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January 31, 2013 10:43:22 AM

I am looking at a budget of NO MORE than $700.00 and I really prefer to not assemble to computer myself, yes I know there are tutorials on how to do so, but I know what I am building will not be what the guy in the video is building. My concern is not really the assembly, more so the installation and drivers and what not, I have no prior knowledge of any of that and it can freak a guy out when $700 is being being spent. So my question is, could I build a MUCH stronger computer system than what I was offered (below are offered specs and price) If I build it myself? Perhaps I might consider a build, but if the one offered to be is good enough I would prefer to have it built for me.

Defender - AMD
Case - NZXT M59
Power Supply - Cooler Master RS 550W
Processor - AMD Six Core FX-6100 3.3GHz
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 SLI+Crossfire/32GB DDR3/8xUSB2/2xUSB3/6xSATA3/ATX
DDR3 Memory - Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB(2X4GB) CL9
Graphics Card - Sapphire Radeon HD7770 1GB
Hard Drive - Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB SATA3 7200rpm 64MB
Optical Drive - Sony Optiarc AD-7280S-0B 24X SATA DVD+/-RW
Operating System - check multiple for dual Boot - Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
Warranty - 3 Year Minimum Limited Warranty (Maximum up to Manufacture Warranty) + Lifetime Tech Support



Price: $701


Please let me know how you feel this build will perform, and what types of games I can expect to play on higher settings. If you have a build you would like to share thats fine, I am not unwilling to consider building myself, I am just VERY uneasy about it. I prefer AMD graphics cards and processors.
January 31, 2013 11:24:16 AM

I'm going to recommend that you build your own system, with the build suggestion below you get a much better system at the same price.

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.95 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $694.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 08:17 EST-0500)

The cpu in this computer is better than your current one (plus this build comes with a non stock cpu cooler for overclockability)

Also the GPU is much better meaning you can easily get higher performance in many games with the same cost.

The 7770 won't be able to max games unless they are from a while back, with the 7870 your going to get a lot more performance out of it than the 7870.

To properly evaluate the performance of the system, what applications are you going to be running because specificity would help in determining the value that you are going to be getting from building your own.

To explain why you should build your own: Installation and drivers are very easy, you can go to the motherboard manufacturers website or typically (every time) the motherboard will come with a driver installation disc, so you have everything right there.

Also installing an OS is not hard again it's just popping a disc in there, and then it's done.
January 31, 2013 11:27:31 AM

you can do better than that

id get this. GPU should offer double the performance of a 7770
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ADOk

-used a intel processor. uses 1/3 of the power of the fx 6 core while performing the same or better. also cheaper overall
-ram can be found at us.ncix for 37.99
-psu can be found for 53.99 at us.ncix
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January 31, 2013 11:32:52 AM

Can those parts be found on Amazon? for the same cost? Just curious because I use Amazon weekly lol.
January 31, 2013 11:35:42 AM

no. it costs a lot more at amazon
January 31, 2013 11:38:17 AM

ghost101 said:
Can those parts be found on Amazon? for the same cost? Just curious because I use Amazon weekly lol.


You can find most parts on amazon at a similar price range, if you click the link it should send you to pcpartpicker, which has the price of X part for each vendor. Here is the permlink if that doesn't work: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ADMd

Quote:
you can do better than that

id get this. GPU should offer double the performance of a 7770
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ADOk

-used a intel processor. uses 1/3 of the power of the fx 6 core while performing the same or better. also cheaper overall
-ram can be found at us.ncix for 37.99
-psu can be found for 53.99 at us.ncix


Pay attention to the preference in processor he prefers AMD, I love intel just as much as the next person but if it comes down to preference, let him decide, also the AMD processor will almost every time beat out the i3 that you suggest.
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