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May 13, 2013 6:12:26 PM

I have been asking myself this for at least 4 months, whther or not I should build mt own PC or buy from CyberPowerPC? I've never built a computer before and the parts I want are pretty expesive and I don't want to mess them up at all that is why I am leaning towards going through CyberPower. But I put together the list of parts I want and added the total up and it is much cheaper, please I need constructive help. Any comments or suggestions are welcome, I just need to know what to do.

Parts(From CyberPowerPC PC Builder Page):

*BASE_PRICE: [+1266]

BLUETOOTH: None

CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]

CARE2: Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]

CARE3: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]

CAS: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Gaming Case W/ Side Panel Window [+79]

CASUPGRADE: None

CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

CD2: None

COOLANT: Standard Coolant

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Six-Core 3.20 GHz 12MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified) [+300]

CS_FAN: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (500-1,200 RPM T.B. Silence Black Color with Blue LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA [+0])

ENGRAVING: None

ENGRAVING_MSG:

FA_HDD: None

FAN: Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler (Designed for Over-Clocker King)(CLP0575) [+38]

FLASHMEDIA: None

FREEBIE_VC: Free Metro: Last Light Coupon [+0]

FREEBIE_VC2: None

GLASSES: None
HDD: 480GB Corsair Neutron GTX SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 511MB/s Write [+483] (Single Drive)

HDD2: 3TB (3TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+159] (Single Drive)

IEEE_CARD: None

IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

KEYBOARD1: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard [+5]

KEYBOARD2: (Keyboard & Mouse Combo) Razer Cyclosa Gaming Keyboard & Abyssus Gaming Mouse [+0]

MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [+39])

MONITOR: None

MONITOR2: None

MONITOR3: None

MOTHERBOARD: (SLI/CrossFireX Support) ASUS Sabertooth X79 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ TUF Armor, SSD Caching, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI [+151]

MOUSE1: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge [+4]

NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
NOISEREDUCE1: Power Supply Gasket [+5]

NOISEREDUCE2: Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [+9]

OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional [+135] (64-bit Edition)

OVERCLOCK: Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more) [+49]

POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-850M 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply [+65]

RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS

SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SOUND: * ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Audio Card [+49]
SPEAKERS: 120 Watt Stereo Speakers [+10] (Black Color)

TABLET: None

TEMP: None

TUNING: Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel [+39]

TVRC: None

USB: None

USBFLASH: None

USBHD: None

USBX: None

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+190] (EVGA Superclocked - Signature 2 Edition [+94])

VIDEO2: None

VIDEO3: None

WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11n 150Mbps Network Interface Card [+19]

TOTAL PRICE: ($3265)

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May 13, 2013 6:22:44 PM

You could do much better in price and parts quality if you build it.
Are you doing constant video rendering or is there another reason for the 3930K
In most cases a 3770k or 3570k are a much higher performance per dollar investment.
They have too much extra charges for TIM and overclocking ect..

If you just need a pre built rig look at this site http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Erebus_GT-V2
May 13, 2013 6:24:58 PM

giltyler said:
You could do much better in price and parts quality if you build it.
Are you doing constant video rendering or is there another reason for the 3930K
In most cases a 3770k or 3570k are a much higher performance per dollar investment.
They have too much extra charges for TIM and overclocking ect..


Well I also plan on doing CAd that is why I decided on the 3930K, along with a decent amount of gaming.
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May 13, 2013 6:43:41 PM

It will nearly always be cheaper to build it yourself. The extreme low end is an exception. With the build videos on youtube its pretty simple to watch how its done. If you can turn a screwdriver you can build the computer. Trust me, the hardest part is installing the software. (and routing the cables so it looks good but that's optional.)
May 13, 2013 6:50:00 PM

CAD isn't too CPU intensive until you start doing rendering, in which a GPU can speed it up. of course, the 8 threads of a 3770k is still a good idea. a 3570K is still exceptional for CAD.

anyways, build. always build. unless you want phase cooling. then buy.
May 13, 2013 8:04:21 PM

Cost wise, it's cheaper to build. Most of the steps are pretty easy in terms of building from scratch. The only "oh crap" moment is when you connect the CPU and heat sink to the motherboard and there are copious Youtube videos showing the steps so you can feel fairly confident. Think the 3930 is overkill unless you're making 3D video content. The 3770k is far cheaper and more than enough muscle to take care of business. A 256GB Samsung 840 Pro is more than enough storage for your operating system and it's incredibly fast and reliable. I would stick with a large HDD - size will vary depending on what media you store. I personally have a 3TB but that is because I have been encoding MP4s of my bluray collection and those can get pretty large. I would take the money you saved from not getting the 3930k and put that into getting a 4GB 680 instead of the 2GB model. The additional video memory is mostly important for Nvidia Surround setups and games with lots of mods/textures like Dragon Age. That should be more than sufficient for gaming and CAD.
May 13, 2013 8:20:30 PM

also I wouldn't get a 680 (or any nvidia product for that matter) but if you need the CUDA you need the CUDA...
May 13, 2013 8:34:38 PM

CarolKarine said:
also I wouldn't get a 680 (or any nvidia product for that matter) but if you need the CUDA you need the CUDA...

Would you then prefer AMD over Intel CPU wise

May 13, 2013 8:42:59 PM

I have an AMD CPU personally, I prefer them, but if you have the budget, always get intel. it's just better, no matter how much it pains me to say it.
May 14, 2013 4:47:13 PM

If you're going to pay $3K+ for a rig I wouldn't bother with Cyber Power. That build is a hose job. I'd rather go with something like Falcon Northwest or Origin, you will get a far better rig pre built that way. Of course the best option is to build it yourself.
May 15, 2013 5:07:56 PM

4745454b said:
It will nearly always be cheaper to build it yourself. The extreme low end is an exception. With the build videos on youtube its pretty simple to watch how its done. If you can turn a screwdriver you can build the computer. Trust me, the hardest part is installing the software. (and routing the cables so it looks good but that's optional.)


CarolKarine said:
CAD isn't too CPU intensive until you start doing rendering, in which a GPU can speed it up. of course, the 8 threads of a 3770k is still a good idea. a 3570K is still exceptional for CAD.

anyways, build. always build. unless you want phase cooling. then buy.


g-unit1111 said:
If you're going to pay $3K+ for a rig I wouldn't bother with Cyber Power. That build is a hose job. I'd rather go with something like Falcon Northwest or Origin, you will get a far better rig pre built that way. Of course the best option is to build it yourself.


Well I'm just gonna buy the parts and probably have someone or myself build ikt to keep cost down.
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