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Pre-Built vs Custom

Can I find a pre-built comparable system for cheaper?

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Thermal Compound: Zalman ZM - STG1 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($11.93 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Masscool FD12038S1M3/4 107.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($8.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech Call of Duty: MW3 Edition Wired Gaming Keyboard ($27.50 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6800 Wired Optical Mouse ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Creative Labs A60 4W 2ch Speakers ($19.55 @ Amazon)
Total: $1177.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-13 20:21 EDT-0400)


Pretty sure fan boys will say no out of hand. However, I'd like objective opinions.

EDIT: Changed a case fan.
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  1. Build it , you can't get all that quality you chose in a pre-built for less.

    Nice choices on the componets.
  2. Thanks!!! Used these forums to whittle down to the final list.
  3. Best answer
    Build it!It will be a mean machine!I own that board and CPU , they are a great combo.
  4. +1 I agree with SR-71 Blackbird you cannot get all that quality you chose in a pre-built for less.
  5. I agree. But get the Samsung 830 or 840 Pro, not the normal 840. Good choice in PSU, CPU and board.
  6. Once I do order it, I'll keep track of my progress via this thread:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1650219/planning-computer.html#10659886
  7. Sounds great , looking forward to your build progress.
  8. We will all be glad to help if issues with the build arise.
  9. Novuake said:
    I agree. But get the Samsung 830 or 840 Pro, not the normal 840. Good choice in PSU, CPU and board.


    Can you elaborate on why? Im' new to SSD. I need a some sort of justification to spend $50 more. It needs to be an appreciable/noticeable difference.
    The only thing I see is 8GB difference. For $50 I can get a regular HD with way more storage to compliment the SSD.
  10. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/296692-32-samsung

    Explained here ^ I own to 840 Pros, and they are the best SSD's on the market in my opinion.
  11. http://www.storagereview.com/samsung_ssd_840_pro_review

    Here is a good link to read about the 2 ^
  12. Well, I'll def think about..maybe get lucky and see a price drop in next few months. At this point, it'll be game time decision.
  13. Read the article in the second link it delves into the differences a little more.
  14. LOL that 2nd article was a bit over my head, not all bad because just something I'll learn eventually. I'll probably end up getting it, I'm still a few months away from ordering anyways.
  15. The 840 pro is faster, and if you get it , you won't be disappointed.
  16. Thats a nice rig, good job
  17. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Read the article in the second link it delves into the differences a little more.


    Thanks Blackbird, I went to sleep. LOL...
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