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1250 USD Cyber Build Gaming (Can you find a better home build?)

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October 25, 2012 8:47:53 AM

Update: If anyone can find a deal that beats the cyber build for 1250 USD please add it.

See for yourself, offer includes free shipping (prices may vary day to day):

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1EJRMM
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http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Mega_Special_III

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Original post: Hello I found and configured a powerful gaming build at cyberpower for 1250 USD.

Please post in this thread if you can find a better gaming computer for this price.

Recommendations, advice, changes in build configuration, and questions are also welcome in this thread.

Thanks! all the information below.

Approximate Purchase Date: October 25, 2012

Budget Range: 1100 – 1250 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly Blu-Ray, some games, and some video editing, also applications.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Find me a better deal for 1100 - 1250 USD
Do you need to buy OS: No

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Either nvidia or radeon, please post the best deal for 1200 - 1250 USD.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 HDMI

PRICE: 1333 USD
PRICE After coupon: 1266 USD
Plus 30 USD discount in rebates

• BLUETOOTH: None
• CAS: Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ front USB 3.0
• CASUPGRADE: None
• CD: LG 14X Internal Blu-ray Burner, BD-RE, DVD+RW, 3D Playback Combo Drive [+79] (Black Color)
• CD2: None
• COOLANT: Standard Coolant
• CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) [-110]
• CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
• ENGRAVING: None
• FA_HDD: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System [+21] (1 x System)
• FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Dual Standard 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+9])
• FLASHMEDIA: None [-3]
• FREEBIE_MB: GIGABYTE GC-WB300D Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi PCIe Expansion Card [+0]
• FREEBIE_VC: None
• GLASSES: None
• HDD: 256 GB OCZ Agility 4 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 420MB/s Read & 410MB/s Write [+38] (Single Drive)
• HDD2: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+85] (Single Drive)
• IEEE_CARD: None
• IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
• KEYBOARD: (Keyboard & Mouse Combo) Razer Cyclosa Gaming Keyboard & Abyssus Gaming Mouse [+0]
• MB_SRT: None
• MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS)
• MONITOR: None
• MONITOR2: None
• MONITOR3: None
• MOTHERBOARD: * [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) [+25]
• MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
• NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
• OS: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
• OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
• POWERSUPPLY: * 750 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+63]
• RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
• SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
• SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
• SPEAKERS: None
• TEMP: None
• TUNING: None
• TVRC: None
• USB: None
• USBFLASH: None
• USBHD: None
• USBX: None
• VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+182] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
• VIDEO2: None
• VIDEO3: None
• WNC: None

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October 25, 2012 9:12:03 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.10 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($168.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($386.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Total: $1248.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

RAM free with mobo @newegg.

Bigger HDD, better SSD, equal/better mobo, FAR better cooler (closed loop coolers are usually crap and anything for $9 even more so), better GPU, better PSU.

Admittedly the Cyberpower comes with a few peripherals, but this is a lot better for the core of the system. That's still one of the best prebuilt deals I've seen though. Not the usual "i7-3770K + H61 + HD6450 for a mere $1499" ripoff.
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October 29, 2012 3:41:22 PM

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November 9, 2012 7:32:27 PM

If anyone can find a deal that beats the cyber build for 1250 USD please add it. So far the cyber deal seems pretty good.

Sure the larger 2TB is better than the one selected on the cyber build. Thanks for making a smart observation. However, I prefer to cancel the HD drive on the cyber build, and purchase the better HD separately.

In the cyber build I can cancel the hardrive cooler and select 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready. Then both builds are equal. However the originally selected 750W corsair supply was not a bad choice anyways.

The custom fan may be superior, but the reviews mostly agree the cyber fan will not cause any problems.

The GPU is AMD Radeon HD 7970 on both builds. They are similar.

The cyber ssd is fast and seems to be cheaper than the samsung on the custom build.

It seems there are a few small differences.

Can anyone post a considerably better home build?
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November 9, 2012 7:42:12 PM

It seems the thread is not solved. Is there really a better home build than a cyber build for 1250 USD?
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