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August 28, 2011 2:03:22 PM

Through work I'm able to get a dell xps 8300 for $899.99 cdn

Processor
* Intel® Core™ i7-2600 processor(8MB Cache, 3.4GHz)

Memory
* 12GB3 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz

Hard Drive
* 2000GB4 SATA hard drive (7200RPM)

Video Card
* AMD Radeon™ HD 6450 1GB DDR3

Optical Drive
* Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
15 Months McAfee SecurityCenter
Keyboard/Mouse

My current computer is a dell and have never really had any problems with it. Can I save some money by trying to build it myself. (no pro but understand the basics). The computer isn't used for any hard core gaming. Basically internet, movies, pictures, music etc. I'd like something that will last me 4-5 yrs.

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August 28, 2011 2:44:03 PM

does it come with a monitor? If so, that's a really good deal.

You really couldn't build it yourself for much less, even without a monitor, not considering you have to buy a OS, key, mouse, case, psu, etc.

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August 28, 2011 3:24:25 PM

nope no monitor.

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August 28, 2011 3:39:24 PM

You could build better for that price.
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August 29, 2011 2:44:40 AM

Really?

I've been searching the forum for some build ideas, and came across one that ended up being priced almost the same.

Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ---------- $49.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ---------- $64.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K ---------- $219.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ---------- $109.99

LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM ---------- $19.99

XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity ------------------ $239.99 (-$30 rebate)

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply ----- $59.99 (-$20 rebate)

ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard --------- $105

CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory Model CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9 --- $48.99 (-$10 reb)

Total with taxes/shipping = $1077.51

Is that a better set up than the dell?



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August 29, 2011 2:03:15 PM

OK a couple things. The Dell has a i7 your picking a i5. If gaming is the main purpose then you don't need a i7.

Also you picked an unlocked processor but a board that doesn't support unlocked processors. So if you intend to overclock you want P67 or Z68 not H67. If you don't plan to overclock then get the i5-2500 (NON K) and stay with the H67.

The video card you chose is 10x better than the one in the Dell.

$39.99 after rebate and promo code. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better case, less money. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also Newegg has Win7 on sale all the time for $85.
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