Help w/ System Purchase 2-2.5k budget

Hi all,

Looking to have something made say up to $2500. I've read some on IBuyPower and CyberPower tech support/customer service and that has kept me from just working something up with them -- what I read may be dated have they gotten better?

My HP has served me well but I'm not keen that all they are pushing these days are uATX and I didnt see that they had any options for 2 vid cards.

Yes, I know it is more cost-effective to custom build from NewEgg. At this point right now I'm pretty busy -- after this post Im going to head downstairs and get some more done for work :(. Like to have something nice on hand when my brother comes next month and I get to see my new nephew :) I'm an aging gamer who has lost touch on what has been going on hardware-wise.

Anyhoo, I have a Viewsonic G90f CRT. Not sure if I'd need to replace it but it has served me very well.

I'm going to want to run ColdFusion 10 on it which means I'll need Win 7 Professional or Win 7 Ultimate installed. Would also like to run Diablo 3 on it.

I had been poking around Intel 3820 systems with 16GB or ram and at least 1 TB of storage. I would prefer that not all of the memory banks come filled.

I'm ok with starting with a single decent card and adding a second later. I know very little about video cards...

Be good to your mothers tomorrow!
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  1. Well CRTs are definitely out and you should replace it. lcd are better because of size and weight etc.

    Are you wanting to go with newest technology. Like sheer power. are you going to overclock at all? With 2500 dollars you will get more for your money building it yourself than if you get it from cyberpower.
  2. Jebisz022 thanks for the feedback. I understand that CRTs are no longer favored. Weight isnt a factor for me. The Viewsonic G90f is large enough @ 19" for me. I dont watch movies on my PC as I have a projector and screen and a 62" DLP for that. Its main specs are:
    Native Resolution 2048 x 1536 at 60.0 Hz.
    Pixel Pitch 0.21 mm .
    Vertical Refresh Rate 180 Hz.
    Horizontal Refresh Rate 97 kHz

    Is the G90f incable of handling the refresh rates of relatively recent video cards?

    Not particularly interested in the latest and greatest as it comes at too high a price -- I'm looking more for a very good performance at a fair price. Thats why I had mentioned the Intel 3820 main processor. I probably won't overclock Jeebisz022. The most taxing game I'll probably install is Diablo 3 or if COD goes back to WW2 I may want to pick it up.

    As far as ColdFusion goes I wouldnt install it for the purpose of actually hosting sites but as a practice platform for me to try new things.

    I was leaning against Cyperpower, iBuyPower, Alienware, and HP.

    I live in the Philadelphia area -- is there anyone with a good rep local to me?
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    Alienware is owned by dell now and ive never like dell because is all over priced and Hp is more for buisness i seem to find. You could probably go with

    Intel 3570k - $240
    ASUS Intel Z77 P8Z77-V PRO - $220
    Noctua NH-D14 - $89
    Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9B - $50
    Corsair Enthusiast TX CP-9020003-NA - $120
    NZXT Phantom - $130
    2x Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 67NPH6DV5ZJX - $399 a piece
    Crucial 128 GB m4 CT128M4SSD2 - $120
    Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue WD10EALX - $90
    LG UH12LS28K LightScribe 12x SATA Blu-Ray Combo Internal Drive - $60

    Total Price around 2000 and with your extra budget get you a nice LCD because of Color depth and look for a refresh rate of like 120 so you dont get motion blur when playing games
  4. How does this look? Decided to hold off on 2nd vid card for now. I think I have a good MB and PSU to add it later...

    Product Name: CyberPower Black Pearl (NO MONITOR)
    Price: $2,030.00
    BLUETOOTH:USB Bluetooth 2.X EDR Dongle with Led Light Thumb Size [+12]

    CARE1:Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]

    CARE2:Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]

    CAS:* Cooler Master HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port [+64]


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

    COOLANT:Standard Coolant

    CPU:Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)

    CS_FAN:Default case fans




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

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

    FREEBIE_CS1:Cooler Master Storm Xornet Optical Gaming Mouse [+0]

    FREEBIE_CU:FREE! Mass Effect 3 Game [+0]

    GAMES1:Diablo III Game [Pre-Order Ship on or after May 15th with system] [+60]

    HDD:2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+0] (Single Drive)
    IUSB:Internal USB 3.0 4-Port Hub [+29]
    KEYBOARD:Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
    MEMORY:16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory [+145] (Corsair Vengeance [+30])

    MOTHERBOARD:(SLI/CrossFireX) ASUS P9X79 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI BIOS, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI [+10]

    MOUSE:XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

    NETWORK:Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

    OS:Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional [+31] (64-bit Edition)

    OVERCLOCK:No Overclocking

    POWERSUPPLY:1,200 Watts - Cooler Master Silent Pro 80 Plus Gold Power Supply ( 80 Plus Gold) [+126]



    USBFLASH:USB 2.0 Portable Flash Drive [+20] (4GB)

    USBX:NZXT Internal USB 6-PORT Expansion Module + USB Bluetooth 2.X EDR Dongle with Led Light Thumb Size [+29]

    VIDEO:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+267] (EVGA Superclocked [+10])

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