I've been looking into cyberpowerpc.com and i have built a few PCs there and after a few days, I built a PC that meets my requirements and at its cheapest price. Over the past few days of researching different builds and products, I've seen too many people recommend a home built pc over cyberpowerpc. So i decided to try this out. I took the PC i built at cyberpower and created a wishlist at newegg.com with parts that either match the products i have on my CPP (cyberpowerpc) build, or replicate it best. The price i got with a CPP was cheaper than what i got with the home built PC. I've read so many forums ,especially this one, and I've heard so many people recommend a home built over a companies build just because of cheaper prices, but i have experienced the opposite with my recent research.
OS: windows 7
(Note: The home built extra case fan was the best deal i could find in a black color.) Total:$1156.88 (not including shipping and no coupon used, but i'm not sure if the coupons really matter)
Case: Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ front USB 3.0
Extra case fan: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Cooling fan: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Dual Standard 120MM Fans (Push-Pull))
MB: [CrossFireX/SLI] GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Ultra Durable4 Classic, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3x Gen3 PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)
RAM: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS with Heat Spreader)
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
PSU: 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
Optical drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Sound: Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
Protection: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit
Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT Total Price $1082 (with shipping and coupon applied)
The only difference i can see between the two is that i'll get my pc about a week or two earlier with a home build, and with cyberpower i get warranty (even if it may not be good, its still better than none at all from a home build).
Advantages of pre-built:
- No need to put together anything
- System works out-of-the-box, hopefully.
- Warranty coverage, if the PC doesn't work, no need to troubleshoot, just send it to the builder for repair.
Disadvantages of pre-built:
- You don't really know if the parts in the PC are new or used. There is no way to tell. You could be buying a PC with refurbished motherboard. Even though this is illegal, it is a widespread practice in the industry (don't ask how I know). Needless to say, if a PC is really cheap and includes a 7950 video card, chances are the builder cut corners somewhere. Buying in bulk only saves them so much.
- Vague brand names for components like video cards (what does "Major Brand" for the gpu mean? Asus & Sapphire would be a quality brand, XFX would be a junk brand, but all three are "Major Brand").
- Typically come with terrible power supplies. You will need the warranty, the system will die a lot. If the warranty service is slow, expect to be without your PC for 2 to 8 weeks.
Advantages of home built:
- You know exactly the parts that you are buying. They all come in retail packaging (if you buy retail).
- Your new computer is actually new.
- You will be able to pick new quality parts (for example, a good quality power supply).
Disadvantages of home built:
- No warranty for the entire PC. If something breaks, you have to find the part and RMA it to the manufacturer of the part.
- More expensive than cheap builders (like IBuyPower or CyberPowerPC) if you buy brand name parts (like a Corsair Power supply), but less expensive than boutique builders (Alienware, FalconNorthwest).
My advice: If you know how to troubleshoot hardware problems in a PC, build your own. If the inside of a PC scares you, pay someone to build it for you.