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post #21 of 24
I built an Athlon II X3 system for a friend for $220 excluding HDD. This was like 5 months ago. With a 1TB Spinpoint it would've been $270-280. 20-22" monitors are like $76-100 at Staples with a $25 off coupon. If you spend $80 more, you can toss in a 5770 and bam, gaming computer w/ monitor for $500. Another $30(student) or $100 and you can get W7.

So yeah... another typical Tom's article. $500 on a prebuilt, not for most people. Either too cheap for high-performance, or too overpowered/expensive for parents.
Edited by jrbroad77 - 6/6/11 at 5:12pm
 
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post #22 of 24
For $250, I built an Athlon II x4 + 785G + 4GB DDR2-1066 Dominator + 500GB HDD + Antec Minuet SFF case + Antec SFF 80+ PSU + OS among other things. Eh, these guys don't look hard enough trying to find good deals.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
For $250, I built an Athlon II x4 + 785G + 4GB DDR2-1066 Dominator + 500GB HDD + Antec Minuet SFF case + Antec SFF 80+ PSU + OS among other things. Eh, these guys don't look hard enough trying to find good deals.
I want to see this receipt cause I got to call B.S. on this on. Really, $250 including the OS. Just don't see it happening. I've seen Tigerdirect have some great barebones just not that good. Was all the stuff new or was some of it bought off here?
Edited by CDub07 - 6/6/11 at 5:56pm
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post #24 of 24
Fail is fail. This may not be fail for people who are like "pre-builts like alienware rule" but here, I'm pretty sure this isn't necessary at all.
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