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February 24, 2013 2:01:14 AM

I've ran into an issue here... I don't know whether or not to buy pre-built or go custom? Both builds are about the same, with custom being just a SHADE better. Upside to pre-built is I just walk in and the whole computer has the warranty all at the same time, rather than having to go to the store and buy each part. What would you recommend for decent 1080p gaming? My budget is exactly what both computers are at right now.

Custom Build:

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=69494&vpn=GV-R785OC-2GD&m...
$209.99 Vid Card

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=54963&vpn=996776&manu...
$69.59 Ram

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=77180&vpn=WN7-00404&m...
$107.98 OS

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=72278&vpn=BX80637I535...
$239.87 CPU

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=79368&vpn=CSSD-N128GB...
$130.98 SSD

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&vpn=ST1000DM003...
$79.98 HDD

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71114&vpn=P8Z77-V%20L...
$154.99 MOBO

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&m...
$59.99 Case

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=62826&promoid=1302
$99.99 PSU



Pre-built:

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/ibuypower-ibuypo...




If there is anything else you could suggest, let me know! Thanks guys!

EDIT: I just noticed I linked the wrong PSU, thanks for the input, feeblepenguin :D 

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February 24, 2013 2:08:55 AM

Go custom if possible; you could build a much better system for less $.
-a few things on your custom build though, don't spend $180 on a psu. i don't know much about reliability of such things but 180 seems ridiculous.
-don't spend $70 on ram, when $50 (or less) will get you the same thing.
also, I dont know mobos well, but you might be able to save a few bucks on a less expenive mobo.

that 7850 is at least 30 percent faster than a 650 ti, btw, although for 1080p gaming, both should do fine. (i manage with a radeon 7750 equivalent)
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February 24, 2013 2:21:14 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1073.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 23:22 EST-0500)
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February 24, 2013 2:24:15 AM
February 24, 2013 5:06:22 AM

all of the above are really good ideas. I think I may tweak what I got with some of your suggestions. I am partial to ASUS for my mobo, as they have been nothing but reliable in my previous builds. The thing I really don't know much about are PSUs, in all honesty. Well, that and Windows 7 VS Windows 8 for gaming... But I guess I could search the forum for that debate. :D  I'll try and keep you posted as to what I'm thinking of doing.

If you, however, have more suggestions, please do let me know.
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February 24, 2013 5:57:23 AM

supersaiyanfour said:
all of the above are really good ideas. I think I may tweak what I got with some of your suggestions. I am partial to ASUS for my mobo, as they have been nothing but reliable in my previous builds. The thing I really don't know much about are PSUs, in all honesty. Well, that and Windows 7 VS Windows 8 for gaming... But I guess I could search the forum for that debate. :D  I'll try and keep you posted as to what I'm thinking of doing.

If you, however, have more suggestions, please do let me know.

My vote goes to windows 7... xfx/fsp/seasonic/corsair/rosewill/enermax/antec/xigmatek are reliable brands for PSU...
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February 24, 2013 6:34:53 AM

i agree with extreme4 with 3570k
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February 24, 2013 6:57:56 AM

Kind of in the wrong place for unbiased advice on Prebuilt vs Custom, because everyone here (including me) will heartily recommend custom building.

I say go Win8, it will have the longer support period than 7 and its much better at the back end. If the Metro Interface (not allowed to call it that anymore :lol: ) Start Screen and lack of Start Menu in desktop mode is whats stopping you, there are ways around that now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acVtWAPq3Y0

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