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February 24, 2014 2:47:34 PM

I'm building a PC and all hardware is coming from Newegg,com, and the grand total comes out to about $905. This build includes:
- CPU: i5-3440
- GPU: GTX 760 (EVGA Superclocked)
- PSU: 750w (Corsair CX series)
- RAM: 8GB DDR3
- Hard Drive: 1TB
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87X-DH3
- CPU Cooler
- Case: Cooler Master Mid-Size Tower
This seems like a good deal, until I realized that since I'm building this myself, it will not come with Windows 7 pre-installed. It is about $100 on Amazon and that would increase the total to a little more than $1,000. I really don't want to go over $1,000 it's over my budget.
When I build the same system (except different PC case) on cypberpower.com, the grand total is $984, and that includes Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Everybody says that building your own PC is cheaper than buying a pre-built one, so is there something that I'm missing? Yes I know I can illegally download Windows 7 but the pirated versions often come with viruses and spyware that are sometimes undetectable by virus protection programs.
If I'm making any mistakes/misconceptions please let me know. I want to spend as little money as possible.

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February 24, 2014 2:57:53 PM

Here is a very good build for under 1k which is better and with a SSD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($207.97 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $967.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 17:58 EST-0500)
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February 24, 2014 3:00:15 PM

This build looks better with GTX 770 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Zriu
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February 24, 2014 3:10:37 PM

Thank you for your input you really helped me out.
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February 24, 2014 3:19:36 PM

Ahmadjon said:
This build look better with GTX 770 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Zriu

One question: The mail in rebates make the price $972. Do I have to do anything to get those rebates like subscribe to anything or do I just get those automatically? I really don't know how those work.

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February 24, 2014 3:27:06 PM

thejoker175 said:
Ahmadjon said:
This build look better with GTX 770 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Zriu

One question: The mail in rebates make the price $972. Do I have to do anything to get those rebates like subscribe to anything or do I just get those automatically?



First time you have to pay before rebate price, and after 1 or 2 weeks you should sent request to seller for rebate and they will sent you rebate by mail
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February 24, 2014 3:41:23 PM

Ahmadjon said:
thejoker175 said:
Ahmadjon said:
This build look better with GTX 770 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Zriu

One question: The mail in rebates make the price $972. Do I have to do anything to get those rebates like subscribe to anything or do I just get those automatically?



First time you have to pay before rebate price, and after 1 or 2 weeks you should sent request to seller for rebate and they will sent you rebate by mail

One more thing, there is a compatibility note at the bottom that reads:
ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.
Is this important? I plan to use my USB ports for a controller, turtle beaches, and my iPod.
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February 24, 2014 3:44:50 PM

This case doesn't have front USB 3.0 ports, but later you can add USB 3.0 ports into 3.5 bay for floppy drive.
BTW I also have this case but Plus version and there are no USB 3.0 ports, I just use rear ones
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February 24, 2014 3:57:49 PM

Ahmadjon said:
This case doesn't have front USB 3.0 ports, but later you can add USB 3.0 ports into 3.5 bay for floppy drive.
BTW I also have this case but Plus version and there are no USB 3.0 ports, I just use rear ones

How many rear USB ports does the version you recommended have?

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February 24, 2014 7:27:06 PM

Rear panel has 4 x USB 3.0 and 3 x USB 2.0
And headers for front or rear USB prots 2 x USB 3.0 and 4 x USB 2.0
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