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December 21, 2010 11:43:47 PM

I intend to use this PC for gaming. I basically need everything except a mouse. I have no prior experience with PC construction or hardware. I will be ordering it from ecollegepc.com. Please don't suggest that I build it myself; I've already considered that. I will not be overclocking. I know what I want for the most part, but there are some components I'm a little unsure on. Any advice on the build or your prior experience with ecollegepc.com is appreciated.

2.8Ghz Intel Core i5-760 8MB Cache Quad-Core
Stock Intel LGA1156 Heatsink and Fan

GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 or GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 or ASUS P7P55D-E

4GB (2GBx2) PC3 10666 DDR3 1333Mhz Memory Lifetime Warranty
1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache Serial ATA300 (Major Brand)
22X LG SATA Dual Layer DVD+/-RW/CDRW w/Nero

1280MB GeForce GTX 470 or 1GB ATI Radeon HD6870

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
CoolerMaster Black HAF 922 (5 5.25, 5 3.5) 3 Fans, Audio/USB/eSATA
650watt Corsair CMPSU-650TX
Onboard LAN included

Wireless B/G/N PCI Adapter (I need this to connect my desktop to an already established home wireless network, right? Also, the desktop transmitting the wireless signal is XP. That won't cause any conflicts will it?)

Onboard Sound included
Black PS2 Internet Keyboard
Internal All in 1 Card Reader
2x 120mm Case Fan
Wires and Cables ran behind case and tied up for maximum airflow
Three year hassle free pickup and return

And I intend to get this monitor seperately at Best Buy:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/LG+-+23%22+Widescreen+Flat-...

Thanks for your help.

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December 21, 2010 11:56:17 PM

overall, its a decent build.

intel is releasing its next gen chipset in 2 weeks (though a smaller site like this might not have it right away)
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December 21, 2010 11:59:16 PM

Just priced it all out on there and it comes to 1200, that seems pretty steep considering i just priced it out on newegg for under $1000, and that was without searching combos and trying to find better deals.

You can do much better than eCollegePC, for less.

You say you have already considered building it yourself, but decided to get it prebuilt instead, so why did you decide against homebuild?
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December 22, 2010 12:46:53 AM

hunter315 said:
Just priced it all out on there and it comes to 1200, that seems pretty steep considering i just priced it out on newegg for under $1000, and that was without searching combos and trying to find better deals.

You can do much better than eCollegePC, for less.

You say you have already considered building it yourself, but decided to get it prebuilt instead, so why did you decide against homebuild?


When I looked at getting the individual componenets on Newegg the price wasn't that much different, and I think that if I get warranties for individual parts the price of the Newegg build would equal or exceed the price of the ecollege build. I was kind of in a hurry when I looked at Newegg so maybe I can look again.

I guess I could build it myself, but I don't have any experience with PC building and I've been pretty busy with work and completing volunteer hours for a scholarship. I'd imagine that putting it together and installing and updating everything would take a long time. I have download speeds of just barely about 3mbps so just downloading games and updates from Steam will take forever. I just want something I can enjoy without tons of hassle. Perhaps that's a bit irrational; if the price is significantly better on Newegg I'd give it more consideration.
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December 22, 2010 1:01:44 AM

For $950 before $10 shipping and $40 in mail in rebates

Windows 7/ GA-P55A-UD3 $190-$10MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Samsung F3 1TB $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 922 $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 650TX(the XFX 650W unit with the rebate is out of stock ATM) $90 - $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gskill 2x2GB DDR3 1333MHz CL9 $48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i5 760 $205
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DVD burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 6870 $240 - $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It doesnt include the card reader or the wireless, but you can pick those up pretty cheap. I wouldnt pay for an extended warranty on anything, the optical drive and the case are the only two things with 1 year warranties, the PSU has a 5 year, the GPU is lifetime and everything else is 3 years, same as that eCollegePC one.

When i built mine, assembly was about an hour, installing windows was about an hour, and at the end of 3 hours i had everything set up the way i wanted and steam was grabbing updates, it doesnt take too long.
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December 24, 2010 4:50:31 AM

I've been thinking that I may just wait for the Sandy Bridge release and build it myself. However, should I get Sandy Bridge when it's released or get an i5 760 or better due to the price drops that will occur from SB's release?
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