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Build An 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, Quad Core System For $595!

Updated on July 31, 2008

All you need to do is to stop down at your local computer store and ask the salesperson for a quote on a massive gaming, enthusiast, or prosumer computer system in order to suffer cardiac arrest. If you wanted to locally purchase at your bricks and mortar dealer a top of the line Intel Quad Core system with a full 8GB of RAM so that your 64 bit Vista or XP would be able to access undreamed of horizons of memory, as well as storing one full terabyte, which is 1,000 gigabytes, or one million megabytes of information on the hard drives, get ready to shell out $1,500, $2,000, or maybe much more.

There is no need to choose between getting the computer system of your dreams and paying the rent this month if you are wise enough to do some comparison shopping and seek out great deals on what are likely the same components that would be incorporated into the local build which carries that gargantuan price tag. Here is the current pricing for the various chosen components from

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model HH80562PH0568M - $180
  • Two of pqi POWER Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MAD44GUOE-X2 - $140
  • MSI P31 Neo-F LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard - $55
  • SAPPHIRE 100234VGAL Radeon HD 3450 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $41
  • Two of SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD502lJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $140
  • ASUS Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A/A5/CARBON/B/CPC - $14
  • Linkworld 3230-18 c2228u Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - $25

This is a completely mind-blowing computer system which is more than capable enough to handle absolutely anything you can throw at it, and is future proof for at least three years of evading that nasty crawling obsolescence which has most likely already encompassed the computer system you're using to read this Hub!

There are a few areas where you could even go much further towards the ultimate dream system, depending on your preferences. If you are into video gaming and would like some super fast frame rates on high resolutions, you might want to exchange the Radeon HD 3450 for a ASUS EN8800GT/HTDP/512M GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card which would only add $89 to the total price. Similarly, you may want to go with a more heavy duty quality power supply such as the SeaSonic SS-500ES 500W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply which adds only $66, or a DVD burner such as a Sony NEC Optiarc 20X DVD±R Burner Black IDE Model AD-7200A-0B which adds $8. Even if you wanted to substitute all of these high quality components for maximum performance, you would still be spending about $750, and that's an incredible deal any way you look at it! Sure beats paying two grand at your friendly neighborhood dealer!


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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      These are ANCIENT Hubs... I'm sure that specs have changed in the years since! :)

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      Timothy 8 years ago

      On your 'How to build a fast computer' article, the motherboard you listed only supports 4GB according to newegg. You advertise the system is 8GB

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Mac Daddy Mac: Having lived in Ripoff Britain I know what you mean.

      Andy Baker: There are plenty of really good tutorials online. Check them out!

      Jay: Please read CAREFULLY: "Two of pqi POWER Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)"

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      Jay 8 years ago

      How does 2x 2GB makes it 8GB ?

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      AndyBaker 8 years ago from UK

      That title is certainly an attention grabber!

      I have always wanted to build my own computer because you obviolsy save a ton. I just don't know if I would be able to do it or not.

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      Mac Daddy Mac 9 years ago

      Great way to beat the credit crunch, i myself put a computer together a few weeks ago for 400 quid but it was nowhere near as good as that!

      Been ordering my computer components from various online shops but haven't managed to find many great deals as of yet. I expect in January there will be a massive price crash so it will probably be worthwhile checking out the usual shops like Best Buy etc.

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      Hal Licino 9 years ago from Toronto

      You're welcome. With the latest price changes and new CPUs introduced, you might find the Q8200 an even more suitable processor.

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      Jim Hobson 9 years ago

      Great advice, thank you. We are continually looking for ways to cost effectively upgrade our work systems. In our business performance, reliability, and cost have to be balanced.