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Windows 7: Buying a new gaming PC, needing advice on a pre-built


22 Dec 2013   #11
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

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Excellent. I'm looking at it now. I can even pick my case, eh?

sure can


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22 Dec 2013   #12
Frosst

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

$75 shipping + duty fee, which could be in the $90-$100 range. Things really start to add up, but I really do want to make sure I get a good build that will serve me well.

I have a couple of questions.

1. Is there anything that we can compromise on? I don't want to downgrade on GPU, but what about the CPU? I noticed that I can save like $110 if I go with the AMD FX-6300 3.50 GHz Six-Core over the AMD FX-9370 4.40 GHz (4.7 GHz Turbo) Eight-Core. That would help with staying at least in proximity to my original budget. Thoughts?

2. Can I afford to compromise on the motherboard? I noticed I could save $50 on that.
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22 Dec 2013   #13
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

for sure i actually went with the 8320 CPU which is like 160 but the 6350 is plenty no game uses over 4 cores anyway

So yes be a smart move
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22 Dec 2013   #14
Frosst

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

That definitely helps. I've tweaked the configuration and I've come up with $751. I upgraded some things, actually. Though I'm going to miss the Christmas sale, so this is really just a hypothetical build. Probably a week or two before I'm ready to order. But this is good research in the meantime.

I see that I will need to add an OS. I can always install from my OEM copy and just ask Microsoft to renew the license. It worked last time, so they may well allow it again.
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22 Dec 2013   #15
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frosst View Post
That definitely helps. I've tweaked the configuration and I've come up with $751. I upgraded some things, actually. Though I'm going to miss the Christmas sale, so this is really just a hypothetical build. Probably a week or two before I'm ready to order. But this is good research in the meantime.

I see that I will need to add an OS. I can always install from my OEM copy and just ask Microsoft to renew the license. It worked last time, so they may well allow it again.

if you use the old hard drive from the other bulld it should be no issue cause technically they tie it to hardware if you add some stuff from the old build over it will be like using the same rig MS is cool about those things
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22 Dec 2013   #16
Frosst

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I want to keep that hard drive in the current PC because it will be my secondary. What's the difference to Microsoft? I know I'm not simply upgrading, but I can always ask them anyway.

Also, do I need liquid cooling or can I go with air cooling?

Edit: I just remembered that I can't have the same copy of Windows on two separate machines. It authorizes on one system, right?

I'll just get another copy.
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22 Dec 2013   #17
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frosst View Post
I want to keep that hard drive in the current PC because it will be my secondary. What's the difference to Microsoft? I know I'm not simply upgrading, but I can always ask them anyway.

Also, do I need liquid cooling or can I go with air cooling?

Edit: I just remembered that I can't have the same copy of Windows on two separate machines. It authorizes on one system, right?

I'll just get another copy.

Yes that is correct i thought you were going to put the other rig on the shelf and watercooling isn't a need but it will help with FX chips plus if you plan to over clock a little you want some breathing room
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