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She's in Virginia, her PC from www.abs.com came in yesterday and the monitor came in today.

They had a special where when you buy a specific model you get a free Samsung 19" Widescreen monitor and some of them had a $70 instant rebate coupon, so I picked one that had both of those promotions. She also got some free games.

I'll admit, I was a bit hesitant to let her buy a prebuilt, but we've only been together a couple months before she moved. Her mom wasn't at the point where she trusted me enough to just let me hold onto 3 grand.

So I told her I would help her with a prebuilt, and she said if I can get the cost down to $2000 instead of $3000, she'd be really happy. Over-all, I'm pretty content with what she got.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 ($187 Newegg)
Antec Nine Hundred ($140 Newegg)
Thermaltake Toughpower 750 Modular ($189 Newegg)
ASUS P5N32-E 680i ($209 Newegg)
EVGA 7950GT 256mb ($199 Newegg)
Thermaltake Silent 775 Cooler (Not many cooling options but she's not over-clocking) ($24.99 SVC)
2x 1GB DDR2-800 Corsair XMS2 ($147 Newegg)
2x 320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 16MB ($159.98 Newegg)
Samsung 18x Black SATA DVD+/-RW ($38.99 Newegg)
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit ($111.99)
Microsoft Office 2006 ($60 Maybe?)
Free Samsung 941BW 19" Widescreen 4ms LCD ($179.99)
Free 3-game Pack (Far Cry DVD, Rainbow Six Vegas, Age of Empires III) ($30-40)

The total came out to like $1920 + $45 shipping.

I think it's a pretty good deal considering the free monitor. If the monitor, vista and office pack were with a home built, it would've been closer in price to a home built.

When you factor in shipping from Newegg, it would've been near $1750 from Newegg. So she only paid a premium of maybe $150-160 and she got a 3 year tech support, assembly and installation and still a much better deal than going HP or Dell like she originally planned.

I have to commend www.abs.com, they put the PC together rather quickly and from what she tells me, the bundle is rather organized and neat, she got a free Intel T-Shirt, the game pack, a free carrying pack for software and games and documents.

A few notes before you ask.

One) She's a girl. An 8800 card is over-power for what she plays and more hassle than it's worth. From what I've heard, there's not one person with Vista and an 8800 card that didn't at one point have a driver/stability issue that might've been easy to resolve, but still existed. I don't want her to have any problems at all with her card so I picked a 7950GT since it's powerful enough to play most games out right now, but still a regular DX9 card so she avoids any major stability issues on Vista.

Two) Vista wasn't really optional. She didn't want XP, so I kind of HAD to go with Vista. She wanted Aero Glass too so I went with Home Premium as it offers the same deal.

When you consider the operating system, office suite and monitor cost, the ABS price was pretty close to what the Newegg price would've been.

Thanks a lot to whoever suggested ABS. Much cheaper than Ibuypower.com and a much better Reseller Rating.
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Good Job man. Nice rig shes got there.
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Good Job man. Nice rig shes got there.
Yeah it obliterates mine, which is rather depressing. lol

But in less than a year we'll be living together so I'll just have to game it up on her PC while she's at school.

I'm building my rig this month but it's going to be AM2. I don't entertain the idea of Core 2 Duo unless the budget is $800 or more.
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Looks Good
How's the ABS warranty?
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Looks Good
How's the ABS warranty?
3 Year Toll-Free Phone Tech Support and
1 Year Parts and Labor

I'm pretty sure the parts she has will last long. When she moves in with me I'll probably upgrade her CPU cooler and bump the FSB to maybe 300 or so and put her ASUS to work.

I'm surprised at the good parts they had available. I mean the ASUS P5N32-E is a great motherboard and having EVGA as optional video-cards impressed me. At Ibuypower you were pretty much limited to MSI boards and that kind of discouraged me to configure through them.

I'm also pretty stoked she got the Nine Hundred. I was worried about her stuffing the tower in a confined desk cabinet, but with the Nine Hundred I'm sure she'll have enough air circulation to keep things in order.

None of the games she got are even games she'd like to play or can play with me, but at least they can let her try out her system so she can see how good it is.
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Wow, sounds like a decent deal. I'm always skeptical of those third party build places, but then again you can probably do a lot better there then at Dell or something. And now you are not responsible in case something goes kafloey. And you saved her cash. Brownie points for you.
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Not bad at all there bud! it would smoke mine too! The problem with prebuilt systems is that they bait you with a couple of things in the build that'll make you overlook the rest of the build. However in your situation it's all there plainly and the price is great considering everything else that came with it. Good stuff!
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