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September 8, 2010 7:35:58 PM

I contacted a local company to build a rig for me. I have 3 large monitors, and I do 3d rendering, work with very large photoshop documents, and multi task like a mofo. Here's the build and price they came back with:

CUSTOM BUILD MID TOWER = $1649.99 + taxes PARTS
$65 Labor to make Ghost Image and test then install customers sata drive (1TB)
1 Year fact. Wart. Parts & Labor 100% - (hardware only) Extended up to 5 year if want.

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz Quad Core w/ HT 1366 Sck.

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB –( if you want 12gb +$179.99) 2x 6gb kits

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb (2x in raid 0 stripe for speed will equal a 2TB partition)

Radeon HD 5770 1GB video card for tri monitor support (2x hdmi vga adapters included)

Pixxo Black / Sliver ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit



Anything jump out at you as bad? The power supply seems a little sad? Should I go for the 12gigs of RAM?
September 8, 2010 7:41:40 PM

One other quick note, my actual budget is $2,000, so there's about $350 in breathing room if you have any bright ideas.
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September 8, 2010 7:44:49 PM

change WD for samsung spinpoint f3... its faster

get a better psu, i recomend xfx 750w

windows professional 64 bit

and if u still have money get an 5850
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September 9, 2010 2:06:52 AM

12GB of ram is a lot, but the memory intensive programs you use may benefit from it. Check how much memory your current system is using in the task manager.

I would at least ask for a better case and power supply. Trusting a $20 OEM power supply with more than $1500 in computer components is a huge mistake. I also think something that expensive should look and feel the part (Lian Li or at least Antec quality construction).

The one year warranty doesn't really mean much, just that they will handle the return for you; all of the components come with manufacturer warranties.


Here's what those components would cost from Newegg (slightly upgraded in places):

Intel i7-950 (Slightly better for overclocking than an i7-930, only $15 more now)
EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (2x SATA 6Gb/s, 6x SATA 3Gb/s)
$508 with promo code MBTEN92

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


OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Power Supply (80 Plus Certified, Modular, Much better than whatever you're getting)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
$100 after $20 rebate

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


Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
$215 after $15 rebate

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


6GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3 1333 CL9 1.5V
$120

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


Antec 300 (The standard budget computer case, much better than generic Pixxo)
Lite-On 24X DVD Burner
$71

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


2nd Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
$75

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


Total: $1089 (including shipping and rebates)
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September 9, 2010 12:24:08 PM

Wow, thanks for the awesome reply. So I guess my next question is, is $560 a reasonable price to pay for labor? I have put together computers in the past and it's not hard and doesn't take that long -- I'd imagine that's doubly true for a place set up specifically to do it. It's probably like 3 or 4 hours of labor, right? Or am I off base and paying a third of the price in labor is reasonable?

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September 9, 2010 6:33:45 PM

I don't think it's reasonable, and that's what I was getting at. I would be surprised if it's even 3 hours of labor for an experienced builder (~1 hour to install components, ~1/2 hour to set up windows).
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