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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.764116
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182074
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704031
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Grand total with tax (since we are in New Jersey) is $400. You said you have a 500gb HDD so you can use that too and if you dont, you can still get a Caviar Blue 320gb HDD for $100. The processor has a video controller so you have video there plus there is room in money there for an ok video card if you really want too.

EDIT: forgot a dvd burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 still brings the total to around $425
Edited by Darktrooper78 - 11/20/11 at 1:47pm
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Erm.. Windows does not take up 20GB.. I have a system with 40GB Intel SSD next to me that has three games, multiple programs, and windows 7 ultimate on it... Also, just put that 500GB in for storage, but whatever. If it was my dad or whoever, that's what I'd build. They'll love the snappiness of the SSD.

If you're windows install doesn't take 20GB+, then you have a very special windows installer, probably worth big bucks, you should sell it on ebay for like $4000.

Every install of windows of win7 I have ever done/seen has been in the 20GB ballpark, usually more.
     
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If you're windows install doesn't take 20GB+, then you have a very special windows installer, probably worth big bucks, you should sell it on ebay for like $4000.
Every install of windows of win7 I have ever done/seen has been in the 20GB ballpark, usually more.

There are utilities out there that you can use to strip down a Windows ISO and remove all the unnecessary stuff you won't use. Shaves off quite a few GBs.
post #24 of 29
I think it would still be better to build if anything because of the warranties. You get a 1 year warranty with a pre-built and have to pay extra if you want a longer warranty. At least with a custom build all your parts have there own warranty. Some parts 2-3 years and stuff like the power supply 5-7 years. Plus upgrading will be easier in the long run as well.

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I just built a computer for my girlfriends mother last night and when it was all said and done it was cheaper than a comparable prebuilt and had all good name brand parts. Intel i3-2100, Gigabyte Mobo, 8gb Kingston ram, Corsair PSU, you know.
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Even if I never had access to do upkeep I would still build it myself, parts come with warranty same as the prebuilt, but most parts will come with 3 year not one, and also could build a pentium g620 duel core build that uses 20 watts power while browsing , not over 100. Also, when building your own you know the condition/quality of the parts in the machine, it isn't filled with the cheapest components at the time.
    
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After going through the pre-builds from my parents in school I came to the single most conclusion about pre-builds vs self-build, and although there is a price difference that isn't the whole of it.

If you buy a pre-build and want to do a major upgrade you have to buy Windows, you cannot use the OEM copy that came with the pre-built. So you are then effectively buying Windows twice! I prefer to buy windows 1 time for my rig+.


- don't buy OEM Builder windows discs!
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After going through the pre-builds from my parents in school I came to the single most conclusion about pre-builds vs self-build, and although there is a price difference that isn't the whole of it.

If you buy a pre-build and want to do a major upgrade you have to buy Windows, you cannot use the OEM copy that came with the pre-built. So you are then effectively buying Windows twice! I prefer to buy windows 1 time for my rig+.


- don't buy OEM Builder windows discs!

Please tell me you are joking... You can keep activating it, unhook your internet and phone it in.
    
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You could build a PC exactly like that HP Pavillion but with some better things such as better parts quality, overclockability, smaller size (form factor) and even better performance (i.e. proper dual channel RAM) for the same price.  I actually created a similar build list today for a Canadian customer with the full deal, for under $500.  American prices can only get better than that.

^ this..i specced out a budget gamer that's overclockable last night..for $450
 
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