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Home-built desktop or pre-built laptop?

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February 2, 2010 10:58:16 PM

I am considering building a desktop like this:

How flexible is your budget? Here's a build that comes in under $700, but doesn't have the option of adding another GPU in Crossfire.

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129070 $49.95

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product $64.99 - $25.00 MIR

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103724

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128392

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.334991 $134.98 - $10.00 MIR (CPU + motherboard combo)

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/Prod [...] -_-Product $84.99

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product $162.99 $10.00

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181 $54.99

LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 24x%20sata $24.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116754 $104.99

Total - $682.87 - $45.00 MIR's

With the possibility of these parts for adding another card.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W $79.99 - $25 MIR w/promo code EMCYZNW76, ends 2/3

Athlon II X3 435 + Gigabyte GA-MA790GPT-UD3H combo $164.98

The above add $45 to the build so it's slightly over budget.

With the monitor and keyboard, I'm estimating around a $900 purchase. I would have to go through the trouble of building it and getting to run properly. I have absolutely no experience with this kind of stuff.

I am also look at this laptop:

Intel® Core™2 Duo mobile processor P7450
Features 2 processing cores, 1066MHz system bus, 3MB L2 cache and 2.13GHz processor speed per core.
2 high-performance processing cores
To run multiple demanding applications simultaneously without hesitation.
4GB DDR2 memory
For multitasking power.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM.
16" LED-backlit LCD high-definition widescreen display
With 1366 x 768 resolution showcases your movies and games in stunning clarity.
320GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times. 1 E-SATA connection for added convenience.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M graphics
Features 1GB DDR3 video memory for lush images. HDMI output for connecting to an HDTV. 2 built-in speakers with Creative Audigy HD support.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


It is an Asus, and comes with a 1 year warranty. Would the laptop provide similar performance to the desktop?
February 3, 2010 1:48:10 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Laptops & Notebooks to section Homebuilt Systems by R_manic
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February 3, 2010 2:02:45 AM

no the desktop would be much faster, but what is the purpose of this build, gaming watching moveis?
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