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I'm moving out soon, and I never really game on my computer now that I have an X360.

Building an HTPC since I've been fighting the urge to build one for a couple years now. I'm giving myself a strict budget of $450 but I've already got some parts.

I've got two tubes on Arctic Silver 5 ... both bought sometime in 2006. I squeezed some out and the first bit looked horrible but the rest of the tube seems okay.

Safe to use? I remember big ass tubes of the stuff was $4 and now the smaller ones are $10+. I know I shouldn't be worried about $10, but $10 is $10 ...
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For this budget you're best off sitting on slickdeals.net for a cheap desktop or even a laptop. For the very low end, you can't beat a pre-built, especially if you have to buy Windows.
    
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For this budget you're best off sitting on slickdeals.net for a cheap desktop or even a laptop. For the very low end, you can't beat a pre-built, especially if you have to buy Windows.
I would say this is only valid IF you have to buy windows.
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I would say this is only valid IF you have to buy windows.
No, it's pretty much true even if he doesn't need windows.

Beat this laptop for $329 as a HTPC. Last week it was $300.

The pre-builts are generally quieter and come with a warranty.
    
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