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Old 09-21-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default cheap pc upgrades

can anyone tell me a cheap pc, to buy as standard
but you can make into a pc beast with the right upgrades?
looking to buy a cheap one,. and over time add the parts to it?
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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Why not just build one from scratch?
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:41 PM   #3
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What is your budget? That is the biggest question.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:23 PM   #4
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as ihave no idea how to build one from the ground up tbh
and, im looking to spend bout 200 - 300, maybe 400 at a push.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:41 PM   #5
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Unfortunately, at that price point, it's very hard to get something with a lot of upgrade potential that you don't build yourself.

The things you want, in any potential PC:

Standard ATX case. Don't buy a "miniITX" or "MicroATX" - the MicroATX is OK as long as the rest of this is good as well.

Expansion Slots: Minimum of one PCI Express x16 slot. PCI Express 2.x preferred over 1.x, but both are fine

Memory Slots: Minimum of two, which usually isn't a problem. 4 if you can at all help it

CPU: Even if it's not a screamer, make sure you can drop one in later, that is. (Minimum AMD: Socket AM3 or AM3+(AM3b), Intel: Socket 1155 (NOT 1156)

Hard Drive, CDRW/DVDRW - doesn't matter too much, they're pretty universal

Power Supply - If it's a MicroITX case, they limit you pretty badly here. Don't even consider the system if you can't "size" the power supply with it being at least 5 inches across in it's cavity. Reference photos online of an ATX power supply to see what i mean.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:44 PM   #6
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yeah iknow that price isnt huge..
but as time goes by ill spend more on it to keep it / make it better more up to date
and, i kinda understand what some of that stuff means.. but not alot :L
but thanks for yout reply,
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:50 PM   #7
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Feel free to ask any clarifying points. I know folks on this forum are all "OEM IS EBIL! BUILD YER OWN!" but sometimes, it just makes more sense for someone to buy prebuilt as money allows. No worries.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:05 PM   #8
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if I brought a Dell Optiplex GX270, does that have the power to run wireless keyboard + mouse?
+ wireless internet?
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:15 PM   #9
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The power, yes, long term, nil. It's only worth $80, and even then... upgrading would be worthless.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:20 PM   #10
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but one with a 1TB harddrive.. for round $80 isnt bad?
if it can do wireless stuff?
+maybe in the future get a better processor and fans?

Dell Optiplex GX270 + Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 Blue LED 200mm Case Fan
would this work? mainly cos, itll look cool?
anyone know any lights you can get hold of for it?
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