Home built vs Prebuilt

My wife found this PC while at Costco

http://www.costco.com/HP-Pavilion-p7-1447cb-Desktop%2c-AMD-Quad-Core-A8-5500%2c-3.2GHz.product.100019258.html#product-tab2

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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  1. You could definitely build comparable for less. Get a zalman 1080p monitor. Trinity 5800k cpu.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Beats is a marketing ploy.
    Look at this modification to the build
    am3+ mobo.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131795
    The get a 965
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
    Then downgrade to a 7750
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
    then you can get windows 7
    this monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824118005
    All of this will only put you a few dollars over budget. If you want me to, I can cut a lot more out.
  6. Case and Power Supply $50 After MIR
    MOBO $60
    Memory $44
    HDD $80
    CPU $99
    Aftermarket Cooler $30 After MIR
    Burner $18
    Monitor $110
    Mouse and Keyboard $25 Wired could get cheaper
    Video $85
    OS $80

    This thing would rip with a little OCing. :D Thank It_dan_zsu for a few parts.

    Just my 2 cents do with it what you will.
  7. 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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