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May 25, 2012 4:47:48 PM

Ok...so here is my problem. I need to get a gaming computer for my son but I know nothing about computers. He plays online and wishes to have a pc that can handle games like diablo 3. Do I purchase pre built or customize build at cyberpower or like sites? Please advise me on which computer to buy or give specs to help me build. BTW, I would like to stay around $1200, but could up budget if needed. Thanks
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May 25, 2012 5:06:24 PM

well first you need to think about a few things.

do you think you can assemble the parts yourself?
do you have at least basic computer skills?

if so perhaps you want to build the computer and install the operating system yourself. i prefer this route since you know exactly what goes on the system and you dont get bloatware coming with it. oh and you also will have a windows cd which most prebuilts wont give you.

you might want to post all the information you want in the "builds" subsection of the forum. lots of people frequent that area and are of great help.

if you dont feel confident with the above...

dealing with cyberpower and other custom gaming rig companies is likely to net you a better pc and deal than going with dell or other big brand. however one thing to keep in mind is that sometimes they use generic parts where they can to save cash.

if you dont like either of those options...

do you work in a large corporation with an it department? if yes, or if you know someone who is very computer literate you could give them the parts and have them assemble it for you. that way you get the best choices of parts (per recommendations from us if you wish) and you get someone who is well versed in technology to assemble and install everything.

the $1200 budget ... you will need to state whether that includes perepherals or just the box itself. pereperals would include a monitor, mouse and keyboard, speakers and anything else you might need.
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May 25, 2012 5:27:53 PM

I would have to have the computer built as I have no experience or confidence in building and do not know anyone who could assemble for me. The budget would be for just the box as we have moniors and other essentials such as keyboard, mouse, etc. Maybe going with one of the gaming rig companies would be my best bet. I know that I can customize on these sites with recommended specs. Would this decrease the chance of getting generic parts?

I know that this is not as much information as you may need. But I have been researching computer parts, motherboards, CPU, video cards, etc... and it is such a foreign language to me. Everything is starting to be overwhelming and I just do not want to buy a subpar computer for serious gaming.

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May 26, 2012 7:54:19 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Pyree
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May 26, 2012 8:49:08 AM

jaddvensky said:
I would have to have the computer built as I have no experience or confidence in building and do not know anyone who could assemble for me. The budget would be for just the box as we have moniors and other essentials such as keyboard, mouse, etc. Maybe going with one of the gaming rig companies would be my best bet. I know that I can customize on these sites with recommended specs. Would this decrease the chance of getting generic parts?

I know that this is not as much information as you may need. But I have been researching computer parts, motherboards, CPU, video cards, etc... and it is such a foreign language to me. Everything is starting to be overwhelming and I just do not want to buy a subpar computer for serious gaming.


its not too hard putting together a desktop pc. if youre comfortable with it, you could youtube the whole thing. you could possibly even pay a local pc store to assemble the pc if you buy the parts. otherwise, a prebuilt system may be best for you.



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI H67MS-E43 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex Plus 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Apevia X-Gear Green ATX Mid Tower Case w/420W Power Supply ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1042.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-26 04:47 EDT-0400)

your son would probably enjoy that rig. it should run anything he wanted to throw at it.
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May 26, 2012 10:35:01 AM

Case: Corsair 400R + HDD: Seagate SV35 500GB - $171.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... CPU: Intel i5-3570K + MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - $364.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... PSU: Corsair HX750 + RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB (2x4GB) - $189.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OS: Windows Home Premium OEM - $79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... DVD: Asus DVD Burner - $17.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Total: comes out to around $1225.00 This is a serious Mid high end gaming build and will play any game on ultra settings it's pretty much future proof 2-4 years down the line.Building a gaming PC is all about balance. If your graphics card is faster than what your CPU can handle then the CPU will max out at 100% and the graphics card(s) will not be fully used.This is a very well balance thought out build that your son will be very happy with if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask ;) 
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May 26, 2012 4:37:32 PM

try ebay or amazon.com dont get dell or hp the parts are cheap. alienware is way overpriced you pay for the brand. buy a computer with at least 4gb ram/memory at least a 6850 or 550ti graphics card and you want a 7200 rpm hard disk drive 64mb
here are my computers specs
gaming htpc llano A-8 3870K processor, 500gb seagate momentus hybrid drive, 8gb g.skill sniper ram, sony blu ray player, crossfired 6670, bluetooth, wifi, mini keyboard/mouse combo, 450 WATT 80 PLUS PSU, WINDOWS 7 home premium http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007TN5PZ6

gaming computer fx 6100 6 core processor,nzxt tempest 410 gaming case, 2tb western-digital green hard disk drive, xfx radeon hd 6870, 8gb crucial ram, corsair h60 liquid cooling, samsung blu ray drive, 630 WATT 80 PLUS PSU, WINDOWS 7 home premium http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007T0DXVM
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a b 4 Gaming
May 26, 2012 5:09:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8Uma
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8Uma/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8Uma/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1090.66
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-26 10:54 EDT-0400) Here another build that i put together for you a bit cheaper if that helps
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May 26, 2012 5:13:58 PM

Where are you located? I'm sure someone on here is local and could lend a hand. I definitely can if you're local.

Also I second bigcyco1's build ^
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May 26, 2012 6:33:36 PM

jaddvensky said:
Ok...so here is my problem. I need to get a gaming computer for my son but I know nothing about computers. He plays online and wishes to have a pc that can handle games like diablo 3. Do I purchase pre built or customize build at cyberpower or like sites? Please advise me on which computer to buy or give specs to help me build. BTW, I would like to stay around $1200, but could up budget if needed. Thanks

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <----- that's a standard build form to copy & paste on here.

Building the PC with your son is easy, not all that time consuming and it's half the fun. It's actually easy as pie. With that said here's a build to look at in that price range that includes a monitor.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING $5 off w/ promo code Corsair52229, limited offer
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $144.98 save: $15.00
OCZ ZT Series 550W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3450-Processor-BX80637... $189.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 4 BX80637I53450

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B6YP9I/ref=pd_lpo_... $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive KW-S2120-4B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... $400
GTX 670 2GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,094.92 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, and promo codes
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May 26, 2012 6:55:44 PM

Since you probably don't want to go through the pains of learning with your first computer build, I'm going to suggest an excellent pre-built PC. The company has excellent support, and uses quality parts in their build. And, being a dad myself, I know your son will probably be stoked to have a computer that looks like a military ammo case =) This is right at your $1200 budget...

http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadc70.asp?id=67...
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May 26, 2012 6:56:13 PM

That is a very nice build as well that why me has done @why me take the Monitor out the build she mentioned it wasn't needed bud.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 26, 2012 7:46:56 PM

bigcyco1 said:
That is a very nice build as well that why me has done @why me take the Monitor out the build she mentioned it wasn't needed bud.

No monitor needed then it's time for an SSD in that build. :) 

@ the OP. Replace that monitor I posted up above with this SSD down below. Your son is going to have a gaming rig that a lot of kids would envy.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B6YP9I/ref=pd_lpo_... $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive KW-S2120-4B
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May 27, 2012 12:48:34 AM

Best to order the components and take it to Geek Squad or any mom and pop's PC shop and have them put the parts together than go through something like cyber power. You get twice the build for cheaper and with better quality components. The kid has a gtx 670 and it's going to be a long long time before he ever feels the need to upgrade. That and you never know when he's going to want to play a game like BF3. He shouldn't just be limited to Diablo 3. Kids are like the wind, they change all the time and it's the same with the games they choose to play.
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May 27, 2012 1:35:51 PM

Why_Me said:
Best to order the components and take it to Geek Squad or any mom and pop's PC shop and have them put the parts together than go through something like cyber power. You get twice the build for cheaper and with better quality components. The kid has a gtx 670 and it's going to be a long long time before he ever feels the need to upgrade. That and you never know when he's going to want to play a game like BF3. He shouldn't just be limited to Diablo 3. Kids are like the wind, they change all the time and it's the same with the games they choose to play.


I agree with you. I have decided to order parts and have found a local place that will build his rig. Thank you all for your answers and support. I would not have had the knowledge or confidence to try and build if it weren't for you.
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May 27, 2012 1:36:21 PM

Best answer selected by jaddvensky.
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