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October 13, 2010 11:43:15 PM

My laptop recently broke and I am in need of a new computer. I want to play Starcraft 2 on ultra quality, as well as upcoming games on high quality. My problem is, I have never bought a computer :D , I've been using my brother's old one for the last few years.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this week to about 2 weeks from now.

Budget Range: $500-800 after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the web, school work, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none

Country of Origin:US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe (don't really know what it is :(  )

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (don't really know what it is)

Monitor Resolution: up to 1400 x 1050

Additional Comments: Which would be more cost effective- building my own pc or ordering one pre-built from companies like HP? My concern with the pre-built would be that I have no experience in building so I would have to completely rely on online guides and that I would also have to buy an operating system (most likely windows 7) along with all the other parts.


I customized this off hp.com

HPE400z

Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edit
Processor AMD Phenom(TM) X4 830 quad-core processor [2.8GHz, 2MB L2 + 4MB L3 shared, up to 4000MHz] edit
Memory FREE UPGRADE! 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs] from 4GB edit
Hard drive FREE UPGRADE! 750GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB edit
Office software Microsoft Office Starter 2010 edit
Security software Norton Internet Security(TM) 2011 - 15 month edit
Graphics card 2GB ATI Radeon HD 5570 [DVI,HDMI, DP, VGA adapter] edit
Speakers No speakers edit
Primary optical drive LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive edit
Networking Integrated Ethernet port, No wireless LAN edit
Front Productivity Ports 15-in-1 memory card reader, 1 USB, 1394, audio edit
TV & entertainment experience No TV Tuner edit
Sound Card Integrated sound edit
Keyboard and Mouse HP USB keyboard and optical mouse edit

$769.99 after rebate.

Thanks in advance!
October 14, 2010 12:14:45 AM

Building your own PC is fun and easy. You have a tutorial above, many more on the internet including YouTube videos. That configuration above is bad, bad CPU, weak video card etc etc.


GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H + Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD Athlon II X4 640 + ASUS EAH5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + Antec Three Hundred Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W + SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
LITE-ON Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$781.91

The video card is overkill for your resolution, useful for when you change the monitor with a full HD one.

Otherwise there are cheaper combos like that one (less powerful GPU but a better CPU):

MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 + AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$738.91

LE: spelling







October 14, 2010 11:55:33 PM

mosox said:
Building your own PC is fun and easy. You have a tutorial above, many more on the internet including YouTube videos. That configuration above is bad, bad CPU, weak video card etc etc.


GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H + Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD Athlon II X4 640 + ASUS EAH5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + Antec Three Hundred Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W + SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
LITE-ON Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$781.91

The video card is overkill for your resolution, useful for when you change the monitor with a full HD one.

Otherwise there are cheaper combos like that one (less powerful GPU but a better CPU):

MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 + AMD Phenom II X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$738.91

LE: spelling


That looks awesome! I think I'm going to order it all this weekend, thanks for all your help.
October 15, 2010 4:36:26 AM

kenny5044 said:
That looks awesome! I think I'm going to order it all this weekend, thanks for all your help.



or you could possibly wait on the announcement of the 6xxx Series and let the 5xxx series prices drop.
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