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Currently I have an AWFUL PC that I use for gaming. Here are the specs for it:

Windows XP Home Edition
Intel Pentium 4 Processor 3.00 GHz
3.00 GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 (this sucks so much!!!)
Sony DVD RW DW-G120A
Sony DVD-ROM DDU1615 (This one is broken, it hasn't opened in over a year)
100 GB Hard Drive

I'm 16 and I don't have much money. I'm looking for a gaming PC in the next few years if I can't afford one now. I'm looking at these 2 PC's at costco.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...t56671&topnav=

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...t56671&topnav=

These 2 PC's are a bit out of my price range, so I was wondering if any of you know where to get a good pc with similar specs on a trusted website or store such as newegg.com
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks
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Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 200GB DVD RW Windows 7 Professional (Finally upgraded from XP) 21.5 eMachines 
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One more thing. Please tell me if there are ways to save money on a few features I may not need, but I really think I need a good graphics card so I don't really want to downgrade on that. And do I need to upgrade the power supplies on either of these systems or need to get better or more fans? More RAM? Thanks
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300GB Maxtor  Windows 7-U 64bit HP 19"  Logetech 
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When you buy from newegg you will have to put it together yourself, install the OS and drivers etc, so if you know how to do that, or can get help from a friend, or do research here is what I would suggest.

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA
Video Card: Sapphire HD 4850
RAM: 2x1GB G.Skill PC2-6400
Power Supply: Corsair 450VX
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
CD/DVD Drive: Lite-On 20x DVD burner SATA w/ Lightscribe

On top of that you will need to find a case of your liking, and maybe keyboard/mouse/monitor if you don't want to use what you have now. The cost of all above parts is $740 without shipping. I am assuming you are in the US, you may well be somewhere else, in which case you will need to find these or other item from a different e-tailer.

Edit: You could easily swap out the E8400 I put in mine for a Q6600 and just as easily change from 2x1GB sticks of ram to 2x2GB of ram, you will need a 64-bit operating system if you want to take advantage of all 4GB of ram tho.
Edited by zaeric19 - 7/3/08 at 11:28am
post #5 of 12
I would HIGHLY suggest you build one yourself. If you're going for a gaming PC, i would highly suggest a Core 2 Duo instead of a Core 2 Quad.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...spx?ID=7944151
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Originally Posted by ender475 View Post
I would HIGHLY suggest you build one yourself. If you're going for a gaming PC, i would highly suggest a Core 2 Duo instead of a Core 2 Quad.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...spx?ID=7944151
That's all the basic parts, this also includes a nice heatsink so you can OC the heck out of that E8400.
I forgot a case, it comes to about $1300
post #7 of 12
OP said he wanted to spend less than the what the ones form costco were, which was $1299.

Edit: Ender, why get a velociraptor when hes on a budget? $1 per GB for raptor or $.15 for the SE16. He also doesn't need a 700w PSU, not even close, look at a 500w if you get a Thermaltake.

Edit 2: I do agree though, get an aftermarket heatsink for the CPU, if you are spending $50 for a vendetta2 I would say get a TRUE or Nocuta NH-U12P instead (the latter being my suggestion).
Edited by zaeric19 - 7/3/08 at 11:39am
post #8 of 12
Forget about the 2nd link you posted, because the first one's got 2 8800GT's, and they are better than a single 9800GTX. But of course, build it yourself if you can, not only will you save money, but you will also be able to choose what's best for your needs like a Core 2 Duo rather than a Core 2 Quad because most games today do not utilize 4 cores yet.

Edit: My suggestion:


Edited by hellyea - 7/3/08 at 11:54am
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post #9 of 12
If you get 4GB of ram I would suggest this kit:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231145

It is what I use, it is great ram and leaves you plenty of overclocking headroom, and $25 less than the 1066MHz G.Skill kit.
post #10 of 12
www.ibuypower.com
Weekly special at the top, choose either special A or B depending on Intel or AMD. Build for a big discount and free shipping. Thats what I did and I saved $120 over building it through their normal configurator.
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