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February 11, 2013 2:54:42 PM

Hello, recently ordered a PC from cyberpowerpc.com and I'm planing to cancel the order based on some research and reviews. I'm either going to order a different build from them or attempt to build my own. I've installed graphics cards and ram over the years, but never a full workup. I'm most unsure about the different parts. Motherboards in particular, and thee wiring connections is a bit confusing as well. I've watched some videos and it looks doable. Wouldn't mind some advice.

PREVIOUS CYBERPOWER PC ORDER:

MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-Z77-HD3 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Ultra Durable 4 Classic, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x Gen3 PCIe x16, 2x PCIe x1 & 2 PC

CAS: In-Win Mana 136 Mid-Tower Gaming Case

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155

FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan

HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston HyperX

OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium

POWERSUPPLY: 800 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready

VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card




After all the mumbo jumbo extras (keyboard, mouse, games ect.) this came out to $1230.00.

February 11, 2013 3:15:59 PM

Won't need a monitor, it's a 22 Inch 1680 x 1050 Resolution I believe.

I do intend to experiment with overclocking.

I'll need to purchase a new copy of windows.

Mostly for gaming, mostly SWTOR.

Will likely upgrade in future.
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February 11, 2013 3:28:07 PM

Most definitely build your own. Thats really the only way to ensure your getting quality parts for the best price.

It's very easy. If you can use a screwdriver then your all set.
The people here are good about helping on choosing the parts to fit your budget and needs and we can always help with advice while building.
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February 11, 2013 3:31:47 PM

Well my budget at the moment is basically $1250. I'd like that to include a new keyboard and possibly a decent gaming mouse.
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February 11, 2013 4:18:31 PM

Well, this isn't really my thing, but until someone else shows up, you can definitely do better price-wise. The I7 has no benefit for gaming, it is only useful for serious number crunching (and flight simulators). The total below goes up around $75 without a nearby microcenter, but still is easily under cyberpowers build, and better balanced (and probably has a much better power supply). If you do have a nearby microcenter I would spend the savings on a 128gb SSD, it makes a huge difference on startup and loading times - or get a HD 7950.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CR8N
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CR8N/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CR8N/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.98 @ Outlet PC)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($44.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Total: $1106.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 13:07 EST-0500)
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