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March 19, 2010 10:49:58 PM

Hello, i am interested in building a new computer since it is cheaper than buying a pre-built one. I was just wondering, is it cheaper to buy this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1688...
and upgrade the video card instead of building one from the ground up? Thx for your replies!

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March 19, 2010 11:10:48 PM

nope, for the cost of that system+ a GPU you could build a better system.
whats your budget? we can give you some ideas.
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March 19, 2010 11:15:54 PM

I vote for NO... Reasons
1) Generic MOBO... Maybe hard to overclock or poor quality
2) Generic RAM... Cas9
3) Generic HDD... Not at the speeds of the Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12
4) Generic PSU... Don't know the AMPS on the 12V Rail or what connectors it has.
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March 19, 2010 11:16:21 PM

Thanks for the quick response. My budget is about $800. The problem is that I also need an operating system so thats going to be another $115. This computer already comes with one.
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March 19, 2010 11:21:41 PM

Go with the Tom's build minus one 4850 and you should have enough for OS.
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March 20, 2010 3:19:07 AM

newguy_86 said:
Thanks for the quick response. My budget is about $800. The problem is that I also need an operating system so thats going to be another $115. This computer already comes with one.


If you got that computer and added a decent graphic card, you'd be spending about $900 anyway. You can build an i5 system for the same price as the one i the example, and with better parts.

If $800 is a hard cap and you're going to have to sacrifice on the video card to make it ... you could always go with an AMD quad core setup and save a significant amount of money.
March 20, 2010 3:04:36 PM

You could possibly build an equal-quality system using similar parts if you shop around. I started with an $800 budget and I'm up to $2,900 and counting. :ouch: 
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