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Considering Buying vs Building

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Hey there. My computer is quite out of date now and I need an upgrade. I want to play the newer games basically. Basically comparing purchasing new or just editing my own. Getting a new PC with decent spec, even just the tower seems to be like £400-£500 I think.

Here's what I have (as far as i know):

Intel Pentium D CPU 2.80GHz. I think it's a really early crappy duel core

2.00 GB RAM

Nvidia 9600GT video card

Using Xp media edition, no CD though just recovery one.

I can get windows 7 for £30, home or pro edition using my student e-mail. So I can get a new OS for cheaper than usual. My graphics card isn't incredible, but will do. I'll get a new, unscratched tower too, which are cheap.

So my thinking, all I need to buy is a much better processor/motherboard combo, one that can fit more memory in like 4gb, combine this with windows 7, and I have my brand new PC for a bit cheaper.

Is that a better way, or would you buy new? I'm a noob so I've missed important things I expect. Thanks if you reply.

Edited by hellodave123, 21 December 2009 - 11:05 AM.

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Building a system can actually be more expensive than buying a pre-built. Building is good because you can get exactly what you want and you also learn a lot. Building is more fun :).

You also have to remember that building takes much more time as you have to research components and then assemble them. And (god forbid) there be an issue you need to spend time trouble shooting and even replacing parts. If you have time and want a fun experience go for the build. If you want a PC and you want it quick and cheep just order it pre built.
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