Help choosing a budget gaming computer.

Hi, I have recently been looking to purchase a gaming computer in the range of 800 to 900 dollars. I had bought an iBuyPower from best buy twice, the first one came with a faulty DVD drive, and the second one's NIC card broke within the second week, rendering it inoperable. So, I have decided against purchasing the same computer again :P. However, I am looking to buy one with about the same specs, in the same price range. But, I have a few concerns.

First, now, after having two broken computers, I am extremely apprehensive about warranties.

I can buy from costco, get an extremely good warranty and upgrade the GPU. However, this would be expensive, with an extra graphics card on my hands, and possibly a monitor.

I can buy from CyberPower, but I live in Canada, so if even the slightest thing goes wrong, it would cost me hundreds of dollars in shipping charges. And I have heard horrible things about their customer service and tech support.

I could build my own, with my dad's help, and kinda wing it. But I wouldn't know exactly which parts to buy, and if something went wrong, it would be a pain to figure out which individual part was broken, and to return it.

I am only 14 years old, so money is a big factor. If something breaks, I NEED a refund. I can't afford to spend any extra money on a replacement part.

Specs for the iBuyPower:
i5-2500k running at 3.4GHz
Radeon HD 6850 1GB
1TB HDD
not sure about the motherboard

Thank you very much for your time!
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  1. So why dont you just put in a new DVD or Nic card in the other PCs, whould be the cheepest thing to do ?

    If you want a new PC Building it with DAD would be a good way to go ( You Know ) the father son thing.

    ^ Dont you guys have PC shops up there in Canada you can buy parts from ? case a part is broke you can return it ?

    I would never buy a PC ( but i understand ) some people just cant build one.

    I can look around the net see what i can find in your Country to pick parts from i know newegg.ca only
  2. Yeah, a replacement would be fine, but I don't think they should be sending out defective parts in the first place. I've already returned the other computers anyway. My real concern is if it breaks in the future. I would like my computer to last for a long time. If it breaks in the first month or so, no sweat. But after a year or two? It's expensive to replace.
  3. Any place to buy PC parts around your house ?
  4. I think so, there might be. I've been looking at a couple barebones kits that I might just stick a 6850 into.
  5. chrigreg said:
    I think so, there might be. I've been looking at a couple barebones kits that I might just stick a 6850 into.


    Do you have your old PCs ? if so can you tell me the Specs ? You might be able to salvage some parts and get better parts,
    let me know and i can try to help you get the most out of your dallor.
  6. None of the computers are mine; they're my dad's. And the only desktop that we never use doesn't really have anything useful.
  7. So what do you want to do, build it or buy it ?
  8. I would look into one without a PSU ( most times there junk ) then buy the PSU and your GPU
  9. If it says Ultra or DiabloTek, wouldn't it be fine?
  10. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2580461&CatId=4910

    Could you check this out for me? This seems like a great deal, with an Ivy Bridge in there.
  11. It looks ok but i dont like the PSU, you could find a deal with a PSU and GPU and use the rest from that combo

    I would look into a 7850 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150608
  12. That's way out of my budget. I really don't need a 7850, anyway. Would I need a 650watt, or could I afford to go a bit lower?
  13. Okay, I've been picking out my parts. The only thing I need is a motherboard. I'm pretty clueless about them.
  14. I use a G500 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104318

    but its what you like and feels good to your hand
  15. I think you misread :P I have a mouse, I need a motherboard.
  16. chrigreg said:
    I think you misread :P I have a mouse, I need a motherboard.



    MOBO http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128547
  17. That's what I was thinking of. How does this look?

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=14677189
  18. I cant see the wish list

    Might have something to do with the Secure in the link
  19. I made it public, but I can't find it when I search for it...
  20. Apparently I can only email it. Anyway, it's 8gb of kingston 1600mhz ram, 1TB Barracuda Seagate HDD, asus dvd drive, rosewill challenger atx gaming computer case, antec 550w psu, sapphire radeon hd 6850, i5-3570k, and I'm deciding between the one you suggested and this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293.

    It should be just under 800 dollars, and then I need to buy the os.
  21. You may think that the build is only a bit over $900 but don't forget to add the HST. Here in Ontario, it's 13%. I really hate it because I want to keep the cost low and try to fit in an SSD and a 7850 but the price goes over 1100 easily..
  22. Potato13 said:
    You may think that the build is only a bit over $900 but don't forget to add the HST. Here in Ontario, it's 13%. I really hate it because I want to keep the cost low and try to fit in an SSD and a 7850 but the price goes over 1100 easily..



    Try and kind any of the parts you got there from newegg, at a local PC store for the same or cheeper! will save you shipping also if a part is bad, you can return without paying postage.
  23. Niklas_13 said:
    get this Combo cheeper with a better PSU http://secure.newegg.ca/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view


    That's just a link to the shopping cart, you have to add it to a wishlist...
  24. I'm only saving one dollar. The RAM is 1333 mhz as opposed to 1600mhz, but should I look into a different power supply?
  25. Great, now the Seagate Barracuda is out of stock :(
  26. You dont need 1600 unless your going to OC your CPU
  27. I might OC, I'm not sure. And definitely not drastically. But yeah, that's pretty good.
  28. Oh wait, it says only compatible with Sandy Bridge.
  29. Its fine its a PSU it will work with your CPU
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