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September 21, 2012 9:34:54 PM

Hi!

So I happen to have a question for the computer building community.

I'm still fairly new at building computers, (I've only managed to successfully build one gaming computer, so I still have much to learn,) but I was wondering whether it would be cheaper to build a computer that is used for work rather than just buying one from Dell.

Keep in mind this computer isn't for me, but a friend.

1 x EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $134.99
1 x Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120 $124.99
1 x MSI Z77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $119.99
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99
1 x Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM $74.99
1 x Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0 $59.99
1 x CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $59.99
1 x G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT $39.99
1 x SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

This is currently what is inside my gaming computer. The computer I plan to build for my friend will most likely be the same specs seen here except a downgraded GPU and another 500GB Hard Drive.

So my question to you guys is would it be cheaper to just build this with what is above or just buy a computer from dell?

And if it is cheaper to just build another one, then what do you recommend for a downgraded GPU/other computers for a computer solely meant for work, to open and browse web pages fast and be able to hold a lot of work related programs.

I also, if you wouldn't mind, like answers for both just to see the price range and what not. Thank you for any and all answers!

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