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June 20, 2012 7:32:22 PM

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.


Here are the builds:

Home built:


Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Extra 120mm case fan: COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling fan: CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Orange KBC2900BK Black 104 Normal Keys 20 Function Keys USB Wired Ergonomic Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: V7 M30P10-7N Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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)


Cyberpowerpc build

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).

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June 20, 2012 8:33:25 PM

it actually costs them even less than that because they buy in bulk but they add in a build cost
i like building my own because i enjoy doing it
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June 20, 2012 9:08:29 PM

You did a good job in documenting a side by side comparison.
The result was closer than I might have imagined.

It looks like a good build.
I might have specified a stronger graphics card to go with a 3570K.
And, I would definitely include a 120gb SSD in the build.

If you are near a microcenter, they will sell you a 3570K for $190, and give you a $50 discount on several Z77 motherboards.

850w psu is stronger than you need too.

On a home build, you do get some warranties on the components. It is not 3 years across the board, sometimes the mfg warranties are even longer or lifetime.

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June 20, 2012 9:17:54 PM

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.
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