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November 23, 2010 9:22:37 PM

I am currently looking at building a new gaming machine. I was going to just purchase a pc from cyberpower, I purchased my last machine from there. I was wondering if I should just continue purchasing from them or should I build my own. The local pc repair shop said they would let me come in and they would help me build it free of charge.

I have a spending limit of $1300 - (Doesn't need to include Operating system or Monitor.)

I am not so computer savvy to know all that I need to be looking for. I wanted to go with Intel this time as I have usually gone with AMD. I was looking at doing the i7-950 if possible in that price range.

Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated as to which direction I should go. I would like to build one if it will make a better machine but if cyberpower if right on par with pricing and quality I guess I can just purchase another from them.

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November 24, 2010 1:19:06 AM
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November 24, 2010 2:46:48 AM

That helps a great deal, I was looking at this computer at cyberpower:

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Holiday_Special_IV/

Which is a bit cheaper for about the same components. If building it is going to be better I will go ahead and go that route but if this computer from cyberpower is a good buy, not sure which way to go?
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November 24, 2010 8:30:33 AM

That does seem like a pretty good deal. Before ordering I would get them to confirm the brand of:

Memory: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)

And then check against Newegg

Also I don't know anything about that PSU:

800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready

I couldn't see it anywhere on nvidia's website under their certified PSU brands/models list. At least might be worth asking around here if anyones had any experience with it.

Uprgrading to:

850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TX 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+85]

Might be worth the extra $85 in the long run

And hey since your still within budget why not:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA) [+91]

And since they're not into specifying brands I would pay the extra $4 for EVGA

Good luck!
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November 24, 2010 9:09:42 AM

BeCoolBro said:
Take a look at this build instead:)  :
Case:Haf 932
Cpu:i7 950
Cooler:Corsair A70
Motherboard:Asus Sabertooth X58

ram:G.Skill Ripjaws 6gb
GPUS:2xGtx 460 sli 768mb
HD:Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
PSU:Antec Truepower 750w
Optical:Any at 20$
All in all 1312$ and the 2 gtx 460s perform near a gtx 580.:) 


I don't know.. those guys in the prebuilt site offered a free SSD among other free stuff for black friday.
2xGTX 460's are good but make sure they are 768MB cause that'll save you $120 in total (You can buy 3x 768MB ones for price of 2x 1GB ones, so just buy 2 x 768mb ones as they perform almost identically as the 1GB version).

Hmmm Spinpoint F4 is cheaper on Newegg too =0 ($44)
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November 24, 2010 12:24:22 PM

One last question, a friend told me I should wait till after Christmas to buy to get it a lot cheaper. I didn't really think that things got cheaper after x-mas but I am not really sure. Is it worth waiting or should I just go ahead and get in on some of these black friday deals.
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November 24, 2010 12:30:04 PM

oneeyd said:
One last question, a friend told me I should wait till after Christmas to buy to get it a lot cheaper. I didn't really think that things got cheaper after x-mas but I am not really sure. Is it worth waiting or should I just go ahead and get in on some of these black friday deals.


I suggest you buy just before the new stuff is released or instantly when they are.Last christmas I purchased my first system too and looking at the prices now makes me realize how cheap stuff were.As an example I could get the 5870 at 335$ and it had been released really recently.Then it jumped up to 500$ in my country.
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November 26, 2010 2:34:47 PM

I am building another computer so my wife can game with me, waiting wasn't really an option.

Here's what I ended up ordering:

I7-950 Bloomfield
Coolermaster HAF 912
Spinpoint f3
Corsair CMPSU-850TX 80 Plus Power Supply
6gb Kingston Hyper-x (Came with a free 30gb SSD)
GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58

Then all the little things like fans, keyboard, mouse, ethernet card, etc....

Came out to be a little over $1300 for everything. I used Newegg, Tiger Direct, and I got the mobo off ebay.
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November 26, 2010 4:12:39 PM

The best gpus would be the gtx 460,6850 and 6870.Your choice but I'd prefer the 6850.
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November 26, 2010 4:25:11 PM


The above are better for the op in my opinion and below is why.



Spoiler
6850 Toxic 209$
6870 Twin Frozr 269$
Gtx 470 259.99$
The gtx 470 isn't worth the extra heat over the 6870 even if it gives more performance.Also gtx 470 tri sli is crazy without extreme cooling and a very beefy psu and the 6870 twin frozr has custom cooling and scales very well in cf.How is the gtx 470 a better deal?
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November 27, 2010 4:07:44 AM

You've done well. Those are all quality parts. Did you order a GPU? Let us know how it goes... I'm looking at a putting together a very similar build with a gtx580... whenever they finally come in stock!
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November 27, 2010 8:02:35 PM

oh forgot the gpu. I went with a single Evga 480 GTX, I couldnt resist. The wife gave me the big stink eye after I showed her the total lol.
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November 27, 2010 8:03:33 PM

Thanks for the advice on the SSD. I would have went ahead and installed the OS on it.
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November 27, 2010 8:39:27 PM

Wow. Hopefully your wife's stink eye turns into dazzled eyes when she sees games running on her new awesome beast of a system.
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November 28, 2010 1:04:11 AM

I'm currently running with:

x2 955 Black Edition
1tb Western Digital
Gigabyte AM3 Mobo - Forgot the exact model number
MSI HD 4870 1gb

I'll probably upgrade the video card in this one soon. It runs everything great atm.
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November 28, 2010 3:24:00 AM

I got the spinpoint f3 for the new machine, those are the specs to the old one.
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November 29, 2010 2:11:44 PM

30gb
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December 8, 2010 11:34:09 PM

I don't have all the parts yet. Back-ordered. I'll post up whenever I get everything situated and let you know how it is. I am so anxious. I was like WHAT, won't be shipped I think till Dec 10.
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December 21, 2010 1:47:57 AM

So I finally got everything in and the time to put it all together. So far so good on everything. I installed win7 Pro and did some tweaks and have about 12 gigs left on the SSD. I ran into one problem where the screen size of windows is larger than the screen. I am using a 42" Plasma as a monitor and I tried messing with the aspect on the TV as well as screen resolutions and refresh rates but cant seem to get it to fit.
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