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July 8, 2013 8:01:48 AM

I want to change my pc so I am really clueless on what I shall get.
The pc will be mostly used for homework and videos although I would like it to have gaming abilities. I am not a gamer but I would prefer to run skyrim and continent of the ninth at max for the short time I am able to play and honestly I don't intend to waste money on a boiling machine (hate overheating).
I know is a advantage to build the pc but believe me I live in Germany nord west and I don't prefer having all the problems with every piece since in the area I live there are only swindlers. I would as well preffer to get this pc directly and not buy online.
I found 2 desktops so my question which one shall I get?
http://www.saturn.de/mcs/product/HP-Envy-Phoenix-H-9-13... or shall I get a dell http://www.mediamarkt.de/mcs/product/DELL-XPS-8700-4259... and upgrade it's graphic cards to a gtx 670/770 (honestly I may blable here cause I don't even know if it's possible to upgrade the dells gpu to a gtx 670).
so which one would be better for gaming and will hold me for a longer time?
or do you have any better Ideas?
I would like to spend no more than 1400€ on this rig and not buy it online.
I will only use one monitor (don't really care about resolution) http://www.mediamarkt.de/mcs/product/ACER-D220HQL,48353... (is the one I intend to buy because of the touch screen option (well I would happy to know if there are cheaper ones with touch option)).
16 gb ram won't be really necessarily since even the laptop I am using right now can handle everything (projects and videos) (8gb ram) well except for gaming lol.
Just ask me for more information and thanks a lot for wasting your time reading this and answering my question ^^
oh and this is my first time with a good desktop since I only bought laptops for mobility

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July 8, 2013 8:05:06 AM

Hard to read your info. Can you break it down simpler?
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July 8, 2013 8:08:08 AM

so well I want to buy a gaming rig
I don't want to buy it online and building it myself will be pretty hard since my parents won't trust me on that.
max budget would be 1400 euro
I live in germany nordrhine westphalia
I found 2 desktops so my question which one shall I get?
http://www.saturn.de/mcs/product/HP-Envy-Phoenix-H-9-13... or shall I get a dell http://www.mediamarkt.de/mcs/product/DELL-XPS-8700-4259... and upgrade it's graphic cards to a gtx 670/770 (honestly I may blable here cause I don't even know if it's possible to upgrade the dells gpu to a gtx 670).
so which one would be better for gaming and will hold me for a longer time?
or do you have any better Ideas?
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July 8, 2013 8:09:18 AM

your links didn't work.
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July 8, 2013 8:49:31 AM

In that case, don't buy either. I pray that people don't buy these horrible pre-built comps. You can pick what you want for cheaper and it's super easy to put together.
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July 8, 2013 8:57:22 AM

I'd take the Dell if you'll be replacing the graphics card with a GTX670 or GTX770. Have you considered the GTX760? It's almost GTX670 speed and much cheaper.
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July 8, 2013 9:07:24 AM

thanks for your answers!
so I found out there is a shop called conrad o.O is it trustworthy? and if building the pc myself is best option can you tell me a good build? ^^ and if you find a good pc where I could replace gpu and a few parts would be good as well^^

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July 8, 2013 9:49:11 AM

Here you go :-)

PCPartPicker part list: http://de.pcpartpicker.com/p/1euaH
Price breakdown by merchant: http://de.pcpartpicker.com/p/1euaH/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://de.pcpartpicker.com/p/1euaH/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (€175.14 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (€62.98 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Memory: GeIL EVO Leggara Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (€49.90 @ Caseking)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (€85.90 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€54.85 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card (€213.97 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (€11.90 @ Caseking)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (€44.90 @ Caseking)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (€18.95 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Monitor: Asus PB238Q 23.0" Monitor (€212.89 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Total: €931.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 18:48 CEST+0200)
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July 8, 2013 10:40:22 AM

well thanks a lot for all your answers ^^
I just talked to the guys at shop - if they give me a good discount on the dell xps 8700 I will buy that and sell it's gtx 650 ti,
if not I will build one myself >> I will make sure to take your build into consideration sam ^^ (they have all pieces at conrad at almost same price ^^)
well thanks a lot again
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July 8, 2013 12:06:47 PM

Glad I could help :-)
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July 9, 2013 9:06:29 AM

well looks like I am back.
I did a lot of research and found the best way is to build the pc myself and within that aspect I would have the freedom of choosing whichever parts I want.
So the question is: Since I don't trust mini pc shops I got to the conclusion the best place to buy is conrad (conrad.de directly at shop they have good prices) but by buying every piece how am I to make certain the piece I buy is working and has no defect?
Researching the internet I found out building a pc is more of a luck thing.
(read in a few posts) - If by chance you may buy a defect piece and realize is not working after you build the whole rig - the shop won't change that piece not caring about the warranty --> they will just come up with a fast excuse and lie like: not our problem, the piece was working 100% so we do not take responsibility for the customer carelessness destroying the piece himself by wrong usage.
So when I decided to build own pc I get to read those things and now I am really confused.
Can someone help me?
Were those lies about being unlucky and buying defect pieces (so that they will make people get scarred and buy overpriced prebuilt pcs) or is it really that risky and should I get a prebuilt pc for the 2-3 years warranty?
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July 9, 2013 9:42:56 AM

The problem with that warranty is if you do have a problem in the future, you have to send your PC back to the manufacturer and then you're without a PC for weeks while they take their time. There is always a risk that hardware you buy will be faulty, but I've never been unable to return anything. 99% of the time there's no problem. Once (many years ago) a bad retailer tried to refuse a return from my brother. Then they accepted but said they'd deduct a £20 "restocking fee". Then eventually they behaved. Generally it's a good experience though with most shops. Why not Amazon?
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July 9, 2013 10:21:01 AM

k thanks for the answer.
well as I wrote before where I live those guys are real asses (swindle is all they can do)
anyways someone told me to buy the parts by paying with my credit card so i could just take my money back in case they don't want to change the defect part - which of course they must change (in case I get a defect one). call me paranoia or crazy this is the reality in this area lol.
well never tried Amazon since I never trusted online shopping
is this amazon trustworthy? How much time will take a delivery?
will it be safe and better to buy from amazon than a normal electronics shop?
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July 9, 2013 10:26:28 AM

Amazon is probably the most trustworthy retailer in the world. Not everything sold on Amazon is sold BY Amazon - people can set up their shops on there and sell via Amazon. So when you search a product, some will be sold by Amazon themselves and others from sellers. But it's always clear if it's Amazon themselves or a seller. And if it's a seller, they have reviews/feedback so you can see if they have cheated people. Plus Amazon themselves give guarantees so that sellers can't cheat you. It's very safe.
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July 9, 2013 10:50:41 AM

k thank you for your time a lot
well I will check the price difference between conrad and amazon and if amazon offers better well then I might give it a try.
thanks again (> ^-^ )>
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July 9, 2013 10:53:14 AM

You're very welcome :-) Feel free to PM me if you need any more guidance.
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July 13, 2013 10:07:29 AM

I did lotsa research and well I found a few prebuilt pcs that would cost me the same as building one myself (+ I can buy them directly at shop and I will become 2 years warranty + they told me this coming week they give 3 free games for gtx 650ti+ computers).
which one do you think would be worth it?

1. http://www.atelco.de/Intel/80677/ATELCO+4gamez!+Intel+Core+i7-4770K+%28N770-8G-1T%29%2C+inkl.+Microsoft+Windows+8+%2864-Bit%29.article (add a ssd myself?)

2. http://www.atelco.de/Intel/58210/ATELCO+4gamez!+Intel+Core+i7-3770K+%28N680-16G-2T%29+inkl.+120GB+SSD.article

3. http://www.atelco.de/Intel/82646/ATELCO+4gamez!+SK-Gaming+Edition%2C+Intel+i5-4670K+%28N760-8G-1T-+SSD120%29%2C+inkl.+Windows+8+%2864-Bit%29.article

and if none are worth I just came up with a build myself (is this build any good at all)?
1. CPU - intel i5 4670k - 219,00 Euro
2. Mainboard - MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA 1150 Socket - 149,00 Euro
3. RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws-X memory - 8 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 - 74,55 Euro
4. Case - BitFenix Shinobi Window - mid tower - ATX - 74,52 Euro (overpriced)
5. Graphics card - Gigabyte GV-N770OC-2GD graphics card - GF GTX 770 - 2 GB - 399,00 Euro
6. PSU - Cougar Power 700 - power supply - 76,49 Euro
7. Harddisk - Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 - hard drive - 2 TB - SATA-600 - 99,00 Euro
8. SSD - SanDisk SSD solid state drive - 128 GB - SATA-600 - 79.99 Euro
9. CPU fan - Scythe KATANA 3 SCKTN-3000I - processor cooler - 20.50 Euro
10. LiteOn iHAS124 - DVD RW ( R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - Serial ATA - 7,50 Euro (15-17 july only)
11. Windows 8 64 bit - 79,00 Euro

Total: 1.312,03 Euro
(well it would cost me 1.212,20 Euro if I buy all those parts at conrad)

So is it really worth go all this trouble (self build for first time) or are the prebuilt pcs I wrote before worth as well? and which one is best?
I am planning to buy this rig this coming week (monday - thursday)

Thank you for your time
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July 13, 2013 10:17:26 AM

Try CyberPower, pick a 600-700 computer and start changing the stuff to your liking , it's really cheap
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July 13, 2013 10:52:52 AM

Looks like the cheapest is best! i7 4770K and GTX770. Only drawback is lack of SSD?
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July 13, 2013 11:04:28 AM

well yes it has no SSD (it's 1199 only for 2 weeks)
so I don't think is overpriced and looks pretty good in my eyes lol
shall I buy that?
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July 13, 2013 11:11:50 AM

meh x.x they give no free games for this one and no keyboard or mouse
well not much to whine about, the pc is all that matters
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July 13, 2013 11:35:24 AM

Seems like a solid option to me :-) Looks like a very capable setup.
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July 13, 2013 12:13:00 PM

K Thanks ^^
Guess Monday I am gonna visit their shop and get more information.
And if the product is as new as soap and lacks only the ssd I will hunt it ^^
Hope it will play skyrim, c9, cabal 2 and b&s at high settings at least without overheating, not like I will play more than 1-2 hours lol (ultra is just looks for me) ^^
Well I can't wait ^^
thanks again sam

oh and one more question
I have a fujitsu siemens scaleo p bought in 2008

exactly the same as this one
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Fujitsu-Siemens-SCALEO-P2-Comput...

would it be possible to make some modification in this? (after the warranty was gone the crapmonkey piece of scaleo gave up working and whenever I start it, it just loads it's cooler to max, makes an annoying sound but doesn't load at all or show a thing - maybe psu and gpu are the problem)
so I thought myself (since I will buy myself a gaming pc - that i7) I could make some modifications in this one as well (knock it next to the tv lol so everyone will have fast acces to internet - no one here watches tv so it's pretty much annoying cleaning something that is never used) ,
like change cpu to a i5 or even i3 , a gtx 650 (ti if I find a cheap one) and a good psu.
so would it work to modify that nutcase scaleo? (waste at least max 450€ on it)
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July 13, 2013 1:08:50 PM

Glad to help :-) As for your old computer, you won't need a gaming graphics card just for web browsing. Modern Intel CPUs have graphics built in that will handle that fine. Keep in mind you'll need new motherboard and RAM for a new processor.
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July 15, 2013 10:37:12 AM

well I ended up ordering the atelco gamez, sadly for 1300€ since they only sell the 1tb + 128 gb ssd version nowadays -.-""" and which I will be getting next week monday, hope everything will be k, though I won't pay the whole sum untill I get the rig! from what they told me I ended up understanding I will get a 5 years warranty O_O (hopefully they weren't on drugs or so cause it sounds pretty nice) and hopefully I made the right choice.

for the old pc:
I bought core: i5 4570 - 178€
mainboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate - motherboard - ATX - LGA1150 Socket - B85 - 40€ (for buying other pc)
ram: corsair vengeance 8gb - 30€ (for buying other pc)
psu: Corsair CX430M - power supply - 430 Watt - 40€
cooler: katana 3 - 12€
gpu: HIS Radeon HD 7850 Fan graphics card - Radeon HD 7850 - 2 GB - 130€
waste: 430 €
was that a good thing to do? (well is mostly web browsing but since I can upgrade the siemens tomorrow I wish to play c9 and sims 3 on it a bit. will it be able on high?)
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July 15, 2013 12:30:29 PM

Haha that is a good warranty! The only five-year part I own is my PSU. Waste is their labour costs / profit margin?
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July 15, 2013 12:43:51 PM

guess so. if they really weren't drunk it means I will get 5 years warranty on the pc and on the parts for old one as well (though I will live to see it haha ^^).
I mean everywhere on their website you can see 5 years warranty now o.o and in their shops as well.
oh well the booze may create miracles (joking)

so about the build to replace for old pc, the parts that I just bought think it may run skyrim ,sims and vindictus on high (just for an hour without overheating would be nice) and did I buy good parts?
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July 15, 2013 12:45:39 PM

Absolutely - it's a capable bunch of components. Enough infact to max Battlefield 3 at 1080p. So games like the Sims won't be any trouble ;-)
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July 15, 2013 12:55:12 PM

that sounds good.
haha I could use it as a playbox on the tv (running prince of persia 2 and 3 on huge screen would look good since pop ain't a performance game)

well thanks man you really helped out a lot ^^
can't wait to get that "5 years" warranty beast
hope it will last 3 years for a casual gamer ^^ (and of course I will be sweet enough to make use of that warranty at that time even if they hate me for it lol)
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July 15, 2013 12:57:07 PM

Haha as you should! I'm glad I could help :-)
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