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June 21, 2010 4:08:18 AM

I am building a computer with Cyberpower because I am afraid to build one myself. I scrapbook and use Adobe software and I also do some 3D gaming. The computer I customized will cost 1140. Please provide feedback and suggestions before I purchase this system. Thanks.

* *BASE_PRICE: [+815]
* BUNDLE: None
* BLUETOOTH: None
* CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
* CD2: 16X DVD ROM (BLACK COLOR)
* CAS: Apevia X-Dreamer 3 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window & Temperature Display (Black Color with Blue Ring & Blue LED Fan)
* CASUPGRADE: None
* CS_FAN: Default case fans
* CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-661 3.33 GHz 4M Intel Smart Cache LGA1156
* FREEBIE_CU: None
* FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)
* FA_HDD: None
* FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
* FLOPPY: None
* HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
* HDD2: None
* IEEE_CARD: None
* KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
* MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
* MONITOR: 19" Widescreen 1440x900 TFT Active Matrix LCD Display [+141]
* MONITOR2: None
* MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-P55A-UD3 Intel P55 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1, & 3 PCI [+53]
* MB_ADDON: None
* MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
* MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
* MODEM: US Robotics PCI 56K v.92 FAX Modem [+16]
* NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
* OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
* OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
* POWERSUPPLY: 700 Watts Power Supplies [+10] (XtremeGear SLI/CrossFireX Ready Power Supply)
* PRINTER: None
* PRINTER_CABLE: None
* RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
* SOFT1: Microsoft® Office® 2010 Home and Student (Word, Excel, PowerPoint + OneNote) [+105]
* SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
* SPEAKERS: 600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers
* SOUND: 3D WAVE ON-BOARD 5.1 SOUND CARD
* TEMP: None
* TVRC: None
* USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
* USBHD: None
* USBFLASH: None
* USBX: None
* VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 1GB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
* VIDEO2: None
* VIDEO3: None
* VC_PHYSX: None
* WNC: None
* _PRICE: (+1140)
* _view_: d

June 21, 2010 5:42:25 AM

If you aren't overclocking, there is no need for liquid cooling. It is unnecessary. You can get pretty quiet fans that will do the job at stock speeds (assuming noise is the concern). Heck, the stock fan might be quiet. I don't have any experience with that socket though
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June 21, 2010 5:50:35 AM

Your parts are mismatched.Why would you go for liquid cooling when you do not want to overclock?The GT240 is no card for gaming either.The core i5 6xx series is overpriced.You can easily get quad core AMD Phenom II s for a few dollars less.try to convince yourself to do your own build.If you are afraid since its your first build, then get help from online or have some friend/ person of expertise you know to help you out.If you do so then you will be satisfied with your build and your money will be well spent.
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June 21, 2010 7:14:56 AM

NNOOOOOOO!!!(again-lol)
the i5 661 uses fusion. Intel havnt fine tuned this technology yet, and it is a well known fact that this CPU is HORRIBLE.It is overpriced, under preforming, and the onboard graphics are nearly non ecistant.
also, DO NOT USE NVIDIA!!!
It is not a DirectX11 card, and will have to be upgraded soon anyway. If you have a choice, go with an ATI 5xxx series card!
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June 21, 2010 12:15:06 PM

id reccoment going for a better screen also, look up the AOC F22, its a 1080P DVI monitor and its less than $150
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June 21, 2010 12:45:57 PM

Provided money isn't an issue : Samsung 2233SW 22" Widescreen HD LCD Monitor - 1920x1080 is really nice.

As for the video card, yeah I heard that's not a good gaming card. the ATI HD 5770 is not terribly expensive and I've seen some good reviews about it (I'm getting this for the machine I'm building). If you insist on going nVidia, you can get the Geforce GTX 260 which is a little more pricey than the 5770, but I've heard good things about that too. Something to keep in mind, the 5770 supports direct X11 and runs at a lower wattage.

As for your power supply, is it a no name brand? (Are you shopping at ibuypower.com?) If it is, I suggest getting a name band PSU. Because the psu affects everything else in your machine directly, there is the potential for ruining everything (if the PSU is shoddy). I'm sure you could have success with a no name brand, but I've always been cautioned when using PSUs other than things like Corsair.

Also, I'm using the same motherboard, nice choice ;) 

Hope this helped.
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June 21, 2010 2:31:55 PM

$1140 seems really high for what you have listed.

Check the "Build your own" articles on the home page here.
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