What should i get?

June 7, 2010 at 11:58:54
Specs: Windows 7
ok so my mom is getting me a new pc ( she is going to build it) for my graduation we are on a budget right now and i work at Microcenter and i get +5% off the original price and i was wandering what should i get for the cheapest (i want a pc good for Design, gaming so in other words FAST and good Graphics lol)

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#1
June 7, 2010 at 13:33:31
You work at a PC shop & you're asking us??

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#2
June 7, 2010 at 17:20:57
i work in the warehouse

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#3
June 7, 2010 at 17:31:12
This "Microcenter"?

http://www.microcenter.com/

How much money do you folks intend to spend; 5% ain't much of a discount.

Design as in graphic design or CAD?

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#4
June 7, 2010 at 17:36:09
Graphic design and i think our budget is $500

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#5
June 7, 2010 at 18:14:15
Uh oh.

You want good gaming, graphic design and you want it all for ~$500? Complete with monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers or just a tower? If you already have stuff you will use with the new machine, list them for us.

Do the parts have to come from Micro Center?

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#6
June 7, 2010 at 18:59:08
i already have a good USB Gaming mouse and keyboard (Razer Lycosa and Diamondback 3g) i mainly just want a tower and no they don't i am just saying if there is good stuff at my work then ill get it there but if it is cheeper somewhere else then ill go with the lowest price

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#7
June 7, 2010 at 20:01:35
OK; a pretty decent machine can be built for somewhere around the 500 dollar mark with good solid core products (Motherboard, Processor, RAM, Power Supply, HDD, DVD burner, and probably Windows 7.

What games do you have in mind? Just gotta have an Intel or AMD system or don't care?

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#8
June 7, 2010 at 20:16:27
something that can run crysis lol so like WOW will look better and all my other games i ahve would look better

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#9
June 8, 2010 at 03:01:00
You should spend a few weeks watching slickdeals.net. they are always posting sales and coupon codes for online retailers. get the monitor from craigslist or ask friends if they got spare stuff they don't need or want! I just scored the AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core Processor 5000+ (2.2GHz) AM2+, OEM at ewiz.com for 33 bucks at using a coupon code from slickdeals. It's not bleeding edge, but like you I am on a budget with this system build. Also discovered that that proc is a dual core that can be unlocked to a quad core if you have a certain north/south bridge combination on the mobo. just my 2 cents is all. Good Luck!

Oh yeah! this site:
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/index.asp
They sell refurbished components. Never used em so I can't vouch for em, but you may be able to score something good there. They got some later model 1 gig graphics cards for around 50 bucks, so if it sucks it's not really setting you back too bad.


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#10
June 9, 2010 at 14:58:50
You folks need to do some reading about available hardware...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

Take notes, compare prices from several vendors, order the stuff you want/need and build it.

Don't waste money on extra fans, aftermarket heatsinks, 55 in 1 card readers, or other junk you don't absolutely need.

Can you get a student discount on Windows 7?

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#11
June 9, 2010 at 17:39:57
i have no idea yet i am about to be attending Full Sail University online but idk

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#12
June 9, 2010 at 19:53:24
They publish any guidelines for necessary pc hardware to do the work they assign a student?

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