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Should I buy or build.? AMD or Intel? Budget 700 to 800

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January 24, 2013 1:42:58 AM

Hi Everyone. :happy:

I am looking to purchase or build a new system . I have been looking at a few prebuilt desktops at TigerDirect but unsure which might be for me.

I am an avid gamer of online games such as the former City of Heroes, EQ2, Star Wars etc. In addition I play Sims 3 and any other forms of Sim type games. The ability to multi task with it is a must because I enjoy listening to music and do some video and sound editing.

So Video and Sound are important to me.

I am hoping to find a system that I do not have to much in right after purchasing it.

It has been several years since I bought a PreBuilt PC,I have in the past built at home because of many things including all the technology out there learning all the new processors, motherboards etc can be an experience lol. If anyone would like to help me with a new build I would be open to it.

To date I have been an Avid AMD user but again not adverse to Intel if I can exceed with a better desktop over an AMD in prices.

I also have been seeing a lot of CyberPower PC's lately but I have never seen or heard anyone I know owning one.
Looking to spend like all as low as possible like everyone best bang for my buck.



Budget 700.00 to 800.00 (not included in this budget is to find a reasonable 27" monitor)

A few I have looked at on Tiger Direct:



At $850.00 after rebates. Sold out currently online but returns often and I do have a Tiger Direct Store locally.

http://www.tigerdire...2&sku=A50-13000

ASUS Essentio CM6870-US-3AD Desktop PC - 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3770 3.40GHz, 16GB DDR3, 2TB HDD, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 620, Blu-ray ROM/DVDRW, Keyboard/Mouse, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit



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On Sale at 799.00 Sold out currently online but returns often and I do have a Tiger Direct Store locally.


http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Acer Predator G3 AG3620-UR308 DT.SJPAA.004 Desktop PC - 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz, 12GB DDR3, 2TB HDD, DVDRW, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 630, Windows 8 64-bit




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At 699.00

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

ASUS CM6431-US-3AA Desktop PC - 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3770 3.40GHz, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, Keyboard/Mouse, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit



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At: $788.00
http://www.tigerdire...9024&CatId=1887

CyberPowerPC GU6029 Gaming PC - ATX, AMD FX 6100 3.3GHz, 16GB DDR3, 2TB HDD, DVDRW, 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7750, Keyboard/Mouse, Windows 8 64-bit



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I have also been shown this built

http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/xRIW

I currently have a new copy of Windows 7.


SO thank you in advance for any thoughts ideas etc.
January 24, 2013 1:47:23 AM

You better get the parts individually, those pcs at tigerdirect have low end cards, not meant for gaming.
The cyberpower one has a decent card, but in my opinion, too expensive for the parts.
In the list of the parts you have a 7850, which is good for any game, depending on the settings, but for those in the list, more than sufficient.
January 24, 2013 1:48:40 AM

^ true... homebuild is a lot better
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January 24, 2013 2:05:50 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.50 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $751.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 23:05 EST-0500)
January 25, 2013 8:11:56 PM

One last quick question this just came to me....what do you think.


888.00


HP Pavilion p7-1417cb Desktop Computer, AMD A10-5700, 8GB Memory, 2TB Hard Drive, 27"


Windows 8
Next Gen AMD Quad-Core A10-5700 Accelerated Processor
8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 SDRAM memory
2TB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive
AMD Radeon™ HD 7660D Graphics

:bounce: 

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/27-desktop-bndl-hp-27-moni...
January 25, 2013 8:15:05 PM

Quiqzal said:
One last quick question this just came to me....what do you think.


888.00


HP Pavilion p7-1417cb Desktop Computer, AMD A10-5700, 8GB Memory, 2TB Hard Drive, 27"


Windows 8
Next Gen AMD Quad-Core A10-5700 Accelerated Processor
8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 SDRAM memory
2TB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive
AMD Radeon™ HD 7660D Graphics

:bounce: 

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/27-desktop-bndl-hp-27-moni...


:pfff: 

Don't do it, build it yourself. The rig I suggested will out perform that HP and it costs less.
January 25, 2013 8:26:50 PM

Yes, it's not good, if it were at a really low price, but it's 888$ for an apu build, not worth it.
for that price you can get an i5 or FX-6300, if you prefer amd, and a 7850/660 or who knows even a 7870/660 ti.
January 25, 2013 8:34:07 PM

If you are having bad thoughts about building one yourself, it really isn't that hard. There are some good tutorials on Newegg and you can check YouTube too. I am sure there are plenty of other recommendations that Tom's users could give you to check out but, personally, I don't know otherwise.

A paraphrase from a Tom's user: Building a computer is like LEGOs for grown ups.

As long as you take the right precautionary measures (especially grounding yourself by touching the case before you touch a component or wearing an anti-static wrist strap), the pieces just kind of fit together. You will have a much better feeling when you are done and you will learn a lot along the way. Spend plenty of time reading the manuals for the components even if you have to read them more than once. :D 
January 26, 2013 2:17:02 AM

Cool

Thank you I wasnt sure on the HP because of the 27" Monitor part of the package.

Almost to the finish line...You have all been such great helps and thank you for the links on building as well.


A few questions left.



This over the intel core i5?

229.00
Core_i7_3770K_35GHz_LGA_1155_ProcessorIntel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor

http://www.microcenter.com/product/388575/

Guessing I may need then to change the motherboard?


Also on the hunt for a good reasonably priced 27" Monitor.
February 10, 2013 11:49:00 PM

Take into consideration first - HP Pavilion p7 is now on sale for 790. Minus the cost of the 27 inch monitor -300.00 then minus the cost of windows 8 - 100.00 So thats 390.00 for the the actual pc -Not to mention the additional cost of the keyboard , mouse, speakers, 1 year virus software. That won't be included in your own build. Question is can you build your own for that price? Who's to say you cannot ugrade the processor on your own for 200.00 - then your still at 590.00 upgrade your power supply - 100.00 then your at 690.00 From what I can figure, in this case the benifits of building your own pc don't look so hot to me. (That's my two cents on the Sams club buy vs build your own idea)
February 12, 2013 5:17:43 PM

I have had a hard time finding the graphics card:

I was unsure if any of these are worth anything and would work with the build.


XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SAPPHIRE FleX 100354FLEX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Video-Cards-Video-Devices/Categor...



http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N...


or if you have a different recommendation, I do want to keep it a 2g.

Thank you again for all the help.
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