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    I've had my current PC now for about 2 years, and I think it's about time for an upgrade, I'm going off to college soon, the games are getting better, and I need something faster. So I'm looking into a new computer.

    Unfortunately I don't have a job at the moment (im 17 and somewhat trying to find one). But my mom had recently got a child support check for around 5k (I guess my real dad finally decided to pay everything that he was late on?) and I've planned to talk to my mom to see if she would be able to let me buy a computer for a reasonable price. I haven't actually talked to her yet, being that it's like 1 in the morning and she's sleeping, but she is a very understanding person and she would know that since I'm going to be a computer major, and that I'm on the computer 24/7, and that she needs a better PC (I would give her mine), she might consider lending me a small amount of that check to getting a new PC.

    I've looked around at Newegg, and the best ones I can find for my price range (500 if possible to about 700, maybe 800 at the most if possible). These are a couple that have caught my interest:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883227138
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883227107

    Somewhere along those lines. Good vid card, nice size Ram, good hard drive, good CPU. I don't need anything over the top extreme, because at the moment I can run all my current games I play, at an average of about 30 FPS, and after reading comments, it looks like these type of PC's could run games like WoW or CSS at about 60 FPS which I would love since its practically double my FPS.

    So, in a nutshell, what I'm basically asking is, does anyone know where I could a PC somewhere around the lines of the ones linked above, for a low price, preferable less than what is priced there at NewEgg.

    On a side note I have built my current PC, along with 2 other PC's, my current PC I did solo, so if anyone has a good list of parts thats cheap but good to very good, I can build it and if not, I love a challenge, since Im going to college to learn everyting about computers anyway :).

    Please and thank you and if I left out any info you would like to know about my search please ask, ill be checking this thread when i wake up and prolly every 30 minutes after that to see what kind of advice i can get so I that I can get an idea of what to ask of from my mom.

    P.S. I'm open to ALL suggestions, even if they aren't dealing with ones about my problems above.
    "...and they call me ready to deploy, engage and destroy, wherever you need me to be. I'm an American Warrior!"

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    Just a thought, will you need a laptop for college? That maybe the way to go. Just something to think about.:icon20:
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    • #3
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      You could try to get in on one of those monitor included ~$350 dell deals and add a 4670/4770 to it.
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        Consider a laptop for college but you would have to ditch any PC gaming life or drastically change it from what it is currently (ie. get used to long load times). It would be worth getting a laptop since you're a computer major. Sometimes you need to work in groups and it's nice to bring your laptop to a place to hack away at some code. Or, you really might need some privacy during exams so a laptop can help you study on the go.

        If your major is more about computer engineering than software development, then a desktop would probably work for you. You might not need as much mobility or you'll be working on lab machines anyway. In this case, you could definitely build your own.

        Get a solid number on that budget and check out some parts. I'm sure you can get some good suggestions to stay within budget.

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        • #5
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          Are you going to need a monitor? That will add a decent amount to the cost and limit what you could get for your money. Anyhow, here is a nice budget build that would be better than either of the systems listed in your post.

          Case: ($39.99 before $10.00 MIR) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156226

          DVD drive: ($26.99) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151188

          Power Supply: ($99.99 before $10.00 MIR) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005

          Motherboard ($129.99 before $15.00 MIR) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131366

          CPU: ($139.999) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103649

          Hard Drive: ($74.99) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136319

          RAM: ($64.99) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231193

          Video card: ($109.99 before $20.00 MIR) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150337

          OS: ($99.99) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116488

          Total (before MIR, shipping) $786.91

          After MIR: $731.91

          Of course, shipping would add to that total a bit and if you needed a monitor an keyboard/mouse, it might make things a bit difficult.
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          • #6
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            No I have a decent monitor that I am confortable with. And I plan on staying home for college, so I would be more confortable with a desktop, and I have a source that I could get a simple laptop for simple things like college work and what not. im just mostly looking for a really good gaming rig.
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            • #7
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              would you consider building it urself its much cheaper?

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              • #8
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                Check the ExtremeTech site. They have some $800 gaming build spec.
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                  With college, worry about Internet access. Which college? Will you be living in a dorm or frat or have some other living arrangement? What kind of filtering and throttling can you expect from whoever supplies your access?

                  The best computer in the world is worthless if you can't connect it to the content you want, at the bandwidth you need.
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                  • #10
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                    I will be staying home for college. My internet is fairly good, I have Comcast's 12mb/s DSL, I download things like Counter-Strike: Source and World of Warcraft files at about 1.5 mb/s.

                    After looking it over, I have customized two different rigs that are the same price but I don't know which way to go. I have an Intel PC, and an AMD PC.

                    AMD:
                    AMD Phenom™ II X3 720 Triple-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology AM3 & AM2+ support
                    650W Power Supply
                    NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT 1GB
                    4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
                    500GB HDD
                    Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X CrossFire Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, Dual PCI-E MOBO.

                    Intel:
                    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8500 (2x 3.16GHz/6MB L2 Cache/1333FSB)
                    650W Power Supply
                    Nvidia GeForce 9800GT 1GB
                    500GB HDD
                    4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
                    Asus P5Q3 Intel P45 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394, Dual PCI-E MB MOBO.


                    Both have onboard sound.

                    Both seem good to me but I don't know which would be better for gaming and everyday processes.

                    P.S. I just noticed that last night when I customized that Intel PC there WAS a sale in which you bought the 9800GT 512MB for 58, they give you a upgrade to a 1GB GPU, so the Intel NOW is about 22 dollars more because the sale ended it looks like.

                    But that doesn't phase my decision any. Please let me know which is better and/or what I should look to improve. Both are at around 850-860 dollars w/ shipping.
                    "...and they call me ready to deploy, engage and destroy, wherever you need me to be. I'm an American Warrior!"

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                    • #11
                      Re: New Rig

                      http://www.arbico.co.uk/

                      good gaming computers there

                      im thinking of a gaming pc from dell but its 1100 ! its so sexy though

                      http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/home...=dhs&cs=ukdhs1
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                      • #12
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                        The AMD system would be faster overall. Those Phenom II tri-core chips are pretty awesome and overclock really well. Some people have even been able to unlock the disabled fourth core, although most have run into stability issues when doing so. How much are you paying for that 9800GT? It is a good card but I've seen some amazing prices on ATI 4850s recently which are a decent amount faster than a 9800GT.
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