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  dauntSilver

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OP  2/24/13 8:24:46 PM#1
I have about $1000 to drop on a desktop pc.. what should I get? I have to admit, im new at this.
  Raunu

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2/24/13 8:31:59 PM#2
Originally posted by dauntSilver
I have about $1000 to drop on a desktop pc.. what should I get? I have to admit, im new at this.

 

Go to youtube and watch the Newegg instructions on choosing parts and building a PC.  After watching the videos, let us know if you're comfortable doing this and then we'll be able to give you a better recommendation.

 

Here's link

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw

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  Cabaloc

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2/26/13 1:36:32 AM#3
  Yea the newegg videos are good if your gonna pick your parts
  Iselin

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2/26/13 2:31:29 AM#4
Originally posted by dauntSilver
I have about $1000 to drop on a desktop pc.. what should I get? I have to admit, im new at this.

 Are you starting from scratch or do you already have some things you're keeping like monitor, keyboard, mouse?

i generally trust independent hardware sites much more than anyone who is trying to sell you stuff...for obvious reasons :)

Once upon a time I used to use Sharky's Extreme 3 different priced builds as a guideline to build my own. Sadly they don't seem to update the site any longer--the latest builds there are from the spring of 2012.

Here's a site that helps you coose your components using a color-coded tiered approach. There are also tutorials there on how to build. For a $1000 budget you want to be looking at Tier3 or 4 components: http://www.hardware-revolution.com/mainstream-gaming-pcs-v3-8-1/

Even if you want someone to build it for you, you're much better off picking the components one by one and then finding a good place that stocks those components and builds custom PCs.

I know newegg has a lot of fans here--and they're not bad--but I have been using NCIX.com for more than 10 years to get my components. They will also build it for you for a modest fee: http://www.ncix.com/

...

Here's what you end-up with with tier 3-4 components at the HW Revolution site I linked above...

I'm sure people will chime-in with their variations too but here it goes:

CPU: i5-3570 ... $224

Motherboard:  ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA ... $79

Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600  ... $43

GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 660 2GB ... $214

Hard Drive: WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Sata 3 ... $74

Optical Drive: Liteon 24X DVD burner ... $18

Power Supply: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 80 Plus Bronze Modular... $70

Case: Coolermaster Storm Scout ... $80

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ... $33

Sound: ASUS Xonar DGX PCI-E GX2.5 ... $40

Total:  $875

Personally, I would add a solid state drive to that. For $100 you should be able to get a decent 120 GB SSD that is big enough for your OS and one MMO or two

You'll also need a copy of WIndows 7 or 8 (64 bit edition) and that will also be ~ $100 bringing you up to around $1100 before taxes.

Good luck.

  miguksaram

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2/26/13 4:53:15 AM#5
Originally posted by Iselin
Originally posted by dauntSilver
I have about $1000 to drop on a desktop pc.. what should I get? I have to admit, im new at this.

 Are you starting from scratch or do you already have some things you're keeping like monitor, keyboard, mouse?

i generally trust independent hardware sites much more than anyone who is trying to sell you stuff...for obvious reasons :)

Once upon a time I used to use Sharky's Extreme 3 different priced builds as a guideline to build my own. Sadly they don't seem to update the site any longer--the latest builds there are from the spring of 2012.

Here's a site that helps you coose your components using a color-coded tiered approach. There are also tutorials there on how to build. For a $1000 budget you want to be looking at Tier3 or 4 components: http://www.hardware-revolution.com/mainstream-gaming-pcs-v3-8-1/

Even if you want someone to build it for you, you're much better off picking the components one by one and then finding a good place that stocks those components and builds custom PCs.

I know newegg has a lot of fans here--and they're not bad--but I have been using NCIX.com for more than 10 years to get my components. They will also build it for you for a modest fee: http://www.ncix.com/

...

Here's what you end-up with with tier 3-4 components at the HW Revolution site I linked above...

I'm sure people will chime-in with their variations too but here it goes:

CPU: i5-3570 ... $224

Motherboard:  ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA ... $79

Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600  ... $43

GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 660 2GB ... $214

Hard Drive: WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Sata 3 ... $74

Optical Drive: Liteon 24X DVD burner ... $18

Power Supply: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 80 Plus Bronze Modular... $70

Case: Coolermaster Storm Scout ... $80

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ... $33

Sound: ASUS Xonar DGX PCI-E GX2.5 ... $40

Total:  $875

Personally, I would add a solid state drive to that. For $100 you should be able to get a decent 120 GB SSD that is big enough for your OS and one MMO or two

You'll also need a copy of WIndows 7 or 8 (64 bit edition) and that will also be ~ $100 bringing you up to around $1100 before taxes.

Good luck.

Let me caveat this next statement by saying all information that follows is only valid as of this writing.  Prices and performance of parts (based on drivers) can change on a daily basis.  This is part of the reason most of us here who offer computer building advice will say please don't ask until you are ready to pull the trigger.  With that said, let the wall of text begin...

 

The above poster has some decent advice and I've also used the linked site to get an idea for specific price ranges in the past but it's hardly something I would consider for myself today.  Mostly because it prioritizes parts that most people honestly don't need to worry about purchasing, such as a sound card for example.  Of course some might argue why skimp on sound for a mere $40?  Well let's give an example of where for most people onboad sound will not only be sufficient but will also give you a better overall computer.

At nearly $225 for the CPU that better be the I5-3570K model (the K is very important).  That means you have the ability to overclock your CPU (though typically limited by Motherboard and CPU cooling options).  In his build that didn't matter (other than it was overpriced) because he chose a motherboard which can't be overclocked.  However on a $1000 budget that is very doable for about $40 (the price of that audio card).  Most decent entry level overclockable motherboards will run you right around $120.

While the price is accurate (for the most part) on the GPU it's not really the best deal around today.  Give or take $10 depending on the day/deal you can find an AMD 7870 LE card (Tahiti) that will absolutely outperform the GTX 660.  For those not aware the Tahiti chips are the same used in the AMD 7950 and 7970 cards.

Now is where it gets a bit tricky.  Thus far we at the same total amount as listed above before considering a solid state drive and operating system.  Assuming you will be using Windows you really can't just ignore that cost so there goes another $90 bringing your total to $965.  Remember this price assumes you already have all the peripherals (monitor/mouse/keyboard/speakers and/or headset plus I wouldn't personally plug a $1000 machine in without a surge protector or UPS).  It also doesn't factor in if you wanted to pay someone else to build it for you.

For now let's assume you have the peripherals and are willing to build your own.  Overall you have a VERY solid system at that cost but because your only storage drive is Western Digital Cavier Blue it's about a slow as you can get when it comes to loading programs (WD Blues are 5400rpm drives).  At $35 away from your $1000 budget how could you possible fit a decent size (120/128GB) solid state drive?  The easiest options would be to choose a cheaper case (there are PLENTY of decent cases in the $40-$50 range) and unless you actually use CD/DVD's get rid of the optical drive.  Don't fret you can easily install windows via a usb thumb drive.  If you need help figuring that out we can post you some links.  Those two changes right there will net you just enough for a Crucial M4 or Samsung 840 120/128GB solid state drive which you will use as the primary boot drive for your operating system and a few other programs usee on a daily basis.  The rest can be saved to your 1TB WD Cavier Blue hard drive.

Sure you had a cut some corners to get this system but every corner is a minor upgrade later that doesn't require replacing parts (unless you absolutely hate the case selection in the $40-50 market).  Both the sound card and optical drive (cd/dvd) are additions that can be added later with little to no headache at all.  Actually as a rule of thumb I would say buy without a soundcard (onboard sound is standard on todays motherboards and typically more than enough for most peoples needs) and only upgrade if you find you can't live with it's quality.

My two cents, take it for what it's worth.

  Iselin

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2/26/13 10:01:02 AM#6

That's also some solid advice form the poster above (and yes it is indeed the "K" CPU...easily overclockable to 4.8.)

As to the separate sound card... I may be holding on to some old computer building prejudices but it's not the quality of the sound that created my habit of spending the extra $40 or so on something other than the sound chip on the motherboard. It's just my habitual quest for getting the ultimate performance from what I have to work with.

I admit I haven't tested this recently and most HW review sites don't bother with it any longer, but it always used to be the case that using the built-in sound chip came at a cost of a few extra CPU cycles taken away from other things. Mind you, the differences were never really staggering--nothing like using built-in graphics--and mostly un-noticeable unless your CPU was nearing the  point of bottle-necking... like I said, perhaps just an old habit with little justification these days but I always give the on-board sound a pass... currently using the same Auzen X FI - Prelude I've been using for my last 3 builds.

As to video cards... I don't have to be pushed very far to go into ATI territory. My current GPU is a 7970 after all :)

 

  miguksaram

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2/26/13 12:56:46 PM#7

The reason I brought up the K model was in your original post it wasn't clear but I assumed it was the non-K version by virtue of the MB you had it paired with.  On a new build it wouldn't make much sense to add a K model then pair it with a MB that can't be OC'd, especially on a budget where $10 can actually make a difference elsewhere.

I've heard similar points with regards to soundcards but I still stick by waiting to purchase that as an "upgrade" option when on  a budget rather than a must have initial purchase item.

Recent findings, at least for this generation, tend to have AMD as the better flavor of the year for single GPU build systems (outside Titan) while Nvidia is the better option for multi GPU builds, especially if you are wanting to run 120FPS on "3D" monitors for the majority of gfx hog games.

  Dihoru

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2/26/13 1:15:14 PM#8

  Iselin

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2/26/13 2:41:18 PM#9
Originally posted by miguksaram

The reason I brought up the K model was in your original post it wasn't clear but I assumed it was the non-K version by virtue of the MB you had it paired with.  On a new build it wouldn't make much sense to add a K model then pair it with a MB that can't be OC'd, especially on a budget where $10 can actually make a difference elsewhere.

I've heard similar points with regards to soundcards but I still stick by waiting to purchase that as an "upgrade" option when on  a budget rather than a must have initial purchase item.

Recent findings, at least for this generation, tend to have AMD as the better flavor of the year for single GPU build systems (outside Titan) while Nvidia is the better option for multi GPU builds, especially if you are wanting to run 120FPS on "3D" monitors for the majority of gfx hog games.

There is nothing wrong with that motherboard for overclocking. It may not be the "best" high-end OC enthusiats board but it's certainly capable. Here's a review where they took an i7-3770k to 4.6 on air using a comparable CPU cooler.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4853/asrock_z75_pro3_intel_z75_motherboard_review/index4.html

There's a difference between modest overclocking and pushing the limits. It's really only in the later case that the premium boards with top-of-the-line capacitors and other components for rock-steady voltages and better cooling are needed.

Personally I'm an ASUS fan and always build with a quality board from them. But then again I'm not trying to build a budget system for myself. I always overclock and shop with that in mind. I'm still running an old Bloomfield i7-930 that I OC'd to 4.4 just for fun and then backed-off to 4.0 for everyday use. It has been running this way for almost 3 years now.

I'm certain that board will run that 3570K @ 4.2 - 4.6 easily....beyond that it's a different story.

 

  miguksaram

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2/26/13 4:58:24 PM#10
Originally posted by Iselin

There is nothing wrong with that motherboard for overclocking. It may not be the "best" high-end OC enthusiats board but it's certainly capable. Here's a review where they took an i7-3770k to 4.6 on air using a comparable CPU cooler.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4853/asrock_z75_pro3_intel_z75_motherboard_review/index4.html

There's a difference between modest overclocking and pushing the limits. It's really only in the later case that the premium boards with top-of-the-line capacitors and other components for rock-steady voltages and better cooling are needed.

Personally I'm an ASUS fan and always build with a quality board from them. But then again I'm not trying to build a budget system for myself. I always overclock and shop with that in mind. I'm still running an old Bloomfield i7-930 that I OC'd to 4.4 just for fun and then backed-off to 4.0 for everyday use. It has been running this way for almost 3 years now.

I'm certain that board will run that 3570K @ 4.2 - 4.6 easily....beyond that it's a different story.

 

Sorry, I stand corrected.  For some reason my eyes saw that as an H77 model MB rather than a Z75.  In that case on his budget that might in fact be the better deal, assuming he doesn't wish to try and push an OC too far.

  miguksaram

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2/26/13 5:26:28 PM#11

Will update with a build.

  Dihoru

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2/26/13 5:35:39 PM#12

Guys... he's new at this... you really wanna get a new guy to OC his rig without knowing what he's doing? Just give him a OC-able rig with the best specs you can squeeze together for the pricetag and just let him decide which is better for him. Going on discussions which bits are better is something to do in another thread tbh, just state the bits you think he should use in a list (perhaps have cheap and expensive options, more than 2 even) and have pros and cons for each bit. Seems like a better way to help the OP especially cause he's new...

 

*would never OC his rig unless he could afford a mineral oil coolant system first*

  dauntSilver

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OP  2/26/13 6:25:07 PM#13

soo.. lol whats wrong with just buying a computer with stuff already in it? I was looking at

http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51/pd.aspx for $1274

or

http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-aurora-r4/pd.aspx?~ck=mn for $1424

I know its a little over my 1k budget, but if they would last me a while, I guess I dont mind much.. Would you guys even consider buying these computers, or do they look like garbage to you?

  dauntSilver

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OP  2/26/13 6:27:46 PM#14
Originally posted by Dihoru

Guys... he's new at this... you really wanna get a new guy to OC his rig without knowing what he's doing? Just give him a OC-able rig with the best specs you can squeeze together for the pricetag and just let him decide which is better for him. Going on discussions which bits are better is something to do in another thread tbh, just state the bits you think he should use in a list (perhaps have cheap and expensive options, more than 2 even) and have pros and cons for each bit. Seems like a better way to help the OP especially cause he's new...

 

*would never OC his rig unless he could afford a mineral oil coolant system first*

lol, very new at this, thanks for understanding.. ive never bought a desktop pc before in my life, been living off of laptops ever since I began college 5 years ago.

  Iselin

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2/26/13 7:09:40 PM#15
Originally posted by dauntSilver
Originally posted by Dihoru

Guys... he's new at this... you really wanna get a new guy to OC his rig without knowing what he's doing? Just give him a OC-able rig with the best specs you can squeeze together for the pricetag and just let him decide which is better for him. Going on discussions which bits are better is something to do in another thread tbh, just state the bits you think he should use in a list (perhaps have cheap and expensive options, more than 2 even) and have pros and cons for each bit. Seems like a better way to help the OP especially cause he's new...

 

*would never OC his rig unless he could afford a mineral oil coolant system first*

lol, very new at this, thanks for understanding.. ive never bought a desktop pc before in my life, been living off of laptops ever since I began college 5 years ago.

In that case what you really should do is go web shopping yourself, post links to what you find and ask for opinions... with open-ended questions you're likely to get open-ended answers.

Btw... we still don't know if you need a monitor included in that $1000. A monitor can easily eat a large chunk of that cash.

  miguksaram

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2/26/13 10:35:13 PM#16
Originally posted by dauntSilver
Originally posted by Dihoru

Guys... he's new at this... you really wanna get a new guy to OC his rig without knowing what he's doing? Just give him a OC-able rig with the best specs you can squeeze together for the pricetag and just let him decide which is better for him. Going on discussions which bits are better is something to do in another thread tbh, just state the bits you think he should use in a list (perhaps have cheap and expensive options, more than 2 even) and have pros and cons for each bit. Seems like a better way to help the OP especially cause he's new...

 

*would never OC his rig unless he could afford a mineral oil coolant system first*

lol, very new at this, thanks for understanding.. ive never bought a desktop pc before in my life, been living off of laptops ever since I began college 5 years ago.

To Dihoru:  OC'ing a CPU or GPU these days is pretty much laymans stuff with the bundled software available.  Sure you can go for extreme OC'ing which would require more knowledge/experience but you can easily OC an i5 3570K on a decent MB with the aforementioned Coolermaster 212 Evo to 4.5Ghz, perhaps higher.  I know because it's what my wifes system uses I build last year.  And yes I would certainly say learning how to OC a system without the aid of extra software designed to do it for you is honestly the better way to go about the option still exists to do it without much know how.    Which is why I provided this link which was just released and the guy in the video, if you aren't familiar with him, does some of the most thorough walkthru's of hardware you will find on the interwebz (most average 45 minutes, this one is almost an hour).  If you just what his overview of what to expect when it comes to OC'ing without watching the whole video you can skip to 42:00.

http://youtu.be/mBEeXajbG2o

 

To Dauntsilver:  We all started somewhere so don't feel bad.  Building your own PC these days really isn't difficult AT ALL as long as you willing to put in the time to learn (read/watch guides).  That said I can totally understand not wanting your first desktop to be a potential disaster if you make mistakes.  In that situation I would advise you look for reputable online or brick and mortor dealer.  Since you are coming from laptops I can understand the thought process behind buying the Dells you listed in your other post but I'll tell you right now if you decide to go with Dell just be aware you are overpaying for the hardware by a significant amount similar to people who use Apple/Mac desktops.

It seems before we move forward in advising you further it would be better if you could provide us with your overall needs, such as:

1. Preferred cost vs absolute maximum you can spend.  This is very important because the difference between a $1000 build and a $1500 build is quite significant.  In former you can make a performance machine but you will have to cut some corners while in the latter you can pretty much get a performance beast without cut corners or overspending for extremely limited performance boosts (5-10% being typical).

2. Within the two aforementioned costs what do you actually need?  Full Desktop Hardware, Monitor(s), Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker/headset, Surge protector or UPS?

3. What do you want/need this computer to do?  Purely gaming with some general websurfing/word processing?  Photo and/or video editing?  Do you expect to need a large storage capacity or could you settle for a smaller amount such as (240-256Gb)?  Do you have a preference for Windows 7 or 8?

  Iselin

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2/27/13 12:07:29 PM#17

Yeah. Isn't it nice? It wasn't so long ago that in order to get an Intel CPU with an unlocked multiplier you had to spend $800 or more... and not that long before that you often required a custom hacked BIOS for the motherboard and even some soldering for voltage mods...

Now even some $250 CPUs can be had unlocked and all motherboards come with OC-ready BIOSes and OC utilities. I like it :)

  dauntSilver

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OP  2/27/13 5:25:49 PM#18
Originally posted by miguksaram
Originally posted by dauntSilver
Originally posted by Dihoru

Guys... he's new at this... you really wanna get a new guy to OC his rig without knowing what he's doing? Just give him a OC-able rig with the best specs you can squeeze together for the pricetag and just let him decide which is better for him. Going on discussions which bits are better is something to do in another thread tbh, just state the bits you think he should use in a list (perhaps have cheap and expensive options, more than 2 even) and have pros and cons for each bit. Seems like a better way to help the OP especially cause he's new...

 

*would never OC his rig unless he could afford a mineral oil coolant system first*

lol, very new at this, thanks for understanding.. ive never bought a desktop pc before in my life, been living off of laptops ever since I began college 5 years ago.

To Dihoru:  OC'ing a CPU or GPU these days is pretty much laymans stuff with the bundled software available.  Sure you can go for extreme OC'ing which would require more knowledge/experience but you can easily OC an i5 3570K on a decent MB with the aforementioned Coolermaster 212 Evo to 4.5Ghz, perhaps higher.  I know because it's what my wifes system uses I build last year.  And yes I would certainly say learning how to OC a system without the aid of extra software designed to do it for you is honestly the better way to go about the option still exists to do it without much know how.    Which is why I provided this link which was just released and the guy in the video, if you aren't familiar with him, does some of the most thorough walkthru's of hardware you will find on the interwebz (most average 45 minutes, this one is almost an hour).  If you just what his overview of what to expect when it comes to OC'ing without watching the whole video you can skip to 42:00.

http://youtu.be/mBEeXajbG2o

 

To Dauntsilver:  We all started somewhere so don't feel bad.  Building your own PC these days really isn't difficult AT ALL as long as you willing to put in the time to learn (read/watch guides).  That said I can totally understand not wanting your first desktop to be a potential disaster if you make mistakes.  In that situation I would advise you look for reputable online or brick and mortor dealer.  Since you are coming from laptops I can understand the thought process behind buying the Dells you listed in your other post but I'll tell you right now if you decide to go with Dell just be aware you are overpaying for the hardware by a significant amount similar to people who use Apple/Mac desktops.

It seems before we move forward in advising you further it would be better if you could provide us with your overall needs, such as:

1. Preferred cost vs absolute maximum you can spend.  This is very important because the difference between a $1000 build and a $1500 build is quite significant.  In former you can make a performance machine but you will have to cut some corners while in the latter you can pretty much get a performance beast without cut corners or overspending for extremely limited performance boosts (5-10% being typical).

2. Within the two aforementioned costs what do you actually need?  Full Desktop Hardware, Monitor(s), Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker/headset, Surge protector or UPS?

3. What do you want/need this computer to do?  Purely gaming with some general websurfing/word processing?  Photo and/or video editing?  Do you expect to need a large storage capacity or could you settle for a smaller amount such as (240-256Gb)?  Do you have a preference for Windows 7 or 8?

ok I'll bump it up to $1500.. as an ABSOLUTE maximum (since i get paid friday). preferred around $1000-1250

and as far as equipment goes, I can salvage a monitor, speakers, mouse and keyboard. I have nothing else though, not even a case.

and i pretty much just want this computer for gaming tbh. I mean I always have my laptop for documents and such.. I can always upgrade the storage capacity later if I really need it, cant I? so yes, around 256 gb storage capacity is fine with me. and whichever you think is better, windows 7 or 8.. Ive always heard 7 is better though. so probably windows 7.

  Xthos

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2/28/13 5:17:11 AM#19

Well, you can get a IBuyPower from Walmart, and do the build it yourself options.  It is cheaper than using their website, and actually pretty comparable to buying the parts yourself....The only downfall is using the Walmart selections you are a little limited, and you cannot select a power supply, so you will get a generic power supply probably, but you could swap it out for not too much if building was too much to do.

 

 

3570 K processor, ASUS P8Z77-V LX MB, Intel 520 240 GB SSD, NZXT 210 case, 16 GB G Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 memory,  CD/DVD drive 24x, GTX 660 TI 2GB gfx card for $1173, with free shipping to a local Walmart.

 

You can change the graphic card out to a GTX 680 2 GB from EVGA $1428 total.  The GTX 660 TI was pretty comparable to new parts from Newegg (think around $10-20), trying to pick the same quality item.  The GTX 680 build was off by around $60-80 I think.

 

The big thing is you are going to probably get a 500 or so watt generic power supply, if you could choose the power supply option, I would have more confidience in it.  Any prebuild is probably going to be like that, unless you can choose the PS.

 

The price comparisson was on the same part if I could find it, you can always bargain shop for their sales and I am sure save a good deal more on Newegg.

 

 

 

  Dihoru

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2/28/13 6:36:04 AM#20
Originally posted by Xthos

Well, you can get a IBuyPower from Walmart, and do the build it yourself options.  It is cheaper than using their website, and actually pretty comparable to buying the parts yourself....The only downfall is using the Walmart selections you are a little limited, and you cannot select a power supply, so you will get a generic power supply probably, but you could swap it out for not too much if building was too much to do.

 

 

3570 K processor, ASUS P8Z77-V LX MB, Intel 520 240 GB SSD, NZXT 210 case, 16 GB G Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 memory,  CD/DVD drive 24x, GTX 660 TI 2GB gfx card for $1173, with free shipping to a local Walmart.

 

You can change the graphic card out to a GTX 680 2 GB from EVGA $1428 total.  The GTX 660 TI was pretty comparable to new parts from Newegg (think around $10-20), trying to pick the same quality item.  The GTX 680 build was off by around $60-80 I think.

 

The big thing is you are going to probably get a 500 or so watt generic power supply, if you could choose the power supply option, I would have more confidience in it.  Any prebuild is probably going to be like that, unless you can choose the PS.

 

The price comparisson was on the same part if I could find it, you can always bargain shop for their sales and I am sure save a good deal more on Newegg.

Generally I wouldn't advise buying pre-built but by what I have seen and heard IBuyPower is a good middle ground solution (decent rigs, decent prices), lemme see what I can rustle up for you:

http://ibuypower.com/Store/Gamer_Paladin_D827 - slightly over your 1250 ideal budget but you get two games thrown in free (Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinity) ^^.

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