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I was out with my friend and his dad today and his dad was buying him a present because he passed all his classes. They went to Best Buy and his dad said he would buy him a "extremely powerful gaming computer". He asked the Best Buy representative what the best gaming computer is that they have in stock, and he showed us this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Elite+Desktop+/+AMD+Phenom%26%23153%3B+II+Processor+/+8GB+Memory+/+2TB+Hard+Drive/1805571.p?id=1218293495149&skuId=1805571

Then his dad was like "You see that son? 2 Terabytes of Hard Drives (yes, he said Hard Drives)! You will be able to run almost any game." They bought the PC and a monitor which came up to $1600 with tax included.

Then he went on to explain that "The more expensive a computer is, the faster it is and thus it is better for gaming". I can see where my friend got his intelligence from. he passed his courses, but his highest grade was a 79 :3

Honestly, how much would that same PC cost if you wanted to build it yourself? I tried explaining to them that building one was much better for your money, but they couldn't get it through their thick skulls because according to my friend's dad "Building a computer is very difficult work. Even some of the brightest computer science majors have a hard time building a PC. That's why there are almost no PC component stores."

Ugh, imagine what could have come out of that $1600 spend on that useless PC =/. It was so infested with bloatware too that the PC took 5 minutes to load up.
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I understand where you're coming from, and it would bother me too. However, we have to remember that it's not our money.

I mean, it's not a BAD computer... but for that price yeah, it is. Is the GPU integrated? I couldn't find anymore specs and or information. If it's not integrated that's pretty cool.
post #3 of 207
Could probably do that for $700 tops...

People just don't know/ignorant/care and just want easy/simple.
 
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LOL 5400rpm HDD
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Originally Posted by E-Peen;13257290 
I understand where you're coming from, and it would bother me too. However, we have to remember that it's not our money.

I mean, it's not a BAD computer... but for that price yeah, it is. Is the GPU integrated? I couldn't find anymore specs and or information. If it's not integrated that's pretty cool.

Click on the Specifications tab on the page to see the specs.
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If I buy prebuilt it's only from compaq and it's only used as a backup if I need to RMA. Compaq is the only decent one for the money...
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Eh, some people don't want to go through the process of building a computer. Its like asking someone why they buy "pre-built cars" Why wouldn't you buy the lower end versions of the cars and add all the mods yourself? Why do you buy a "pre-built" house? Do you know how much of a premium you pay just to have a house "pre-built"? You could save yourself tens of thousands of dollars, and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars by buying land and building it yourself just from parts you buy at Home Depot. Some people just want the work pre-done from a brand they are familiar with, its a peace of mind thing, and a "I dont know how to do it and I dont want to spend days learning about it when I dont know what half the parts even do" type thing.

I dont know about you, but learning and being extremely familiar with all the hardware on the market and how its relevant didn't take a day.
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rofl a 6770!!?????????? if that thing EVER breaks tell him to QQ. its honestly a solid computer, but that rams probably oem, so if that were me, id tell his dad to buy better ram and a new graphics card and that computer would be BLISSFUL!

also, i bet the cooling on that thing is terrible
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ComradeNF;13257321 
Click on the Specifications tab on the page to see the specs.

Oh, didn't see that. So it's not integrated. I guess that's an up-side. Other than that, yeah it isn't the "greatest" computer. However, it'll do justice.
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Because some people don't know how to build their own or don't want to. It's easy to know how and look down on people for doing so, but I ask you: Do you fix your own car, or do you take it to a shop? When you take photos, do you leave your camera on automatic or do you use manual settings?

You simply can't expect everyone to know everything.
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