I'm new to PCs, so I'm going to have this one built for me (don't have time to screw anything up) by the guys at Central Computers (www.centralcomputers.com) in San Francisco. I'm sure it would be cheaper via Newegg, but thems the breaks.
This system will be used mainly for numbercrunching and running massive spreadsheets...and maybe a little fun on the side.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $99.95
Intel Core i7 920 $295.95
AsusP6T SE Mobo $219.95
3x2b Corsair DDR3-1600 CL9 $189.95
WD-5001AALS HD $69.95
eVGA Geforce 9500GT 1gb $65.95
Pioneer DVR-218lblk $37.95
Encore ENLWI-G2 802.11g card $19.95
Antec P183 Tower $145.95
Corsair CMPSU-650TX PS $99.95
Pre-tax total: $1245.50
What do you think?
I know they don't sell Samsung drives and I do want their warranty, so that's why I'm letting them build it.
that video card is a bit weak for a build like this. idk what you are using it for, but a processor like that with a video card like that is like a hemi on a bike. Everything else looks very high quality and good but you might want to consider a better video card, like a 260, 275, or 285, even a gts 250 would be good in that system.
Can you switch out the RAM to OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600 for Cas7, which provides tighter timings and better performing RAM? Do they have the ASRock Extreme X58 motherboard available which should cut the cost by $50 roughly. I would spend the extra $10 to get the WD 640GB Black, which is the fastest of the Blacks (not including the WD 2TB Black [$200+])
Your system looks good but couldn't you get a friend to build it for you and use the standard warranties for each component? It just look pretty high in cost when you take into account the 9500GT. I could build an i7 860 with an 5870 for a 100$ or so more at Newegg and have a great gaming and numbercrunching PC.
Building a PC takes about 3 to 4 hours, which includes install OS, drivers and updates. I have a good guide in my signature to help you along. It isn't a difficult as one may think or as time consuming. If you follow my steps and your manuals, most build are successful without any issues.
yea you could get such a better deal from newegg if you got a friend or tecmo34 to build it for you. Also you would get a better system as well, and if you spent 2 weeks learning how to build, that would save so much money and be a great life skill.
+1 tecmo. Don't be overwhelmed by what is a very simple and fun task. Every single one of the parts above is overpriced (and this is not including any extra they may be charging you for assembly). And, I find non-manufacturer warranties useless, as tecmo mentioned the parts come with warranties of several years.
I'm a first time builder, so is there anything else I need to order, like those static grounding straps?
No - just don't build on a high-insulating surface (like cardboard) which can carry a lot of static. Keep your PSU plugged in whenever possible and touch it's metal casing every so often. Then you'll be fine.