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January 27, 2013 4:43:26 PM

My wife found this PC while at Costco

http://www.costco.com/HP-Pavilion-p7-1447cb-Desktop%2c-...

Which is currently on sale for $699. Now my question is... can I build one comparable for less including the monitor? If so, suggestions? I'll be looking at the threads to see what I can find, but if anyone can chime in that'd be great.

It's main use is for surfing, school work, photography etc. Nothing extreme but I do like having a fast PC that can keep up. Budget would be $700 below since the prebuilt is that price.

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January 27, 2013 10:18:17 PM

You could definitely build comparable for less. Get a zalman 1080p monitor. Trinity 5800k cpu.
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January 28, 2013 12:51:23 AM

I tried...you still have to get a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and OS...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($125.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer ($29.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $692.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 21:50 EST-0500)
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January 28, 2013 2:20:34 AM

aonor said:
I tried...you still have to get a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and OS...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($125.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer ($29.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $692.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 21:50 EST-0500)

To be clear to the op, this build is FAR, stronger.
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January 28, 2013 3:33:15 PM

Far stronger... yet aonor pointed out it still lacks a monitor, OS, keyboard and mouse... and does this set up come with some kind of sound card is it built in? The Costco one comes with Beats audio (not that it matters).

Seems as though for the basic user, the Costco setup would accomplish most tasks, if not more for a decent price.
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January 29, 2013 2:33:13 AM

Beats is a marketing ploy.
Look at this modification to the build
am3+ mobo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The get a 965
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Then downgrade to a 7750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
then you can get windows 7
this monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
All of this will only put you a few dollars over budget. If you want me to, I can cut a lot more out.
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January 29, 2013 2:44:11 PM

Here is my suggestion with monitor, OS, keyboard/mouse.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus F2A55-M LK PLUS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Zalman MZ240ED 24.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $611.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 11:43 EST-0500)

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