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Homebuilt vs. cyberpowerpc for midrange gaming system

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May 22, 2009 6:39:46 PM

My old gateway died this week so I am looking to build my own mid-range gaming PC, but it seems that price-value I'd be better off buying from cyberpowerPC.com.

I configured the following system and was wondering what people think.

* CASE: CoolerMaster Centurion 590 RC-590 Mid-Tower 420W Case
* POWER SUPPLY Upgrade: 750 Watts Power Supplies (Corsair CMPSU-750TX - Quad SLI Ready)
* CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-920 2.66 GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366
* COOLING FAN : Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling System (Extreme Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)
* MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI Support) Asus P6T Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Mainboard Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 SATA RAID w/ eSATA, GbLAN, USB2.0, IEEE1394a, & 7.1Audio
* MEMORY: 6GB (2GBx3) PC1333 DDR3 PC3 10666 Triple Channel Memory (Corsair Dominator)
* VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 CORE 216 896MB 16X PCI Express (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA)
* HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (1TB (1TBx1) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
* Optical Drive: (Special Price) LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (Black Color)
* SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
* NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
* KEYBOARD: Logitech Deluxe 250 USB Keyboard (Black Color)
* MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
* Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: PCI Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Network Interface Card
* Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
* OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 (64-bit Edition)
* FREEBIES: FREE! (Microsoft® Flight Simulator X Deluxe) Game
* SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

After rebates and stuff this would cost me around $1230 including shipping and warranty. Not sure I can do any better than that by building my own? Also I need to computer rather soon which means I don't really want to wait for June 26th for the Windows 7 free upgrade program.

Comments appreciated.

May 22, 2009 6:49:19 PM

Forgot to include this:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next week or so
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing, gaming, watching movies, video + audio encoding

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: looking into i7 920

OVERCLOCKING: minimal SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: need windows

May 22, 2009 9:36:14 PM

ibuypower is cheaper
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May 22, 2009 10:45:49 PM

sahil said:
ibuypower is cheaper



not true, i just configured almost identical systems and ibuypower was about 100$ more expensive.
the websites and prices are quite similar though so the cheaper vendor will probably depend on the specific configuration.

the main point of my question though was 1) is it worth building your own as compared to buying from cyberpowerpc (or ibuypower) and 2) will the system i configured provide me with good bang for buck.

thanks
May 22, 2009 11:11:08 PM

if you get the same parts the total came out to
1242 before shipping & taxes. on Newegg.
With the following changes: Corsair XMS 6gb Triple channel

and not adding the following:
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: PCI Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Network Interface Card
* Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
* SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Of course it wont come with a warranty, only parts warranty..
Plus the hassle to build it yourself...

im stuck in the same boat and i think im going to go with ibuypower only because they offer the case I wanted.


Anonymous
May 22, 2009 11:27:54 PM

Something sounds fishy. Usually those web sites are more expensive than Newegg! Otherwise that's a great deal!
May 22, 2009 11:38:43 PM

they get there parts in wholesale prices just like newegg gets them...

also there is a 5% off coupon: REPEAT for cyberpowerpc i believe, you can google cyberpowerpc coupon
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