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March 25, 2011 10:09:01 PM

This is my first time purchasing a computer and I can not decide where to order. Let alone if my setup will even run. I will be using the computer for WoW, Battlefield 3, and basic web browsing. What I have not been able to decide on is weather I should order it from IBuyPower.com or Cyberpowerpc.com. I did a build on each site to see if the prices were the same, and they seem to be very close. My other option is I could build my own PC, although I am unexperienced and would have to read up on it some more. I am looking for advice on where I should order, and if there is any way I could improve the builds. Maybe I should wait? Build my own? You tell me :)  Thanks for the feedback.

Here is the CyberPower build:

CyberPower P67 Configurator (NO MONITOR) $1,257.00 × Qty Total: $1,257.00
Configuration
*BASE_PRICE: [+715]
BLUETOOTH: None
CARE1: CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]
CAS: CoolerMaster Storm Sniper Mid-Tower Gaming Case [+63] (Original Color)
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+3] (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Color Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+15] (Blue Color)
FA_HDD: None
FAN: XtremeGear Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
FREEBIE_RM: None
GLASSES: None
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+33] (Single Hard Drive)
HDD2: None
IEEE_CARD: None
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
MB_ADDON: None
MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1800MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [-42] (Kingston HyperX [+12])
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] Asus P8P67 LE Intel P67 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ UEFI, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 3 PCI PCI [B3 Stepping] [+26]
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
NCSW: None
NETWORK: Killer Xeno Pro Gigabit High Speed Online Gaming PCI Network Interface Card [+69]
NOISEREDUCE1: Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [+9]
OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: 800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+41]
RUSH: 5% Instant Rebate for Non-Rush Delivery Order over $999 - Ships within 3 Weeks - Must Enter Coupon Code "NORUSH" during checkout
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
SURGE1: Ultra U12-40629 7 Outlet Surge Protector Black 6 Individual On/Off Switch [+20]
TEMP: NZXT Sentry-2 Fan Touch Screen Fan Control & Temperature Display [+29]
TVRC: None
USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VC_PHYSX: None
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+120] (EVGA Superclocked [+20])
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: None
_PRICE: (+1257)
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Here is the IBuyPower build:

Price is $1,255.00
Gamer Paladin E860
1 x Case ( Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case - Black )
0 x Case Lighting ( None )
0 x iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction ( None )
0 x iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion ( None )
1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache) )
0 x iBUYPOWER PowerDrive ( None )
1 x Processor Cooling ( Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155 & 1156] - [Free Upgrade] Standard 120mm Fan )
1 x Memory ( 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR3-1866 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )
1 x Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - 1GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 763MHz - Single Card )
1 x Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA )
1 x Free Stuff ( [FREE] - 12-In-1 External Built-in USB Cable Flash Media Card Reader/Writer SDHC supported )
1 x Free Stuff ( [Free Game Voucher] - Star Trek Online - Free with Purchase of Selected Intel Core i5/i7 Processor or SSD )
1 x Motherboard ( ASUS P8P67 LE )
1 x Power Supply ( 800 Watt -- Standard )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive [March Madness Fast Break Special] FREE upgrade (after $50 MIR) to 64GB ADATA S501 V2 SATA-III SSD single Drive )
0 x Data Hard Drive ( None )
1 x Optical Drive ( 24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )
0 x 2nd Optical Drive ( None )
1 x Flash Media Reader / Writer ( 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Beige )
0 x Meter Display ( None )
0 x USB Expansion ( None )
1 x Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
1 x Network Card ( [$49 - $20 Instant off = $29] Killer Xeno Pro Gaming Network Card )
1 x Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )
0 x Monitor ( None )
0 x 2nd Monitor ( None )
0 x Speaker System ( None )
0 x Headset ( None )
0 x Video Camera ( None )
1 x Advanced Build Options ( Tuniq TX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound - The best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks )
1 x Warranty ( Standard Warranty Service - Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
1 x Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - Deferred Delivery (Ship Out in 15 Business Days) - 5% OFF on systems over $999 (Coupon Code: defer) )
March 25, 2011 10:25:31 PM
March 25, 2011 11:50:39 PM

If I build my own do I need to purchase a network card...? Or will my motherboard have a Ethernet port?
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March 26, 2011 12:47:44 AM

your motherboard will have a built in Ethernet port
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March 30, 2011 9:39:28 PM

dont forget to factor in money for an os if you need windows. Big rookie mistake.

bout $100 for home premium

If you use Linux :-) :-) go you :-)
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March 31, 2011 2:25:54 AM

Do not get anything branded xtreme gear especially a power supply get a good corsair,seasonic, coolermaster or thermaltake.
Also I would not get their water cooling option either.
If you want the on chip wter cooler get the 570lx one.
Ther are tons of post here and on cyberpowers forums that the extreme gear power supplys lead to nothing but issues.
You probably won't see much difference with the killer xeno vrs the onboard nic either.
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