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September 28, 2012 9:08:54 PM

Hi all,

I'm looking to purchase a prebuilt system from ibuypower to run games like Shogun 2, BF3, Rome 2 on high/max settings. I'm also not looking to spend a lot of money (oxymoron I know). My budget originally maxed at $1000 (including accessories), but after trying to do some research I've come up with this build for $1145 which includes accessories (19' lcd monitor, keyboard, mouse, Windows 7 and shipping):


Xion Echo Gaming Case
AMD FX-6100 6-Core CPU
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 ram
AMD Radeon HD 7850 card
ASUS M5A97 -- AMD 970 motherboard
500 Watt Power supply
1 TB Harddrive

I'm not familiar with PC hardware and don't know if the gpu and cpu will bottleneck. Is this a good build for the price and what I'm looking for?

Thanks!

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September 28, 2012 9:21:55 PM

I do not have a ton of experience with AMD, I think you probably want a different processor, there are lots of AMD backers on here I am sure you will get a proper config soon here! Are you doing this through iBuyPower or building yourself?
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September 28, 2012 9:23:44 PM

Don't get anything from iBuyPower. Their prices are overpriced and they never really use high end components, such as the power supply.

Build one yourself. The AMD chip in there is not the best choice for gaming.
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September 28, 2012 9:29:02 PM

Unfortunately I don't have the knowledge or patience to build my own computer which is why I want to go the prebuilt route. I've read poor reviews for cyberpower and ibuypower but I don't really know where else to turn.
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September 28, 2012 9:33:34 PM

The problem with Cyberpower and iBuyPower is that they charge a premium for brand-name/reliable manufacturers on certain products. That PSU listed is surely a generic brand that will be unreliable, probably same for the RAM and I doubt thats a quality HDD. If you want to pick your manufacturer they up the price quite a bit, so the deals you receive there are deceiving.

I highly recommend you try building a computer yourself! There are many people on here willing to help you configure your machine and also to offer tips on putting it together. There are many tutorials online to assist as well, building your own PC is easier than you would think as long as you take the time to prepare, and is extremely rewarding when you first boot it up! You also receive individual warranties on each part and the parts are also much cheaper then in a pre-built PC.
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September 29, 2012 3:32:53 PM

Thanks for your suggestions. But I'm going to got he prebuilt route. I switched AMD with an i5 for these specs:

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155

HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)

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)

Power supply: 600w 80plus corsair

VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (HIS IceQ Edition Powered by AMD


total cost is $1270 with windows 7, 19 lcd monitor, mouse + keyboard with free ship from cyberpower.

Price aside, are these specs solid for what i'm looking for?

Thanks
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September 29, 2012 5:35:55 PM

is that 19 inch monitor full hd? i believe its not..try get a full hd monitor atleast 23 inches with your pc to take full advantage of your specs
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September 30, 2012 1:05:57 AM

Hmm....never thought Cyber would put a good power supply in there. Are you sure about that?

I always see Cyberpowers with bad power supplies, some of which are blown.

I would STRONGLY recommend the DIY route. Since you can make this alot cheaper:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$210

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$112

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$85

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$42

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 with code

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$330

Comes out to $1059

That's plenty for a keyboard, monitor, and mouse.

But if you really really do want to get a pre-built, then go for it.

This one even has a SSD in it, something yours there does not have. Boot times would be incredible. If you wanted, you could take that part out to get an even better monitor or keyboard or whatever.

EDIT: But it is what it is. If you want a Cyberpower, go for it. Its not like its a bad computer or anything. I just find it to be more rewarding to do something yourself.
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September 30, 2012 2:34:44 AM

Deemo13 said:
Hmm....never thought Cyber would put a good power supply in there. Are you sure about that?

I always see Cyberpowers with bad power supplies, some of which are blown.

I would STRONGLY recommend the DIY route. Since you can make this alot cheaper:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$210

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$112

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$85

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$42

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 with code

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$330

Comes out to $1059

That's plenty for a keyboard, monitor, and mouse.

But if you really really do want to get a pre-built, then go for it.

This one even has a SSD in it, something yours there does not have. Boot times would be incredible. If you wanted, you could take that part out to get an even better monitor or keyboard or whatever.

EDIT: But it is what it is. If you want a Cyberpower, go for it. Its not like its a bad computer or anything. I just find it to be more rewarding to do something yourself.



Thanks for your help everyone! Especially the time to do all the research for parts. This forum is a great help, i'll definitely be sticking around!

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October 1, 2012 1:13:07 PM

Deemo, I am pretty sure Cyberpower lets you choose the brands on your components but you have to pay extra for it. They start out with generic brand components.
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October 1, 2012 5:14:23 PM

Yea, that's what I don't like really. They should just give you good components to start with.
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