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I need your help! Trying not to get ripped off buying a computer.

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February 9, 2014 11:53:38 PM

Hello all,
okay so let me explain this real quick. I am going to buy a new computer, but the question is to build or not to build. So should I buy a factory built computer or build one. I have built my own computers twice. I am not a professional at all. Now I want to do the basic things like watch videos and browse the web, but I also want to be able to play video games well if possible for my budget. Now this is the tricky part, I am only wanting to spend from 500-700 being the most for this computer. I don't need the best of the best but what could I buy for this price. That is only including the tower. Okay as an example I thought maybe I could buy this computer http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-desktop-8gb-memory-1tb... and just add the video card and power supply. But is it really better?

Thank you for you input in advance!

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February 10, 2014 12:01:00 AM

Homebuilt is almost always better value for money.

Filling out this is helpful.
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February 10, 2014 12:04:45 AM

The problem is I have no idea what parts I should built it from. I mean I have been wracking my brain all day trying to research, but I guess I haven't been keeping up with things and there is to much stuff to choose for the value.
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February 10, 2014 12:12:02 AM

Fill out the link I posted, and I'll help you.
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February 10, 2014 12:19:11 AM

You should check this out. This is the best bang for the buck..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfGE4i_A6E4
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February 10, 2014 12:32:51 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: About 2 weeks.
Budget Range: 500-700 Would rather keep below 650.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing, watching video.
Are you buying a monitor: Not included in budget



Parts to Upgrade: From scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Already own

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: does not matter.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Houston Texas

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

No monitar yet.

Additional Comments: Well I actually do not have anything in mind right now. Maybe wildstar which isn't out but some what current gaming.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Well just need to get a desktop because only have laptop now.
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February 10, 2014 12:33:13 AM

Eh, I'm not a fan of the CX series, and you save a bunch by shopping around anyway.
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February 10, 2014 12:36:34 AM

that computer he builds in that video is great, but the price of r9 270x went up a little. just keep that in mind. but a great build
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February 10, 2014 12:45:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($192.45 @ Mwave)
Case: Silverstone Redline Series RL04B ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $652.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-10 03:45 EST-0500)

How's that?

Do you need an ODD?
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February 10, 2014 3:32:11 AM

mikeblaze76 said:
that computer he builds in that video is great, but the price of r9 270x went up a little. just keep that in mind. but a great build


I thought video cards go down in price over time not up. So why did that one go up 100 dollars?
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February 10, 2014 3:58:15 AM

Because someone figured out that AMD cards are very good at mining LiteCoins, so suddenly the demand shot up.
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February 10, 2014 12:26:03 PM

well the card you listed is that a even replacement for this card?
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February 10, 2014 4:53:00 PM

2GB Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X Graphics Card vs Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card what is the big differences?
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February 10, 2014 7:41:37 PM

AMD FX 6300 Vishera Processor = $120
ASRock 960GC-GS FX = $55
Kingston HyperX Black Series 8GB = $70
RAIDMAX ATX-402WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower = $40
Rosewill Stallion Series 500W ATX12V Power Supply = $40
EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit = $260

Total Worth = $585
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