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Should I buy a Black Friday system or make it myself?

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November 21, 2012 6:30:57 AM

Hello everyone,

Currently, I'm looking at buying a Dell desktop being sold on Black Friday.

The deal is $700 for:

Dell XPS 8500
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor (3.40 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.90 GHz)
Windows 8, 64-bit
8 GB Dual Channel DDR3
16x CD/DVD burner
1 TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
AMD Radeon HD 7570 1 GB GDDR5
1 Year Warranty

Can I build a computer with better specs for less?

My skills are decent with building stuff. I work on my car quite a bit (same screen name for every forum I'm on) so I feel comfortable with what I know how to do, but I don't know how to solder well. Will this make a difference?

Thank you for your help!

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November 21, 2012 7:37:28 AM

oh and I've never built a computer before either
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November 21, 2012 4:02:59 PM

well no one is responding so here is my new question: Do you think this custom set up is worth the extra $110 dollars? BTW, don't hate on me for the case, I really like it! lol

Processor:
AMD FX-8320 Eight-Core
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-Series-.../dp/B009O7YU56
$175

Graphics Card:
HIS IceQ X H785QN2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=
$190 but $150 after mail-in-rebate


Motherboard:
ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard
http://www.compuvest.com/Search.jsp?...&CJPID=3938566
$82 with 10% off with promo code CVM783402


Memory:
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=
$38


Storage:
Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 3 TB SATA 6 GB/s
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T3GRN2/?tag=5336653510-20
$90


Case:
Thermaltake Chaser MK-I System Cabinet
http://www.overstock.com/Electronics...tml?cid=123620
$160


Power Supply:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...air-_-17139028
$70


Optical Drive:
Lite-On IHES112-04 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-On-_-27106374
$55


Total: $810
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November 22, 2012 5:11:32 PM

Final Build:

Processor:
AMD FX-8320 Eight-Core
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-Series-.../dp/B009O7YU56
$175

Graphics Card:
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102983
$210


Motherboard:
ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128514
$110


Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231489
$50


Storage:
Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 3 TB SATA 6 GB/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148736
$90


Case:
Thermaltake Chaser MK-I System Cabinet
http://www.overstock.com/Electronics...tml?cid=123620
$160


Power Supply:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139028
$70


Optical Drive:
ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...SUS-_-27135252
$75



Total Rebates = $100

Total Build without processor = $765 - $100 = $665

Total Build with Processor = $665 + $175 = $840
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