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Even if it doesn't you should still be able to call Microsoft and have them unbind the key from the hardware. Getting a hold of the software itself is easy. Just torrent it. Since you're going to be using the key anyway, it's not piracy, so just be practical.
Its been posted here time and again, just because Microsoft WILL give you a authorization # to install doesn't mean its "legal"


The OEM keys are for one comptuer/mb only, and if you want to use a different computer/mb you're supposed to buy a new key
post #42 of 50
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Would going with a GTX260 for the GPU be an awful choice? Looking at the benchmarks, it outperforms my selected card, for less money.
post #43 of 50
ATi 5770 for $115 - NO!

you can get a 5830 for $100 (comes with 3 games which you can sell for $30-40)
or a 5850 for $140
or a cheap 4870x2
post #44 of 50
Honestly you could run a much cheaper graphics card. I run an hd5570 with 1gig of ddr3 and I play league of legends on very high. I play the newest need for speed on max and mafia 2 on max. I you really want to save money that bad I would look into that
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I believe with the newer drivers the 5770 has caught up with the GTX 260

However with the 5770 you get DirectX 11, and much lower power consumption

The 5770 uses a single PCI-E power and the GTX 260 uses 2
post #46 of 50
I have messed up a new build by putting in the CPU wrong. This has happened on two occasions, once when I built something for a friend, and another time when I was cleaning out a PC. BE SURE TO CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK THE PINS!

I don't suggest you skimp out on the keyboard. That and the mouse are what you will be using the most. I don't game but I ended up with an Model M as a keyboard since I found a seller. Get a mechanical if possible, and for a mouse I like the G500. Consider it, you might have great performance, but if your input devices are poor, you won't have as much fun using it. Same with the PSU. It powers your entire system. If you buy a bad one you can have the whole system burn out. I don't think yours is bad, but just make sure you have a little overhead, most PSUs lie about their power output.

I don't know what you plan to do with a DVD drive, but I don't have one and I don't regret it. You can install windows from a flash drive, and buy games on Steam. I don't have a use for it, and unless you do, you can remove it as well.

I don't trust recertified hard drives. Buy it new, unless you don't find your data security that important.

I like cheap cases. A case holds your PC, nothing more. If you use a crappy one you may even deter thieves. I spent 20 on one, and 30 on another. You can even save more by using an old one. Spend the excess money on fans if you want, that is a cheap way to keep your PC cool.

CPU is fine, but you can go cheaper if you want. The graphics card is perfectly fine, but if you wanted to go cheaper you can. I agree with downgrading to a 5670 or 5570, then you can spend less on your PSU and still be safe, I don't see a game that they can't play on max settings, especially with a 1440 x 900 resolution. I am using a 9800GT and dual 1080s, and I haven't had any lag, I even ran 3 monitors at one point but that was excessive, no problems still.

My build I built for like 400-500 around 2 years ago, minus the LCDs.
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I have messed up a new build by putting in the CPU wrong. This has happened on two occasions, once when I built something for a friend, and another time when I was cleaning out a PC. BE SURE TO CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK THE PINS!


TLDR, but


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post #48 of 50
Phenom II x2 550 with a MoBo that supports core unlocking. With this you can turn a dual core into a quad core with the push of 4 maybe 5 buttons
 
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I was able to unbend them back, but it was terrible. That was me being stupid and careless.

Only you can stop bent pins.
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Phenom II x2 550 with a MoBo that supports core unlocking. With this you can SOMETIMES turn a dual core into a quad core with the push of 4 maybe 5 buttons
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