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AMD vs Intel Builds vs Build Myself(Newegg)

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October 11, 2011 11:33:49 PM

Couple diff versions:( Free shipping both, plus $30-50 instant discount+50-70 Mail in rebates, so grand total for each of these woudl be about $900-950 all said and done)

(INTEL RIG)

Case: * Apevia X-Trooper LED Light Mid-Tower Case w/ Side Window [+11] (Blue LED Light 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™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: * Thermaltake FRIO Overclocking Cooler Fan (CLP0564) [+20]
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: * [CrossFireX/SLI] GigaByte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX MB w/ Lucid Virtu + Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 Dolby Home Theater Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+23]
Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: None
Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+128] (EVGA Superclocked)
Freebies: FREE Game - Dungeon Siege 3
FREE Just Cause 2 Game Coupon
FREE Game Coupon Batman: Arkham City
Video Card 2: None
Video Card 3: None
Power Supply Upgrade: * 700 Watts - CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gaming 80 Plus Power Supply [+88]
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
Freebies: None
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: Killer Xeno Pro Gigabit High Speed Online Gaming PCI Network Interface Card [+29]
Network Switch: None
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
Freebies: None
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
Internal USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USB Port: None
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: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Rush Service: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS


(AMD RIG)
Case: * Apevia X-Trooper LED Light Mid-Tower Case w/ Side Window [-19] (Blue LED Light Color)
Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: None
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: None
CPU: AMD Phenom™II X4 955 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
Cooling Fan: * Thermaltake FRIO Overclocking Cooler Fan (CLP0564) [+20]
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: * [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-970A-D3 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ On/Off Charge, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [-7]
Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [+54] (Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+86] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
Freebies: None
Video Card 2: None
Video Card 3: None
Free Game: None
Power Supply Upgrade: * 700 Watts - CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gaming 80 Plus Power Supply [+88]
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
Freebies: None
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: 600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Network Switch: None
Keyboard: None [-4]
Mouse: None [-3]
Freebies: None
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
Internal USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USB Port: None
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


Still not ruling out building, I think the kicker besides being cheaper, is the warranties are all longer than a yr. I.e prebuilt oem stuff I guess is locked into the boutique builder 1 yr of doom...


Now my Newegg version of the above AMD(cheaper model):




Shopping Cart
Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1

APEVIA X-TROOPER Junior Series X-TRPJR-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Side Window
Item #: N82E16811144269
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate


$39.99
1

GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128521
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$99.99
1

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814102948
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$179.99
1

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339
Item #: N82E16820148347
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


$49.99
1

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy


$119.99
1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy


$99.99
Subtotal: $589.94)+18 shipping)


So compared with Cyberpower thats about $300-350 more, but I get the following with Cyberpower:


NEW $88 (-$30MFR) 700 Watts - CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gaming 80 Plus Power Supply((mine is like 2+years old, coolermaster 650w))
NEW $40(-$20 MFR) (Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified) * Thermaltake FRIO Overclocking Cooler Fan (CLP0564)-(dont trust water...lol)
NEW $(2 of mine are probably on last 1-2yrs, will go nicely with new 1TB I just got)
NEW $20 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive

So factor in padded foam shipping($19)+assembly($100ish), you get the $300-350 difference.


And, I would have a backup PC that can stream(Playon)/game/browse etc in case the new one goes down for extended time, rather than pulling parts off the old rig for the Newegg deal.....


Hopefully make a decesion next couple days, getting all OCD about this and not having fun lol.
October 11, 2011 11:58:19 PM

as you can see a prebuilt is often poor value , but dont forget Windows 7 home premium 64 bit cost $100

The intel system has a stronger cpu , and a stronger graphics card

It may help if you ask in the format suggested in the thread stuck to the top of the forum . Unless you are totally useless with a screwdriver and refuse to follow instructions completely, it is very easy to assemble your own computer
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