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Thoughts/Suggestions on first prebuilt gaming computer

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July 18, 2013 7:39:54 AM


I'm trying to pick out my first gaming computer and stumbled across the iBUYPOWER Revolt R570. After reading a lot of mixed reviews I'm curious about what more experienced gamers think about it. I'm going off to college in a year and want a small, portable gaming PC capable of running Skyrim and upcoming titles (such as BF4). I'm open to alternatives as long as they are also small/portable and and hoping to only spend around $1000 or less. I know building is cheaper but my parents don't like the idea and unless they approve I lose major funding. I plan on purchasing the PC within a few weeks if not as soon as possible.
July 18, 2013 9:39:51 AM

i think i speak for just about on this forum when i tell you: build your own.
its more rewarding, you get more bang for your buck, and you get exactly what you need, and building IS NOT HARD.
its all about round pegs round holes just like you did when you were a baby, watch a few videos on youtube.
i checked out those iBUYPOWER revolts, and all 3 models seem terribly expensive for their power, i've seen alot of people go with the prodigy case from bitfenix and it looks really cute, with handles and all, and fits alot of power inside.

edit: i'm not saying those computers you are looking at are bad, by the way, they all have very decent specs especially for prebuilts, but as with all prebuilts, usually one part or two is very low quality, i'm guessing the power supply on these arnt top notch.
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July 18, 2013 9:45:00 AM

Rhavi Marques said:
i think i speak for just about on this forum when i tell you: build your own.
its more rewarding, you get more bang for your buck, and you get exactly what you need, and building IS NOT HARD.
its all about round pegs round holes just like you did when you were a baby, watch a few videos on youtube.
i checked out those iBUYPOWER revolts, and all 3 models seem terribly expensive for their power, i've seen alot of people go with the prodigy case from bitfenix and it looks really cute, with handles and all, and fits alot of power inside.


Yeah I agree, and I would avoid iBUYPOWER like the plague. Their systems are far from properly configured for the budget. Plus I've heard some major stories about what happens when the systems actually arrive.

I'd do something like this for $1K:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1056.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-18 12:44 EDT-0400)
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