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Hello! Need some last-minute help re: DIY build vs. Cyberpower

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December 19, 2012 12:13:57 AM

Thanks for clicking! I just narrowed a DIY build to $1268 after some small rebates, it's here.

However! I had the idea to check and see how much cyberpower would charge me for approximately the same build. it's not EXACT, but it does include twice the SSD space, 2 free mice and a free keyboard (entry-level razer) and it's only ~150 more. Here it is-

*BASE_PRICE: [+659]
BLUETOOTH: None
CAS: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Gaming Case [+35]
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
CS_FAN: Default case fans
ENGRAVING: None
FA_HDD: None
FAN: * Cooler Master V6 GT CPU Cooler (Nickle Plated Double-V Heatpipe w/ Color Changing LED Cap) [+22]
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
FREEBIE_CU: None
FREEBIE_MB: None
FREEBIE_VC: None
FREEBIE_VC2: None
GLASSES: None
HDD: 250 GB SAMSUNG 840 Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 540MB/s Read & 250MB/s Write [+8] (Single Drive [Free upgrade from 128GB SanDisk III SSD (Double SSD Capacity - Single drive only)])
HDD2: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200 RPM HDD [+112] (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 [+0] (Corsair XMS DDR3 1866 MHz Memory [Free upgrade from 1600MHz Major Brand])
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, XFast Technologies, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+67]
MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 8 (64-bit Edition) [+104]
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: * 750 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+71]
RUSH: 5% Instant Rebate for NO-RUSH Delivery, order will ship in 3 to 4 Weeks. Must Enter Coupon Code "NORUSH" during checkout [+0]
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
TABLET: None
TEMP: None
TUNING: None
TVRC: None
USB: None
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+338] (EVGA Superclocked)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: None
_PRICE: (+1426) shipping included

Sorry for the wall of text, but here's the Question: Worth it for the Cyberpower with such a tiny premium to have one built for me (i've never built a pc before) or am i better off with the specific parts i already picked? Would you change anything in the CP configurator (case, fans, liquid instead of air cooling, etc) to make it better? Will i still be able to OC the CPU with this CP config?

Thanks a MILLION for any responses!

edit: i forgot to mention, there's also the warranty and tech support on the CP to consider, beyond the individual part warranties
December 19, 2012 12:20:46 AM

I suggest you just go with the parts you put together. Save more money and more choices
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December 19, 2012 12:25:18 AM

Your PC build is good. Build it yourself, trust me it's like building something with LEGOS nothing can go wrong, each piece can only fit in one place. If you don't want to do it just go to a store and they'll do it for 50$, I think. There are still savings. The warranty thing is no problem, you bought something at newegg that didn't work? Call them and ask for a replacement, and they will send it to you. Your CPU will be able to overclock and stay with that air cooler, its really good, just one change and I'll post the final build. The Seagate Barracuda is 30$ less and it's the same thing. Also I changed to windows 7, some reviews showed that windows 7 is better for gaming, and it's better.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t9St
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t9St/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t9St/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($78.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1219.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 21:25 EST-0500)

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December 19, 2012 12:28:29 AM

Didn't change the Windows 8, so get the Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
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December 19, 2012 12:48:20 AM

So it looks like...

PROS to DIY-

-Learning experience
-Save $200

~1250

PROS to Cyberpower

-Free MS Office (need it anyway for school) with a CPU upgrade
-better processor (i7 3770k, because of the free MS office deal)
-double the SSD space
-free decent mouse/keyboard
-tech support
-overall warranty.

~1490

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December 19, 2012 12:51:24 AM

Euchrid said:
So it looks like...

PROS to DIY-

-Learning experience
-Save $200

~1250

PROS to Cyberpower

-Free MS Office (need it anyway for school) with a CPU upgrade
-better processor (i7 3770k, because of the free MS office deal)
-double the SSD space
-free decent mouse/keyboard
-tech support
-overall warranty.

~1490


I'll be honest, if 240$ gives you MS office, i7 instead of i5, double SSD space. I'd go CyberPower, becuase i5 to i7 is 100$, office is 100$, and the SSD double capacity is more than 40$. So yeah CyberPower would be better.
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December 19, 2012 1:04:03 AM

It's kind of a tight race, isn't it? Thanks for the responses so far. I guess i'm leaning cyberpower for now, but any other responses are welcome!
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