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What do you need to know when buying a new PC

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There are lots of things you have to take into account when buying a new computer; there are all kind of computers; do not forget that PCs are comprised by different parts, they are modular, and you will find out that the computer that was great for someone else might not be the appropriate system for you or yes; it depends on the parts it is made up of.

PCs are modular as I mentioned before and they are assembled using different components according to your needs. It is not the same a computer for a games programmer and a computer used just for Web surfing or a Computer for a graphics designer.

In this article I want to share with you some information about what kind of computer you have to buy according to your needs.

One thing you must keep in mind is that computers' technoly is under constant development and what is top notch new now, may not be anymore in one year almost for sure. However it will be completely functional; and you probably won't need to buy a new one in two or three years (according to your needs of course). Most users change their computers every 2-3 years. Programmers, Gamers or 3D graphics designers change their computers usually every year, due to the constant gaming and graphics development.

I'll try to keep this article as updated as possible, with all the latest info you need to know about what you need to know when buying a new computer.

I'm a programmer/web developer and games designer, with over a decade of experience; I've used all kind of computers, from those assembled for the average user to those assembled for the most demanding gamers including the most advanced technology. So everything is based on my experience and I don't have any preference for a particular brand.

One thing I must to point you out is the importance of the PLACE you will buy your new PC. There are all kind of computer stores from the big chain stores to the smallest ones run by technicians.

There are big differences between them, especially in WHAT they sell and the PRICE they sell it for.

In computers chain stores customer attention is mostly performed by people who just know the essentials in order to sell you a computer; they have one or two technicians who can help you out if you have any questions, but they don't do selling customer service. Also the computers they sell are pre-assembled with a limited guarantee and cannot be upgraded by you or anyone else but them. So, if you buy them a computer, and you open it to add a new hard disk, they include a seal that if broken or removed makes void the guarantee. They usually include generic brands, they are pre-assembled in factories, making them less flexible at the time of an upgrade.

The prices are higher due to the maintenance of their stores as well as for the costs invested on advertisement, they are also big stores located in big commercial centers like malls, downtowns or city centers. All of the aforementioned require high investments, that result in higher computer costs. Also remember their final goal is not your comfort, they just want to sell you.

On the other hand you have smaller stores run mostly by technicians, who offer computers that can be assembled according to your needs, with the parts and brands you want to add (for example you might prefer and NVidia graphic card over an ATI or vice versa, or a Gigabyte motherboard over an ASUS). The prices are more affordable and they can be upgraded by anyone, as they mostly don't include guarantee seals.

Finally you have the 21st century option, shopping online. If you are used to buy online maybe the best option is to purchase your new computer online as this option has lots of pros. As in the case of small stores you can assemble a PC including all your preferred peripherials and brands, they don't include guarantee seals, moreover you save on pricey gas and valuable time that requires going to shop In-Store, you can pay by credit card safely or paying by Paypal, you can find the best deals since online merchants don't have to invest money on store expenses, you can find items that sometimes cannot be found in stores and plus the Internet never closes.

It doesn't mean that buying on big chain stores is not good, they may be more suitable for people who want to buy their first computer or who don't have big requirements from their new PC, or to purchase laptops, monitors and external peripherials.

In my personal case I prefer small local retailers, but that's my personal preference, it is up to you to choose the right place, I'm just showing you the differences between one option and the other.

Now I'll describe each one of the components that make up a PC. This is exactly what you need to know at the moment of buying a new computer in order to make the right choices.

MICROPROCESSORS

Microprocessors


This is the first thing you must to look for, the microprocessor, the brain of the computer. In this field there are two brands in competition, Intel and AMD. For sure Intel is the most advertised but it doesn't mean it is better or worse.

Intel guarantees performance and durability, but it doesn't mean AMD doesn't; it is just a name and advertisement issue but not technical at all. But AMD is not bad at all. Actually you will hear lots of gamers saying they prefer AMD over Intel. You will also hear lots of programmers and graphic designers saying they prefer Intel over AMD. So they have different opinions, but it doesn't make one better than the other.

I'm going to tell you that most gamers I know prefer AMD and most programmers and designers Intel; perhaps it is just a name issue, both work fine; however there IS one difference; and that's the price.

As of August, 2011 the top microprocessor in the market is the Intel Core i7, this is actually a processor for 3D animations designers (renders), games developers or highly demanding gamers. But if that is not your case, you might not need such an expensive processor; why would you spend over U$S 400 for something that can be done by a processor at half that price?

In case you are demanding the best of the best, here is a short list with some of the top processors of Intel and AMD (For gamers, 3D renders, 3D games development, etc):

As of August 2011:

Intel

Intel Core I7 6-Core Processor I7-970 3.20GHZ-----------U$S 530
Intel Core i7 4-Core Processor i7-2600K 3.4GHz---------U$S 310

Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA------U$S 210
Intel Core i5 760 2.8 GHz 8mb Quad Core------------ -----U$S 220
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-680 3.6GHz 4MB LGA----------U$S 210

AMD

Phenom II X4 945 3 GHz Processor - Quad-core----------U$S 100-120

See? With AMD you can get almost the same performance you can get with Intel at half that price. Despite being better the i7 than the Phenom II, the latter is a very good processor suitable for gamers. For instance with the Phenom II you can play games like GTA IV or Mafia II with all the graphics quality sliders maxed out and still get very high FPS (frames per second)
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Now for those who are not as demanding but still are looking for a good computer with good performance (less demanding gamers, people who are looking for a computer with at least two years of future) here is a short list with some of the midpoint processors:

As of August 2011

Intel

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8500 3.16GHz 1333MHz 6MB L2 --------------U$S 187
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz-----------------------------------------------------U$S 120

AMD

AMD Athlon II X3 Triple-Core Processor 455 3.3GHz----------------------------U$S  97
AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor 260 3.2 GHz AM3----------------------U$S  70

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Finally for those looking for something cheap, and tasks such as listening music, watching movies, Internet, etc here is a short list with the low-priced processors in the market.

As of August 2011

Intel

Celeron 430 1.80GHz Processor-------------------------------------------------U$S  40-50

AMD

AMD Sempron Processor 140 CPU AM3 45W 2.7GHz----------------------U$S  40

As you can see there is not big difference between AMD and Intel in the low-priced processors.

Conclusion

If you are going to use highly demanding applications and tasks such as games you could choose the AMD Phenom II 945, as it will perform almost equally as Intel's i7 or i5 at between half to 1/4 their price. However if you are going to performs tasks such us 3D animations rendering or games development, and you have the money you could go with a i5 and achieve great results. Unless you have a 3D animation movies or games development company, the i7 is too much money for something you don't need.

If you are looking for a midsized computer, the difference between AMD and Intel is big in prices but not in performance; so you can go with AMD and get the same results for half the price of Intel.

Finally the low priced processors do not feature big differences in prices so I'd suggest you go with an Intel processor in that case.

MEMORY MODULES

Memory Modules


Usually the memory modules are referred as the main factor that causes high speeds in the computer. Perhaps this is not completely true but still if you don't have enough memory in your computer it will run slowly for sure. This is where the applications are run; so with more memory in the computer you can run more applications at the same time with a higher performance (faster).

In case you are an average user and you are going to run your computer on Windows XP, the best option would be to have at least 1GB (gigabytes) of memory, in case you are going to run it on Windows Vista or Windows 7 the 2GB is the way to go. However, if you are a gamer running XP at least 2GB is my recommendation and 3-4 in Vista an Windows 7.

(REMEMBER: 1 GB is equal to 1024 Megabytes or MB)

The more GBs of memory you have the beter. But that's not all you have to take into account, since there are memory modules of different speeds; for instance it is not the same to have 1GB modules at 1066 MHz (megahertz or cycles per second) and 1GB modules at 1333 MHz. Faster modules are better but also more expensive.

They must be DDR3 (double data rate transfers), which means the data is transferred at double rates; in other words, faster.

Another thing you must take into account is that some motherboards support Dual-Channel, which makes the information to travel faster from the memory to the microprocessor and vice versa; so the faster it travels the faster your computer runs the applications. In order to make use of the Dual-channel feature, if you want to buy for example 2GB of RAM (the technical name of memories -Random Access Memory) instead of buying one 2GB module you have to buy two 1GB modules.

Now let's see the best brands in the market:

  1. G. Skill: The best of all, but also the most expensive ones.
  2. Ocz: Excellent performance, especially with games, at more affordable prices.
  3. Supertalent:Very good performance and durability, they are very good for games and with prices similar to those of the Ocz.
  4. Kingston: These are the most advertised, but to the best for gaming. If you are a gamer go with the aforementioned ones. However for other average uses (watching movies, office tasks, Internet, etc) the Kingston memory modules are very good. The only good ones of this brand for gaming are those of the Hiperx model.

ATTENTION: I do not suggest you other brands. The above four are the best ones in the market.

Here is a list with prices as of August 2011.

For highly demanding gamers:

G.Skill 6GB Tri Channel (three 2GB modules) DDR3 2000 Mhz---------------U$S 150
G.SKILL 12GB Tri-Channel 1 (three 4GB modules) DDR3 1333 Mhz------- -U$S 100
G.Skill 6GB Tri Channel (three 2GB modules) DDR 3 1600 Mhz--------------U$S 120
Ocz Gold 4GB (two 2GB modules) DDR3 1333 Mhz-----------------------------U$S  90
Kingston HyperX 16GB (four 4GB modules) DDR3 1600 MHz-----------------U$S 123

For demanding gamers:

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (two 4 GB modules) DDR3 1333 Mhz-------- ------------U$S  53
Kingston KVR 8​GB (two 4 GB modules) DDR3-1333 Mhz----------------------U$S  50

For average users who look for a good computer with at least 2 years of future:

SuperTalent DDR3 1333 2GB----------------------------------------------------------U$S  24

For those looking for something cheap for tasks such as listening music, Internet and watching movies:

SuperTalent 2 GB DDR2 PC2 6400 800 MHz-------------------------------------U$S  24
Kingston 2GB DDR2 PC6400  800 Mhz--------------------------------------------U$S  22

MOTHERBOARDS

Motherboards

The motherboard is where the microprocessor, the graphics cards and all the peripherials are connected to. It is also the main board which includes adapters of al kind such as a sound adapter. There are all kind of motherboards, those including an onboard video adapter, those with Wi-Fi o without, with more expansion slots or less, etc.

Depending on the machine you are building you can buy an inexpensive motherboard for a cheap computer, a motherboard for a mid-range computer, or one for a high-end gaming computer.

If the microprocessor you have is powerful you will need a better motherboard, if you have a good graphics card it must include among its features one or two PCI-Express 2x16 slots (more of this on the graphics cards section).

In case you expect something for the future and someday you will upgrade your microprocessor you have to look at a motherboard that accepts microprocessor upgrades. Also you must takei into account the maximum memory size it supports.

As for the USB connectors you should buy a motherboard including USB 3.0 connectors (faster data transfer rates) and USB 2.0.

Most motherboards nowadays include onboard sound adapters, so you don't need a Sound Card as it used to happen back in the days. There are onboard sound adapters with 5.1, 7.1 and even 9.1 sound quality.

In case you are an average user and you are not building a high-end gaming computer, you don't need a graphics card, so you can buy a motherboard with an onboard graphics adapter in order to save money.

Here is a ranking list with the best motherboard brands:
 

  1. MSI: Excellent motherboards
  2. Gigabyte: Together with MSI one of the best
  3. ECS: High performance at a more affordable price
  4. Asus: Despite they are advertised as the best, this is not true, they are very good but they don't offer the same performance and durability of MSI and Gigabyte.

Here are some recommendations with prices as of August 2011:

For a high-end gaming computer:

With an Intel i7 microprocessor: a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard at aprox. U$S 260
With an AMD Phenom II microprocessor: a Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4 motherboard at aprox U$S 150

For a mid-range computer
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With an AMD Athlon microprocessor: a MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 Socket AM2 with video onboard (GeForce 6150SE) at U$S 48

For computers with a mid-range Intel microprocessor a MSI P43T-C51 motherboard at U$S 60-70.

For cheap computers most motherboards have an aproximate price of U$S 20-30.

HARD DISKS


Hard Disks


Hard disks are used to store all the information you saved, like images, music, games, office works, etc. Of course the bigger it is, the better, since you can store more applications and files.

File sizes are measured in bytes; so if your hard disk has a bigger bytes storage size you can store more files and applications in it.

Hard disks sizes nowadays are measured in GB (gigabytes) and TB (terabytes) 

1 MB (megabyte) = 1,048,576 bytes
1 GB (gigabyte) = 1,024 MB (megabytes)
1 TB (terabyte) = 1,024 GB (gigabytes)

Also, you must know that there are two kind of data transfer systems; older IDE hard disks and the new SATA disks. So when buying a new computer it must include a SATA drive. SATA disks have faster data tranfer rates than the older IDE disks. Also SATA disks include a smaller cable bulk than IDE the ones (7 connectors cable vs 40).

When buying a new computer you must.know that there are different SATA versions: SATA 1, SATA 2 and SATA 3. The main difference between them is found on their data transfer rates.
 

  • SATA 1.0 Disks: 1.5 GB/sec
  • SATA II Disks: 3 GB/sec
  • SATA III Disks: 6 GB/sec

Nowadays the most common is to buy a SATA III or SATA II. If you are a gamer looking for the best, of course your choice should be SATA III disks. SATA II are good but better for those looking for mid to low budget computers.

Most HDs nowadays have a 7200 RPM rotation speed, there are 10000 RPM disks too, but they are more expensive. Again, the choice is yours, most users are Ok with 7200 RPM disks, but if you are a highly demanding gamer and you can afford a 10000 RPM disk, take that way.

Here is the HD brands ranking (in order of quality):

  1. Western Digital
  2. Hitachi
  3. Seagate
  4. Toshiba
  5. Samsung

My recommendation is to pick one of the three first HDs (WD, Hitachi or Seagate in order of preference).

As of August 2011 the prices of hard disks are the following:

Hitachi Deskstar 3 TB - SATA III - 6 GB/s---------------------------------------------U$S 170
Western Digital 1TB - SATA III 6.0Gb/s------------------------------------------------U$S  69
Seagate Barracuda 500GB - 7200 RPM - SATA III---------------------------------U$S  56
Western Digital 320 GB - SATA-II------------------------------------------------------U$S  28
Western Digital 250 GB - SATA-II--------------------------------------------------------U$S  25

My recommendation is to buy anything bigger than 500 GB (0.5 TB). So, from 500 GB up is good to me, 1 TB is a very good option, and 2-3 TB is the way to go if you are a gamer, or if you store lots of things in your computer.

GRAPHICS CARDS

Graphics Cards


Graphics Cards are used to process the graphics and everything you see on the screen. They are used to process highly demanding graphics tasks, such as games or 3D animations renders. If you are an average user and don't require much power for the graphics and you use the computer for tasks like watching movies, listening music, Internet, uploading or downloading images to virtual communities, etc) you don't need a graphic card since there are motherboards that include onboard graphics adapters.

However if you are looking for a mid budget computer, to run less demanding games or play highly demanding games with the graphics quality sliders at a low-mid level, perhaps the best option for you is to purchase a mid-range video graphics card.

For high-end gaming the best option is to look for a good video card.

As it happens with microprocessors, there are two brands that dominate the graphics cards market; Nvidia and ATI (now owned by AMD). Both of them are excellent and give you similar results, however the ATI (AMD) products are a little more affordable than their NVdia counterparts.

There are gamers who prefer the AMD graphics cards, while most 3D designers prefer NVidia cards for renders and other development tasks. However both work quite fine either for high-end gaming as well as for 3D animations and games development.

Both companies offer different models from those aimed at gamers to those for more average users.

One thing you must know if you are a demanding gamer or 3D animations designer which can afford the best, is the SLI option (for NVidia) and the Crossfire option (for ATI); these technologies allow you to put two video cards if the motherboard you have can support that option, resulting in a much better performance. Nowadays most good graphics cards accept SLI or Crossfire according to the brand (Nvidia or AMD's ATI).

Another thing you must know is that there is a variety of graphics cards assembling companies; which offer the same video card but with smaller differences like the casing color or the coolers they use; however they are pretty much the same and include the same features. Examples of these companies are EVGA, MSI or Gigabyte.

Another thing you must know is that most modern cards card need motherboards with PCI-Express 2 x 16 slots; while the mid-range ones PCI-Express slots.

Let's see now some of the different video cards models divided into budget and requirements categories.

(These are aproximate prices based on different online merchants as of August 2011. You might find better deals or not)

For highly demanding 3D rendering animations and high-end gaming:
(Recommended for monitors larger than 20 inches)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 - 1.5 GB GDDR 5 - 780MHz Core------------------------------------U$S 360
AMD ATI Radeon HD 6970 - 2 GB GDDR5 - 880 MHz Core - PCI-E 2.1x16----------------U$S 420
AMD ATI Radeon HD 6950 - 2 GB GDDR5 - 810 MHz Core - PCI-E 2.1x16----------------U$S 325
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 1 GB GDDR5  - 900 MHz Core - PCI-E 2.0x16--------------U$S 250
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 - 1 GB GDDR5 - 725 MHz Core - PCI-E 2.0x16------------------U$S 200
Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 - 1 GB GDDR5 - 783 MHz Core - PCI-E 2.0x16------------------U$S 120

For demanding gamers with monitors smaller than 20 inches

AMD ATI RADEON HD 4850 - 1GB PCI-E DUAL----------------------------------------------------U$S  95
NVidia GeForce 9800GT - 1GB DUAL PCI-E DUAL-----------------------------------------------U$S  76
AMD ATI RADEON HD4670 - 1GB PCI-E 2.0-------------------------------------------------------U$S 78

Good cards for games that cannot be played with the graphics quality and performance sliders maxed out. (They are good also for older games or new less demanding ones)

NVidia GeForce GT 240 - 512MB GDDR5----------------------------------------------------------U$S 70
NVidia GeForce GT 220 - 1GB GDDR3-------------------------------------------------------------U$S 46
NVidia GeForce GT 9500 - 1 GB GDDR2-----------------------------------------------------------U$S 50-60
NVidia GeForce GT 9500 - 512 MB GDDR2-------------------------------------------------------U$S 25-30

If you are not going to play games or work with 3D design tools, you don't need a graphics card. I suggest you to buy a motherboard with a video adapter onboard instead of buying a graphics card; that way you will save a lot of money.

DVD RW

DVD RW


Most DVD RW have an aproximate price of U$S 25-30. LG is by far the best brand, however I´ll add a ranking list with the top 5 DVD-RW brands.

  1. LG
  2. Sony
  3. Philips
  4. Samsung
  5. Asus

COMPUTER CASES

Computer Cases


The computer cases is very important, it is where all the components of the computer are placed in. Since all these components generate heat, you need a case with a good cooling system in order to extend your computer's life expectative. So a good case can guarantee a better durability of the PC's components.

In order to have a good cooling system, the case must include at least two coolers, one for the air intake and one for air exhaust. Usually the air intake fan is located at the front-bottom or at the side of the case, while the exhaust fan at the backside.

The cooling system aspect is the first thing you must consider. Then there are other less important aspects, such as the aesthetics. There are also cases which include a small information LCD screen, which monitors the system and shows information like the inner temperature of the case, CPU temperature, the date and time, etc. Moreover there are cases that include the aforementioned plus front USB and sound connectors. It is up to you and your needs choosing a case with such features.

Another key element you must take into account is the case size. If you are building a smaller computer with a smaller motherboard you may need to look at micro-ATX cases. In case you want a bigger motherboard you will need an ATX case. Also you must know that you can install a smaller motherboard in ATX case but you cannot install a big motherboard in a micro-ATX case.

Another thing you must consider is the power-supply. There are cases that include the puwer-supply, but usually they don't guarantee much power and durability. They are aimed at cheap to mid.range computers. If you are buying a gaming high-end computer, you should buy a separate power-supply of your choice (more of this later).

There are all kind of prices according to your preferences, however here is a ranking list with the best brands of cases:

  1. Thermaltake: This is by far the best brand, but their prices are usually high: There is a big range of prices depending of the case model so prices vary from the U$S 75 for mid-sized cases (mid-tower) to U$S 200 for the biggest (full-tower). However most average cases of this brand surround the U$S 100-120.
  2. Cooler Master: The cases of this brand are excellent. Their prices vary from U$S 45 for the smallest cases to U$S 200 for full tower cases. Their average price goes from U$S80-110.
  3. Vitsuba: These are excellent too, with prices similar to those of the Cooler Master.
  4. Satellite: A very good option, with excellent cooling features.
  5. Codegen: They are less expensive but still good. They include a very good refrigeration system at an affordable price. Their costs usually surround the U$S 50.
     

POWER SUPPLY
 

Power Supply

The power supply is what gives the computer the power to work, so depending on its quality the computer will work better or worse.

As I mentioned before, there are cases that include the power supply, but I don't recommend you that if you are buying a high-end gaming computer; since they don't guarantee a good performance and durability; the best option is to buy a separate good quality power supply.

There are all kind of power supplies according to your needs, for example for gaming machines you must take a power supply of at least 600W (Watts).

For example if you have an Intel i5 microprocessor with 4 GB of DDR3 memory and a GeForce 450 GTS graphics card, with a 650 W power supply you are Ok. Now if you have an Intel i7 Microprocessor with a GeForce 570GTX the best option would be a 1000 W power supply.

These are the best brands.

  1. OCZ Power&Cooling
  2. Cooler Master
  3. Vantec
  4. Thermaltake
  5. Satellite
  6. Ezcool
  7. Powercooler
  8. Vitsuba

1200 W---------aproximate price: U$S 200
1000 W---------aproximate price: U$S 150
  850 W---------aproximate price: U$S 130
  750 W---------aproximate price: U$S 110
  650 W---------aproximate price: U$S   80

For those average users who don't require a high-end gaming machine, you can buy a generic power supply for U$S20-30 or buy a case with the power supply included.

MONITOR

Monitor


The size of the monitors depends mostly on the graphics card you have. The bigger your monitor is, the more resolution it supports; however you will also need a graphics card that supports higher resolutions.

For monitors of 22 inches the maximum allowed resolution is 1600x900, there are exceptions too like the Samsung 2043nwx which supports a resolution of up to 1680x1050 pixels (the pixels are the dots that make up all the images and everything you see on the monitor).

The best two brands are LG and Samsung.

For example as of August 2011 the 22 inches LG W2243S-PF has a U$S 150 price. The 20 inches Samsung 2043nwx is U$S 120-130. The 19 inches Samsung 943nwx is aprox. U$S 100.

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Finally let's compare a computer offered by a big chain store and one built by us with parts from a local retailer.

MID RANGE COMPUTER FROM A BIG CHAIN STORE (the description is taken from their official website):
 

  • PC Assembler: Commodore
  • Microprocessor: AMD ATHLON X4 640
  • Memory: 4GB DDR 2
  • Motherboard: ASUS M4A785- M (audio and video onboard)
  • Hard Disk: 500 GB 7200 RPM (no more info than that!!!)
  • DVD RW (no info about the model and the brand)
  • Computer Case Commodore with included power supply (remember that included power supplies in cases do not guarantee the same power performance and durability of a separate one)
  • Keyboard, Mouse, and Speakers, 7 USB connectors
  • MONITOR LCD 18.5''
  • Windows Seven Home Premium

TOTAL------------------------------------------U$S 750

HIGH-END GAMING COMPUTER BUILT BY US FROM PARTS PURCHASED AT A LOCAL RETAILER

  • Phenom II X4 945 3 GHz Processor - Quad-core--------------------------------U$S 120
  • G.SKILL 12GB Tri-Channel 1 (three 4GB modules) DDR3 1333 Mhz----U$S 100
  • Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4--------------------------------------------------------------U$S 150
  • Western Digital 1TB - SATA III 6.0Gb/s---------------------------------------------U$S   70
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI-E 2.0x16--------------------U$S 120
  • DVD RW LG----------------------------------------------------------------------------------U$S   25
  • Cooler Master Case------------------------------------------------------------------------U$S 110
  • Cooler Master Power Supply 650W--------------------------------------------------U$S   80
  • Samsung 2043nwx 20''--------------------------------------------------------------------U$S 125

TOTAL------------------------------------------U$S 900
U$S 750 for a mid-range machine vs U$S 900 for a high-end gaming machine is a big difference. For only U$S 150 more you can have a high-end gaming computer instead of a small to mid range machine, that's a good deal. In case you want to know how much would cost us a mid range computer from a local retailer:

  • AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor 260 3.2 GHz AM3--------------------U$S  70
  • SuperTalent DDR3 1333 2GB-------------------------------------------------------------U$S  24
  • MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 Socket AM2 - video onboard (GeForce 6150SE)-----U$S 48
  • Seagate 500GB - 7200 RPM - SATA II------------------------------------------------U$S  50
  • DVD RW LG------------------------------------------------------------------------------------U$S   25
  • Codegen Case with power supply 500W---------------------------------------------U$S   50
  • Samsung 2043nwx 20''----------------------------------------------------------------------U$S 125
  • Keyboard, Speakers and Mouse---------------------------------------------------------U$S 100
  • Windows 7 Home Premium----------------------------------------------------------------U$S   97

TOTAL------------------------------------------U$S 590

Again U$S 590 vs U$S 750 for a computer that despite being a mid-range PC is still better than the one offered by the big chain store.

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I hope this article was useful. In case you have any question please don't hesitate to write a comment below.


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