11/23/2011 05:25 AMClearly its up to the OP - just wanted him to see how close he was (financially) to being able to build a Core i7 system that would BLOW away his old box.
Posted by Newbie
90% of those getting i7 systems don't actually have need of them, but buy them for the cool factor, someone told them to, or like to spend money.
Take your $500, and put the rest on credit.
I just can't believe that computer is sooo cheap and it's a laptop capable of gaming cheaper than a gaming PC.
Uhhh OP wants budget upgrade not put the rest on credit... which is the problem with americans these days, the average american has several thousand dollars of credit card debt... paying $100/month or more just on interest. Retailers know this, this is why they push store credit cards so much, even if they give you half of first purchase, chances are they will make it up in interest.
I guarantee I can build a desktop gaming machine for cheaper, that is at least twice as fast, and if OP keeps resuable components (Monitor, keyboard, mouse, case, hard drives, optical drives, speakers), can do it for less than half.