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Windows 7: What type of system should I purchase built or build myself?

16 Jun 2015   #11

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Computers & Tablets, Desktop & All-in-One Computers, Desktop Computers, ASUS, DELL, Lenovo, Intel Core i5, Celeron, Celeron D, Pentium 4, Celeron Dua... -

Above is a revised link to "gaming PCs"; all Intel i-5, $500 and up, from decent brands. I just chose "Intel" from the earlier "gaming PCs" link and then further filtered by i-5 and price. This link is what's left after those filters.

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16 Jun 2015   #12

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

If you want to build your own:

Here's my ideas for the parts you need, with links to each category.

I stayed with what I thought were the best brands in each category.

All of these parts should be compatible.

All are today's prices at Newegg.

Check back with any possible configuration that further interests you.

649 at the low end to 751 at the high end; includes $20 DVD drive which you may not need. Excludes graphics card, so you have to pick one with remaining budget.

Operating system; 100 to 140; depending on which version of 7 or 8.1 you want.

Software, Operating Systems, Home, Professional, $100 - $200 -

Case; 85 to 100; ATX mid-tower

Computer Hardware, Computer Cases, Computer Cases, Fractal Design, NZXT, Corsair, Antec, Cooler Master, ATX Mid Tower, No, Newegg, $75 - $100 -

Motherboard; 101 to 112; with H97 chipset

Computer Hardware, Motherboards, Intel Motherboards, GIGABYTE, ASRock, ASUS, LGA 1150, Intel H97, New, $100 - $200, ATX, Micro ATX -

RAM; 51 to 74; 8 GB. DDR3, 2 x 4 GB kit

Computer Hardware, Memory, Desktop Memory, Corsair, G.SKILL, Crucial, Kingston Technology Corp., 8GB (2 x 4GB), 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM, DDR3 1600 (PC3 12... -

CPU; Intel i-5 4690; 225; the top i5 now available.

Intel Core i5-4690 Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W BX80646I54690 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600 -

DVD drive 20

Pick most any or omit if you have one.

Solid state drive; 67 to 80; 120 GB to 128 GB

Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, SSDs, Internal SSDs, Intel, Crucial, 120GB, 128GB, $50 - $75, 2.5", MLC, New, $75 - $100, Newegg -

I’d also consider any other Crucial SSD in this size category.
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