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Old 11-13-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Default Buying a PC for a friend

What is a reasonably priced pre-made PC I can get delivered to a friend? All I need it to do is play Guild Wars 2, WoW and surf the web. I'd also like it to be upgradable in terms of adding RAM and a new video card so there's some future to it. Should I be looking at Dell? I usually build my own and I'm out of the loop.

If I had to put a budget on it I'd say around 500-600 bucks. This is for just a desktop PC, no monitor or keyboard or anything else.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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Whoops I meant to put this in general.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:58 PM   #3
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He apparently doesn't have a copy of Windows? What's his monitor's resolution?

$500-600 is not much for a 1080p gaming pre-built, even if we're only talking low quality graphics. For a custom built PC, it's definitely enough though. Is your friend willing to consider building it himself, or have you build it for him? We can pick you all the parts
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:06 PM   #4
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After looking around I'm starting to lean that way. Just buy the parts and let her do it. Or, maybe I'll do it and ship it to her. I could even scavange some parts I have at home like a dvd and hard drive. Maybe even some ram.

Am I being unrealistic in thinking pretty much anyone can build a PC now-a-days with a bit of guidance?

Edit oh and yes, no Windows copy.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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Am I being unrealistic in thinking pretty much anyone can build a PC now-a-days with a bit of guidance?
Not unrealistic at all. It's easy enough to do if you take some time to read up and are careful when you build it.

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Edit oh and yes, no Windows copy.
Does this mean you need a Windows copy or you don't need one? That's really important at this budget level.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:08 AM   #6
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I would need to buy a copy of windows for this rig. I mean, I have a copy of windows 7 and I think windows XP. But I'm assuming it would be uh, not legal to put it on this box and ship it to her. Right?

I'm going to do a quick inventory of what i have tonight. If memory serves me I have:
1 case (Antec 900 I think)
2 gigs RAM
DVD RW drive

So I'd need Mobo, CPU, GPU, HDD ... uhhh... oh power supply I would have to check to see if I have a decent one in my old PC.
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Dell Outlet has a 48 hour sale. 20% off all desktops with coupon code PBZD9CC7KZ$RSW.

I'd get an Inspiron 660 MT (not slim) with an i3 2120 for $419 ($335 after coupon.)
Then throw in a 7750 for $100.
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Thanks I will check that out!

On the Inspiron though it has integrated graphics, can you add a card? I have no experience with that. I assume you'd just disable the onboard?
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Thanks I will check that out!

On the Inspiron though it has integrated graphics, can you add a card? I have no experience with that. I assume you'd just disable the onboard?
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Dell Outlet has a 48 hour sale. 20% off all desktops with coupon code PBZD9CC7KZ$RSW.

I'd get an Inspiron 660 MT (not slim) with an i3 2120 for $419 ($335 after coupon.)
Then throw in a 7750 for $100.
That sounds like a good deal to me!
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:58 PM   #11
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Am I being unrealistic in thinking pretty much anyone can build a PC now-a-days with a bit of guidance?
I dont think you are being unrealistic, I had very little clue about pc components and how to connect them but I recently managed to build one with some help in picking the components from Lehtv!

The actual assembly was far easier than I was worried it would be.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:25 PM   #12
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I would need to buy a copy of windows for this rig. I mean, I have a copy of windows 7 and I think windows XP. But I'm assuming it would be uh, not legal to put it on this box and ship it to her. Right?

I'm going to do a quick inventory of what i have tonight. If memory serves me I have:
1 case (Antec 900 I think)
2 gigs RAM
DVD RW drive

So I'd need Mobo, CPU, GPU, HDD ... uhhh... oh power supply I would have to check to see if I have a decent one in my old PC.
You could give her a copy of Windows 7 if it isn't currently in use on another machine. You cannot give her the copy that you have loaded onto your main machine.

$600 with OS is pretty tight, Dominion's Dell outlet deal is likely better than what you can build yourself for $450. The slight twist is that you have up to $600 to spend and already have some components. Let's see what I can do:

Core i3 3220 $130
ASRock B75M-DGS $55
GeIL DDR3 1333 8GB $33
7850 2GB $185 AR
Seagate 1TB $50
Reuse DVD-RW $0
CX500 $38 AR
Reuse Case $0
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $100
Total: $591 AR

This is obviously a much more capable machine than the Dell (newer CPU, USB 3.0, better GPU, more RAM, etc.). Is it $150 better? I think so, but you're the final judge about how much you want to spend.
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