$1500 worth of computer - properly configured?

Buying a new system both in anticipation of Diablo II and to replace a 3-4 year old computer. Looking for something that can run the latest games on the highest settings. Currently playing games like Civ 5, Deus Ex Human Rev, Dragon Age, Star Wars MMO, plan to buy Battlefield 3 soon. I'm pretty comfortable with this build, curious what others think. The price includes Win7Pro,a 24 inch monitor, and rush treatment.

I'd also like to ask if people think I should consider building this myself. There are a couple good reasons not to. There is a free upgrade to a 2TB HDD and a free upgrade to a 24 monitor from 22 inch on CBP right now. I wouldn't have to spend time on building a computer is obviously another good reason - I have a family and not a ton of time and I've never done it before though I'm sure I could do it. On the plus side I could do it when I want to and not have to wait for the rig to show up at my door.


BLUETOOTH:USB Bluetooth 2.0 Adapter [+10]

CAS:CoolerMaster Elite 431 Mid-Tower Gaming Case [-11]


CD:24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)


COOLANT:Standard Coolant

CPU:Intel® Core™ i5-2550K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)

CS_FAN:Maximum 120MM Color Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+15] (Blue Color)




FAN:CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo Gaming Cooling Fan [+4]

FLASHMEDIA:INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)


HDD:2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+0] (Single Drive)



IUSB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

KEYBOARD:(Keyboard & Mouse Combo) Logitech Wireless Desktop MK320 Keyboard & Mouse Combo [+0]


MEMORY:8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance)

MONITOR:24" Widescreen 1920x1080 Asus VS247H-P LCD [+157]



MOTHERBOARD:* [CrossFireX] Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard LucidLogix Virtu and Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID,2 3 PCIe Gen2, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 3CI (All Venom OC Certified)

MOUSE:XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

NETWORK:Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

OS:Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional [+135] (64-bit Edition)

OVERCLOCK:No Overclocking

POWERSUPPLY:* 750 Watts - Thermaltake TR2 RX Modular 80 Plus PSU - PN: TRX-750M [+71]

PRINTER_CABLE1:10-FT HDMI v1.4 Cable Type-A Male to Male High Speed Cable [+10] (2 pieces [+10])



SOFT1:Free Microsoft® Office® 2010 STARTER EDITION (Reduced-Functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising) [+0]










VIDEO:AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+283] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)






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  1. Change the RAM config to 4gb x 2 first off. I would get the monitor on newegg. sign up for their daily promotional emails... they have monitor deal constantly, i got that exact one for $129.99 on sale and with the rebate....

    what is the total on this build? also, put in SPRING0410 at the checkout and get 5% off.
  2. Build is $1550. Nice catch on the RAM, that was an oversight on my part.
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    IMO i'd build personally, but I understand time restraints. However its not all that difficult to build one.

    I honestly never had put one together all by myself and setup took 1night, and Bios/drivers/software took another night. Your looking at 10-12 hrs total time. And thats on the high side if you ask me.

    Change the Psu to a better brand...600watt~ will do fine. Stay with Xfx/antec/corsair/seasonic.

    Ram suggestion has already been made. Good suggestion.

    It's a gurantee that building will in fact save you money, and give you a performance gain. But building means you have to troubleshoot yourself and there is some risk.

    If you like the having the extra time, and do not want to fool with repairs (if they occur) then buy.

    I build because money/performance/enjoyment outweighs the time/warranty for me (all the parts have warranties). I find it more annoying buying because of all the extra's they put on the computer etc and build quality isn't up to my standards.
  4. I went into Newegg and selected similar components but with no monitor, no HDD, and no OS. I can use the newish 1TB storage drive, 60gb SSD storage setup I have on my old machine, and that OS, and just keep my eyes open for deals on a monitor. The Newegg build is under $1100, more than a $400 difference. The parts kind of come out as a wash, it is the lack of these things that accounts for the major difference. The upside would also be time as Cyberpower wouldn't get a machine to me for about 4 weeks.

    I did a cut and paste job below, mainly I was on the fence about a power supply. There were a lot of comments about bottom mounted power supplies and cable length. Anybody have relevant experience to share? Leaning strongly toward building this myself now.

    Any other comments? Thanks in advance.

    1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $19.99
    1 Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
    Item #: N82E16811139008
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $99.99
    1 ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814121624
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy $359.99
    1 CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139012
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
    1 Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate
    Item #: N82E16820223109
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $16.99
    1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
    Item #: N82E16835100007
    Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy $9.99
    1 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH
    Item #: N82E16820231440
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $48.99
    1 GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128512
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$15.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    1 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
    Item #: N82E16819115072
    Return Policy: Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy $219.99
    1 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
    Item #: N82E16835103099
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $34.6
  5. Best answer selected by makeitso.
  6. I ended up buying the parts to build it myself.
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