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Anonymous
February 11, 2010 6:39:07 PM

Okay, I've been looking around for a long time for a good set up that doesn't cost me too much but will last me a long time.


So, here's what I've come up with. I need your advice on two things. 1. Is there a part that's going to limit my machine, and 2. Could I get it cheaper? (I'm buying from Cyberpower). I looked and I don't think I could get it cheaper making it myself honestly.


Also, I plan on replacing the graphics card with a 5870 once I have the money. I also plan on buying either a http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors/lg-flatron-m237wd/... or a http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors/samsung-syncmaster... So I plan on playing at full resolution. The upgraded graphics card and monitor are NOT included in the buying price.


This is just a copy paste, so sorry about the excess baggage.


Everything below adds up to $1178.


EDIT: Here's a link with my setup. Lets you get a better idea of what I'm gettin. http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saving/show.aspx?id=2455885


Case: SilverStone/Raven RV01B-W Black Color Full Tower Case w/ Side See-Thru Window [+131]
Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: 12in (Blue Color) Cold Cathode Neon Light [+10]
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: None
Power Supply Upgrade: *800 Watts Power Supplies [+65] (CyberPowerPC XF800S Performance ATX 2.0 Power - Quad SLI Ready)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-750 2.66 GHz 8M L2 Cache LGA1156
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: Asetek LCLC 120 Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Extreme Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)
Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P7P55D Pro Intel P55 Chipset DDR3 LGA1156 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II RAID, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+82]
Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [+44] (A-Data Gaming Series with Heat Spreader [+38])
Freebies: None
Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 PCI-Express DVI-I & TVO [-5] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
Video Card 2: None
Video Card 3: None
Dedicated PHYSX Card: None
Free Game: None
Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
LCD Monitor: None
2nd Monitor: None
Hard Drive: Extreme Performance (RAID-0) with 2 Identical Hard Drives [+31] (1TB (500GBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+26])
Data Hard Drive: None
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
USB Portable Drive: None
Optical Drive: LG 22X DVD±/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
Speakers: 600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers [+15]
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Modem: None
Mega Notebook/Netbook/Server Bundle: None
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
Gaming Gear: None
Extra Thermal Display: NZXT Sentry-2 Fan Touch Screen Fan Control & Temperature Display [+29]
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: None
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Bluetooth: None
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
Video Camera: None
Headset: None
Printer: None
Printer Cable: None
Power Protection: None
IEEE1394 Card: None
USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
Floppy: None
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None
Office Suite: None
Ultra Care Option: 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
Rush Service: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS

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February 11, 2010 6:43:16 PM

what firm are the hds and psu?
A-DATA wouldn't be my first memory choice
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Anonymous
February 11, 2010 6:51:48 PM

Sadly it doesn't say for the HD's, and the PSU is ran under their name. I looked up reviews, I didn't see any problem's with their recent PSU batch.

As for options besides A-data, I could get just standard with no heatsinks and save money. I could 'maybe' go the extra distance for a pair of Corsair Dominators, 29 bucks more though and I'm already pushin it.

Perhaps this would help... http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saving/show.aspx?id=2455885
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February 11, 2010 7:03:35 PM

Quote:
Sadly it doesn't say for the HD's, and the PSU is ran under their name. I looked up reviews, I didn't see any problem's with their recent PSU batch.

As for options besides A-data, I could get just standard with no heatsinks and save money. I could 'maybe' go the extra distance for a pair of Corsair Dominators, 29 bucks more though and I'm already pushin it.

Perhaps this would help... http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saving/show.aspx?id=2455885

take the kingston memory, I'd recommend going for the Thermaltake TR2 RX psu (second before last)
the hd are the biggest problem
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Anonymous
February 11, 2010 7:24:32 PM

Well would that 650 PSU be enough? And if so, what about when/if I get a second 5870 in crossfire

As for the Kingston, I'll think about it. The color is pretty disappointing however.
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February 11, 2010 7:29:49 PM

This is a "Homebuilt Systems" forum. You won't find many fans of CyberPowerPC around here. You can build a better system with higher quality components for less money if you build it yourself.

We could come up with the best build possible for your intended use and budget if you fill out all the information in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum.
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February 11, 2010 7:33:33 PM

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Well would that 650 PSU be enough? And if so, what about when/if I get a second 5870 in crossfire

As for the Kingston, I'll think about it. The color is pretty disappointing however.

let me see if I got it right, the color of the stick is disappointing you?
about the psu, not sure, I think it will barely be enough, digg here http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-hd-5870,review-316... but it's your call, unknown 750 psu against 650 known psu.
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Anonymous
February 11, 2010 7:39:20 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
This is a "Homebuilt Systems" forum. You won't find many fans of CyberPowerPC around here. You can build a better system with higher quality components for less money if you build it yourself.

We could come up with the best build possible for your intended use and budget if you fill out all the information in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum.


The reason its in Homebuilt systems is that as I 'think' I said in the start, is that if there's a way to get the components cheaper I'll build it myself. However, when I quickly scanned for prices it ended up costing me more. But I don't really know where to look, which is why I posted it here.

The above specs are what I want, the only variables being the PSU and for now what brand of RAM.

And ya, I was talking about the color being disappointing. Not a big deal, was just pointing that out.
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February 11, 2010 7:56:59 PM

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The reason its in Homebuilt systems is that as I 'think' I said in the start, is that if there's a way to get the components cheaper I'll build it myself. However, when I quickly scanned for prices it ended up costing me more. But I don't really know where to look, which is why I posted it here.


You can almost certainly get a better build for ~$1200 if that's really your budget.

What will help the most in getting people to suggest a competitive build is to use the format found in the "How to Request a New Build" thread.
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February 11, 2010 7:58:42 PM

cpu+mb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 374.98$ after discount and rebates
memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 87.99$ after discount and rebates
2 hd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 109.98$ after discount
dvd:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 25.99$
psu+case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 149.98$ after discount and rebates
gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 69.99$ after rebate.
total hardware: 928.89$ without the peanuts (card readers and accessories)
the only problem is that the w7 you get there is oem, here you get full retail

os: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 199.99$

the hardware isn't more expensive.
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February 11, 2010 8:02:47 PM

You could even get a build with a 5850 if you gave up some of the useless stuff like water cooling and RAID.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $349.98 (CPU + motherboard combo)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $209.85 - $25.00 MIR (Case + PSU combo)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

LG Black 24X SATA DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99

GIGABYTE GV-R585D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99

Total - $1,180.77 - $25 MIR
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Anonymous
February 11, 2010 8:04:02 PM

hmmm okay. One thing to keep in mind however, is that I've never put together a computer and while I'm sure that I would be able to do it, It likely wouldn't look near as pretty. Plus due to the raven's rotated motherboard, cables might run short. If that happens with cyberpower, they're the ones that have to deal with running the cables so they work.

Call me lazy ;) 
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Anonymous
February 11, 2010 8:06:25 PM

Sorry, something I guess I should add. I specifically want Silverstone's Raven case with my set up. As for graphics card, as I stated at the top I'm getting a 5870 when I have the money so for now I'm going cheap (but not TOO cheap).

Buying the 5870 off newegg later saves me over $100 and gets me a backup graphics card.

This is kinda the reason I didn't use the format. Everything I want, can be expressed through cyberpower's site in a fairly neat and readable manner.
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February 11, 2010 8:10:04 PM

I'm aware you said you would be picking up a 5870 later, but I don't see the point if you can get it now. You won't be playing any games on that 4650. It just seems like you're wasting a lot of money on stuff that doesn't really matter like an overly expensive case, water cooling, RAID, etc... I prefer to focus on getting quality core components over a bunch of fluff.
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Anonymous
February 11, 2010 8:15:42 PM

Watercooling isn't necessary, if I do it myself I'll probably go without it. The case, I just like it :)  And Raid, meh don't need it either I suppose.

And the 4650 will play games :p  not at highest resolution, but honestly its gonna look 10x better then what I'm using right now (GeForce 5200 FX) DX

But ya, unless the price of the system drops 400 dollars without losing the features I'm keen on, I can't get the 5870 till later :/ 
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February 11, 2010 8:21:41 PM

you had watercooling? I didn't noticed
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February 11, 2010 8:23:11 PM

with your budget you can get the 5870 now. and have a very good computer. Much better then you will get from Cyberpower. Trust me I started there as well. Then the guys/gals on this forum helped me out a lot and did not save me any money, denpending on how you look at it, but was able to help me build the system I wanted with 100% better parts and that will last a bit longer.

As far as putting the PC together it was simple. I have learned a lot in the month or two I was just lurking on the forums before I even decided to post anything.

If you get something from Cyberpower plan on replacing several of the parts for better ones down the line. The worst part about it is that you could have it all now.


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And if your "LAZY" as you put it water cooling is definitely not the way to go.
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February 11, 2010 8:27:51 PM

osu43130 said:
with your budget you can get the 5870 now. and have a very good computer. Much better then you will get from Cyberpower. Trust me I started there as well. Then the guys/gals on this forum helped me out a lot and did not save me any money, denpending on how you look at it, but was able to help me build the system I wanted with 100% better parts and that will last a bit longer.

As far as putting the PC together it was simple. I have learned a lot in the month or two I was just lurking on the forums before I even decided to post anything.

If you get something from Cyberpower plan on replacing several of the parts for better ones down the line. The worst part about it is that you could have it all now.



Well as far as Cyberpower goes, I've tried to stick with namebrand without being too pricey. Really the only things that I'm extremely concerned about would be the hard drive and the PSU.

However, looking at the options you guys gave me the components are definitely more ideal, however they don't include the extra stuff that I have on my case (The fan control for example). All that stuff adds up to another 100-200 dollars sadly :/  Wish they had better selection...


Edit: Ya if I build it, I won't be doing the watercooling option. However, if its getting installed by cyberpower for me cheaper then if I got the standard cpu fan (after rebate of course) then I may as well take it :D 
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February 11, 2010 8:37:58 PM

Just so you know everything about Cyberpower is Over priced. How do you think they make any money? Ontop of that you pay an atrosious amount for shipping. I think I paid 24 bucks for shipping for my Whole CPU from Newegg and had every part in 2 days. On another note then I'm done bashing Cyberpower, read some of the reveiws on NewEgg about prebuilt cyberpower and IbuyPower PC's. There are a lot starting that the box basically came half assembled anyways and their customer support was horrible.

As far as the extra stuff you dont need lights fan controler yada yada yada those are simple upgrades you can add later if you really feel the need for some reason.
You can get a fan controler for 20 bucks.

Just my 2 cents. I would listen to the builds suggested here and way all the pro's and cons of building one or buying a prebuild for that much money and make a very cautious descision.

*Edit Read up on water cooling before you make your final descision based on that. It is not really all it is cracked up to be on low end Liquid colling systems and from what I have read it is more of a headache then it is worth.
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February 11, 2010 9:10:53 PM

osu43130 said:
Just so you know everything about Cyberpower is Over priced. How do you think they make any money? Ontop of that you pay an atrosious amount for shipping. I think I paid 24 bucks for shipping for my Whole CPU from Newegg and had every part in 2 days. On another note then I'm done bashing Cyberpower, read some of the reveiws on NewEgg about prebuilt cyberpower and IbuyPower PC's. There are a lot starting that the box basically came half assembled anyways and their customer support was horrible.

As far as the extra stuff you dont need lights fan controler yada yada yada those are simple upgrades you can add later if you really feel the need for some reason.
You can get a fan controler for 20 bucks.

Just my 2 cents. I would listen to the builds suggested here and way all the pro's and cons of building one or buying a prebuild for that much money and make a very cautious descision.

*Edit Read up on water cooling before you make your final descision based on that. It is not really all it is cracked up to be on low end Liquid colling systems and from what I have read it is more of a headache then it is worth.



Well there are always bad reviews on just about everything :p  But yes I know they make money on the process, but they often get a better deal on products then the average consumer so they can sell at about the same price as the items are sold elsewhere and still make profit.

And ya, I can get the other stuff later and I don't need them, but when you add them into the cost the price difference isn't huge (at least from what I've seen here today).

Totally agree that the shipping is harsh, they want 65 dollars from me.

Also, have you taken a look at Astek's LCLC line? It all sounds good and all the reviews I've seen put it substantially higher then the standard CPU cooler.

But ya, that's why I came here. So I could compare the two different options and make a better-educated decision.
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February 12, 2010 1:26:04 PM

Not much to add. Shortstuff_mt and OSU43130 have this covered.
You might be "happy" with an overpriced, fluffy Cyberpower PC (at least until its PSU blows), but you'll be a lot more SATISFIED with one you built yourself (and can upgrade yourself because you've learned the details of everything in it).
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February 12, 2010 1:53:42 PM

Case - Raven RV01-BW - $199 (+$25 shipping)
CPU - Core i5-750 - $199 (free shipping)
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB CAS 7 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM kit - $115 (free shipping)
Mobo - ASUS P7P55D-E motherboard - $160 (+$8 shipping)
GPU - XFX Radeon HD 5870 - $400 (+$8 shipping)
HDD - 2x Seagate 7200.12 500 GB hard drives - $55 each, total $110 (free shipping)
PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro CrossFire Ready 80 Plus certified modular - $60 (free shipping, $30 MIR, $90 without MIR)
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $105

Total $1350 - not counting shipping, and I didn't bother looking for any combo deals.

This build has the same specs as the cyberpower build (i5, 4 GB RAM, 2x 500 GB drives) AND a 5870. Now, you could of course cut out the video card and probably come in well under the cyberpower price. 4650s appear to run $50 or so. Chopping $350 off that price brings you to $1k, about $175 under the cyberpower price.

It's also possible that there are better deals on motherboards & PSUs (or other componetns) out there. I really don't think your desired computer is as far out of your reach as you think it is, especially if you buidl it yourself.

You could also save some money going with AMD & an AM3 board, probably not enough to step up to a 5970. One of the things that is adding to the cost of the build is, of course, the Raven case. But hey, if you really want it, you're not going to be happy without it.

Edit: Looks like I forgot the NZXT fan display (yeah, it does look really cool) and an optical drive. This NZXT fan controller is $30, I assume that's the one they're using. A SATA DVD drive should run $25-30. You could also add a Hyper 212 Plus and some thermal paste for about $35 total if you plan on overclocking.
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February 12, 2010 3:06:30 PM

coldsleep said:

You could also save some money going with AMD & an AM3 board, probably not enough to step up to a 5970. One of the things that is adding to the cost of the build is, of course, the Raven case. But hey, if you really want it, you're not going to be happy without it.

why not? if he can muster only 55$ more he can do it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... at 649.99$-400 gets 249.99$, getting this amd cpu and mb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... at 90$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... at 74.99 which brings us to
1350-400-199-160+649.99+90+74.99=1405.98
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February 12, 2010 3:10:32 PM

daggs said:
why not? if he can muster only 55$ more he can do it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... at 649.99$-400 gets 249.99$, getting this amd cpu and mb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... at 90$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... at 74.99 which brings us to
1350-400-199-160+649.99+90+74.99=1405.98


I actually meant that he wasn't going to be happy without the Raven case, since it seems like aesthetics are important for this build. (I am totally down with that, it's just not all that common on these forums.)

But yeah, a 5970 might be within the realm of possibility as well.
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February 12, 2010 6:13:23 PM

coldsleep said:
I actually meant that he wasn't going to be happy without the Raven case, since it seems like aesthetics are important for this build. (I am totally down with that, it's just not all that common on these forums.)

But yeah, a 5970 might be within the realm of possibility as well.

missed that part, my apologies. but throw him a 5970 and he might be content enough to relinquish the case.
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February 13, 2010 9:13:34 PM

coldsleep said:
Case - Raven RV01-BW - $199 (+$25 shipping)
CPU - Core i5-750 - $199 (free shipping)
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB CAS 7 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM kit - $115 (free shipping)
Mobo - ASUS P7P55D-E motherboard - $160 (+$8 shipping)
GPU - XFX Radeon HD 5870 - $400 (+$8 shipping)
HDD - 2x Seagate 7200.12 500 GB hard drives - $55 each, total $110 (free shipping)
PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro CrossFire Ready 80 Plus certified modular - $60 (free shipping, $30 MIR, $90 without MIR)
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $105

Total $1350 - not counting shipping, and I didn't bother looking for any combo deals.

This build has the same specs as the cyberpower build (i5, 4 GB RAM, 2x 500 GB drives) AND a 5870. Now, you could of course cut out the video card and probably come in well under the cyberpower price. 4650s appear to run $50 or so. Chopping $350 off that price brings you to $1k, about $175 under the cyberpower price.

It's also possible that there are better deals on motherboards & PSUs (or other componetns) out there. I really don't think your desired computer is as far out of your reach as you think it is, especially if you buidl it yourself.

You could also save some money going with AMD & an AM3 board, probably not enough to step up to a 5970. One of the things that is adding to the cost of the build is, of course, the Raven case. But hey, if you really want it, you're not going to be happy without it.

Edit: Looks like I forgot the NZXT fan display (yeah, it does look really cool) and an optical drive. This NZXT fan controller is $30, I assume that's the one they're using. A SATA DVD drive should run $25-30. You could also add a Hyper 212 Plus and some thermal paste for about $35 total if you plan on overclocking.



Mmm that's a very tempting price range. Downside is I don't have cyberpower warranty to fix my machine if it effs up, but with the better quality PSU hopefully nothing would go wrong...

It also wouldn't be able to support a second 5870, but then again neither would the Cyberpower version. Bleck, I need to do some price checking...but this is sounding really tempting. Thanks.

Edit: That price isn't including a CPU cooler :/ 
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February 13, 2010 10:12:29 PM

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Mmm that's a very tempting price range. Downside is I don't have cyberpower warranty to fix my machine if it effs up, but with the better quality PSU hopefully nothing would go wrong...

It also wouldn't be able to support a second 5870, but then again neither would the Cyberpower version. Bleck, I need to do some price checking...but this is sounding really tempting. Thanks.

Edit: That price isn't including a CPU cooler :/ 


You do have the manufacturers' warranties, though. I believe the XFX warranty specficially is billed as a double-lifetime warranty, which was why I picked that one.

To be honest, I didn't spend a lot of time looking for a motherboard. I suspect you could find one with 2 lanes at 8x with a little more searching. Or you could find a cheaper one, in all likelihood. This Gigabyte board does 2 at 8x for $150 and has free shipping.

And I did include a CPU cooler in the edit, the Hyper 212 Plus for $30. Really though, you only need a cooler if you're planning on overclocking.

Total price including shipping, plus the fan controller and the CPU cooler, shippng, etc. would be more like $1450-1500. Again, if you're seriously thinking about getting a cheap card now and a good one later, that's $1150 with a 4650, then another $400ish later for a 5870. Personally, I'd just save up a little bit more now and get everything at once, as you're not going to be very satsified with the 4650, I think.
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February 13, 2010 10:50:25 PM

coldsleep said:
You do have the manufacturers' warranties, though. I believe the XFX warranty specficially is billed as a double-lifetime warranty, which was why I picked that one.

To be honest, I didn't spend a lot of time looking for a motherboard. I suspect you could find one with 2 lanes at 8x with a little more searching. Or you could find a cheaper one, in all likelihood. This Gigabyte board does 2 at 8x for $150 and has free shipping.

And I did include a CPU cooler in the edit, the Hyper 212 Plus for $30. Really though, you only need a cooler if you're planning on overclocking.

Total price including shipping, plus the fan controller and the CPU cooler, shippng, etc. would be more like $1450-1500. Again, if you're seriously thinking about getting a cheap card now and a good one later, that's $1150 with a 4650, then another $400ish later for a 5870. Personally, I'd just save up a little bit more now and get everything at once, as you're not going to be very satsified with the 4650, I think.


I'll sleep on it all, thanks for the info and price searching.

Though I switched it from a 4650 to a 4670 due to the improvement for 15 bucks. Nevertheless, trust me I'm sure I'll be crying with amazement when I see the improvement over my geforce 5200 fx ;) 
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February 13, 2010 10:51:04 PM

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