PC/MAC Shopping

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  1. Bulldog

    Bulldog Coach Richt is my Dawg!

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    My laptop recently quit on me and now im looking to buy another PC/MAC any help/advice would be much appreciated.

    Price range: $300-$600

    I'm looking for:
    • Desktop(doesn't have to have a monitor,keyboard or mouse)
    • 250GB HDD or more
    • 64bit
    • Windows 7 or MAC
    • 4-8GB RAM
    • Good graphics
    • anything that is FAST and good for video editing and games
     
  2. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    To get the best bang for you buck - build your own machine. Unless you're tarded and really need that 3yr manufacturer warranty, you can build an okay rig for 600 bones.

    You could also just check sites like slickdeals.net for Computer deals - there are some just about every week.
     
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  3. Bulldog

    Bulldog Coach Richt is my Dawg!

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    Yeah i helped build one back in HS. I've been checking online any links to sites anyone has would be much appreciated.
     
  4. Bulldog

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  5. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    newegg and tigerdirect is where i buy parts - or if you have a local microcenter
     
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  7. Bulldog

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    Yeah it looks like a beast and for the price you cant go wrong.
     
  8. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    Its got a decent video card as well which is nice.

    Obviously its a refurb so you might want to make sure you're getting a solid warranty with it.

    Also note, its only dual channel ram - fairly average nowadays - also its PC 10600 which again is only about average nowadays. Further, it only has 4 ram slots so upgrading the ram is probably out of the question - which is probably the easiest and most common upgrade for machines. You'd have to check the specs on the motherboard to see what the max is for that particular model. 8GB is a great start, but its funny how just a couple of years makes things seem outdated and slow.

    Power supply is only 460W - below average nowadays - not going to allow you to add another video card or possibly even limit your ability to upgrade the video card in the future. I'm not real keen on power supply needs but generally with gaming rigs I feel like 600W is a good number to shoot for.

    Overall its not a bad deal at all, but it is a refurb, so buyer beware.
     
  9. jms493

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    Build it! Way more fun and satisfying. I just built a beast for under $1000. You can easily build a gaming rig for under $500.
     
  10. SuperBowlNachos

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    I always say built it, but if you want a new monitor too then buying a packaged might be better for under $600.
     
  11. Bulldog

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    After countless hours of searching and looking at different setups i've decided to build my own I will make sure to upload pics and shit when its finished in a few months lol.
     
  12. KnightNoles

    KnightNoles Learn to Compete

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    I was goin to tag you in this thread last night but thought you would see it yourself..
     
  13. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    Best decision you could make - honestly it doesn't take a few months though? Just order the parts and put it together. Only takes a couple hours if you know what you're doing.
     
  14. Bulldog

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  15. Bulldog

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    Yeah i didn't mean for the actual build i meant money wise. LOL

    Gonna have to save up.
     
  16. PepperNY

    PepperNY Fear the Spear

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    @Bulldog

    You could always do like I did and build yourself a CustoMac that way you have the best of both worlds. I built mine for about $700 and I'm running Windows 7 and Snow Leopard.

    Budget Power Build 1

    Core i5-760 / Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H / GeForce GT 240 / 4GB DDR3 RAM
    $683.88
    Motherboard: GA-H55M-UD2H $94.99
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    SATA Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint 1 TB $62.99
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    SATA CD/DVD Burner: Sony Optiarc Black $36.95
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    Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 341 $39.99
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    Power Supply: Antec 550W Continuous Power $64.99
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    Operating System: Mac OS X Snow Leopard $29.00
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  17. SuperBowlNachos

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    Remember you will have to buy the operating system unless you are a student and can get it free(or have your own ways of getting it free).
     
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  19. Bulldog

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    I made it public, try it now.

    and newegg > tiger direct, IMO.

    They usully have stuff in combos. I think I did the Mobo and CPU together and it took $20 off.
     
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  21. Bulldog

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    Exactly what i needed thanks man.
     
  22. jms493

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    my advice would be to go to newegg and get a bundle....it will have everything you need and you know it will all work together. If you are confused.
     
  23. SuperBowlNachos

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    There is a section somewhere that let's you select all of the different specs and it finds a pre-built custom PC based on those. You can do everything from price to what CPU chipset you want to use.
     
  24. Bulldog

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    Yeah i went to the DIY section and found one i liked. I think gonna go with it, it's only like $550.

    But yeah i think im gonna go that route and get the hang of it and then build another one after i know what im doing lol

    Thanks for all the help fellas and if you find a good deal send it my way please.
     
  25. jms493

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    Newegg has a great how to build your own pc video. I demand you watch it.
     
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