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January 16, 2013 5:25:25 AM

On November 23rd I ordered a computer from iBuyPower. Two weeks later they finally ship out the computer. A week later it finally gets to me after being shipped from CA. Computer works for like 3 days and the video card shorts (may have been the motherboard, not sure). I order a new one and they take five days to process the order, at this point I called up and cancelled it. I know it was christmas time but how hard is it to put a video card in a box and ship it? Anyways, I shipped the damn thing back and now I have to wait another week for them to inventory the parts, then another 2 weeks for the actual refund to come. Customer service is friendly but not helpful, and it generally takes 30 mins to an hour of waiting to even get to an agent.

So I'm buying the parts of Amazon. I use amazon prime, 2-day shipping is free, and I read that amazon has overnighted replacement parts that don't work for people. I'm really tired of waiting.

So I don't know what I'm doing when it comes to building a computer, I just followed a how-to article on LifeHacker (http://lifehacker.com/5828747/how-to-build-a-computer-f...). My computer is built to stream and play video games (like Dota 2 or HoN). I want to know if the build will accommodate streaming, is price effective, and most importantly if the components will work with each other. I tried really hard to answer all those questions myself so I don't waste your time here, but I would love a second opinion. Additionally, do I need cooling fans and stuff or does it come with the components? Anything else I need too, like connection wires or stuff like that?

TL;DR Ordered from iBuyPower and I'm $130 down on shipping I'll never get back and it's almost 2 months later and I still don't have a computer. YOLO I'm building it from scratch.

Processor - Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SZ0EHE/ref=ox_sc_a...)

Motherboard - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RIFKUS/ref=ox_sc_a...)

Graphics Card - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00942TK8I/ref=ox_sc_a...)

Power Supply - Corsair Builder Series CX 430 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX430) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092ML1SC/ref=ox_sc_a...)

Case - Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior (RC-430-KWN1) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O8J11E/ref=ox_sc_a...)

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q7MV0/ref=ox_sc_a...)

RAM - Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB Kit (2x8 GB Modules) 1600MHz 240-pin DDR3 Non-ECC CL10 Desktop Memory KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007TTEHMW/ref=ox_sc_a...)

Optical - Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057FRTPW/ref=ox_sc_a...)

OS - Windows 7

Anything else I need or anything you would change? Do I need cooling or special wires? Basically, if that was my complete order from amazon, would that be everything? Would it work?

Build Cost w/out OS: 1038
Total Cost: 1254 tax and shipping
January 16, 2013 5:32:57 AM

AMD Radeon said:
i 7 isnt price effective. are you sure you want to get from amazon only? you can save much by ordering from different store


I read that for streaming the i7 is ideal, do you think an i5 could do it? I'll go compare prices on Amazon, NewEgg, and Tiger. I've read those places are best to order from.

Thanks, I appreciate it. Don't think I'd have the courage to build my own system if this site hadn't encouraged me.
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January 16, 2013 5:37:08 AM

i7 has nothing to do with streaming, its 8 core/thread is for professional software :) 

i5 is the sweetspot
here you go. can save your money for second monitor/pocket money

streaming depends on your internet speed and fast HDD for cache ---> SSD

gt 650 ti is ideal graphic card for playing hon/dota 2 :)  i play dota 2 and wow too

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $793.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 02:39 EST-0500)
January 16, 2013 5:44:41 AM

AMD Radeon said:
i7 has nothing to do with streaming, its 8 core/thread is for professional software :) 

i5 is the sweetspot
here you go. can save your money for second monitor/pocket money

streaming depends on your internet speed and fast HDD for cache ---> SSD

gt 650 ti is ideal graphic card for playing hon/dota 2 :)  i play dota 2 and wow too

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $793.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 02:39 EST-0500)


dude I'm tearing up right now, this computer has been the reason I've gone to work for the past 5 months and I've stressed so much about it, thanks for the help man, list looks beast and I'll be able to eat again haha
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