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Old 03-05-10, 10:55 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. Long time member and lurker but rarely posted.

Anyway my next door neighbor built this unit two months ago and is offering to sell at $1000 US.

Is the specs worth the purchase?

He has all the boxes and receipts.

i7 860 2.8Ghz (latest model of i7 series with integrated northbridge and memory controller)
Coolermaster Hyper 212+ CPU heatsink
GA-P55A-UD3 mobo (with USB 3.0 & SATA 3.0 on-board accelerator)
G-skills 2GX2 DDR3 1600Mhz ripjaws
EVGA lifetime warranty FTW GTX 285
Seasonic S12 Energy plus
Coolermaster CM 690 case
DVD-RW dual-layer burner
Seagate 500GB 16mb cache Hard Drive

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 03-05-10, 11:03 AM   #2
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That's not bad at all for $1000. Does it come with Windows or any peripherals?

If you don't build systems yourself that'd be a good buy. If you do build systems yourself you could probably do just as good for a little less money.

Also, the GTX 480 and 470 will be out in a few weeks. I'd be hesitant to pay for a high end graphics card right now.
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Old 03-05-10, 11:07 AM   #3
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Sound's a lot to me, really. It's not that much less that new prices. If he has the receipts, how much did he pay for it all??
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Old 03-05-10, 11:21 AM   #4
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He paid, about $1600 Canadian after tax. Remember any unit I purchase has a 12% tax in Canada. So I'm saving 12% starting off.

I offered $800 CDN.

He has a OS. Windows 7 Ultimate but I think its illegal. Anyway I will be wiping the HD and installing my Windows XP. Personally I cannot get used to Windows 7.
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Old 03-05-10, 11:28 AM   #5
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Price is not too bad, it's a nice system. If you know how to build a system I would take some time and find out what you can put together for $1000. Like CaptNKILL said, now probably is not the best time to buy a graphics card with the new GTX cards coming out. When they come out the GTX-285's will probably drop in price (not too sure about that).

If you don't know how to build a system now is a good time to start. I built my first system (see sig) about 9 months ago. I picked all the parts out carefully and took my time. The people on this site were/are very helpful and friendly to noobs like me. They really helped me pick parts and gave me suggestions on how to setup and configure the system. The hardest part about building a system from scratch is figuring out where all the little connectors go on your motherboard.

Must say it was a real learning experience and a lot of fun.

Otherwise I would say if your neighbor is willing to help you if you have trouble with it, like sending back broken/defective parts under warranty, putting it back together, then buy it. That system will rock out games very well. I have a I-7 920 and a EVGA GTX-285. I run most games maxed out and then some. Call of Duty 5 I have maxed out (in game settings) and use Nhancer to add a lot more anti aliasing, it looks much better with all that AA. My brother has the same game on the Xbox and can't believe how much better the PC looks than the Xbox. You should have very similar game performance as my system, I think you will be happy with that PC.
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There doesn't seem to be a graphics card!!!
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He paid, about $1600 Canadian after tax. Remember any unit I purchase has a 12% tax in Canada. So I'm saving 12% starting off.

I offered $800 CDN.

He has a OS. Windows 7 Ultimate but I think its illegal. Anyway I will be wiping the HD and installing my Windows XP. Personally I cannot get used to Windows 7.
I'm going to be honest with you.

Don't use XP!

Get Windows 7. I think a member here is still selling cheap Windows 7 Ultimate keys (they're legit, I've purchased some).

You'll be happy that you did. 4Gb of RAM, a 1Gb video card, USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 and a quad core CPU with hyperthreading are just not going to work to their full potential with a 9 year old 32bit operating system. You'd probably only get 2.5 or 3Gb of usable ram.
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Hi everyone. Long time member and lurker but rarely posted.

Anyway my next door neighbor built this unit two months ago and is offering to sell at $1000 US.

Is the specs worth the purchase?

He has all the boxes and receipts.

i7 860 2.8Ghz (latest model of i7 series with integrated northbridge and memory controller)
Coolermaster Hyper 212+ CPU heatsink
GA-P55A-UD3 mobo (with USB 3.0 & SATA 3.0 on-board accelerator)
G-skills 2GX2 DDR3 1600Mhz ripjaws
EVGA lifetime warranty FTW GTX 285
Seasonic S12 Energy plus
Coolermaster CM 690 case
DVD-RW dual-layer burner
Seagate 500GB 16mb cache Hard Drive

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 03-05-10, 12:00 PM   #9
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I'm going to be honest with you.

Don't use XP!

Get Windows 7. I think a member here is still selling cheap Windows 7 Ultimate keys (they're legit, I've purchased some).

You'll be happy that you did. 4Gb of RAM, a 1Gb video card, USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 and a quad core CPU with hyperthreading are just not going to work to their full potential with a 9 year old 32bit operating system. You'd probably only get 2.5 or 3Gb of usable ram.
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Old 03-05-10, 12:01 PM   #10
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CaptNKILL is right. Forget XP, 7 is much better. I went from XP to 7, it's much better on all aspects (for me). Besides Microsoft is about to stop supporting XP soon. I think that means no more drivers for new hardware, stuff like that.

I did hear a rumor that by this time next year Windows 8 will be out. A good friend of mine who has been building computer since the 70's told me this, not too sure how much truth there is to that. Seem every 3yrs there is a news Windows out, so that is a little early I think, but who knows..
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CaptNKILL is right. Forget XP, 7 is much better. I went from XP to 7, it's much better on all aspects (for me). Besides Microsoft is about to stop supporting XP soon. I think that means no more drivers for new hardware, stuff like that.

I did hear a rumor that by this time next year Windows 8 will be out. A good friend of mine who has been building computer since the 70's told me this, not too sure how much truth there is to that. Seem every 3yrs there is a news Windows out, so that is a little early I think, but who knows..
Your friend is nuts. There is no Windows 8 coming out in the next two years.
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CaptNKILL is right. Forget XP, 7 is much better. I went from XP to 7, it's much better on all aspects (for me). Besides Microsoft is about to stop supporting XP soon. I think that means no more drivers for new hardware, stuff like that.

I did hear a rumor that by this time next year Windows 8 will be out. A good friend of mine who has been building computer since the 70's told me this, not too sure how much truth there is to that. Seem every 3yrs there is a news Windows out, so that is a little early I think, but who knows..
Maybe the beta. I don't think 8 will be available till some time in 2012. That'd keep to the 3 year timeline MS is after.
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