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AMD Radeon HD 6850 COD: BlackOps Pre-Assembled System – AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz, 4GB DDR3 1333MHz, 500GB 7200RPM HDD, DVDRW, 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6850, 500W PSU, No OS, FREE COD: Black Ops PC Version

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lol... Generic ram... And I dont even know what PSU that is...
    
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Preassembled system for gaming.... ESPECIALLY a DIY combo kit from any site... extremely bad idea. No matter what site, they put those builds together with no research whatsoever; in fact I proved that today in the general discussions forum. The discount is also extremely pitiful on the parts combos. In fact IMO TigerDirect is a terrible place unless buying certain parts only at certain prices, similar to how you should never be conned into buying RAM at Microcenter, even if you're in California and have 10% tax and all.

Few more reasons:

  • PSU is likely unreliable
  • Little expandability
  • Athlon II x4 processor, C2 revision.... at that price
  • MSI time bomb.... in this case maybe not so much due to 95W CPU, but usually a bad idea, and MSI low end mobos often poor for price
  • Looks like OCZ garbage generic RAM
  • $650 cost. For the same price you could configure my parts below and just swap the GTX 460 768MB for a HD 6850 and be within budget, and get at least 100x better quality on parts consistently.
  • No proper cable management on that case (i.e. top PSU location)

Basically what I'm trying to say is DO NOT BUY THAT AT ALL AND NEVER BUY SUCH "DEALS".

Bringing over my win $600 build from the previous page:
Phenom II x4 955 + GA-870A-UD3 - $235
MSI GTX 460 768MB Twin Frozr - $150, $130 AR
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 1600Mhz CL7-8-7 - $50 after promo [see link]
- $40 shipped [Amazon]
Antec Earthwatts EA-500D - $54 after promo [see link]
Samsung F3 1TB - $51 shipped after promo [superbiiz - see link]
ASUS 24X DVD - $18 shipped after promo [see link]

Total cost: PERFECT.
$598 before rebates and shipped for all items
$578 AR

You get everything. A quality reliable PSU, great vid card, great RAM, better CPU & motherboard, larger hard drive, a great case for the price with great features & cable management... all for around the same or a lower price.
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/15/11 at 11:32pm
post #33 of 56
Yea i see what you mean about buyin stuff pre-assembled never done it so i dont know if there even good or bad or ??

But heres a better one picked parts separately like i usually do! I only did this in like under 3 mins or under 2 mins of searching its better when you take your time to plan it out and wait to see if you can find deals on certain parts.

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Yea i see what you mean about buyin stuff pre-assembled never done it so i dont know if there even good or bad or ??

But heres a better one picked parts separately like i usually do! I only did this in like under 3 mins or under 2 mins of searching its better when you take your time to plan it out and wait to see if you can find deals on certain parts.

Link--> http://img820.imageshack.us/i/anothernicebuild.jpg/

That's just as bad if not worse

1. No overclocking
2. Look at that expensive $55 generic RAM! For a full $5 less you can get some decent 1600 CL7-8-7 stuff... WHAT IS THIS--
3. PSU is still really terribad
4. Case looks rather terribad and probably has terribad features/value
5. The build exceeds the max budget by $70.

Sorry to shun you here but you're obviously not intent on following the rules of the build...
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RamFam has taken over the thread >.< lol

didn't see that 955+ud3 combo though
    
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The budget is only for the tower and all the software. OS, keyboard, monitor and antivirus will be purchased seperatly.
After reading this, I am still left confused as to whether or not the $600 budget needs to include a copy of windows..

hmmmm
     
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After reading this, I am still left confused as to whether or not the $600 budget needs to include a copy of windows..

hmmmm
Why not install a linux distro first? Then when you have enough money, then you can go buy windows. Hey, maybe you won't even need to install windows, who knows
    
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Why not install a linux distro first? Then when you have enough money, then you can go buy windows. Hey, maybe you won't even need to install windows, who knows
That's what I did... The more I use linux, the less and less I feel any reason to purchase windows. Looking more and more like I never will....

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After reading this, I am still left confused as to whether or not the $600 budget needs to include a copy of windows..

hmmmm
Sorry, I guesss that is confusing. I meant to say hardware and not software. Ya, the budget is only for the tower and all the goodies inside. I will probably go with Windows 7, wireless keyboard and mouse, and HD monitor. Hear Kapersky is a good virus software too.
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Kaspersky is a great paid virus when you can get it cheap (i.e. 3 licenses for $30), just be sure the computer's powerful enough though.... i.e. never try to run Kaspersky on a networst 2.2Ghz Celeron
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