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Windows 7: Planning on buying a new rig.

21 Jul 2010   #71
hawkin90

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I know the graphic card is the biggest upgrade. But you also built it yourself, which saves you money.


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21 Jul 2010   #72
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

From what hawkin90 is saying, computer stuff typically costs a lot more in his country. I don't know about the rest of you, but if I was used to seeing systems over here costing an arm and a leg and then found places to buy parts on the cheap then I might be tempted to overbuild, too.

(I'm good at rationalizing...)
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21 Jul 2010   #73
hawkin90

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah. It is much more expensive here. On that cyberpowerpc site I saved almost 1000$ on the same system, even a little better one. I mean I would love it to be that kind of prices in Norway too. But all the english and american stores with those kind of prices only ship inland, and suddenly you pay almost 1000$ only for the shipping.

Btw: I have an unused licenced copy of windows 7 ultimate, is it okey to just order a "whitebox" then? I mean, no reason to spend 200$ more when I can just install it myself.
Unless there is a problem with installing seven on a whitebox?...
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21 Jul 2010   #74
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As long as the copy of Windows 7 Ultimate that you have is a retail copy (not OEM), there is no problem with installing it on your new box. The key is that it's unused. If you have an unused OEM...you could use that. But if it were activated or used on another machine, technically you cannot use it on a new machine.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
I don't know about the rest of you, but if I was used to seeing systems over here costing an arm and a leg and then found places to buy parts on the cheap then I might be tempted to overbuild, too.

(I'm good at rationalizing...)
Well in his case, he "might" be "overbuilding" a new machine to upgrade a box that is only 1 year old. So, if he overbuilds on a yearly basis...it's going to not be wise in the long run. Not to mention, if he saves $1,000 on parts but pays $800 for shipping...his savings really only amounts to $200.
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21 Jul 2010   #75
hawkin90

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes it is a fresh disc. Retail. Never ever been booted before Good that saves me some cash.

Yes. I admit I have not been very smart. I have bought a new computer every year the three last years. But from now on I will absolutely just buy parts when I upgrade the hardware. I am also going to learn much more about building computers.

I'm starting on a computer/IT school this fall. It's one year in school and two years as a trainee for a company before I am qualified for the full job. So in a couple of years I will be much more educated with the system
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21 Jul 2010   #76
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hawkin90 View Post
... I have bought a new computer every year the three last years. But from now on I will absolutely just buy parts when I upgrade the hardware...
The trick is to buy a platform with long term upgrade potential. By that, I mean get a good case, PSU, and motherboard and then just upgrade your CPU/Video/RAM/HD when something significantly better is affordable.
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21 Jul 2010   #77
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
The trick is to buy a platform with long term upgrade potential. By that, I mean get a good case, PSU, and motherboard and then just upgrade your CPU/Video/RAM/HD when something significantly better is affordable.
Harder said that done. By time a new CPU really equates to a good upgrade, it's usually a different socket....which often means a new motherboard. Same thing for RAM...people who have DDR2 mobo's now find the market full of DDR3 RAM. For me, I rarely purchase with the intention of upgrading as things change so rapidly. But that's just my opinion.
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21 Jul 2010   #78
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hawkin90 View Post
Haha. Yeah I have to pwn him, and I'm gonna make fun of his laggy assassins creed, I mean very laggy
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I want this system to enjoy my games & programs to the max, not to impress anyone.
Really ?
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21 Jul 2010   #79
hawkin90

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Dude have some humour
He's my best friend, and I'm just joking. His computer isn't that bad.
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21 Jul 2010   #80
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
The trick is to buy a platform with long term upgrade potential. By that, I mean get a good case, PSU, and motherboard and then just upgrade your CPU/Video/RAM/HD when something significantly better is affordable.
Harder said that done. By time a new CPU really equates to a good upgrade, it's usually a different socket...
Tell me about it.

The system I'm using now is just under a year old and replaced what was at the time cutting-edge. Unfortunately for me that was a Socket 939 computer with AGP and regular DDR RAM. Socket 939 was only available for about two weeks (a slight exaggeration, but not too far off the mark). By the time I was ready to upgrade the world had moved on to a different socket, used PCIe, and required DDR2.

My current build is a core i7 1366 with a 920 CPU. By the time it feels old I'm hoping that the unlocked six-core CPUs will be heading for eBay as everyone moves to core i8. (Or core i9 or core i10 or core iwhatever.)
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