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Is this a good deal for gaming pc for 1200 bucks?

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January 8, 2013 6:54:08 PM

Hi Guys,

Need your help on whether I should pull the trigger on this HP system. I do no want to build the pc myself (dont have time for that), and looking for a powerful system for gaming and music production.

Here are the specs:
HP ENVY Phoenix h9-1300t Desktop PC

Windows 8 64
3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 quad-core processor [3.4GHz, 8MB Shared Cache]
8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
2TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive

2GB Nvidia GTX680 [Dual Bracket; DVI, HDMI, DP & VGA via adapter]
Liquid Cooling Solution
SuperMulti DVD Burner
Premium Wireless-N LAN card and Bluetooth(R)(1x1)

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I can save 200 bucks if I choose gtx 660 1.5gb gpu...would it be worth it to dish out extra 200 for 680?

Thanks for your help.

If there are better systems in the 1k price range you could recommend, I would like to consider them. I just dont want to do the building myself.
January 8, 2013 6:57:57 PM

It is a good price, especially for a pre-built computer. You aren't really losing much money if you decided to built the exact same system. An extra $200 for a 680 is worth it because you can pick up 2gb 660gtx for $230-$260, and the 680gtx is $500.
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January 8, 2013 7:11:09 PM

Get the 680. It's worth it. However, downgrade to an i5 to save money because i7 and hyperthreading won't give you any extra FPS in games.
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January 8, 2013 7:24:38 PM

Thanks guys,

I might pull the trigger on this.

As for downgrading to i5, these are my options:

3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570 quad-core processor [3.4GHz, 6MB Shared Cache]
-$130.00
3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K quad-core processor [3.4GHz, 6MB Shared Cache]
-$90.00

It isnt a huge difference in cost from i7...which one would work best with this setup and 680 card?

Thanks!
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January 8, 2013 7:52:29 PM

Can you get it without liquid cooling? That could be an unfortunate point of failure down the road.
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January 8, 2013 8:08:35 PM

deathengine said:
Can you get it without liquid cooling? That could be an unfortunate point of failure down the road.


It's closed loop so there aren't going to be any problems.
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January 8, 2013 8:51:48 PM

Will the i7 give me more performance when running audio recording / DAW applications?

What is the purpose one would choose an i7 processor over i5?

Thanks
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January 8, 2013 9:07:01 PM

mkirshteyn said:
Will the i7 give me more performance when running audio recording / DAW applications?

What is the purpose one would choose an i7 processor over i5?

Thanks


The i7 has hyperthreading while the i5 doesn't. It might help in DAW applications, but it'll be plenty fast with the i5.
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January 10, 2013 3:02:27 AM

mkirshteyn said:
Hi Guys,

Need your help on whether I should pull the trigger on this HP system. I do no want to build the pc myself (dont have time for that), and looking for a powerful system for gaming and music production.

Here are the specs:
HP ENVY Phoenix h9-1300t Desktop PC

Windows 8 64
3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 quad-core processor [3.4GHz, 8MB Shared Cache]
8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
2TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive

2GB Nvidia GTX680 [Dual Bracket; DVI, HDMI, DP & VGA via adapter]
Liquid Cooling Solution
SuperMulti DVD Burner
Premium Wireless-N LAN card and Bluetooth(R)(1x1)

---------------------

I can save 200 bucks if I choose gtx 660 1.5gb gpu...would it be worth it to dish out extra 200 for 680?

Thanks for your help.

If there are better systems in the 1k price range you could recommend, I would like to consider them. I just dont want to do the building myself.


That is one sick build, even cheaper than cyberpower. Thank you for showing me the hp computer site, thats one more extra site to check on once in awhile.
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