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I got an estimate for the following PC specs. Is it worth $2,100? Do you know a cheaper place? I'm planning to import from Europe/US. ASUS P5GC-MXG45GL MOTHERBRD/INTEL CORE 2 DUOE6600 2.4 GHZ PROCESSOR/2GB DDR2 RAM/160GB SATA II HDISK/20X DVD R/RW/ 9IN1 CARD READER/RAEDEON X1050 256MB PCI-E VGA/INTEGRATED REALTEK ALC883 HIGH DEF SOUND/500WATT POWER SUPPLYATX CASING/ (RECOMMENDED) NOT SEE THROUGH Thanks.

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Hey there, about a year ago I got a couple similar rigs, though instead of the ATI X1050(really?!?) I got a Geforce 8800 GTS, and those machines only cost me ~$1,900 each, tax and all, and I got a lot of extras in them.

You can purchase an ATI x1300 for about $69.99...maybe less. I'm having trouble finding low end cards to purchase (new) (for testing purposes), that is about the cheapest one I can find around here.

I got the computers I mention above at a local computer shop [ Intrex ], so I got the 4 year warranty, a special case w/extra fans, neon lights [speeds the computer up about 10% ;-)], a 1000W power supply, 500GB HDs, etc...for < $2,000 a year ago.

So I would say $2,100 is a very high price...almost rediculously high.

- Danny

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Hey Dan,
It's good to hear from you. I hope your game is coming along fine. Can you please give me the contacts of the computer shop [Intrex]? If you know any other good computer shop also send me the contacts.
Gaenor: THANKS for the details. It's a PC.

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Hey Dan,
It's good to hear from you. I hope your game is coming along fine. Can you please give me the contacts of the computer shop [Intrex]? If you know any other good computer shop also send me the contacts.
Gaenor: THANKS for the details. It's a PC.


Well Intrex is a totally local shop. I'm not sure if they would ship to you...but their site is here... [ http://www.intrex.com/ ] you can build computers online and save them for later, etc. Though I doubt they will be of use to you [ they are a local NC, USA shop], it was just a point of reference...maybe seek out some local computer shops if possible? Though I think the lack of said shops is your reason for importing.

Where did you get the price quote for the computer you listed?? For a PC/Desktop the price is extremely high as Gaenor pointed out...that computer should only cost you a few hundred bucks.

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I'm leaving in about 30 minutes to check out some shops near my area. Most of the shops I trust are Dell/HP partners, the other shops mostly have cheap used stuff which might be a problem so importing seems to be the best option.
There's a guy I know who imports so I asked him for a price estimate and that's what he gave me. As far as I know computers aren't charged tax on importation so I was suspicious that the price was high.
I finished the game I was working on in January. It was more like a small demo. The graphics were low end but at least I learnt what I wanted to learn. It was my first ever game so it's quite an accomplishment. Check it out at www.sinc-studios.com
Thanks for your help. I'm going to check out other stores like Best Buy etc. I think they can ship them to me via Fedex or DHL.

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Cool, good luck. Congrats on finishing your project also!

I'm still working on mine lol...BETA through Fileplanet/IGN/Gamespy coming up soon...it's a lot of pressure. I type this as I wait for the game to build...

Hopefully you can find a better price...do report back with your findings :-)

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Looking at the price and the pieces it makes no sense... it should be WAYYY below $2100. More like $1100-$1300 not $2100 =S

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I built a quad core 2 weeks ago for about 1050 with all around better specs and a TB of HD space. If you're buying pre-built the prices are going to be jacked up like that. Considered building your own?

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I'm thinking of building my own. I think I need to research a bit on the net to get components that are compatible. Is there a website that has suggestions on which hardware combinations work best for gaming PCs and game development PCs? Mmmhh a short cut would be to see the specs of already built PCs and check out the components they have.

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Random question, before we all keep telling you that is way too much money.

What currency are you quoting that price in? Also shipping to where he is could get expensive after import taxes and stuff, but still if that is USD, thats way too high. What other services come with it?

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The currency is USD $$$. I'm in Kenya, East Africa. The PC would be imported through DHL/Fedex which are the most expensive but takes 3 working days (Mmmhh I need to know the exact rates...). As far as I know there is no tax on importing computer stuff in my country.
No other services come with it.
By the way I need 4 such PCs with at least those specs.

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What do you think of Maingear? Their specs and customisation options are closest to what I want. I got the following from their website:
(I am interested in 3 PCs with different specs. Figures rounded upwards to the nearest USD)

PC 1 (USD 2854)

1. Case (Silver Brushed Aluminum Finish, Translucent Window Side Panel w/ LED Lighting Bundle).
2. 1000W Silverstone Strider Power Supply
3. NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
4. Q6600 Core 2 Quad (2.4GHz x 4)
5. Intel Quiet CPU Cooler
6. 2GB Corsair XMS2-8500 DDR2-1066
7. Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache - SATA II
8. Optical Drive: 20X Dual Layer DVD±RW Drive w/ LightScribe Technology - black
9. NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800GT 512MB DDR3
10. Integrated 8-channel High Definition Audio
11. Dual Gigabit LAN
12. Plantronics DSP-500 USB Digital Headset w/MIC
13. SAMSUNG 204BW Black 20" 6ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
14. Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
15. Logitech® G15 Gaming Keyboard
16. No mouse (I want to buy TrackMan Wheel Trackball Mouse for PC or Mac(USB and PS/2) USD 30 from Logitech or Microsoft® Trackball Optical. Which is better?)
17. 1 Year Maingear Warranty

OR (USD 2312)

1. Case(Silver Brushed Aluminum Finish)
2. 1000W MAINGEAR Power Supply
3. Asus P5N-E SLI nForce 650i SLI Motherboard
4. Q6600 Core 2 Quad (2.4GHz x 4)
5. Intel Quiet CPU Cooler
6. 2GB Corsair XMS2 PC2 6400
7. Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache - SATA II
8. 20X Dual Layer DVD±RW Drive w/ LightScribe Technology - black
9. NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT 256MB PCIe
10. Onboard 8-channel High Definition Audio
11. Dual Gigabit LAN
12. Linksys Wireless 802.11g WMP54G PCI Network Adapter
13. US Robotics 56K V.92 Internal Faxmodem PCI
14. Plantronics DSP-500 USB Digital Headset w/MIC
15. SAMSUNG 204BW Black 20" 6ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
16. Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
17. Logitech® G15 Gaming Keyboard
18. No mouse (I want to buy TrackMan Wheel Trackball Mouse for PC or Mac(USB and PS/2) USD 30 from Logitech or Microsoft® Trackball Optical. Which is better?)
19. 1 Year Maingear Warranty

PC 2 (USD 1785)

1. Case (Silver Brushed Aluminum Finish)
2. MAINGEAR 750W Ultra Quiet Power Supply
3. Asus P5N-E SLI nForce 650i SLI
4. E6320 Core 2 (1.86GHz x 2)
5. Intel Quiet CPU Cooler
6. 2GB Corsair XMS2 PC2 6400
7. Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache - SATA II
8. 16X DVD-ROM - Black
9. NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT 256MB PCIe (Will replace this with Geforce 7800)
10. Onboard 8-channel High Definition Audio
11. Dual Gigabit LAN
12. Linksys Wireless 802.11g WMP54G PCI Network Adapter
13. Plantronics DSP-500 USB Digital Headset w/MIC
14. SAMSUNG 204BW Black 20" 6ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
15. Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-Bit)
16. Saitek Eclipse Gaming Keyboard - Free Paint Match!
17. Logitech® G5 Laser Mouse - Free Paint Match!
18. 1 Year Maingear Warranty

PC 3 (USD 1563)

1. Case(Black Brushed Aluminum Finish)
2. MAINGEAR 750W Ultra Quiet Power Supply
3. ASUS M2R32-MVP AMD 580X CrossFire
4. AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ AM2 (2.2GHz)
5. AMD Quiet CPU Cooler
6. 2GB Corsair XMS2 PC2 6400
7. Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache - SATA II
8. 16X DVD-ROM - Black
9. ATI Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB (But I'm changing to Radeon X1800. I figure the Geforce 7&8 above are OK for heavier graphics)
10. Integrated 8-channel High Definition Audio
11. Integrated Gigabit Network Card
12. Plantronics DSP-500 USB Digital Headset w/MIC
13. SAMSUNG 204BW Black 20" 6ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
14. Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-Bit)
15. Logitech® G15 Gaming Keyboard
16. Logitech® G5 Laser Mouse - Free Paint Match!
17. 1 Year Maingear Warranty

[Edited by - miminawewe on November 5, 2007 11:22:36 PM]

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