Price will vary if you have a operating system (windows) disc that you can install, a hard drive in good condition to move over, if you are ok with your monitor or not.
My recommendation for a relatively cheap high-end is this:
Price 381.96 free 3 day ups shipping.
New O.S. go to any local store (walmart, office max, best buy) get XP or Vista could get 7 but windows 8 is coming out soon and has some good performance gains over 7. OEM is cheaper than retail but doesnt get a return policy other than dead on arrival which unless you get a blank disc doesnt happen.
Powersupply and Case Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.855586
650 watt and Mid Tower (must have a mid tower because of motherboard) 128.99
Keyboard and mouse http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.842820
With everything it comes to $874.89 u.s. dollars. It comes down to finding things that you dont need to switch can I keep my hard drive I have with my OS? -180$ do i need a new mouse and keyboard? -30 is my current monitor ok? -160. buying this machine straight up will last you 3-5 years depending on how extreme games come out, this could run battlefield3 or tera for years.
Dont be afraid of installing your own parts, just get the case off the ground, and if you have highly conductive socks touch something metal before working on it. When new parts arrive make sure that covers are on graphics cards and not loose, make sure that capacitors arent barren, exposed, or look like 2 wires coming up into nothing.
New installs go, Case -> Power Supply -> Motherboard -> Hard Drive -> Processor -> RAM -> Craphics Card.
Slots and cords only have one place they can fit so stay calm and just take a look. The hardest part is the system lights which will be a bunch of small one connector black squares that all fit into a small pannel usually on the bottom of the board, you may need the motherboard manual to see what goes where if it isnt painted on the Mobo- The cords come from the case and go onto the motherboard.
Overall System Specs without links
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
GPU: GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
RAM: 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
HD: 320 GB 7200 RPM 16Mb Cache 6 Gb/s
Pixel Shader: Yes
Mobo: AM3+ Socket USB 3.0 compatible 6Gb/s (if you want to upgrade your processor someday this mobo will handle the newer AMD 8 cores)
Not every i3 and i5 is faster, this processor is actually faster than some i7's http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
Edited by: TheOldOrder
about 1 year ago