dealsquad core amd, 1tb hd, 4gb ddr2, 40 mir for $299…

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This is a build-it-yourself deal.

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blah! a few weeks ago I bought a deal through newegg for $350..but it was only a dual core :(

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What Video/GFX card would anyone recommend to get with this?

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Man, my computer here at work is ailing pretty bad and I've been tempted to move my PC from home to here. Didn't realize you could get Quads for under $100 nowadays. It's really amazing how fast technology drops in price.

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@grwith: if your not gaming i wouldn't even bother with another card. i use a board with the hd3200 onboard graphics for my htpc and it can do bluray at full 1080p on my 37inch tv just fine. this board has a better graphics chip, but dont know how well it would game.

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@grwith: I have the same onboard graphics in my setup, and run it as an HTPC setup @ 1080p on a 32" TV with no problems. As far as gaming goes, it depends on what you play. Any game past 2006 is pretty choppy with the hd4200, but luckily there have been significant price drops in the GPU market.

Killer deal, btw.

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if i get this what else will i need? i'm not used to building my own pc but $299 seems a good deal. video card i'm thinking? i have a power supply.

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TigerDirect has some really nice refurb systems. Bought a quad core HP last week and have been very happy with my purchase (system I got is now sold out). If you're not a DIY-er, look around the site and you may find some killer systems for under $400. Happy to finally have Windows 7!

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@ulnek: power supply is included. with this build all you would need is a monitor and an operating system disk!

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@overflow636: this doesn't seem to have a video card nor does it say it includes a power supply.

as far as the system software, can i use discs from my current computer?

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@ulnek: PowerUp ATX Black Mid-T Case w/ 450w PSU - Qty: 1 $49.99

Also, the motherboard has onboard video.

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@ulnek: video card is integrated to the motherboard, and the power supply is included with the case.

your current disks may work, but you could have trouble getting it to activate, try to use the key on the side of your current compy

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@overflow636: so if it's integrated into the motherboard, does that mean i will be unable to just plug in a better card if the one on there is not sufficient?

i guess i'll have to look into getting a new operating system software.

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@ulnek: the motherboard has a pcie slot for upgrading video. also you could try ubuntu its free, or windows 7 if you are going to buy an os, dont buy xp or vista at all.

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Pretty good deal. My wife would kill me if I bought another computer though, especially a desktop.

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@integrator97: just switch the computer. she'll never know.

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@ulnek: If you're using Win7, it's an easy process to use the same code on a new computer. Half the time it would work without question through the internet, a quarter of the time I'd have to call and it would auto-verify, and the other quarter of the time I'd speak to someone who'd make it work. For Vista on backwards I can't remember how easy it was to do this.

Or just download Ubuntu if you want a free user-friendly Linux OS! =)

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Not so stoked about the DDR2.

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The power supply is bad. Power-up is one of the lowest of the low's for PSU's. you're going to end up spending more to replace the garbage then to use this set up. :-/

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If you don't mind half the memory and hard drive space, but an extra half gigahertz of processor power for that extra oomph, with everything else the same, you can get this one for $20 less:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6046492&csid=ITD&body=MAIN

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@freeplaypsp: Well, that processor is only a dual core with 3.0 GHz. But the one in this deal is a quad core with 2.5 GHz. 10GHz > 6GHz (yea I know it doesn't exactly work that way, but its still better)

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For people who don't know, AMD motherboards including this one are CPU forward-compatible, so with a BIOS update you can plug in an Athlon II or Phenom II.
Here is the supported CPU list:
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=prodcpusupport&prod_no=1883&maincat_no=1

One PCI-E x16 means dual-GPU isn't an option, but you can buy and install a card as long as you disable the integrated one via BIOS.
As for what card, it depends on your resolution and the games you want to play. Check out Tom's Hardware for graphs and charts.

The hardware is fairly old, but if you're not a gamer it doesn't really matter.

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@firvagor: yea my friend is getting the 1090t, a 6 core phenom and this board will support it just fine!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849&cm_re=1090t-_-19-103-849-_-Product 295$

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Btw its $339, and there are 2 rebates, one for $20, and a second for $20, thus bringing the final price to $299

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@firvagor: what do you mean? if you play games on the pc then this isn't a good system? all i really play on it are sims 3, spore, and world of warcraft.

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@ulnek: The integrated GPU alone makes this a crappy gaming system. Put in a dedicated card and it's much better. WoW would probably run fine, not entirely sure about the others.
You can also get a better performing budget CPU such as the Athlon II x3 440 for ~$75 (I'd say 445 but the motherboard doesn't yet support it). The memory is fine, wouldn't be surprised if the PSU died prematurely.

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@firvagor: i have a much better power supply 800. i was actually going to add a separate video card on top of this. just wondering if everything else about it is ok. decent graphics card would probably be $150-200 so the whole system will cost me about $500. then i have to buy new system software which is probably $100 or so.

with all the changes i have to make anyway, am i just better off getting this: http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Special-B

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@ulnek: That setup in the link is definately better for gaming then this but it is also a few hundred more with no name parts. As far as I can tell this would be a great start for a build for a beginner or for someone that plans to build it up a bit. The one in your link I couldnt help but notice has a dual core processor setup and this would be quad core processing for a decent price.

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@ryantoday: i've never built my own pc. most i did was replace a faulty power supply. the only reason the one on the link i posted looked interesting is that it's already loaded with the system software and has everything set up including a cooling system.