dealsquad core amd, 1tb hd, 2gb ddr2, dvdrw for $249.99

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@overflow636: This had BETTER not run as slow as my ancient, semi-decrepit, but still-functioning 386 Pro Laptop!!! :)

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There are comparable units out there that have pre-installed euip w/ decent graphics cards for close to $300-$350. You could save yourself some time...

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Add another $100 for Windows 7.

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This is not a Phenom II X4 so I am sure you can build it much cheaper.

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@arosiriak: it might be close, but i think this one will beat it ;)

@djenkins1982: or linux for free!

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I'm always weary of TigerDirect's barebone kits. I ordered one once that came with SATA drives and the power supply didn't have SATA power connectors. When I wrote to them they made it sound like it was my fault for not ordering the adapters separately. Shouldn't the parts of a barebone kit be compatible?

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@djenkins1982: Or add another $0 for Ubuntu. :)

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@mdean65: Ubuntu is Linux, and overflow636 beat ya to it. :p

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I picked up one of their quad core bare bones kit to build a new machine for my dad a couple weeks ago. I've also built several other machines using their bare bones kits before, and was happy with the results. These kits are great if you already have a copy of windows to install (or Ubuntu or other free OS), and if you already have a decent monitor. Otherwise you can find decent deals already put together that include the OS and monitor.

One thing to watch out for is the expansion slots on the mother board and the number/type of connectors the power supplie comes with. The last kit I put together came with a SATA HDD & SATA DVD burner, and had only 2 SATA power connectors and they were both on the same cord. So I had to mount the HDD and DVD drive right next to each other, and there's no more SATA power connectors for future expansions without using adapters. However I felt the deal on that kit($300 for a quad core, 4 gigs RAM, 1 TB HDD) made up for that minor problem.

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The motherboard this comes with only has 2x SATA ports. Don't expect to upgrade this system with more storage without throwing more hardware at it.

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@311feen: Where? I've been searching for a desktop for Starcraft 2

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All these Tiger barebones kits are meant for, are for the "computer gurus" who want to show their friends that they can build a "better computer" than you can get a Wall-Mart.

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I build computers for people all the time. I can honestly say this deal is pretty much crap. You can find MUCH better deals on NewEgg when building a system if you know what you are doing. This is hardly worth it for such a crappy AMD processor.

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So it's a Phenom and not a Phenom "II". It's still a good deal. The motherboard is the weakest link but I got one anyway as the user doesn't need HD or DVI.

* Biostar MCP6PB M2+ Motherboard
* AMD HD9850WCGHBOX Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core Processor
* Crucial 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory
* Seagate ST31000520AS Barracuda LP Hard Drive
* Samsung TS-H663B Internal DVD Writer
* Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with 450-Watt Power Supply

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What happened to the delete and edit options???

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Mine is back ordered with an option to cancel.

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Correction: only the DVD was backordered. Why can't I edit my comments???

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Glad I got in at $249.99. This kit is available again but at $269.99. Even though they backordered my DVD, they are including the same one.

To anyone who claims they can find a better deal on Newegg or elsewhere, pray tell us what parts and the total price.

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So, just got an e-mail today. The memory is backordered. Wonder if I can cancel the order for the memory and get that money back.