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February 23, 2012 4:28:58 PM

I am in need of a new PC sometime soon, mostly for gaming and schoolwork. I expect to be spending around 700$-900$, maybe even a bit more or less, but the problem is that I don't know what to do. I am not sure whether to buy a pre-made one, build one on cyberpower/ibuypower, or build one myself. I really want the experience of building one myself, but I am extremely afraid that I would mess up and the whole thing would go to waste. I am also not sure which would cost more or less, because I found cheap PC's~500 are cheaper to buy pre-made, and more expensive PC's~1200 are cheaper to build myself, and as my price range is right in the middle I am stuck on this. Are there any tips on this?

Also, another problem I've encountered is timing. I would like to buy/build a PC as soon as possible, but I am willing to wait as long as necessary for any deals, price drops, or new releases. For example, the hard-drive price skyrocket and new wave of graphics cards. So any help or suggestions on when I should actually buy/build a PC?

Thanks for any tips/suggestions in advanced.

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February 23, 2012 4:44:41 PM

build your own computer. you will learn so much more than getting a pre build when it comes to troubleshooting your system.

build and OVERCLOCK
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February 23, 2012 4:46:02 PM

if I was you I should build it yourself. 900$ is alot. You can build a really nice mid-range PC for that.
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February 23, 2012 4:48:15 PM

You're on your own with timing. Building a computer will allow you to control the quality of the components inside. OEMs are strictly profit minded. There are tons of people right here and on other forums who would love to help you pick components and get them assembled properly. My advice is to build an i3 or i5 system with an Asus MB and an Nvidia GPU with the largest QUALITY PSU you can afford. Also, remember you quickly reach a point of diminishing returns in terms of performance. Hardware is so capable now that only a few games can even come close to maxing out even a mid range rig. You can spend a lot more money for very little performance increase. BTW, IMHO overclocking is a urinating contest.
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February 23, 2012 4:48:33 PM

In my opinion, the answer to your question is always build one yourself. Despite how scary it may appear, building a computer is fairly easy. If you can put together furniture from IKEA, you wont have a problem building a computer.

Now on the question of timing, that is a tricky topic. The simple answer is go ahead and buy it. There will always be something that is the latest and greatest coming out and at some point you have to just DO IT.

Will the increased cost of the Ivy Bridge be worth the 12% performance increase? With a budget like yours, probably not. What you can do is get a Z68 motherboard on which the Ivy Bridge will be backwards compatible.

Simply put, on a max budget of $900, you can easily build a computer yourself that may not necessarily run every game on Ultra, but will still run most on high settings, and will have better quality parts and be much more upgradeable than if you bought one.
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February 23, 2012 5:02:36 PM

What i would recommend doing is go on cyber power pc. Pick everything you would like in a PC. See the grand total and go on new egg and peice it out. It will give you a guide line on what to work with. With a $900 budget you can build a pretty decent PC. The plus side of building you own is you can set your budget and work around it. Cyberpower pc may be an easier way but you dont know exactly what is in it untill it arrives at your door and you open it up. If you read on there site it says "Major brand" but who knows what they consider a major brand. They honestly put in whatever is cheapest at the moment to make the biggest profit. Which leaves mixed matched products in your build. You may get a great mobo and gpu, but you might get a cheap PSU or memory that will cause you problems down the road.

Now a days companys know people are on budgets, thats why they make different versions of each computer part. Like ASUS p68 mobos, they range from $120 all they way up to $250 only you know what you actually need in a mobo. Which is the plus of building your own to fit your budget. Maybe you dont need a $250 mobo well you can save $100 and use that toward buying a better graphics card or psu. Gives you the chance to invest in the parts you actually need in a pc.

Building a pc is not hard at all. You wont have problems aslong as you buy reliable parts and can follow simple directions. Which this forum can help you with.

I reccomend watching these two video i watch on youtube to get a idea of how to build a PC. I never built a pc and honestly i was amazed by how easy it was. Its just plug and play now adays. The computer knows what you put in it and will let you know whats wrong. The videos are about an hour long but its because the guy likes to talk and explain everything but its worth the watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-uHmL7Y2UU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPB3HcMjf2E&feature=rela...
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February 23, 2012 5:06:11 PM

If you not for game ... just surf internet and do some student work ... you can get something $500 range..... but for game you really need to build by yourself...

Do you want to buy from online store or you wan to pickup in a local close to you...

The Advantage to buy from local store is you can exchange the parts if you find out have any problem.... and save time and shipping but sometimes in small town the price may expensive....



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February 23, 2012 5:09:03 PM

build it yourself but you should know that hdd's are very expensive now because of the flood wich has been in thailand
...and you sure won't mess it up ;) 

on your budget do something like this:
cpu: intel i5 2400 (if u want unlimmited overclocking take the 2500k)
mobo: asus p8p67 (maybe the pro version if u have the money)
graphics: evga or asus card with nvidia gtx560 (example)
case: any case you like will be good! (good exaple: antec three hundred or three hundred two)
psu: a good 550w or more (pref with 80+ or better efficiency)

i think that's it. i hope i helped you
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February 23, 2012 5:13:44 PM

just build it your self, if you need it now just go build, but if you can hold on then you can hold on and wait and wait, so i suggest, if you need now, go build, another way is sell your current pc to a friend or something so you would really need to build one,

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February 23, 2012 5:38:01 PM

dalmvern said:
In my opinion, the answer to your question is always build one yourself. Despite how scary it may appear, building a computer is fairly easy. If you can put together furniture from IKEA, you wont have a problem building a computer.

Now on the question of timing, that is a tricky topic. The simple answer is go ahead and buy it. There will always be something that is the latest and greatest coming out and at some point you have to just DO IT.

Will the increased cost of the Ivy Bridge be worth the 12% performance increase? With a budget like yours, probably not. What you can do is get a Z68 motherboard on which the Ivy Bridge will be backwards compatible.

Simply put, on a max budget of $900, you can easily build a computer yourself that may not necessarily run every game on Ultra, but will still run most on high settings, and will have better quality parts and be much more upgradeable than if you bought one.


What is Ivy Bridge though? Is it a new version of Intel's "Sandy Bridge"?
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February 23, 2012 5:40:13 PM

HomemadeChair said:
What is Ivy Bridge though? Is it a new version of Intel's "Sandy Bridge"?


There just the new line of CPU coming out to replace the i3, i5, and i7.
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February 23, 2012 6:52:55 PM

build yourself its fun and its cheaper
i did it and im only 14 with no experiance before building it also its not that hard all your really doing is plugging stuff in , mount the mobo in the case and some cable managment then after that eveything is a breeze :sol: 
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February 23, 2012 6:59:33 PM

HomemadeChair said:
I found cheap PC's~500 are cheaper to buy pre-made, and more expensive PC's~1200 are cheaper to build myself, and as my price range is right in the middle I am stuck on this. Are there any tips on this?


Your price range is just a teeny bit shy of building a kick butt system. Last month, I woulda said $1,000 but with the lack of specials due to the more people building at the moment due to new GFX cards being released and HD prices starting to drop a little, has pushed that up a bit ..... here's a ystem just shy of $1,100

Case - $ 125 - Corsair Carbide 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 370 - ASUS P8P67 Pro Combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl - Intel Core i7-2500K Included w/ above
Cooler - Later - CM Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $ 100 - Seagage Barracuda 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - 120 GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 21 - Asus Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS 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...


Id build now with 69xx series or 5xx series GFX cards....if ya want next gen, I'd wait..... I generally find that the best time to do builds is between June (new non reference GFX cards out) and January (post XMas deals).
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February 23, 2012 7:05:12 PM

Build it yourself! Its a good learning experience, and it will perform better than 95% of prebuilt systems from lets say, Dell. It really isnt hard at all. Just watch Neweggs 3 part "How to Build a Computer" youtube videos.
Part One - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
Part Two - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
Part Three - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok

And for websites for computer parts:
Newegg.com
Amazon.com
Tigerdirect.com

And let me say again how fun it is picking and building your OWN custom built computer.
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