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Thinking about getting my first exspensive computer, need some expert advice before i buy.

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August 9, 2013 12:17:37 PM

built a computer on iBuyPower.com and was wondering if the specs were decent or where i should upgrade. My budget is maxed out at around 1,500 so keep that in mind when offering suggestions thank you.




Intel B85 Core i5 Configurator
http://www.ibuypower.com








Case

1 x AZZA Armour Gaming Case-Blue



Processor

1 x Intel® Core™ i7-4770K Processor (4x 3.50GHz/8MB L3 Cache)-Intel® Core™ i7-4770K



Motherboard

1 x MSI B85 G41 -- FREE Upgrade to ASRock B85 Pro4



Memory

1 x 4 GB [4 GB X1] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-Corsair or Major Brand



Video Card

1 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 - 2GB-Single Card



Case Lighting

1 x Liquid Neon Thunder Pattern Light-Blue



Power Supply

1 x 650 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2-Free Upgrade to 750 Watt Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 ($20 Savings)



Processor Cooling

1 x Liquid CPU Cooling System [Intel]-ARC Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)



Primary Hard Drive

1 x 2 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200rpm, 6.0Gb/s-Single Drive



Data Hard Drive

None



2nd Optical Drive

None



Optical Drive

1 x 24x Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive-Black



Sound Card

1 x 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard



Speaker System

None



Network Card

1 x Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)



Monitor

1 x 19" LCD 1366x768 -- Sceptre X195W-NAGA



Keyboard

1 x Microsoft Internet Keyboard



Mouse

1 x iBUYPOWER Precision Gaming Mouse-Midnight Black



Operating System

1 x None- Pre-formatted Hard Drive Only



Warranty

1 x 3 Year Standard Warranty Service



Rush Service

1 x Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee)-No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days



Advanced Build Options

1 x iBUYPOWER Specialized Advanced Packaging System-Protect your investment during transportation!



Advanced Build Options

1 x Tuniq TX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound-The best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks



Advanced Build Options

1 x Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower-Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis



Advanced Build Options

1 x Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower-Basic Pro Wiring



Advanced Build Options

1 x Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower-Advanced - Power Package (Individually Sleeved 24-pin ATX, 8-pin CPU, and SATA Drive Power Cabling)



Advanced Build Options

1 x Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower-Advanced - Video Package (Individually Sleeved 8-pin and 6-pin PCI-E VGA Power Cabling)



Video Camera

None



Power Protection

1 x Surge Suppressor - APC Surge Arrest



Meter Display

None



Flash Media Reader / Writer

None



2nd Monitor

None



Free Stuff

1 x [FREE Game Voucher] - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist-Free with NVIDIA GeForce GTX660 or above Video Cards



iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction

1 x Advanced - iBUYPOWER Harmony SRS Sound Reduction System



iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion

None



Case Engraving Service

None



Subtotal

$1,343.00
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August 9, 2013 12:36:29 PM

Your are paying way too much for what you are actually getting.
Are you confident enough to build a PC? It's quite fun, you save money and get much better stuff then what iBuypower is offering for that price. (You end up ordering parts one by one)
August 9, 2013 2:14:08 PM

Platinum Era said:
Your are paying way too much for what you are actually getting.
Are you confident enough to build a PC? It's quite fun, you save money and get much better stuff then what iBuypower is offering for that price. (You end up ordering parts one by one)


Thanks for your message, I am not comfortable building my own because I have no exsperience doing so, so should I definitely stay away from iBuyPower? I didn't know I was over playing for what is was. My main goal is to just be able to play Rome: Total War 2, my favorite RTS game.
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a b à CPUs
August 9, 2013 11:27:02 PM

James1211 said:
Platinum Era said:
Your are paying way too much for what you are actually getting.
Are you confident enough to build a PC? It's quite fun, you save money and get much better stuff then what iBuypower is offering for that price. (You end up ordering parts one by one)


Thanks for your message, I am not comfortable building my own because I have no exsperience doing so, so should I definitely stay away from iBuyPower? I didn't know I was over playing for what is was. My main goal is to just be able to play Rome: Total War 2, my favorite RTS game.


iBuypower isn't at all bad, it's just the configuration you had was more expensive then it should have been (you also had stuff you didn't need and some wrong parts).
You could watch a couple of Youtube guide when you are building (there are a lot of good guides) But if you feel pessimistic about it here is a High end setup from iBuypower:
http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Gamer_Paladin_E840

With this configuration:
Case
NZXT Phantom 410 Gaming Case - Black
Case Lighting
None
iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction
None
iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion
None
Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-4670K Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core™ i5-4670K
iBUYPOWER PowerDrive
None
Processor Cooling
Liquid CPU Cooling System [Intel] - Standard 120mm Fan
Memory
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand
Video Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 - 2GB - EVGA Superclocked - Single Card
Motherboard
ASUS Z87-A
Intel Smart Response Technology
None
Power Supply
750 Watt - Corsair CX750
Primary Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive
Data Hard Drive
None
Optical Drive
24x Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black
2nd Optical Drive
None
Flash Media Reader / Writer
None
Meter Display
None
Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Network Card
Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
Operating System
Windows 8 + Office 2010 Trial [Free 60-Day !!!] - 64-bit (I see that on the original build you had no OS selected, so if you have an OS already, go ahead and remove this)
Keyboard
iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard
Mouse
iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse - Blood Red
Monitor
None
2nd Monitor
None
Speaker System
None
Video Camera
None
Case Engraving Service
None
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty Service
Rush Service
Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days
Advanced Build Options
1 x iBUYPOWER Specialized Advanced Packaging System Protect your investment during transportation!
Free Stuff (just in case shipping was a bit violent)
1 x [FREE Game Voucher] - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist Free with NVIDIA GeForce GTX660 or above Video Cards
Estimated Ship Date:
08-23-2013
Subtotal: $1332
As for a monitor you can pick up a good new from Newegg, Bestbuy, Amazon...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I have 2 of these and absolutely love them)
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