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Prebuilt Machine Question - is it any good?

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February 2, 2012 3:08:04 PM

I was in CompUSA last night and saw this pre-built machine.

http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-de...

It's on sale for $1499.99. That's within the budget I'd like to spend for a new machine but not sure if it's overpriced or if it'll last a few years.

Any input?

Thanks in advance!

Edit: Forgot to mention the primary use is gaming and some video/photo editing.
February 2, 2012 3:17:32 PM

nvm original post I wrote... just noticed it's dual video cards... that's a pretty good system for the price
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February 2, 2012 3:18:08 PM

NO! Terrible buy! That is a rippoff of astronomical preportions!
Lemme break down the price for you.
i7-2600k $330
6770 $110 x2, $220
16GB ram $80
HAF 912 $60
Windows 7 pro OEM $150
2TB HDD $200
Blu-ray $80
Mobo $100
H50 cooling $35
They are making around ~$250, not including the fact that they get huge discounts from OEMS by buying in bulk. Also, it's a terrible configuration. For the money, you could do much better.

Bottom line: If you want a decent PC, it's best to build your own. In ~4 hours you can have everything assembled and running, even for a noob. You save a huge amount of money and get a better PC. Your call.
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February 2, 2012 3:20:33 PM

slhpss said:
nvm original post I wrote... just noticed it's dual video cards... that's a pretty good system for the price

looks to be a corsair H50 or something similar. It's closed loop and the GPU's are air cooled.
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February 2, 2012 3:21:59 PM

so... it's an h50 cooler... I was just about to ask whether it was real liquid cooling or not...

yeah I would probably pass... though if you're not into building your own it will work for gaming and it will last a while... all pre-built PCs are going to have markup
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February 2, 2012 3:23:19 PM

striker410 said:
NO! Terrible buy! That is a rippoff of astronomical preportions!
Lemme break down the price for you.
i7-2600k $330
6770 $110 x2, $220
16GB ram $80
HAF 912 $60
Windows 7 pro OEM $150
2TB HDD $200
Blu-ray $80
Mobo $100
H50 cooling $60
They are making around ~$250, not including the fact that they get huge discounts from OEMS by buying in bulk. Also, it's a terrible configuration. For the money, you could do much better.

Bottom line: If you want a decent PC, it's best to build your own. In ~4 hours you can have everything assembled and running, even for a noob. You save a huge amount of money and get a better PC. Your call.


If you do this build yourself forget 2 6770's. A single 6950 is better and costs the same. You also might want to cut the ram in half, most people don't need more than 8GB.
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February 2, 2012 4:10:54 PM

Thanks all. I was looking into pre-builts due to the noobish factor but after reading the responses, the consensus is to pass on that :) 
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