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July 24, 2012 4:19:17 AM

Hey guys! I'm getting my first desktop. In terms of gaming, what do u all think?

Specz-custom Dell XPS 8500

Ram: 12GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs
Storage: 2TB 7200RPM, SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s + 32GB SSD
GPU: AMD Radeon™ HD 7870 2GB
Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor (up to 3.90 GHz)

Windows 7 blah blah blah...the rest of the standard stuff.

Thoughts?

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July 24, 2012 4:33:07 AM

phooper8182 said:
Hey guys! I'm getting my first desktop. In terms of gaming, what do u all think?

Specz-custom Dell XPS 8500

Ram: 12GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs
Storage: 2TB 7200RPM, SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s + 32GB SSD
GPU: AMD Radeon™ HD 7870 2GB
Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor (up to 3.90 GHz)

Windows 7 blah blah blah...the rest of the standard stuff.

Thoughts?


Let me ask you "How much?" so that I can tell you that you are wasting your money on some overpriced "features." Then a bunch of people can scream at you to build your own. FYI, they won't be satisfied until you decide to do just that.

I have a suggestion, let's get to the brass tax. What is your budget? What do you want to do with it? What peripherals do you need? There is enough information available that no "enthusiast" should realistically be purchasing a pre-built, unless they just can't be bothered to do it themselves.
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July 25, 2012 5:23:04 PM

First of all I'd like to say sorry for the delayed response. I have been quite busy.

Second of all this is a pre-built forum...so I should not have any responses like that. While I would like to build my own, I have no idea what I'm doing. I am nowhere near willing to possibly blow all the money I have earned at my summer job (I'm 16) on greenhorn mistakes. I have, however, decided to get a cyberpower instead. It's a much better value for my money.
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July 25, 2012 7:49:41 PM

phooper8182 said:
First of all I'd like to say sorry for the delayed response. I have been quite busy.

Second of all this is a pre-built forum...so I should not have any responses like that. While I would like to build my own, I have no idea what I'm doing. I am nowhere near willing to possibly blow all the money I have earned at my summer job (I'm 16) on greenhorn mistakes. I have, however, decided to get a cyberpower instead. It's a much better value for my money.


Make sure you test the machine thoroughly when you get it with stability tools and benchmark software. The last two high-end CyberPower PCs I've seen in action both had stability problems.
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July 25, 2012 7:59:23 PM

$1940 gets you this from CyberPower:

Configuration#: 1EBQ1U (http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1EBQ1U)
Product Name: CyberPower Z77 Configurator

Case: * Cooler Master HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port [+124]
Laser Engraving: None
Laser Engraving Message:
Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: None
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: None
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Freebies: None
Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel: None
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: * [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Ultra Durable4 Classic, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x Gen3 PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (Extreme OC Certified)
Intel Smart Response Technology for Z77: None
Memory: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+83] (Corsair XMS with Heat Spreader)
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+343] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
Freebies: FREE DiRT Showdown Game Coupon
Video Card 2: None
Video Card 3: None
Power Supply Upgrade: * 650 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+71]
Hard Drive: 120 GB Intel 520 Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s - 550 MB/s Read & 520 MB/s Write [+46] (Single Drive)
Data Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) Western Digital Caivar Black SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+199] (Single Drive)
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
USB Flash Drive: None
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
3D Vision Glasses: None
LCD Monitor: 23" Widescreen 1920x1080 ViewSonic V3D231 Black 2ms HDMI LED 3D Monitor 250 cd/m2 20M:1 DCR w/3D Glasses and Speakers [+329]
2nd Monitor: None
3rd Monitor: None
Speakers: None
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Keyboard: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
Mouse Pad: None
Gaming Gear: None
Extra Thermal Display: None
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: None
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Bluetooth: None
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
Video Camera: None
Headset: None
Cable: None
Power Protection: None
IEEE1394 Card: None
Internal USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USB Port: None
Operating System: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None
Office Suite: None
Games: None
Ultra Care Option: None
Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Rush Service: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 10~15 BUSINESS DAYS
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July 25, 2012 8:11:25 PM

I compared the prices to Newegg, part for part (substituted the Asetek 510LC for a Corsair H60) and got a total of $1693.38 for the same stuff. With the wider range of options available on a custom build that you do yourself, you could save yourself at least another $200 without breaking a sweat.
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July 25, 2012 10:22:24 PM

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