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post #1 of 8
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Ive been in Japan for the past year and just returned. I am starting a new job and am trying to piece together a new system slowly. I was hoping that someone had a decent case that was gathering dust in the corner that I could clean up and start building my system. Please inbox me with messages or any advice concerning building a new system.

I am also considering bareboning a computer from tiger direct and tweaking it from there.

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 8
what's your budget (sounds low, which can be worked with) and what will you use it for?
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crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
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Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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post #3 of 8
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My budget without peripherals is about 450. I am going to be gaming and building onto my original construct. This is just the best month to start building so I gotta go for it. I'm willing to slack off on graphics and storage cause I'm going to upgrade come probably March. I just need some major stuff to get this started at a decent price,
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post #4 of 8
450 is hard. I'd look for a used i7 system you can overclock. If you want to go new parts you're going to have to go amd. Intels are just stratospherically priced. Do you play hardcore FPS stuff or light gaming?
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4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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post #5 of 8
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I don't really want or need all new parts. Especially since some of these will be replace once I get more money together. Sigh AMD builds aren't bad I guess. And are cheaper. I'll research some on that side. Might try another crossfire/sli down the line
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post #6 of 8
maybe a used last gen system is up your alley. Processors haven't really gotten much faster but people are trading up anyway. I saw a nice 1366 i7930 with good MoBo and cooler on craigslist for $200 recently. Almost bought it.

Another possibility is just buy a crap office desktop complete system for $150, which will get you on the internet, if not much else, wait till you got cash, and sell it again for nearly what you paid for it.
Edited by bombastinator - 11/1/13 at 4:59pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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post #7 of 8
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a full system for 200?
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Logitech Antec 650 W Phantom Black and Orange Logitech 
Mouse Pad
Omega Psi phi incorporated mouse pad 
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Flynn Lives
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1 TB hitachi Sony DVD rw+- Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung SyncMaster 223 
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post #8 of 8
Sure. They;re generally all over craigslist. Some 775 dell or IBM celeron or pentium with a minimal video card and crap monitor built to be used by secretaries, and thrown out every three years by the IT department. probably win xp on it but no license.

chapel hill right? Poking at your local craigslist I get...

Dell Intel Pentium 4 2.80 GHz 3 G Ram 80GB HD w/17" Dell Flat Screen $95 (Morrisville) pic computers - by owner

Asus Eee PC $100 (north Raleigh) pic computers - by owner

GATEWAY E 4300 TOWER, XP-PRO, 160GB HD, P4 3.2 GHZ CPU, 1GB RAM $130 (CARY) pic computers - by owner

Dell Dimention 4600 Tower,XP-PRO,2.8Ghz,80Gb HD,1Gb RAM, CD-RW $100 (cary) computers - by owner

Super Fast Full Size HP Quad Core Desktop tower loaded with Windows 7 $180 (Cary) pic computers - by owner

The list goes on.

The eee I threw in because they are cute tiny little things worth keeping just for fun, and handable off to grade school age relatives when you are done with them.


They're all crap of course. You can't even generally reuse the cases. Dell and HP generally make proprietary garbage. But 6 months from now they'll be worth about what you paid for it. You might even get lucky and find one with a case and hard drive worth keeping.

If you want a modern machine the fastest option is an AMD APU machine with internal video. Usable for light gaming, very small if you go mITX. Problem is the A series are all 4 cores and have their own socket, so you have to dump both the mobo and CPU when you trade up.
Edited by bombastinator - 11/1/13 at 8:11pm
New gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
  hide details  
Reply
New gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
  hide details  
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