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Old 03-30-2014, 10:17 PM #64
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This is what I will, likely, purchase if it comes in stock soon enough. If not, I'll order it from amazon.

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B...TVPDKIKX 0DER
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:48 AM #65
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That is a link to Amazon.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:10 AM #66
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It's a link to a product for me, even when I log out of amazon. Weird, MSI GE60 Apache Pro-003. Seems to be my best bet for the money.
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if you wanted to save a little bit of money - you could go with the lenovo y510 thats on newegg for a similar performance (not quite as high as the MSI with more power consumption)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...4313684&cm_sp=
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:05 PM #68
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I had a y500, I think I'm going to stay away from those for a couple more generations.

Since I've got the budget, I'm tempted to order one from xoticpc. They emailed me back today saying they would have no problem getting my order to me. That way I'd get a 4810m i7, 4gb gtx860m, 12gb ram, and some other specs that are better than the msi. The price is roughly the same since I have my own OS anyway.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:44 PM #69
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I think I'm going with this.

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8268s...ma-p-6987.html
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:07 PM #70
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Not sure if this is the right thread, but what do you think of this HP 500-210qe for $500? I'm trying to get the most for my money and this seems pretty good, i5, 8.1, y2k compliant, etc.

https://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/ho...0qe-Desktop-PC
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:39 PM #71
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are you getting a deal on it from someone irl?
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:15 PM #72
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Nope, I'd be buying new and probably from HP if I get that model.
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:18 PM #73
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what's the reason for buying a prefab?
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I have about $500 to spend and don't know too much about choosing components and how warranties work vs. being able to return a computer if there's a failure of some kind. I had an HP desktop for 7 years, now using a busted HP laptop with Vista running to my monitor and keyboard.

This isn't for serious gaming, I'd like to be able to watch Netflix, run multiple recording programs without it freezing up, some flash games, etc. I'd love to build a custom computer, just not if it costs an arm and a leg for no noticeable advantage over a store bought. Ultimately I'd like to play current games but it seems like you need a $1000+ machine to run things like BF4 fluidly.
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you could do well with a $1,000 budget. i'd wait and save a while longer to be able to build a respectable computer.

as for the warranties, if a part dies on you, typically you return it to the company you bought it from, or deal with the component manufacturer directly. it's nicer to be able to do it that way because you aren't out an entire computer if something kicks the bucket. for example, if your video card kills itself, you can return that and wait for a new one to come in the mail, and use the integrated graphics on your CPU in the meanwhile. it obviously wouldn't be as powerful as the GPU, but integrated graphics is far better than no computer.

generally speaking, the parts you piece together to build a computer are of higher quality than the parts in a prefab too, i believe. power supplies in particular.

and in regards to not knowing much about PC building, that's not an issue. there are a whole lot of really bored people who camp around this thread waiting to offer assistance. like me
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****, wait til I get back from the desert. I'll be upgrading my desktop and selling my current stuff.

Well, I ordered a gaming laptop. $1600 later, I feel pretty good about it. Hopefully it gets here on time, they assured me it would.

Edit: Got an email, shipping is $200 and I have to pay an additional $50 for expedited processing. Total was just under $1900, **** that.

MSI GE60 apache pro-003 + an mSata SSD (Crucial 500 240gb) = $1370

Much better deal and I can overnight ship it from Amazon.
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Promagistrate, I'd quote your post but my computer keeps freezing because I have youtube up. What could I do for $500 that would be better than the HP I linked to?
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:55 AM #79
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Promagistrate, I'd quote your post but my computer keeps freezing because I have youtube up. What could I do for $500 that would be better than the HP I linked to?
Probably afford yourself a nicer processor and extra RAM. If you're wanting to do recording, you'll want a modest amount of RAM (8gb minimum, 16gb would give you comfortable rendering times, and 24gb would be that dopeness). You're also going to want to pick up a sound card to go along with your recording interface (especially if it doesn't have any kind of sound processing on it. most do, but a soundcard with optical in/out is going to be ideal, especially if you're looking for quality audio playback). Graphics card would be whatever you're comfortable with spending money on. You could spend $200, you could spend $500. Just depends on what you want to do.

If I were you, and wanted to spend only ~$500, I'd get the "core" of your system built. So like, a nice 1-2TB platter drive and/or a 128/256gb SSD, motherboard, DVD drive, a CPU and PSU, and some RAM, then decided what inputs/outputs you need from a sound card and pick that up after, then wait and get your video card last, since that will most likely be the single most expensive thing you get.

It really depends on what you have already too. Do you have a monitor? Keyboard? Mouse? Any extra harddrives you can use for storage of less important things like pictures/movies/music?

Depending on the recording interface you have too, you may need a firewire or thunderbolt card as well, since most mobos don't have firewire on them anymore. Most still have the hubs for the controls on the front of the case to plug into, but they're often absent from the ports on the back panel. If it's USB 3.0 you should be fine without firewire, but just double check your interface first.

More or less it's about tailoring it towards your interests rather than getting a "better" system. You could spend $500 on that HP and be happy until you find you need something it doesn't have or doesn't do, or you could spend an extra $100-$300 on something more specialized and not need to **** with it ever again.
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boom. I was hoping someone else would answer because I've been out of the realm of PC building for a while. have a pbn upvote, Komodo
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I load planes, among other things.
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I thought you was professional diver of some sort?
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stagger - a place that helps really pieceing your pc together (with links to items) with your budget in mind --- tomshardware.com (forums > systems) -- they helped me pick the parts im looking at and theyre really fast with responses. sure people will have different points of view but in general you can get a nice build this way
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