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Building VS Buying in the eyes of a newbie

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January 21, 2013 5:43:08 PM

Helloooo. I have recently been given an AMD 6970. Installing the card made me realize how outdated my 2008 system is and prompted me to look for computer parts for building a computer from the ground up. But the plethora of computer parts and thousands of variations on their titles made me remember why I bought this 2008 machine from IBUYPOWER.com (IBP)

Seriously. Just to name three
"ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX"
"Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850"
"Apevia ATX-AQ700W-BK"

To me, that stuff is gibberish amongst a sea of computer hardware. I don't know what to build on, I don't know what to buy to get the my money's worth. On IBP, it's as simple as picking my Custom Computer configuration choice of AMD or Intel and working from there. My friends all tell me NOT to use IBP because it's cheaper to build on my own. I believe them, but IBP is much, MUCH less complex to someone like me.

I don't want to spend more than $2000, and I feel I won't need to if I decided to use IBP or built it on my own. I WANT to build a computer on my own, but it's not as simple as "building an AMD system" or "NVIDIA/intel system". Especially since there's so much variety among the prices and names of the computer components, I really don't know what to do.

I understand AMD is cheaper at the cost of performance, but if their products can deliver a PC that won't need upgrades for years, then I am all for it. I am not a PC elitist, I just want a computer that can handle these newer games like Skyrim, Far Cry, and Guild Wars 2 without the excessive pricing of a god-tier computer.

Please, give me guidance u_u

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January 21, 2013 6:04:35 PM

Building a pc is a lot more easier than you think.. there are plenty of videos and stuff that will guide you through everything step by step.. here is a decent gaming rig for 900$..

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yOH0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yOH0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yOH0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $860.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 14:59 EST-0500)
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January 21, 2013 6:17:35 PM

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1ETMJY
this is a good gaming system that will last you awhile from a website similar to ibuypower but its is a really good skill to be able to build your own pc if something were to break down the line if so you can use the parts in the list and save yourself around $200
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January 21, 2013 7:32:04 PM

Building a PC used to be a big money saver but I cant really see a reason to anymore, unless you just enjoy doing it. A PC from custom site like cyberpower will be about the same price as the parts if you were to build it yourself. You might be able to save maybe $50 on a $1000 PC if you really search hard for deals.
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January 21, 2013 7:42:05 PM

nix327 said:
Building a pc is a lot more easier than you think.. there are plenty of videos and stuff that will guide you through everything step by step.. here is a decent gaming rig for 900$..

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yOH0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yOH0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yOH0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $860.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 14:59 EST-0500)


good build

he doesnt need the graphics card though so its actually going to be $300 cheaper

I would probably spend more on a Z77 Extreme4 mb from Asrock , and maybe upgrade the processor to a i5 3570K
depending on how much the OP wants to spend
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January 22, 2013 12:58:49 AM

Op do you have a microcenter nearby? If you go to one the guys there will help you pick out the best for your budget. They will also build it and install windows for 130 I think, so if you are afraid of the assembly that can help. Building can be expensive if you are not careful, but I think a lot of the oem pcs in best buys a d walmarts seem to be cheaply built. You can do what you like but I prefer a custom bc of the quality, considering you pick proper parts, plus its fun.
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January 22, 2013 2:06:38 AM

Outlander_04 said:
good build

he doesnt need the graphics card though so its actually going to be $300 cheaper

I would probably spend more on a Z77 Extreme4 mb from Asrock , and maybe upgrade the processor to a i5 3570K
depending on how much the OP wants to spend


Yeah.. my bad.. missed that part about the 6970.. :D 
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