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Old July 19, 2009, 07:03 PM
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Hi everyone. I'm working the summer and I've decided to treat myself with another system. The budget is $500. I'm trying to decide between a laptop or a LANbox. I go over to my friend's apartment a lot and I'm wondering whether I should build myself a small PC (LANbox) or just buy a laptop. My friend has a mouse, keyboard, speakers, 47" HDTV, and a CRT monitor. For long LAN weekends I usually bring over my monitor too.

I have my eyes on the MSI GT735. It will cost me close to $1000. I'm able to come up with the extra money for it but I'm debating whether it will be worth it. I really am worried whether it will last me a while, and I know it is not upgradable while a LANbox is.

So here's the deal. I'd like someone to build me a $420 budget LANbox. $420 because the $80 is going to be spent on my uncle's Radeon HD4770. Noise and heat isn't an issue. The processor shouldn't bog down the video card. I have 2x1GB sticks of DDR2-800 so that isn't a problem. I can also put a hard drive in it but a bigger one to store all my files while I'm at my house is awesome too.

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Old July 19, 2009, 07:28 PM
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I say just get this Asus G50Vt-X5-RF Refurbished Notebook PC Intel Core 2 Duo P7450 2.13GHz, 4GB DDR2, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6, Vista Home Premium 64-bit and be done with it, beat on TD and their refurbs all you want but thats a steal if I ever saw one. Building a new rig doesnt really seem worth it in your case in my opinion. Last option I can think of is get a matx board and shove your current rig in there, Asus P5E-VM if you OC a lot but it's a bit pricey whereas any g31 board should do fine too if your not looking to OC.
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Old July 19, 2009, 07:42 PM
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I want something that will last. I'm not spending my well earned money on some second hand laptop.
Next thing I know that thing will die on me in a year, and I won't have anything. At least if I buy a LANbox it'll be upgradable and won't cost me as much as that laptop.
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Old July 20, 2009, 04:04 AM
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get a matx board and shove your current rig in there
That may just be the best idea ever...
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Old July 20, 2009, 08:58 AM
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Last option I can think of is get a matx board and shove your current rig in there.
Epic fail answer.
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Old July 20, 2009, 12:37 PM
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Epic fail answer.
Not entirely. I have parts lying around so I will only need a lanbox and matx board.
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