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April 30, 2011 8:47:19 PM

Hey guys, looking to get a new system for my parents (they keep calling me saying that it is moving really slow, and demand I fix it, and when I say I can't fix old hardware they get mad and say I thought you were good at computers.. )

So, I am thinking of something that is just plain and simple... Will need OS too, they hate Vista, and will probably want 7...
I COULD steal the old HDD out of their computer, (it is like 200 gigs, and 5400RPM) but I think a new 500 gig HDD will work.

No gaming is really done, other then I occasionally steal it for a LAN party... so playing Warcraft 3 and BF2 is a must... XD

I was thinking along the lines of:
i3-2100
Rosewill DESTROYER
4 gigs of G.skill ram, been a while, someone point out the exact type...
450 watt PSU
500 gig Spinpoint F3...
April 30, 2011 8:59:15 PM

Looks pretty sweet. You could check out my siggy totalnoob (which I think you have seen it before as I've seen ya around for a long time).

What exactly is your budget though?
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April 30, 2011 10:06:20 PM

Um... probably less then 500... but I'd like it as cheap as possible... =p

Edit: yeah I have looked at your siggy... =p
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April 30, 2011 11:17:03 PM

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I don't know why everyone hates Vista, best OS I ever had and I've had them all since Windows 95.
Love it too, you could actually do things without GUI getting in the way... =D

That is 259.96$ All I need from there is a case and HDD
The 500 gig Spinpoint is deactivated... Any other suggestions for 500 Gig HDD?

Is windows still doing that discount for students?
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May 1, 2011 12:17:02 AM

It's decent, but the warranty is crap.

It says "up to 80% efficiency".

The Antec is 80+ Bronze rated.
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May 1, 2011 12:25:54 AM

^ True the Antec has an 80+ Bronze rating, but that doesn't mean the Corsair is crap efficiency 80+ is a pretty solid efficiency already. Sure it isn't the best, but it's better than not even 80+ certified at all.
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May 1, 2011 12:30:58 AM

aznshinobi said:
^ True the Antec has an 80+ Bronze rating, but that doesn't mean the Corsair is crap efficiency 80+ is a pretty solid efficiency already. Sure it isn't the best, but it's better than not even 80+ certified at all.


It's not 80+ certified dude, it says "UP TO 80% EFFICIENCY", that is not 80+ certified.

Only the CX400 is 80+ certified. None of the other CX series are certified.

Second of all, it's got a weak warranty.

By the way there are 92% efficient psu's out , so no, up to 80% (not certified) is crap efficiency.

Not to mention if you don't get the rebate, it isn't such a good deal at all.
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May 1, 2011 12:37:39 AM

I did my research on Corsair's website, even they tell you it's not 80+ certified. That's great some dork from Brazil named Gabriel Torres gave it one, but some editor of a websites opinion is not a certification.

2yrs is weak considering everyone else gives you 3, 5, or 7yrs. Even OCZ's cheapest psu's give you 3yrs.

They are basically telling you it's not good enough for them to give it even their lowest 3yr warranty.
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May 1, 2011 12:46:23 AM

Do you read your own links before you post them??


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The only reason we are giving our “Silver Award” instead of “Golden” is the efficiency a tiny bit below 80% when the unit is delivering its 430 W, but it is, still, a highly recommended unit for entry-level systems, especially when you put price into equation: this unit costs only USD 45 bucks and if you hurry you can get a USD 20 mail-in rebate card at Newegg.com, making it to actually cost only USD 25


That's why it fails certification.

I agree if you get the rebate, it's totally worth $25, but if you don't, the Antec is a better buy.
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May 1, 2011 1:22:10 AM

^ I do read them, and the just below 80+ certification thing I don't really mind, maybe you do, but I still take it as close to the 80+ mark. Close enough for myself to consider it being one.
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May 1, 2011 2:20:53 PM

I still think it's a joke for Corsair to stoop this low.

They are trying to price match cheaper brands like OCZ, but if they can't even match OCZ's warranty, I would rather buy the OCZ.
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May 1, 2011 3:14:39 PM

have you tried reformatting their hard drive? old people are malware magnets. their current system may very well be fine for their needs.
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May 1, 2011 6:39:29 PM

True, you have a point. I still would trust the build quality of Corsair over OCZ, the amount of DOA's they have are just.... absurd.
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