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Thinking about getting a new desktop, advice?

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February 27, 2011 9:07:13 PM

Hey everyone, my two year old laptop, a Gateway P-7811 FX, had its motherboard burned out recently. Not sure why that happened, I didn't touch any settings or mess with any hardware, but oh well.

I'm an avid gamer who loves technology, although I'm not too proficient with every part of a computer yet. Still learning!

I've been looking to get a new computer, and my friend said he's had no problems with Cyberpower PC. I've been thinking about a desktop, more bang for the buck, and I didn't really go too many places with my laptop...

The main purpose of this machine is simply, gaming. I don't really plan on moving it from place to place at all.

I saw the Mega Special IV computer and decided to use it as a base, it looked like a solid machine for a good price. There have been a few points of concern, mainly the Cooling Fan, the Motherboard, and the Power Supply.

I've never messed with liquid cooling before, and I don't think I want to start with my first real custom-ordered PC... the Motherboard, there are so many options, I figured I should leave it with the default pick until I can get some feedback. The power supply, yeah. I figured spending $50 to upgrade from the default 800W PSU might be a good idea, just as a safety buffer. However, I know nothing of the various units and if that's even a good idea. Would love some feedback on this.

Here's the current setup I've been considering (been trying to keep it $1500-1600 max); Any obvious concerns/critiques?

Also, what are your guy's experiences with the "Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit"? It sounds like something I should get, but I'm concerned about the expanding foam accidently damaging parts.

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Adjustable HDD Cage (Black Color)
Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: None
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
Noise Reduction Technology: None
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-960 3.20 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: Xion HP-1216B Five Heatpipes Direct Core Contact Copper Heatsink CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof) (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof) [-3]
Motherboard: * (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Ultra Durable™3 Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 Dolby Audio, eSATA, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID, IEEE1394a, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
Motherboard Expansion Card: None
Memory: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (Corsair Dominator [+63])
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Video Card 2: None
Video Card 3: None
Dedicated PHYSX Card: None
Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
Power Supply Upgrade: * 1,000 Watts - Raidmax RX-1000AE 80 Plus Gold Power Supply [+44]
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
Data Hard Drive: None
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
USB Flash Drive: None
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
3D Vision Glasses: None
LCD Monitor: None
2nd Monitor: None
3rd Monitor: None
Speakers: None
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Network Switch: None
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
Mouse Pad: None
Gaming Gear: None
Extra Thermal Display: None
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: None
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Bluetooth: None
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
Video Camera: None
Headset: None
Printer: None
Cable: None
Power Protection: None
Surge Protector: None
IEEE1394 Card: None
USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None
Office Suite: None
Games: None
Ultra Care Option: None
Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Rush Service: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS

February 27, 2011 11:55:13 PM

Would you like to buy the parts & put it together yourself? You could save a decent amount of $
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February 28, 2011 12:01:19 AM

I'd build it myself .... I'll guess that's in the neighborhood of $1500. This is $1,250, bumps you up a GFX notch and lets you add another come XMas or when you get a cash windfall.

Case - $100 - Antec DF-35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $120 - XFX Black Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM - $100 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $315 - EVGA GTX 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - later - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Card Reader $35 AFT XM-35U http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If ya need a KB / Mouse combo, you can get by w/ a $22 set....if ya want something veerrrry good

Keyboard - $65 - Logitech G110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $53 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Need a monitor ?
Monitor - $180 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 1, 2011 11:26:33 AM

The expanding foam goes into a bag and is a warm chemical mix. It is then placed into the system and expands around the parts it should be helpful unless they are over filling the bags.The only bad thing you chose was the power supply.
Get a corsair, thermaltake or coolermaster. or silverstone if going extreme.
Also that mouse is junk it works but the cord is really cheap. Id also get a better keyboard.
But as stated above building is your own if your comfortable with it is best.
I can't tell you how many horror strys there are that lead back to the powersupply either raidmax or extreme gear are terrible also their own branded cyberpower ones are bad too.
This is just my opinion but feel free to look up the specs if you can.
i have 2 cyberpowers that i got for my wife and son no issues with either one.
Their 3 year warranty with them is really more like 1 year then use the manufacturer support after that though.
Also get the better thermal material for the cpu cooler.
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May 2, 2011 2:42:29 AM

If you dont wanna build it yourself i would try cyberpower, ibuypower, and custompcandrepairs.com. The first two have good configurators, but the last one has GREAT support. i emailed them and had a custom build with pricing way better than the first two in about 2 hours. ya its not immediate but they beat out everyone else by at least 100 bucks.
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May 11, 2011 12:31:51 AM

In the last 9 years i have bought 3 computers. 1 from CP, built one, and custompcandrepairs was my last one. I saw good posts on here about them so i tried them. Building it myself was the mot satisfying, yet time consuming. CP was nothig but a headache with a mediocre product, and custompcandrepairs was the easiest most hassle free way. Building it yourself will be a little cheaper but not by much.
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May 11, 2011 6:17:44 AM

sleapeasy said:
In the last 9 years i have bought 3 computers. 1 from CP, built one, and custompcandrepairs was my last one. I saw good posts on here about them so i tried them. Building it myself was the mot satisfying, yet time consuming. CP was nothig but a headache with a mediocre product, and custompcandrepairs was the easiest most hassle free way. Building it yourself will be a little cheaper but not by much.



Are you just cutting and pasting this to every forum you reply to?
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May 11, 2011 1:19:15 PM

ya. its good info to know about... i feel like i should share? i mean everyone is askin the same question neways, so why not give them the same answer?
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