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$800-$1000 Gaming PC: Gateway? Dell? iBUYPOWER?

I'm a fairly technical person, but nevertheless the idea of building my own PC is still a little daunting, so I'm trying to figure out how much of a loss I'd be taking by buying a pre-made computer, and what a good configuration and manufacturer would be. I'm looking in the $800-$1000 range, and I'm playing mostly games like Starcraft 2, Civilization V, Team Fortress 2, and Fallout: New Vegas (when it comes out, of course).

These are examples of pre-built computers I'm considering:

http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668770.php ($900, AMD Phenom™ II X6 1035T, ATI Radeon™ HD5750)
http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668688.php ($850, Intel® Core™ i5-650, NVIDIA® GeForce® GT320)

http://www.dell.com/us/p/studio-xps-8100/pd?oc=dxdonn2&model_id=studio-xps-8100 ($1100, Intel® Core™ i7-870, ATI HD5770 Radeon™)
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dxcwnn1&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&model_id=studio-xps-8100&link_number=17967581 ($850, Intel Core i5-760, ATI HD5450 Radeon DDR3; $980, Intel Core i5-760, ATI HD5770 GDDR5)

I'd really appreciate some feedback on which manufacturer to trust, how decent these configurations are, and how much of a loss I'm taking by not building it myself (I already have a monitor and mouse and Windows, but I need a keyboard as I'm currently using my laptop for gaming). Thanks!
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    CPU/Mobo Combo : http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.524417

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126052

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261073
    (Comes W/ Mafia 2 Free)

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    DvD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

    There are way too many ways to get more bang for your buck building your machine instead of buying a pre built

    there are also tons of tutorials on youtube,
    you also wouldnt need an i7 for gaming as an AMD Quad Core Would be better suited for what you want saving you money and letting you get the above GTX 470

    Grand Total: $976.66
  2. Nah, if he wants this to last he'd be better off with a i7. Cyberpower>dell>gateway IMO.. You are looking at a roughly $200 markup...
  3. Atotalnoob said:
    Nah, if he wants this to last he'd be better off with a i7. Cyberpower>dell>gateway IMO.. You are looking at a roughly $200 markup...



    no offense, but can you show me a benchmark proving that the core i7 will for fact last longer?

    he also wouldnt need 6 cores seeing as how hardly any games utilize all six and the're just starting to use four

    and yeah its easily a two hundred dollar mark up,
    if you compare the build i posted too this one http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668770.php

    your getting better products for the same amount your spending on a pre built.
  4. Okay, I think I've been convinced to go the build-your-own route. Shake off the dust and do what I used to as a kid with my dad! Thanks for the input, both of you.
  5. HeyImGodly said:
    no offense, but can you show me a benchmark proving that the core i7 will for fact last longer?

    he also wouldnt need 6 cores seeing as how hardly any games utilize all six and the're just starting to use four

    and yeah its easily a two hundred dollar mark up,
    if you compare the build i posted too this one http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668770.php

    your getting better products for the same amount your spending on a pre built.



    P4s were the i7 of their time, they are still around, it has been what? 10 years, or close to it....


    Building your own is fun, just be careful....
    Don't get liquid first off, get a good aircooler....
  6. Best answer selected by dogfog.
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