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This prebuilt system or build this other one? $800 budget

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March 6, 2012 5:03:16 PM

Ok, so I am helping my friend with a new computer purchase. His budget is $800 and I have been working with him on a system to build himself with some research I have done on this forum and online. While I was putting one together, he found this pre built system that looked surprinsgly decent for the money. I am a little leery about the brands of the PS, GPU, and RAM, but it would come put together as opposed to him having to build it which he hasnt done before. He has no parts at all since he is coming from a laptop so he will need everything but a monitor and mouse. Thanks for any help!!

Prebuilt:

Build His own:

CPU-Intel Core i5-2400 $190
MB-ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 $70
RAM-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 $40.00
GPU-SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $170.00
HD-Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s $85.00
DVD-LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM $17.00
Case- COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 $45.00
Power Supply- Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V $65.00
OS- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99

Total-$782.00

So basically I guess it would come down to the build yourself kit has brand name parts and the pre built system comes all put together so he wouldnt have to mess with his first computer build. What do you guys think? Feel free to tinker with my list too if you feel the need! THANKS!
March 6, 2012 5:07:25 PM

Not a bad build. I would FOR SURE build your own if you can. The ibuypower and cyberpower prebuilts come with bad powersupplies and crappy hardware. Not to mention your homebuilt is a i5 which will kick that amd in the but for gaming
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March 6, 2012 5:09:05 PM

If you REAALAALLLLLY want a prebuilt, go to ibuypower or cyberpowers website and use their customization options to build a better pc. Just remember you will be paying for them to build it and ship it etc, so you will spend the same for less hardware
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March 6, 2012 5:35:19 PM

the core i-5 2400 is a gaming beast and the 6870 is a good match but
the h61 chipset and the ram is a bit of a mismatch i would move up to somthing with a p67 or z68 and ddr3 1600 which would make your build a bit more even and futureproof for upgrades.

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March 6, 2012 5:48:50 PM

Thanks for the feedback so far. My buddies wife is a little leery about no true warranty on the home built computer, so he is dealing with that atm, haha. I will look at those possible changes randini while also looking around to see what his pre built options are.
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March 6, 2012 6:06:08 PM

update: So my friend is replacing a laptop that just doesnt get it done and figured he would have to get a desktop for the $800 budget. He just found for 800. I just have no idea how that graphics card compares to the desktop ones. Any info on this would be great! Thanks!
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