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Is my build better than an iMac??

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January 16, 2013 10:29:30 PM

All of my friends say that no but I am pretty sure it is. My computer, with the screen, costed about $1300. Is it better than an equivalent priced iMac??

Specs:
Intel i5 3570k
EVGA geforce gtx 650 ti 1 gb
Asus P8Z77-M
Corsair Vengeance 8 gb 1600 mhz RAM
Corsair CX 600 watt
WD Caviar Blue 1 TB
Samsung Optical Drive (not sure of the model)
Cooler Master Elite 311

Screen: Samsung LED 24 inches SyncMaster T24B350

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January 16, 2013 11:10:52 PM

install an ssd for your OS and use the 1TB drive for storage
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January 16, 2013 11:15:09 PM

99% of the time any build will better than a mac at the same price
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January 17, 2013 1:32:01 AM

WHITE80 said:
install an ssd for your OS and use the 1TB drive for storage

I was going to do that, but i got over my budget. I plan to do it later
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January 17, 2013 1:34:41 AM

Thanks for the replies, however only a few of friends (who are not AppleZombies) admit that mine is better
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January 17, 2013 1:38:24 AM

What's your budget?

For $1300, even including a monitor, I think you should be getting more. That said, it's probably still better than an equivalently priced imac.
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January 17, 2013 1:40:48 AM

Yep, its pretty hard to convince Apple followers that a properly built PC is better.

Your is better on all accounts except for the screen, which is an IPS.
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January 17, 2013 6:24:33 AM

Well, you are still running Windoze. . .but otherwise, Sure!!
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January 17, 2013 9:51:36 PM

manofchalk said:
Yep, its pretty hard to convince Apple followers that a properly built PC is better.

Your is better on all accounts except for the screen, which is an IPS.

Whats and IPS monitor??, I didn't consider the screen very important.
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January 17, 2013 9:55:30 PM

hapkido said:
What's your budget?

For $1300, even including a monitor, I think you should be getting more. That said, it's probably still better than an equivalently priced imac.

About the budget, I bought my components at a store (SWS in Tucson) which was more expensive than amazon. With amazon i could have got the i7 and an SSD.

But as a non-US citizen, I had to buy it phisically
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January 17, 2013 11:13:25 PM

Hardware wise 100% better than a mac software wise your pc wont even come close.
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January 17, 2013 11:43:06 PM

gaMOEver said:
Whats and IPS monitor??, I didn't consider the screen very important.


IPS (In Plane Switching) is a different panel that goes into a monitor vs your standard TN panel. Colours look a lot more vivid, the viewing angles are better compared to a TN, though it costs more and its response times arent as fast.
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January 18, 2013 12:03:21 AM

Yes, the PC is better than an iMac. But PCs are for one type of people and iMacs for another. However you have made a sensible choice in buying a PC as it has expansion and upgrade possibilities; the iMac does not.
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