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May 24, 2014 9:29:25 AM

Hey Tom's, I'm a 13 year old who is looking to build (or buy) a gaming rig. I have never built a rig before, and my budget is $1250-1500 USD.

What I'm looking for is an online customization site that can let me customize my rig. I know there is Cyberware and Origin, but they honestly overprice everything. I use www.gaminggurupc.com, which is sadly not recognized by many yet is a very good, but small and not very customizable, site. However, I'm open to building my own rig, as I hear it is better than pre built and a great learning experience.

I want to know what you guys think I should do, and list the components below. I'm starting fresh, no monitor, no peripherals, no OS. The monitor should cost around $250-300, and the peripherals should only cost a max of $100. All together, the components should cost a max of $1500, and the monitor, peripherals, and OS should cost a max of $500. However, if you can limit it to around $1750, by all means, that'd be great.

Also, there should be a GTX 780, but if the 780 takes up to much budget, than I'm fine with downgrading to a 770. Also, if possible, I'll be doing video editing/rendering, so an Intel i7 may be necessary for the hyper threading technology. I want the build to be as balanced as possible, with a GTX 770 or higher. Also, if you can fit it, an r9 290x would be nice. I will not overclock, so that "K" isn't a necessity. My specs are as followed, and prices are listed off if gaminggurupc.com:

•Chassis:Apevia Xdreamer4 green- $79
•Memory:8GB Mushkin 1600- $79
•Graphics:GTX 770 2GB- $455
•Power Supply:Seasonic 620W- $79
•Storage:1 TB HDD 7200- $88
•Additional Storage:250GB SSD- $197
•DVD / Blu-ray:D VD Burner- $22
•CPU Cooler:CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus $34
•Operating System: Windows 7 Home 64-bit- $110
Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad Core CPU on an ASRock Z77 Pro3 HDMI USB 3.0 motherboard- $358
Total: $1501

These prices are off of gaminggurupc.com, so I understand that building a pc may be less $$. Maybe even $250-300 less, so I wanted to know if you guys could help me. Sorry for the long opener, but I'm stuck and need some help. Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2014 10:32:09 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Q4sR
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($166.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($578.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z12 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VE248Q 24.0" Monitor ($177.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1702.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 13:31 EDT-0400)
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May 24, 2014 10:56:52 AM

Badboyrog2: Wow, that's a pretty great list! Thanks for the lightning quick response, too. Just two questions:
Question #1: "GTX 780 or r9 290x?"
Question #2: "16GB RAM or 8GB RAM?"
I know I said I'd like a r9 290x if possible, but I was just wondering if the GTX 780 is better or not. And the second question, I WILL be creating a RAM disk to superpower my rig with speed, so will 16 GB RAM be sufficient, 6GB for disk, 10GB leftover, or should I stick with a 12GB RAM storage so that 4GB will be for the disk and the other 8GB for anything else? Good job, though, for staying $300 under budget. I couldn't have done better :p  Thanks!
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May 24, 2014 11:45:53 AM

''Question #1: "GTX 780 or r9 290x?" ''
the both are almost identical in performance...just take the cheapest one

''Question #2: "16GB RAM or 8GB RAM?" ''
8gb for gaming , 16 gb for cfd/video editing
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May 24, 2014 12:24:57 PM

Alright, sounds good. Thanks for the help, man!
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May 24, 2014 12:25:47 PM

*BEST ANSWER HAS BEEN CHOSEN, LET THIS THREAD CLOSE
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May 25, 2014 2:52:03 PM

Cyberware is a damn good company.
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May 25, 2014 4:38:11 PM

I've heard great review on Cyberware products, but there entire forum is just people ranting about how Cyberware messed up there rig's and that they have awful customer service. They even make you PAY for shipping if THEY messed up :( 
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May 25, 2014 5:01:06 PM

tommyturner12 said:
I've heard great review on Cyberware products, but there entire forum is just people ranting about how Cyberware messed up there rig's and that they have awful customer service. They even make you PAY for shipping if THEY messed up :( 


You're thinking of CyberPowerPC.

Cyberware is different (www.cyberwarecomputers.com). Cyberware is top notch quality with some freaking awesome support. Don't get them mixed up.
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May 25, 2014 6:16:20 PM

Ohhhh, alright, I got ya. Question, is Cyberware overpriced. Can I build a pc for about the same price as the current one I'm building. It's a $2000 top quality rig: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/tommyturner12/saved/4N9e
And another one: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/tommyturner12/saved/4NPz

At Cyberware, could I build a better rig for less cash? Could I even build a rig with better quality (including monitor and os, maybe even mouse and keyboard) for about $1500? If so, I hate to say it, but could you give me a part list? If you can, thank you!
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May 26, 2014 11:05:51 AM

tommyturner12 said:
Ohhhh, alright, I got ya. Question, is Cyberware overpriced. Can I build a pc for about the same price as the current one I'm building. It's a $2000 top quality rig: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/tommyturner12/saved/4N9e
And another one: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/tommyturner12/saved/4NPz

At Cyberware, could I build a better rig for less cash? Could I even build a rig with better quality (including monitor and os, maybe even mouse and keyboard) for about $1500? If so, I hate to say it, but could you give me a part list? If you can, thank you!


No company is able to sell you something less than what it would cost to do it yourself. They have to make a profit, and otherwise would not be able to continue as a business. Labor and warranties cost money. But they're definitely not charging the outrageous prices other companies are.

But what I can tell you is you'll be getting MUCH better quality than doing it yourself and you can have some peace of mind knowing that they have you covered if something happens.

Your parts list isn't bad.

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