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how old did you say you are ?

/ jk
You had me for a sec. lol

I was a huge console gamer for over 20 years until two years ago. My launch 360 RRoD and two more after that. The console community is watered down online, not enough teamwork and the lack of AA made me want to try PC gaming. Started over at the Gametrailers forum discussing console games then went into the PC section and asked a few questions.

They couldn't answer all of my questions so I searched the Internet for PC sites until I stumbled upon the Hardforum, Anandtech and OCN. These are the three forums that taught me everything I know today. If console gamers are able to grasp the concept of PC gaming through prebuilt PC's easier, I'm all for it. Eventually they will make their way over to OCN and then Newegg.
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welll.... if it helps the pc gaming community let it happen. seriously, to have atleast deent performing gaming pc's that the average joe can pick up pre-assembled for maybe a little higher than console prices. think about it, it could really help the pc gaming community and help wake game devs up. If it takes flashy blue light etc. to make a sale, i say go for it. ill stick to my own home built rigs though
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?????????????????????????????????????

Having PC gaming available to more people is all well and good but you just tried justifying ibuypower by having a fried 9800gx2, a dead motherboard and by replacing your case. What??
Obviously the 9800GX2 wasn't bad as it was? It was a 'terrible' card, great in performance but temps were extremely hot on their models.

Once and a while I like to check out Walmart's laptop section, their surprisingly well priced. New ones are as pricey as they would normally be, but good ones that have been on shelves for a while drop in price where you can find a nice laptop for 300-400$.
One of the things I like to do is pop up the info of what they use, whether it's dxdiag or with Intel laptops that have the hardware info widget. I'm sure they had an info page up before, but people that go on them must take them down to see the desktop...
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Do you all really think that they will be selling the components for how much they cost to buy on newegg? How would they make any money at all? I'm going to quote myself from another similar thread:


Judging by the responses, I would venture to say that the majority of people in this thread are 13-25 and single. You must realize that while your life is full of free time it isn't the case for most people who have lives, jobs, and homes. Of all the things to spend spare time on, computers is not one that is all too important. We do it because it is a hobby, NOT because it is cheaper. In reality, for how much I can make at work per hour and how valuable the time is to spend with my wife and daughter, I would MUCH rather spend an extra 10-15% for a prebuilt, preinstalled, preworking PC with full support.

For me, however, this is one of my hobbies and so I build them myself. But for the majority of people, buying prebuilt is not at all a bad thing. Alienware has the support of Dell behind them which many people will rag but with which I have never had any unpleasant issues. (and for this thread, Walmart)

All in all, you could do EVERYTHING in your life yourself. Stop going to the store and grow your own garden, make your own biodiesel, do car repairs, CNC your own stuff. Most things in life are cheaper to do yourself but time = money and I am perfectly content paying someone to do my plumbing for me regardless of how cheap it would be to do myself (within reason, of course). I should also add that if you are happy with what you payed, then why worry? Every person in this thread could have gotten a better, cheaper PC ( sometimes *gasp* even a prebuilt) if they would have shopped around more or waiting a few days. But no one rags on you for doing it. Get over other people being content with their purchases.

TL;DR When you don't have this much free time or care to spend time on your PC, you will realize priorities for you are not the same as they were in the past.
*clicks invisible Rep+ button*

But on that same note, my friend bought a Micro Velocity machine that had the following specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 @ 3.33GHz (Factory overclocked and it had the AC Freezer Pro 64 on it)
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4GB DDR2 667 RAM
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Windows Vista 32-bit (Yuck...)
550w Micro Velocity PSU (two 12v rails with 20A on each)
320MB 8800GTS (Was introduced to the site maybe a month before too)

Ending price? $2,000.

I was floored by the machine when I saw it. It performed beautifully by comparison to anything I'd ever seen. And I've got the mobo out of it at the moment, works still, and the CPU, and the GPU, and the RAM... and they got the machine around the middle of 07'. Four years later it still runs? I say that's a win.

Then I sold them my Xeon machine for $800 and they were like... "lolwut?"

Twas funny actually. ^_^ Kept asking me "if I was sure" and I kept telling them it was all it was worth and this struck them as just ignorance. Thinking I was misinformed. Then I showed them the wishlist for everything on newegg, for what it had, and it totaled like $1,100 new. They took it without question then.

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@Kevlo's post - you select a base model which costs x amount of dollars, and then his configuration was what's added on top of it. If you do the math, the extra add up to $770, which leaves $580 on the base model. It's not that they're selling 1075T for $140 :-/

@IEATFISH - I know where you're coming from, but I gotta disagree with you. Unless you build computers for all of your friends and family, spending 2-3 hours out of a year to build a system yourself should be perfectly viable, even for someone who has their hands full with family :-)
    
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Should we really label people that build/put together PCs as engineers?
I'm referring to the guys that actually design their machines. Not the guys on the assembly line. Their product engineers seemed to know what they were about.
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It's good for us really, more people get into PC gaming.
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@Kevlo's post - you select a base model which costs x amount of dollars, and then his configuration was what's added on top of it. If you do the math, the extra add up to $770, which leaves $580 on the base model. It's not that they're selling 1075T for $140 :-/

@IEATFISH - I know where you're coming from, but I gotta disagree with you. Unless you build computers for all of your friends and family, spending 2-3 hours out of a year to build a system yourself should be perfectly viable, even for someone who has their hands full with family :-)
2-3 hours? dam i spend prob close to 15 hours a month building/modding/leak testing. lets start in January. I have had an 7 different computer builds. some are never satisfied..like me lol
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well judging by how wal-mart reputation stands out against best-buy and this partnership. It's an awesome move by them . And I never had an issue with them If I want to return something I just bring the receipt and I get my money back.
    
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well judging by how wal-mart reputation stands out against best-buy and this partnership. It's an awesome move by them . And I never had an issue with them If I want to return something I just bring the receipt and I get my money back.
The fact that you can walk into any walmart with out a receipt and return stuff 3 times per 6 months is awesome. true they only give you instore credit, but still awesome. no other place does that.
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