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April 18, 2011 4:55:43 AM

Hello, I'm looking into buying a PC from CyberPower, but I really have little idea of which parts to choose.

The PC will be for high-end gaming (Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, SW:TOR) and your standard web browsing.

I'm looking to spend no more than $1850 for the PC and a 1920x1080p monitor that can double as a TV. I don't need speakers.

Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance.

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April 18, 2011 5:15:31 AM

Have you considered building it yourself? You save yourself the money they charge you for labor and profit. Its also pretty easy.
April 18, 2011 5:33:24 AM

I did, but I would really feel better purchasing it from CyberPower.
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April 18, 2011 6:29:16 AM

If you really don't want to build it yourself, buy here: http://lucomputers.com

You can pick your individual parts, so we could tell you all the best parts and they'll put it all together for about a 10% markup + $70 shipping or so. It comes out to a much better deal than anything else I've seen.

At the very least, look at their site.
April 18, 2011 10:03:00 AM

I'm not interested in buying from them.
April 18, 2011 11:33:25 AM

A relatively moderately priced rig of a 2500K/P67/twin GT560s (or especially SLI'd 570s!) should still be quite potent long past Nov when BF3 is released....
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April 18, 2011 8:59:30 PM

Wow that's pretty nice for $1399
April 18, 2011 10:50:34 PM

Computer Noob, do you have any reason you don't want to buy from lucocomputers? Because if you're not building yourself, it's the safest way I've found to make sure your computer uses good parts. You can pick K series CPUs and P67 boards so you can overclock if you want.

EDIT: Actually, that Cyberpower for $1399 is pretty solid (not as good as luco, but I still feel comfortable recommending it).
April 18, 2011 10:56:32 PM

I normally don't recommend a GTX 580 over the 570 but in this case since you'll be playing Battlefield 3 I'd say go for the 580.

If you built your own computer you would easily be able to get a GTX 590 -.-
April 18, 2011 10:59:19 PM

Go to configure -> intel -> p67 and heres a quick set up with just the stuff i changed:

Case: Whatever you want. Haf X is nice for high end machines
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ UEFI, DIGI+VRM, 7.1 HD Audio, BT GO!, GbLAN, USB 3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [B3 Stepping] [+75]
Motherboard Expansion Card: None
Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [-64] (Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+260] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
Video Card 2: AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+335] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)

$1400

leaves you with 450 for monitor and peripherals. You get a 1080 p monitor for ~150-200 on newegg. With the remaining money you can buy an ssd for you main boot drive (120 gb) but dont buy it from that website because theyre overpriced.
April 18, 2011 11:01:35 PM

I dont know why one would be attached to a single site. Get a parts list here and shop all the sites for the best price. If its the same parts list at each site your getting the same rig. So then at that point the cheeper price is the only difference.
April 18, 2011 11:12:56 PM

cburke82 said:
I dont know why one would be attached to a single site. Get a parts list here and shop all the sites for the best price. If its the same parts list at each site your getting the same rig. So then at that point the cheeper price is the only difference.

It's not that I'm attached to a single site. I would be happy purchasing the PC at another reputable site if there was significant savings.
April 18, 2011 11:46:21 PM

Computer Noob said:
It's not that I'm attached to a single site. I would be happy purchasing the PC at another reputable site if there was significant savings.

Ok then that cyberpower build is nice. I might suggest swapping out the core i7 for the core i5 if its a rig for mostly gaming. If you look at benches the i5 keeps up with the i7 in gaming type apps. You could then use that savings twards more ram and a better monitor. If you want something to double as a tv I would suggest just getting a tv as your monitor. As of now I have the system in my sig and I use a 42" LCD TV as my monitor. Paid $500 for the TV and it looks great gaming at 1080p. You can pay $250-300 ish for a 24" LCD Monitor and not get half the usage when it comes to using it as a TV. So you save a $100 going i5 and use that twards ram. ( get the 4gig system from cyberpower and buy the ram seperate onling. Installing ram is super easy and nothing like building the whole thing outright) Then Spend the rest of your $1800 on a TV of your liking.
April 18, 2011 11:51:58 PM

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1D6BEQ

Look at that. I upped it to a 580 and 8GB of ram and a Bluray reader.

And dropped the i7 for an i5.

That will give you better overall gaming/movie watching performance and still well under the $1800 limit

April 19, 2011 12:18:49 AM

why not get dual 6950's instead?
April 19, 2011 12:21:22 AM

bavman said:
why not get dual 6950's instead?

thats true. Asuming one wanted to stick with a single card I guess the 580's the way to go. Ill be dual 6950 here soon :) 
April 19, 2011 2:01:02 AM

Go God no! Don't get a Raidmax PSU! Put your $130 towards a Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, or XFX PSU.

EDIT: Also, if I was spending $210 on a 24" monitor instead of $130 on a 22", I'd go ahead and spend $280 to get a 1920x1200 28" monitor or $320 to get a 32" 1080p TV. It's just a more efficient use of cash per screen space.
April 19, 2011 2:17:16 AM

The total cost for the PC and monitor after changing the Raidmax PSU to a Corsair is $1850.

If anyone else has any comments or concerns about the build, I'd love to hear them.

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1D6BRT

Also, If I could get some suggestions for reputable websites that may offer this build cheaper, I'd appreciate it.

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April 19, 2011 2:54:10 AM
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custompcandrepairs.com

There website is lacking but they are the computer store i buy all my stuff from at home. If you email them at custompcandrepairs.com he will most definetaly get you a deal. I got a computer from them for 1500 when cyberpower wanted 1900. Its worth an email at least
April 19, 2011 4:41:09 AM

custompcandrepairs sounds good
April 19, 2011 5:41:24 AM

I sent them an email, and I certainly hope I can get a deal from them, as I haven't found another site offering a better price for the build. So, still open to suggestions.
April 19, 2011 3:40:08 PM

any luck?
April 19, 2011 8:15:32 PM

Well, I've got a reply with a couple builds and a price tag.

The first is the exact same build but with Hyper212+ heatsink and fan.
$1499.99 with $75.00 shipping.

The second is the exact same build but with Corsair H70 Liquid Cooling heatsink and fan.
$1549.99 with $75.00 shipping.

CyberPower wants $1550 for the customized build.
April 19, 2011 9:08:53 PM

bdbeall said:
so is it the same build as original or the same build with the corsair supply?

The customized $1550 one, with the corsair supply.
April 19, 2011 9:17:40 PM

o well whats cyber power want for shipping? Also to aswer an earlier question, get a 60 GB ssd to put your os on. That can increase performance. Also if memory serves me right Custompcandrepairs does free overclocking so you can ask but i dont remember.
April 19, 2011 9:30:40 PM

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o well whats cyber power want for shipping?

$75
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Also to aswer an earlier question, get a 60 GB ssd to put your os on.

I used the rest to change the PSU to a Corsair.
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Also if memory serves me right Custompcandrepairs does free overclocking so you can ask but i dont remember.

I will ask.
EDIT: It seems they do basic overclocking for free.
April 27, 2011 12:53:52 PM

If you want the best PC for your money, you should build it yourself. I realize that building your own PC can be a little scary, but it really isn't hard at all. There are TONS of people here at Tomshardware who would be happy to walk you through every step of picking hardware and assembling the system. You will get much more system for your money. I started out knowing almost nothing about computers, but I learned from books and some help with people from this forum. I now have a computer that is *extremely* reliable and works better than any company-built computer of any of my friends. You won't regret it. Also, where do you live? I just ask this because there *might* just be somebody in your area who would be willing to help you assemble your computer and get it up and running.
April 27, 2011 6:14:20 PM

It's not that building the PC myself is scary, after I read a couple of guides I was sure I could do it. It's the lack of customer support that drove me to buying from a company instead. I'd rather spend a bit more and avoid the headache of figuring out what's wrong with which part when a problem arises.
April 27, 2011 9:23:42 PM

Computer Noob said:
It's not that building the PC myself is scary, after I read a couple of guides I was sure I could do it. It's the lack of customer support that drove me to buying from a company instead. I'd rather spend a bit more and avoid the headache of figuring out what's wrong with which part when a problem arises.

Well you might want to carefully read everything possible you will find after reading that most websites (unless you pay extra) dont offer that much more than what the individual parts manufacturer offer. Also keep in mind most parts purchased to build a computer are waranteed for 3 or more years were PC's purchsed online are ususaly only for a year for free. Now there are some that give say a 3 year warantee for free but you still have to pay for shipping. So the best solution if you think your able to, is to build it yourself. But if you think the markup is worth it then I guess just buy it.
May 9, 2011 12:46:36 PM

Any Luck?
May 9, 2011 11:46:46 PM

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