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A guy at TSF was about to shell out $1000 on one of these: http://www.doghousesystems.com/v/armor_vs.htm For someone capable of building their own system (meaning anyone who can use a screwdriver without poking their eye out) that's a huge ripoff. So I stepped in and specced him this build, which is slightly cheaper and much more powerful:





CPU - AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-727-_-Product
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-378-_-Product
RAM - OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-482-_-Product
Graphics card - Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 5770 1GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-868-_-Product
Power supply - Antec True Power New 650W:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...r%20New%20650W
Case - Antec 300 mid tower ATX:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-042-_-Product
Hard drive - WD Caviar Black 500GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...0black%20500GB
DVD drive - LiteOn DVD burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-339-_-Product

Subtotal: $877.85


OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-754-_-Product


TOTAL: $982.84



$875 for just the tower, $980 including the OS. I figure he's getting a lot more for his money this way. Good build?
post #2 of 8
I can totally help you out here as I just pulled the trigger last night for a buddy.

Zipzoomfly has the 955 BE for $145 if you combo it with another part (ram,video card,etc) and you should easily be able to find a piece that you want. Also, they have the MSI 4890 for $155 if you combo it as well. I combo'd those two pieces together, so for $300 you have your quad core and gpu taken care of. Lastly, I highly suggest buying a retail Windows 7 key from guys around here for around $25 and just letting him borrow your install disc. That should save you a ton
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Dayum. That's like a $70 savings. NICE! I've passed that along to him.


He's just getting into PC gaming; right now all he plays is WoW, so really a $500 computer would do him fine. But he wants to branch out into other games as well, so I figure he should have a high-end machine that will last him quite a while, especially if he's willing to pay $1000 for one.
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Yeah I think he should be thankful he has a good friend that didn't let him waste his money on that. I would throw out that case and put in the CM 690 and go after the deals sccr64472 just mentioned on ZipZoom!

Do not miss this cooler for $30 ($15 after MIR) if you decide to order parts from there.
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...dlist=celebros
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Dayum. That's like a $70 savings. NICE! I've passed that along to him.


He's just getting into PC gaming; right now all he plays is WoW, so really a $500 computer would do him fine. But he wants to branch out into other games as well, so I figure he should have a high-end machine that will last him quite a while, especially if he's willing to pay $1000 for one.
I'm the master at budget builds If you're interested in more savings, take a look at this Gigabyte motherboard for $62. It's an awesome board for any single card config and the price is outstanding...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...392R-_-Product

I wouldn't take too much time if you're interested, these don't last long.
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I'm the master at budget builds If you're interested in more savings, take a look at this Gigabyte motherboard for $62. It's an awesome board for any single card config and the price is outstanding...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...392R-_-Product

I wouldn't take too much time if you're interested, these don't last long.
I just got a Open Box board that was $30 off the regular price and I kind of regret it! $8 for shipping and it came without the I/O plate, no sata cables, nothing. Now it might cost me $10 for the I/O plate if Asus even sells it for this model.

I have had good experience with open box graphics card though..
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Congrats?
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Originally Posted by xisintheend View Post
I just got a Open Box board that was $30 off the regular price and I kind of regret it! $8 for shipping and it came without the I/O plate, no sata cables, nothing. Now it might cost me $10 for the I/O plate if Asus even sells it for this model.

I have had good experience with open box graphics card though..
I've purchased probably 60 Open Box motherboards from Newegg over the last 4 years and I'd say maybe 8 didn't come with everything from the retail package. You should be able to get a free I/O. If you can't, tell Newegg of your disappointment and I'd be willing to bet you get a free cable or a coupon off your next purchase.
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
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