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$4000 iBUYPOWER PC recommendations

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November 29, 2012 6:30:17 PM

So I have everything in the shopping cart and am ready to buy. But before I do I was hoping I could get some input as to any changes I should make. Anything would be helpful :3


Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7 3960X Processor Extreme Edition (6x 3.30GHz/15MB L3) - Intel Core i7 3960X )
Processor Cooling ( Corsair Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU Cooling System - ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan
Memory ( 16 GB [2 GB X8] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )
Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 - 4GB - Single Card )
Motherboard ( Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 -- 6x SATA 6Gb/s )
Primary Hard Drive ( 120 GB ADATA S510 SSD - Single Drive )
Data Hard Drive ( 2 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200rpm, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive )

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November 29, 2012 6:32:49 PM

Well, obviously you should build your own system :p 
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November 29, 2012 6:36:35 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Well, obviously you should build your own system :p 


Indeed.

But considering this rig in particular, I just mean hardware wise.

What components should I change etc?
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November 29, 2012 6:56:58 PM

That's a pain to read. Please format it like

Mobo:
CPU:
RAM:

etc.
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November 29, 2012 7:36:05 PM

FinneousPJ said:
That's a pain to read. Please format it like

Mobo:
CPU:
RAM:

etc.


Better?
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November 29, 2012 7:40:38 PM

it's a pain to read because you are spending 4000$ and only have 1 video card.
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November 29, 2012 7:43:56 PM

really finnouse?? you can't figure out his specs unless it is in the format you want
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November 29, 2012 7:47:50 PM

niourstaoa said:
Better?

Much better!

OK, that system isn't worth $4000. Not even close. Not even $2000 I'd guess :lol: 

Some things to change for better value regardless
3930K over the X
2 GB VRAM GPU
Air Cooling for CPU

I wouldn't purchase from a company that puts 2x8 GB RAM on a X79 platform, BTW :/ 
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November 29, 2012 8:13:50 PM

That's way too much to spend. You're really getting the performance of a $1500 rig with your $4000.
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November 29, 2012 8:23:24 PM

What Deemo said. An i5-3570k with a Hyper 212+, 8GB of RAM, a 2GB GTX 670/680, a Gigabyte z77x-ud3h, a 1 TB drive, and an SSD that ISN'T of a horribly unreliable brand would be a fraction of the price an only about 5-10% worse for gaming... which doesn't even matter because it would still completely max out any game on one monitor.
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November 29, 2012 8:31:17 PM

waaaay overpriced. I would get a cheaper processor. The extreme versions are never worth it. Then get a better graphics card. consider sli.
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December 3, 2012 2:34:12 PM

Do not got to ibuypower look at the reviews anywhere they are so so terrible. Sometimes something simple like HDD not plugged in but for 4000 you should not have to worry about something like that also customer service is terrible go somewhere else. I strongly suggest Maingear best PCs and honestly best customer service I ever seen compared to other big companies like digital storm plus no sales tax out of NJ :)  otherwise stealth machines are good northwestern
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December 3, 2012 3:33:12 PM

Here's my build for you :
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qKby
for $2200 you get double 680s and a 3770, with a 240gb mushkin ssd and 1.5tb wd black, and a platinum rosewill psu 750W, and not to forget windows 7 pro. Even with 3 monitors, bigger psu and bigger ssd you'll still be under 3 grand.
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December 3, 2012 4:27:16 PM

At first I read that as a 4-way gtx 680 SLI and thought, "that's not a bad price at all", then reread it correctly. You're paying more than 100% markup on a $2000 rig from a company with a reputation for shoddy quality.

Assuming this is for gaming, you are stupidly overspending. That 'extreme' processor will never be a good cost-benefit choice; you are spending 60% more for *maybe* an extra 5% performance over the mainstream i7. They aren't meant to be gaming processors, and it's just gimmicky to think otherwise. 16GB of DDR3-1600? They couldn't even choose a better speed for $4k? That's like $60 worth of RAM, and I'm sure they picked out some high latency stuff too just to spite you.

The point is, you can build this PC from parts twice-over if you did it yourself. Unless you're actually making a thousand dollars an hour, it is more cost-effective to just build your own at this price; if you're worried about breaking something, spend $200 for a full, cheap build to practice on before dropping the maybe $2k this one costs- still more cost-effective and you'll gain the knowledge of your machine while doing so.

I'd go with angaddev's build for that price as well; I'd maybe swap out the PSU he suggested with a modular Seasonic for cheaper after promo code:

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

and would maybe consider putting in a bluray burner since that will only be a few drops more in the bucket, but otherwise, that's an impressive build, and will game scores better than the ibuypower.

This isn't a four thousand dollar computer, contrary to what the price tag tells you. Maybe you'll impress some of your less-knowledgeable friends by telling them you spent four grand on an ibuypower, but anyone who has interest in computers will laugh silently and try to convince you that snake oil will help overclock those gigaramz.
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December 3, 2012 6:14:00 PM

I've revised my build to include 3 27'' 1080p 2ms aoc monitors, a mechanical steelseries keyboard and steelseries sensei, complete with 2x 7970s
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qLpk
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