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December 22, 2012 12:45:13 PM

There's a computer I've been looking at to get for gaming. I was going to get it at Best Buy because there's one right around the corner from me and I thought it wasn't a half bad price. But I found the same thing on Newegg for like 35% cheaper than the one at Best Buy, and this one is an i7-3770 as oppose to an i5-3570k. Are there any cons to getting the computer refurbished? Will it be all run down and slow?

The computers I'm looking at:

Best Buy: http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-hp-...

Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, the Newegg one say it is out of stock, would they get more of these?

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Anonymous
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December 22, 2012 1:08:19 PM

a few things here:
an i7 is unnecessary for a gaming rig; the only advantage it would have over an i5 is for heavy threaded tasks such as video editing.

both deals may seem very attractive and really they are not bad but, neither of them are an "out of the box solution" for gaming. add about $300 for a graphics card and a proper PSU; say a 500 to 550 watt corsair, XFX, antec or seasonic and a 7850, 660 or 7870.

i would not expect new egg to replenish that out of stock . .
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December 22, 2012 1:10:48 PM

In a word, no.

You can build a new PC with this amount of money, with better gpu. Since you linked Bestbuy.ca, I assume you are in Canada:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($71.53 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.45 @ DirectCanada)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-100 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Mouse: Rosewill RM-C2P Wired Optical Mouse ($4.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $778.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 10:10 EST-0500)


just a note, that 7850 for $72 at Amazon is a ridiculously good deal.
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December 22, 2012 1:17:40 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
In a word, no.

You can build a new PC with this amount of money, with better gpu. Since you linked Bestbuy.ca, I assume you are in Canada:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($220.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($71.53 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.45 @ DirectCanada)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-100 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Mouse: Rosewill RM-C2P Wired Optical Mouse ($4.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $778.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-22 10:10 EST-0500)


just a note, that 7850 for $72 at Amazon is a ridiculously good deal.


Nice. My budget is $1k so I can take this build and probably upgrade the GPU to a 7950. What do you think my PSU should be for a 7950 GPU?
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Anonymous
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December 22, 2012 2:45:20 PM

austenw23 said:
Nice. My budget is $1k so I can take this build and probably upgrade the GPU to a 7950. What do you think my PSU should be for a 7950 GPU?

that is a nice job by ScrewySqrl. for a 7950 i would suggest this PSU ( a 550 watt will handle most any single graphics card)
XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition Our Price: $49.99 CAD
After Mail In Rebate: $39.99 CAD
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December 22, 2012 3:00:11 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
just a note, that 7850 for $72 at Amazon is a ridiculously good deal.


That certainly does look like a good deal! But if you follow the link, it takes you to a GeForce GT 620 for that price, which is not such an awesome deal...
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December 22, 2012 11:12:45 PM

erg. You know what they say about 'too good to be true' :p  however a 7950 is a stronger card anyway
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