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i have a hp a706n
do you think that i should try to upgrade it by adding graphics card and hard drive or should i build a comp or buy pre-built
i would rather build one for cheap can someone help me with that
 

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i find building your own system is the best way to do it, you can save money on individual components if required and create a system that meets your needs.
 

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I agree with Greyhound on this.
Building your own system allows you a lot more control and you will know exactly what your computer is capable of.
 

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Well I used to build them myself but recently converted to a Dell worshipper.
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Had my "custom built" Dell 9150 built top spec at the time and I know for sure it would have cost me a lot more to buy all the individual parts and assemble it myself, but, it's just not worth the hassle. As long as you specify what you want (and do all the research on graphics cards, Ram and processor.
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If your really know what you are doing, I guess custom build is really the best, since you do know your PC.
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Well I used to build them myself but recently converted to a Dell worshipper.Â
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Had my "custom built" Dell 9150 built top spec at the time and I know for sure it would have cost me a lot more to buy all the individual parts and assemble it myself, but, it's just not worth the hassle. As long as you specify what you want (and do all the research on graphics cards, Ram and processor.Â
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If your really know what you are doing, I guess custom build is really the best, since you do know your PC.Â
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Is this a serious statement because no, it would be a lot cheaper to build it yourself. Buying individual parts from newegg will probably always be cheaper than prebuilts, unless you count refurbished Computers like the ones from Dell outlet, as those are amazing for the prices.
 

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thanks for the help how about a pc like this one
Motherboard
Asus M2A-VM
Processor
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Retail (Socket AM2)
RAM
2GB DDR2-800
Video
Sapphire Radeon HD 3850
Hard drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB SATA
Optical drive
DVD-RW/CD-RW: Samsung SH-S203B
Case
In-Win C589T
which i found might cost me around 516.12 without shipping
 

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thanks for the help how about a pc like this one
Motherboard
Asus M2A-VM
Processor
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Retail (Socket AM2)
RAM
2GB DDR2-800
Video
Sapphire Radeon HD 3850
Hard drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB SATA
Optical drive
DVD-RW/CD-RW: Samsung SH-S203B
Case
In-Win C589T
which i found might cost me around 516.12 without shipping

Swap for a E2160, then Overclock it to 2.6-3 ish on stock.
 

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Well I used to build them myself but recently converted to a Dell worshipper.Â
bow.gif


Had my "custom built" Dell 9150 built top spec at the time and I know for sure it would have cost me a lot more to buy all the individual parts and assemble it myself, but, it's just not worth the hassle. As long as you specify what you want (and do all the research on graphics cards, Ram and processor.Â
lecture.gif
)

If your really know what you are doing, I guess custom build is really the best, since you do know your PC.Â
wub.gif

Sorry for the double post, but that is just completed BS. Everyone knows pre build PC's are more expensive than building yourself. Dell's are especially overpriced. Also with most pre builds you can't access the overclocking settings on bios, pretty much limiting your pc.
 

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thanks for the help how about a pc like this one
Motherboard
Asus M2A-VM
Processor
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Retail (Socket AM2)
RAM
2GB DDR2-800
Video
Sapphire Radeon HD 3850
Hard drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB SATA
Optical drive
DVD-RW/CD-RW: Samsung SH-S203B
Case
In-Win C589T
which i found might cost me around 516.12 without shipping


Swap for a E2160, then Overclock it to 2.6-3 ish on stock.


He would need a new mobo.
 

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Get a bigger hard drive if you can afford. I got a 100 Gig one and thought I would never fill it up. A few months later I only had 20 gigs left.
 

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can anyone give me another idea for a computer that can be good with gaming within the limit of 500 dollars

Not worth it. With 500$ might as well buy a 360 or a PS3 and some games for it. 500$ does not get you a PC that can game. Maybe 700$ but that is still a tough budget. Either save up more money, or buy a console to suffice your gaming needs.

Woops sorry for double post. Mods merge posts please?
 

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Here are plans for a $800 gaming PC: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2100159,00.asp

And here are plans for a $400 PC for Mom:Â http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2179736,00.asp

You may be able to mix and match some of the components to save money.

For other types of build components, visit the main page of Builds:Â http://www.extremetech.com/category2/0,1695,644478,00.asp

Slighty dated article btw. Also, for $500 you may as well get a PS3/Wii/360 as you need around $800 for a decent gaming pc.
 

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