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WTB Decent Gaming Tower <$1000

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January 2, 2013 4:04:43 PM

Hello,

I'm debating whether or not to buy this computer

HP ENVY Phoenix h9-1300t Desktop PC

3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570 quad-core processor [3.4GHz, 6MB Shared Cache]

8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]

2TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive

3GB Nvidia GeForce GT640 [DVI, HDMI and VGA via adapter]

Liquid Cooling Solution


However, I have the option of switching the 3GB 640 for a 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7770 at the same price. The tower will cost me a little over 1k from Hp.com.

My question is, does this sound like a decent low - mid end gaming computer?

Which graphics card should I take?

Is there a cheaper, better option available to me that I just dont see?

Thanks for your advice!
January 2, 2013 4:14:04 PM

I would definatly go with the 7770. Here are some benchmarks.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=612

The liquid cooling is not necessary as the i5-3570 has little to no overclocking ability. Stock cooler would be fine. You could run games with medium to high settings. However, how do you feel about building your own? We could probably do much better for $1000. I would also like to add that the PSUs in a lot of proprietary machines are not of the best quality.
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January 2, 2013 4:20:29 PM

The 640 is garbage - the minimum to really have a chance of playing most games is a 7750 or 650, with 7770 or 650 ti being quite a bit better. To play at most monitor's native resolution, 1920x1080, you generally need to step up to at least a 7850 or GTX 660.
Now, if you are asking if it is well priced, you could do quite a bit better by simply following the TomsHardware $1k build guide here, as far as getting higher quality parts and ultimately building a faster system.
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January 2, 2013 6:26:53 PM

cball1311 said:
I would definatly go with the 7770. Here are some benchmarks.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=612

The liquid cooling is not necessary as the i5-3570 has little to no overclocking ability. Stock cooler would be fine. You could run games with medium to high settings. However, how do you feel about building your own? We could probably do much better for $1000. I would also like to add that the PSUs in a lot of proprietary machines are not of the best quality.


Hey thanks for your answer!

I was actually looking into building my own as well. The thing is, I'm living in Peru right now. My mother is coming down for a visit from the states in Feb. So what I could do is buy the RAM, Harddrive, Processor, and Video Card in the states, and get the rest down here (computer stuff is more expensive here).

However I don't know the basics of building a computer at all. Can you or someone help me out in that regard?

Mainly i just wanna know 1. Where (online) to buy the aforementioned things (a cheap but reputable site) and 2. To know which things are compatable with each other.

Ideally i'd like an i7 quadcore 3.4 or more processor. 2gb video card. 8 gbs ram. 1Tera harddrive.

Can you guys help me out? :)  I"d be much obliged
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January 2, 2013 6:46:22 PM

Here you go, here are all the parts assuming you don't need a monitor (must be DVI to be compatible with video card). You could go with a 750W PSU if you want to add another 7870 later for CrossFire. This even includes Win 7 OS. SSD is not necessary but you would see a great performance increase for your OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.23 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1004.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 15:45 EST-0500)

These are all good companies to order from here in the US. I left the keyboard and mouse out for you to choose. (Combos are cheap).
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January 2, 2013 7:51:03 PM

My idea:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($301.48 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $843.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 16:50 EST-0500)
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