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July 1, 2009 4:41:54 AM

Ok guys, Im buying my computer from Ibuypower.com since i have no skills in building a computer and neither do any of my friends and im too lazy to learn, Anyways i havebeen saving up to buy a top of the line computer for about 7 years now and ive been tacking some cash in from each paycheck into a little account so i could do so. Well i forgot it about it and i just went into my account and noticed the lumpsum of a little over 2500 bucks and well.....Im going to completely spend it on a great rig. Now im not great at this but Ive been looking around a little and this is what i have in my build so far.
Case- Thermaltake V9 Gaming Tower Case

Power Supply- [= Gaming Edition =] 1000 Watt Extreme Power Supply [Gaming Series] --- Quad SLI + Active PFC + 80 Plus Ready

Processor- [== Quad Core ==] AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology AM3 & AM2+ support

Cooling- AMD Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit

Motherboard-[CrossFire] MSI DKA790GX AMD 790GX CrossFire Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, Dual PCI-E MB

Memory 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module Corsair-Value or Major Brand

Video Cards- 2x ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 DDR 2GB PCI-E Running in Crossfire

Harddrive-1TB

DVD-] LG 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive

Sound-3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard, Im not too big of a sound guy so basic is ok :p 

Meter-XION Flip Up Colored LCD Thermal Control Panel *Got this for $hits and giggles, doubt i will use it but it looks nice*

OS-Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Thats about it, I got an HD widescreen monitor and a g15 keyboard and a g9 mouse with it.

$2,382.70 is the price with a 5% discount. Will this hold up? I heard i need atleast 1000 volts to run those 2 cards i believe so im curious if im ok. Thanks in advance


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July 1, 2009 4:58:27 AM

Ibuypower is a terrible brand to buy from just build your own. Also for $2500 there is no reason to get anything but a core i7.

Here is a $2500 build that would own that phenom II system from Ibuypower.

Core i7 920 (D0 stepping) -$280
ASUS P6T mobo -$250
6GB Corsair DDR3-1333 ram $100
Corsair 1000W powersupply - ~$250
Antec 1200 Gaming case (or any other good full tower case) - $160
(2x) GTX 295 graphics cards in Quad SLI - $1100 (~$550 each)
SATA DVD burner - $25
WD SATA 640GB HDD w/ 32mb cache (7200rpm) - $70
Windows 7 RC 64-bit (upgrade to full version of windows 7 when it comes out) -$0

TOTAL - $2235 + shipping + ~$100 for full version of windows 7 in the future.


Also instead of getting two GTX 295's you could get one GTX 260/275/285 which would still max out any game and use the money you saved to buy DX11 cards which will come out in ~6 months
July 1, 2009 5:00:24 AM

i7 920 w/dual gtx 275's in SLI and 24" monitor

Ask anyone here, you can easily build your own pc. This build down below is three times the pc as that one you have posted from Ibuypower.com Again not only are you saving $700 you are getting your money's worth and then some. This build down below will eat that one up and spit it out. You can build this yourself, or even take it to a mom and pops PC store and have someone put it together for you for minimal cost.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cyberpower-gamer-dr... <--- AMD 955 o/c w/4890's Xfired vs i7 920 w/gtx 260's in SLI

Also if you do a google on "ewiz coupons" or "ewiz promo codes" you can take another $5 - $15 dollars off that mobo/cpu combo down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
New Arrival

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $100.00 ($70 after MIR) Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $492.99 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.98
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99 ($199.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty-World at war w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99 ($199.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty-World at war w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $162.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Free Shipping*
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $279.99 ($259.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
ASUS MK241H Black 24" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with 1.3M Pixel Webcam 450 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 3000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
Color Saturation 92% (NTSC)

Total: $1,676.89 | $1,566.89 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows RC 7

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=... <--- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that case (CM 922 HAF).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte mobo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that psu

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,226... <--- gtx 275 review and benchmarks

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-sli,229... <--- gtx 275 SLI > gtx 295
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July 1, 2009 5:14:46 AM

Thanks for the info, But is there a place where i can have them build it since Ibuypower is not the best choice? I really dont have the time to not only learn but to build it aswell.
July 1, 2009 5:18:14 AM

keywork said:
Thanks for the info, But is there a place where i can have them build it since Ibuypower is not the best choice? I really dont have the time to not only learn but to build it aswell.


Keywork, find someone...anyone, friends, neighbor, a PC store, computer geeks, whoever and off them a $100 - $200 and a large combo pizza and litre of coke. All you have to do is order the parts. They don't call it "Ibuyripoff.com" for nothing.
July 1, 2009 5:24:11 AM

I dont, i live with my girlfriend in solitude away from our familys and our friends are not computer people, and im not going on craigslist looking for someone or paying someone at bestbuy. I know its cheaper but again, with over even 25 bucks worth of stuff i would never let anyone watch over it i dont know.
July 1, 2009 8:01:36 AM

There are tons of 5-10min videos on youtube that teach you how to build your own computer. To actually build the thing it might take 3-4 hours for a first timer but its really not that hard. The only tool you need is a screwdriver and everything else just snaps into place.
July 1, 2009 5:15:39 PM

Agreed. It's easier than you might think. They pretty much make everything fit together.

As long as you can read, or follow a do-it-yourself video, and can use a screwdriver, you'll be just fine.

The first time I build it took me a few hours (took my time and was very careful). The last time I built a computer, I did it well under an hour (including unboxing). It's not bad (I think it's fun) - give it a go and use the money for something else (or future upgrades).
July 1, 2009 6:48:43 PM

I've only ever built one, and it really, it was only a rebuild. My cousin gave me his old rig and I made it anew... ish. But I have take enough of them apart and read and researched about them enought that building one from from scratch will be easy. All you need is a little know how and the chosen parts.
July 2, 2009 1:08:22 AM

Ok yall, i understand its easier to do that but that is not a viable option for me. I barely have anytime at all to play my games let alone build it. i work from 9 to 8 every day except Saturday and that's devoted to the old women so i only can play for an hour or 2 a night if im lucky and i know its kind of sad but i really don't want to spend my only free time building my own PC while freaking out about how its done and watching youtube videos pulling my hair out. It may be easy but i don't like the thought of me buying 2500 bucks worth of stuff and assembling it for my first time hoping i don't mess it up, So what im asking is if anyone knows a site i can trust to build my PC, 2500 dollar limit without shipping. Sorry for being a dick about it but i appreciate the help


EDIT-Meh....I guess you guys are right. I looked at the prices of what i put up and what yall showed me and i mean...damn that is a big difference. Thanks for the help. If yall have anything else to tell me about what i should do im gonna be on this thread alot looking up what i should buy to stick in this thing. OH one more thing, What site could i find a tutorial to show me how to build a computer?
July 2, 2009 11:34:50 AM

I've never really looked into building tutorials before, but I'll dig around google for a bit to try to find a really good beginners one for you. I'll update you a bit later.
July 2, 2009 12:12:33 PM

This seems to be a pretty good review -> link

I realize time is an issue for you. And yes building a computer for the first time will be a bit time consuming but a great learning experince for you as well. (maybe your gal would even be willing to help). With it being your first build I would highly reccommend a larger case such as the Antec 1200 noted above. It'll give you more room to work with, as this seems to be one of the most fustrating parts for new builders, building a computer.

Here is a rather cheap tool kit that would also have all the tools required to build your computer if you don't have them already.

Realize you have a wealth of knowledge here at Tom's that are more than willing to help you as you encounter questions and difficulties with the build. Take advantage of us.
July 2, 2009 10:26:07 PM

kube's is good and so is this one I found.

LINK

This one seems rather wordy and could and probably should be dumbed down a bit so it takes you an hour or 2 to build the computer instead of 5 just to read through the tutorial, but even then, it still covers all the necesities and even throws around a few good to know tips.

One of my personal disagreements with this one is when you install the Mobo in the case. I personally hook up power to the mobo and everything else and test it to make sure it'll post and to make sure all devices that are supose to be detectable in BIOS are detected and operational before mounting it in the case(easier to do troubleshooting that way).

Keep in mind, like kube said, you have us backing you all the way. If you do decide you want to build. You can personally email me. steelenk@msn.com I monitor this address regularly(every 3 to 4 hours usually). Im running on Baghdad time, so my night is probably your afternoon into evening if you are in the US so I might be sleeping, but I will reply ASAP. I hope you do decide to build though, it will be worth it for you i think.

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