $105 shipped! If you have a friend that has an .edu address you can get this software for ~$30!!
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total ~$538 shipped!! Now that would be what I'd consider if I was building under your requirements. This system would do well and leave room for further upgrades down the line!!
January 23, 2010 1:44:04 PM

The 400w Neo ECO PSU has 30A on the 12v rail and should power the 5770 without any issues. Much bigger than that, that I'd suggest getting a 500w or better quality PSU.
The 785g onboard GPU should be able to play WoW, CSS, and probably TF2, but might have some of the settings adjusted for optimal playing. Of coarse they are too demanding games, but those are just some examples.
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