HP Prebuilt vs Building Your Own

The new Gaming Series PCs from HP seem to be cheaper than building your own PC. The HP H9-1355 is $1,299 and you get a water cooled i7 3770, 2TB hard drive, 12GB memory, wireless, Blu ray drive, 4 USB 3.0 and 8 USB 2.0, AND 7770 2GB, and Beats audio. I contacted HP and they have quality 600w PSU in the system and with Windows included.

I tried looking on newegg to build one from parts and it was actually more expensive than HPs, so much for saying building is cheaper now.
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  1. looks cool , think big builders have caught up to spec@price
    component prices at lowest point means no way to cut corners and make buyers pay more for low end stuff
  2. The issue is HP BIOS, no over-clocking and an OEM motherboard. And for $1,300 w/HD7770, you really ain't got bang-for-buck game performance.

    Edit: Example ... you could spend $600 on an OEM i5 or AMD, and slobber-knock that $1,300 rig by adding a new PSU and graphics.
  3. I agree with anonymous1. If you can reuse parts from a previous build then you may be able to do a bit better then the HP. Although, the copy of Windows typically skews everything in favor of the prebuilt $ for $, but it will be OEM so no transfer.

    What you're not getting with that system is a K series i7, which mean no overclocking and potentially a case, power supply, and MB with proprietary portions that can not easily be repurposed in future builds.

    A big plus for the HP over home built is support and a nice warranty.
  4. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ruca
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ruca/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ruca/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($66.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1280.41
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    I just put the i7 and a watercooler for price comparison, i doubt the watercooler that hp has is as good as this one, it has plenty usb 3.0 ports and sata ports, wifi, sli/crossfire, 660ti which is much better than the 7770, and a case i doubt the hp one is better and psu the same thing, total : less than that (and that is newegg only, if with other sites for parts you can get a 670 gtx.)
  5. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ru2U

    there we go. add in several more accessories, and i reckon we get about $1100 sans rebates and deals.

    now if we were to change the parts around for your specific needs, in this case; gaming


    better performance in games for around the same amount. add in a $20-25 card reader, ~$50 wireless adapter, a $60-80 tv tuner and some cheap $20-30 keyboard+mouse combo, and you got some room to wiggle in a beats headphone.

    or actually stick to what's practical to your needs in gaming, and you just saved up a few hundred dollars. maybe spend that on a better GPU or an SSD for more performance.
  6. You have to keep in mind. Closed loop water coolers suck, air is better/quieter/cheaper. And I7s make zero sense for gaming computers. 12GB of memory makes no sense. It should be 8 or 16. A 7770 in a $1300 rig is ridiculous. For that price you should have a 7970. Really you can do so much better. And get 3year warranty on the parts from the manufacturer.
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