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August 25, 2009 8:53:00 PM

Hey, I need help with a pc that I am building with Cyberpowerpc.com. First of all, I’m not sure if cyberpowerpc is the best website to go to for building a pc. I ventured from site to site, and this one seemed to be the cheapest overall. But I haven’t heard the greatest reviews about it.

I am trying to make a descent pc for video gaming and multipurpose use. I don’t know very much about computers, but I have been learning quite fast. A few questions that I do have are about the power supply, RAM, and compatibility with hardware.

I’m not sure if 750 Watts will suffice for the computer that I have, I do know that I wanted SLI ready power supply for the compatibility with the video cards. I think that it is enough power, and I can’t see myself adding much more to the computer other then things like a wireless network card.

RAM on the other hand I know very little about, besides that you need a lot of it. I’m not sure what the difference between a “PC1333 DDR3 PC3 10666 Triple Channel Memory” and a “DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module” are.

The cost for everything comes to $1840.00, which didn’t seem that bad of a deal. So any insight on my build would be very much appreciated. Here is my build;

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CASE: Apevia X-Cruiser 2 Mid-Tower Case w/ Side-Panel Window & MultiMeter Display [+9] (Green Color)

CASE FAN UPGRADE: Maximum Enemax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (1,000 RPM Black Color with No LED Enlobal Magnetic Barometric Bearing 17 dBA)

POWERSUPPLY: Corsair Power Supplies [+32] (750 Watts CMPSU-750TX - Quad SLI Ready [+8])

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-920 2.66 GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366

FAN: Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling System (Extreme Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)(Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified)

MOTHERBOARD: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Mainboard SAS Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 SATA w/ eSATA,Dual GbLAN,USB2.0,IEEE1394a,&7.1Audio (Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified) [+134]

MEMORY: 12GB (2GBx6) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module [+188] (Corsair or Major Brand)

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 CORE 216 896MB 16X PCI Express (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA [+5])

VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 CORE 216 896MB 16X PCI Express [+169] (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA [+5])

VIDEO3: None

MULTIVIEW: Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor

HDD: High Performance with Data Security (RAID-1) with 2 Identical Hard Drives [+11] (500GB (500GBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+20])

HDD2: NONE

CD: (Special Price) LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (GREEN COLOR [+9])


SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (GREEN COLOR [+5])

USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 (64-bit Edition)

OS_UPGRADE: (Free Upgrade Coupon) Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium ($29-$29 Mail-In-Rebate = Free) [+29] (64-bit Edition)

CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]

CARE2: CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]

CARE3: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]

SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

PRICE: (+1814)

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August 25, 2009 9:10:25 PM

You don't need 12 GB of RAM and the case is less than stellar, but those are the only main concerns I have with the parts.

To build a similar system yourself, with a better case and 6GB RAM, would come in around $1600.
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August 25, 2009 9:15:59 PM

I ordered from Cyberpower about two months ago. The entire process was flawless. A friend did the same and the only issue was a delay due to a back ordered part.

That being said, and I think most here will agree, build it yourself. What I'd recommend is pricing all of those pieces on newegg and see what the price difference is. If the price difference is worth it to have it built for you, go for it. BTW, you can save money and get the same performance with 2 4850s in Crossfire over the GTX260.
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August 25, 2009 9:27:56 PM

If you just don't want to build it yourself and are looking for a bargain you can upgrade as your needs increase, take a look at this
http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-de...
Throw in another 4850 for crossfire ($100), add another 3gb of Ram ($50), and you have basically the same performance for half the price.
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August 25, 2009 9:31:51 PM

Here's a simlar build. Free shipping and the 5% discount. I've heard their liquid cooling systems leave a bit to be desired, so I went with an aftermarket cooler instead. Toal is $1533 shipped.

•*BASE_PRICE: [+975]
•CAS: AZZA Solano 1000 Full-Tower Advance Cooling Case w/ Dual 230mm Fan + Extra 3 Fans [+48]
•CASUPGRADE: NONE
•CS_FAN: Default case fans
•CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-920 2.66 GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366
•CD: (Special Price) LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (BLACK COLOR)
•CD2: NONE
•CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
•CARE2: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
•FLOPPY: NONE
•FREEBIE_OS: None
•FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
•FAN: Xigmatek Dark Knight-S1283V Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (Double layer H.D.T. technology for maximum cooling)(Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified) [+43]
•FREEBIE_RM: None
•HDD: High Performance with Data Security (RAID-1) with 2 Identical Hard Drives [+37] (500GB (500GBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+20])
•HDD2: NONE
•IEEE_CARD: NONE
•KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
•MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
•MODEM: NONE
•MULTIVIEW: Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor
•MONITOR: NONE
•MONITOR2: NONE
•MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE X58 GA-EX58-UD3R 2 WAY CROSSFIRE/SLI DDR3 [-10]
•MEMORY: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module [+40] (Kingston HyperX (Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified) [+23])
•NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
•OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
•OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 [+104] (64-bit Edition)
•OS_UPGRADE: (Free Upgrade Coupon) Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium ($29-$29 Mail-In-Rebate = Free) [+29] (64-bit Edition)
•POWERSUPPLY: Corsair Power Supplies [+32] (750 Watts CMPSU-750TX - Quad SLI Ready [+8])
•PRINTER: None
•PRINTER_CABLE: None
•RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
•SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
•SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
•SPEAKERS: None
•TEMP: NONE
•TVRC: None
•USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
•USBHD: NONE
•VIDEO: ATI Radeon HD 4850 PCI-E 16X 1GB Video Card [+17] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
•VIDEO2: ATI Radeon HD 4850 PCI-E 16X 1GB Video Card [+129] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
•VIDEO3: None
•VC_GAMES: None
•VIDEOCAMERA: NONE
•WNC: NONE
•_PRICE: (+1533)
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