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Post  Lord*Jani on Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:21 am

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Right, inspired by drakanox, I have made a topic for those who want a computer in a budget range. OS included (choose whatever OS you want, 32-bit Vista is only there for the hell of the price). I shall update these when technology and time allows. If people not using USD want me to do some in what currency they use, PM me, and I'll try to put them in. Also, any computer you want to see that's not up, just say so.
Please note: None of these have Shipping & Handling included unless S&H is free
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Custom prebuilt computer websites

Cyber Power PC
Ibuypower
ABS
Voodoo PC
Falcon NW
Overdrive PC
Biohazard computers
Vigor Gaming

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I've seen GPU companies offer lifetime warranties. Is this real?

The three main companies which offer lifetime warranties are BFG, XFX, and eVGA. When looking at lifetime warranties, it's important to note whether the company is referring to the actual life of the product, or if they define 'lifetime' as that by which the card remains in the retail segment. If a video card's lifetime warranty expires once the product is discontinued, then this could potentially be a shorter warranty than the 3 years offered by Asus and MSI.

I upgrade often, should I even be concerned with a long warranty?

This is a common argument against absurdly long warranties, and it does hold some merit. The importance that a warranty plays when making a purchasing decision has no right or wrong answer. Some could care less about a warranty altogether, others are willing to spend extra for the peace of mind. A couple of arguments in favor of a lifetime warranty include:

1) A lifetime warranty makes for a good advertising bullet if/when selling your card on EBay or For Sale forums. XFX allows you to transfer a warranty to a second owner, provided you both register online. BFG also allows transferring a warranty (or so I've heard) with no registration required. eVGA's warranty is applicable to the original owner and is non-transferable.

2) If not selling an 'old' card, a user may opt to throw it in a secondary rig or upgrade a family member's PC. In either case, the benefit of an ongoing warranty is obvious.

What's the deal with open-box items?

Open box items are essentially items that have been bought, opened, then returned. Just because it's open box though doesn't mean it's a bad product. Most of the time it was just an ordering mistake or the person couldn't figure out how to use it. You can save a lot of money by buying open-box parts, but make sure you do long burn-in tests. It's like buying a new car at a used car price.
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$1000 computer:

Case-$79.99:
Cooler Master Mystique

Motherboard-$124.99:
ASUS P5Q P45

CPU-$169.99:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

Video Card-$159.99:
Sapphire Radeon HD4850

RAM-$90.99:
OCZ Flex XLC DDR2-1200

HDD-$69.99:
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11

Optical drive- $31.99:
LiteOn DVD+-RW w/ Lightscribe

PSU-99.99:
Silverstone 500w 80+ certified

OS-$179.99:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

TOTAL:::$1007.91
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$1500 computer

Case-$74.99:
Cooler Master RC-690

Motherboard-$249.99:
Intel BOXDX48BT2

CPU-$329.99:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450

RAM-$169.99:
4GB OCZ Platinum DDR3-1333

HDD-$109.99:
1TB Samsung SpinPoint F1

Optical drive- $31.99:
LiteOn DVD+-RW w/ Lightscribe

PSU-109.99:
610W PC Power & Cooling S610EPS

Video Card-$159.99:
Sapphire Radeon HD4850

Sound card-$89.99:
ASUS Xonar DX

OS-$179.99:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

TOTAL:::$1506.90
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$2000 computer

Case-$179.99:
Cooler Master Cosmos 1000

Motherboard-$249.99:
Intel BOXDX48BT2

CPU-$329.99:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450

RAM-$189.99:
4GB OCZ Special Ops Urban Elite (LULZ) DDR3-1600

Video Card-$234.99:
Sapphire Radeon HD4870 GDDR5

HDD-$109.99:
1TB Samsung SpinPoint F1

Optical drive- $31.99:
LiteOn DVD+-RW w/ Lightscribe

PSU-109.99:
750w PC Power & Cooling

Sound card-$174.99:
Auzentech Auzen X-Fi Prelude

OS-$179.99:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

TOTAL:::$1816.90
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AMD computers
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$800 computer

Case-$49.99:
Cooler Master Centurion 541

CPU-$169.99:
AMD Phenom X4 9850 BE

Motherboard-$79.99:
GIGABYTE GA-MA79GM-S2H

Video Card-$79.99:
512MB Sapphire Radeon HD4670

RAM-$39.99:
2GB Mushkin DDR2-800

HDD-$69.99:
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11

Optical drive- $31.99:
LiteOn DVD+-RW w/ Lightscribe

PSU-59.99:
500W Seasonic SS-500ES

OS-$179.99:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

TOTAL:::$761.91

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$1000 computer

Case-$79.99:
Cooler Master RC-690

Mobo-$128.99:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H

CPU-$169.99:
AMD Phenom 9850 BE

Video Card-$164.99:
Sapphire Radeon HD4850

RAM-$39.99:
2GB Mushkin DDR2-800

HDD-$69.99:
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11

Optical drive- $31.99:
LiteOn DVD+-RW w/ Lightscribe

PSU-109.99:
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W

OS-$179.99:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

TOTAL:::$975.91
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$1500 computer

Case-$79.99:
Cooler Master RC-690

Mobo-$188.99:
ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe AMD 790FX

CPU-$169.99:
AMD Phenom 9850 BE

RAM-$114.99:
4GB Mushkin DDR2-1066

HDD-$69.99:
500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11

Optical drive- $31.99:
LiteOn DVD+-RW w/ Lightscribe

PSU-109.99:
610W PC Power & Cooling S610EPS

Video Card-$234.99:
Sapphire Radeon HD4870 GDDR5

Sound card-$174.99:
Auzentech Auzen X-Fi Prelude

OS-$179.99:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

TOTAL:::1355.90
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$2000 computer

Case-$189.99:
Cooler Master Cosmos 1000

CPU-$184.99:
AMD Phenom 9950 BE

Mobo-$188.99:
ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe

RAM-$112.99:
4GB DDR2-800 OCZ Reaper HPC edition

Video Card-$564.99:
2GB DIAMOND HD4870 X2

HDD-$109.99:
1TB Samsung SpinPoint F1

Optical drive- $31.99:
LiteOn DVD+-RW w/ Lightscribe

PSU-109.99:
750w PC Power & Cooling

Sound card-$174.99:
Auzentech Auzen X-Fi Prelude

OS-$179.99:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

TOTAL:::$1848.91
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Home Theater system

Case-$299.99:
SILVERSTONE CW01-B-WDR Black Aluminum ATX Media Center / HTPC Desktop Computer Case

CPU-$59.99:
AMD Athlon X2 4850e

Motherboard-$79.99:
GIGABYTE GA-MA79GM-S2H

RAM-$39.99:
2GB Mushkin DDR2-800

Optical Drive-$31.99:
Lite-On DVD+-R SATA

HDD-$109.99: (recommend for media)
1TB Samsung SpinPoint F1

HDD2-$279.99: (recommend for non-media)
300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor

Video card-$33.99:
ASUS EAH3450 256MB

TV Tuner-$89.99:
Hauppage WinTV-HVR-1800 MCE

PSU-$89.99:
[url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151056] 500W Seasonic M12IISS-500GM

OS-$179.99:
[url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116493] Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

TOTAL:::$1295.89

Other optional stuff:
Zalman CNPS 9500

Artic Cooling 80mm exhaust fan ( I highly recommend this)

External DAC model 1300

Linksys WMP54G wireless G adapter

Auzentech XPlosion 7.1 sound card

FrozenCPU noise dampening material
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Casual Web Surfer

Case-$49.99:
Cooler Master Centurion 5 mid-ATX

Motherboard-$79.99:
GIGABYTE GA-MA79GM-S2H

CPU-$22.99:
AMD Sempron LE-1150 1.9GHz

RAM-$27.49:
2GB Kingston DDR2-800 Value series

Video Card-$0.00 (integrated Radeon)

Sound card-$0.00 (integrated)

HDD-$27.99:
160GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10

PSU-$39.99:
430W Antec Earthwatts 80+ certified.

OS (doesn't really matter)-$89.99:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

TOTAL:::$338.43

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High Capacity Storage

Case-$59.99:
Cooler Master Centurion 590

CPU-$125.99:
1.8GHz AMD Phenom X4 9150E

Motherboard-$89.99:
GIGABYTE GA-MA770-DS3

RAM-$44.99:
2 GB Corsair XMS2 DDR800

Video Card-$0.00 (integrated)

Sound Card-$0.00 (integrated)

HDD-$42.99:
160GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10

HDD #2-$109.99: (RAID 1)
1TB Samsung SpinPoint F1

HDD #3-$109.99: (RAID 1)
1TB Samsung SpinPoint F1

OS (doesn't really matter)-$89.99:
Windows XP Home Edition

TOTAL:::$673.92

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Best of the Best

Case-$249.99:
Cooler Master Stacker 830 Evolution

Motherboard-$249.99:
Intel BOXDX48BT2

CPU-$1,439.99:
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770

RAM-$344.99:
4GB OCZ Reaper HPC edition DDR3-1800

Video card #1-$549.99:
Diamond Radeon HD4870 X2

Video card #2-$549.99:
Diamond Radeon HD4870 X2

HDD #1-$279.99:
300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor
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HDD #2-$279.99:
300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor

HDD #3-$109.99:
1TB Samsung F1

Optical drive-$239.99:
Lite-On Blu-Ray 4x burner

Sound Card-$199.99:
[url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132005] ASUS Xonar D2X PCI-E x1

OS-$179.99:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

TOTAL::: $4784.87

Price tags are done in here: http://www.newegg.com/

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