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June 2, 2010 4:48:57 AM

I'm looking for a no-nonsense system in the 1000-1200 range, that includes everything ( monitor, speakers, kb+m) and Digital Storm was suggested to me out of all the boutique places as the best place to get decent parts that you pick without paying a song for the assembly. Knowing exactly zilch about computers or parts, it seemed like a good idea, but I wanted to consult the community here first since you folks seem to know what's what. I'm one of those people who can't seem to get the wires from behind the TV untangled, for the record, not that savvy. The machine would be a gaming machine (maybe I'll write the great american novel on it too, who knows), and my gaming needs are basically the Blizzard and the Valve games and maybe Crysis 2 and the new Fallout when they ship. All of the above I'd love to run at 60fps, max settings for a reasonable sized monitor.
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 2, 2010 8:10:46 AM

I just configured the following system there:

Items in red were not clearly specified by Digital Storm

i7 930 -- $295 at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P6T -- 229
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6GB DDR3 1600Mhz CAS $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
They did not give the specs of their RAM

500GB Caviar Black ---60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive --20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Noctua CPU cooler --- 75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5870 --- 420
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair HX1000 PSU -- 240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Silverstone Raven 2 --- 170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Win 7 --- 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price if you build it yourself, using a close approximation of their parts, only probably a bit better:
$1416.00 before rebates and shipping

Price if they build it, before shipping, with a 3-year full warranty:
$2024.00

This of course is just for comparison. A few things I noticed looking at the site:
1. they don't have a big selection of parts.
2. they have some good parts but usually you can find far better deals.
3. they have some generic parts that do not list specs (like RAM).


Here is a system that will do everything you want. Hire someone local to assemble it for you:

Gigabyte 880G board and Phenom II X4 processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DDR3 1333 CL 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Illusion case and TP-750 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

5850 (you will have the option of adding a second in the future if needed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Win 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Monitor 22" gaming
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

keyboard and mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The grand total of everything listed was $1345 before shipping and will perform as requested... you will also be able to upgrade the graphics with a second, but I doubt you will need to.
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June 2, 2010 8:26:12 AM

I did a little research on ebay and I found what looks like a great deal. Not the computer in the auction! Scroll down and configure the pc and it will tell you the price. I configured the pc on this page that I built myself for 1200USD. It would have cost me 1500 to buy from them fully built with keyboard, mouse, but no monitor. This is also one of the best sellers on ebay because they have a limited 3 year warranty. Most have a 1 year or no warranty at all!

I am not affiliated with them in any way! In fact, I found them while looking to see what my competition will be if I start a custom computer business. They will be tough to match or beat i'll tell you that for sure. Even if I work for myself and keep all the revenue beating them may mean making no profit at all. haha

Here is the link : http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-PHENOM-II-965-CUSTOM-GAMING-BAR...
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June 2, 2010 8:38:46 AM

Plug in these specs on that website http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-PHENOM-II-965-CUSTOM-GAMING-BAR...

CPU AM3 - AMD Phenon X4 965 3.4ghz quadcore
CPU fans - Coolermaster Hyper 212
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H
DDR3 Dual Channel Memory - 4GB 2x2GB PC10600 DDR3 1333 Dual channel
PCI-Express video cards - ATI Radeon HD 5850
Hard Drive - 500GB Wester Digital 7200rpm
Network Card - Wireless 8.2.11 G 54mbps
Cases - Cooler Master HAF 922
Power Supply - Logysis 600w
Operating system - Windows 7

TOTAL COST - $1,276

Would cost me about 900-1000 to build, but that is a really good deal for a pre-built system with a 3-year warranty.


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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 2, 2010 7:22:11 PM

Using a Logisys power supply is very foolish. Spend a little time learning about power supplies, please. There is a link in my sig.
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June 2, 2010 9:33:53 PM

Ok I did. That is good information I would recommend everyone checking out. Pretty much what you are telling me is that a Logysis is not efficient and will use more energy than a comparative output efficient psu and probably not output the same either. It may be cheap but will ultimately cost more in the future and possibly lead to component failure.

I personally do not skimp on power supplies on my own builds. I am using a Corsair 750tx right now and it is a reliable and efficient component that you can depend on.

So honestly that build I posted above had one weak component, the Logisys psu. The only reason it is cheaper is because it is garbage. lol I was trying to keep the cost down, turns out it will probably just lead to hardship and more money down the drain in the long run.
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June 2, 2010 9:46:27 PM

Further inspecting the website I gave a link to... The 1333 DDR3 dual channel ram does not have a brand. I would hope it is corsair, ripjaws, or ocz... But it could be anything! Also, I think they just reduced their warranty to one year? I could of swore it said 3. oh well. lol Still looks like a good deal. But you are always better off building your own system if you have the patience. It doesn't require any other skill.
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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
June 3, 2010 8:13:24 AM

gorgot, I don't want to be insulting - well, maybe a little :) , but what's the title of this forum?

Except for a low end econo-box, we will almost always recommend that you build the computer yourself.
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