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Is this build a good price? (iBuyPower Christmas deals vs. Build it yourself)

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December 21, 2013 3:49:46 PM

I understand that building it yourself is the best option most of the time, but iBuyPower is actually having some great deals for Christmas time. I was wondering if this would be worth the price or if they are charging too much because I have come into the money and am ready to get my new PC.

Here are the specs:
Case : NZXT Phantom Full Tower Gaming Case - Black
Case Lighting : Cold Cathode Neon Light - Green
Processor : Intel® Core™ i5-4670K Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core™ i5-4670K
Processor Cooling : Liquid CPU Cooling System [Intel] - ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
Memory : 8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - FREE Upgrade to DDR3-1866 ADATA XPG V2
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 - 2GB -EVGA Superclocked - Single Card
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
Power Supply : 500 Watt - Standard
Primary Hard Drive : 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s Single Drive**
Optical Drive : 24x Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black
Sound Card : 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Network Card : Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit
Keyboard : iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard
Mouse : iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse
Power Protection : Mighty Voltage Regulator - Opti-UPS SS1200-AVR - Maximum Capacity: 500Watts
Warranty : 3 Year Standard Warranty Service
Final Price: $1304 USD
(it also comes with anti-virus and some free games if that makes a difference)

Please don't give any biased opinions like "Build it yourself!" just for the sake of building it. I am not against it at all and I'm just looking to see what is the better deal. I tried adding up the same parts on pcpartpicker.com and don't really see a difference in pricing, and honestly it would be nice to just arrive on my doorstep completely made.
Thanks.

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December 21, 2013 3:58:19 PM

for the parts no there not killing you. your looking at 1000-1100 for parts then 100 for os and some for labor. for your build swap out the no name power supply for a 750w cosair or sesonic or seasonic rebranded unit. gaming for long long times put a lot of heat stress on parts. your better off over sizing your power supply by 100w or so. having a no name unit or a power supply that near the max load of the gpu/cpu when gaming...you can get lock ups or bsod or reboots.
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December 21, 2013 4:14:39 PM

smorizio said:
for the parts no there not killing you. your looking at 1000-1100 for parts then 100 for os and some for labor. for your build swap out the no name power supply for a 750w cosair or sesonic or seasonic rebranded unit. gaming for long long times put a lot of heat stress on parts. your better off over sizing your power supply by 100w or so. having a no name unit or a power supply that near the max load of the gpu/cpu when gaming...you can get lock ups or bsod or reboots.

Thanks.. I bumped up the Power Supply to 850W and now the price is $1347 USD. I now plan on buying it considering its only a small price increase for a lot easier time on my end.

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December 21, 2013 4:16:23 PM

the only other option part...wifi card if the pc not near the router. you can get a built in one or a usb one.
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December 21, 2013 5:23:35 PM

smorizio said:
the only other option part...wifi card if the pc not near the router. you can get a built in one or a usb one.

Thanks, almost forgot. Is there really a big difference between built in and USB? I just found my USB one from around a year ago and am hoping it doesn't cause a huge difference until I can set up an ethernet cable somehow.

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December 21, 2013 10:31:14 PM

some people find the new small usb wifi cards have short range. as long as your older usb stick a n wifi stick you should be fine.
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