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EpicLoad

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#31 11 years ago

If you're looking for Word and an OS, make sure that you get student discounts from where you buy them, you can get quite a bit off.




Oblivious

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#32 11 years ago

Afterburner;3895155I'd say my absolute max is about $1300. On cyberpowerpc I managed to set up a system that was about 1100 and met all of my needs, which is running Oblivion maxed out and then also having Microsoft word for homework, that is basically all I need: Gaming and Homework. =p

But I'm going to see if I can get some discounts on parts from a few connections I have to get he price lower.

If they can build for as cheap or nearly as cheap as buying the same parts, then by all means buy from them...

...but, you'd be missing out on the satisfaction and knowledge gained by doing it yourself. Of course, you could also be avoiding the possible headaches incurred by doing it wrong or receiving defective parts (not likely, but it happens).

$1300 or less is a pretty easy budget to work with, especially since you just need the "box" and not everything connected to it. Can you give the basics of the cyberpower unit? CPU, ram size/speed & videocard perhaps?

Also, are you interested in SLI/Crossfire as an option for the future, or are you more likely to just upgrade with a newer, single card? (Not much point in buying an SLI board if you never intend to buy a second videocard)




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#33 11 years ago

Oblivious;3895713If they can build for as cheap or nearly as cheap as buying the same parts, then by all means buy from them...

...but, you'd be missing out on the satisfaction and knowledge gained by doing it yourself. Of course, you could also be avoiding the possible headaches incurred by doing it wrong or receiving defective parts (not likely, but it happens).

I was sort of thinking the same thing, building a computer could prove to be a good expereience, or a bad one. But probaly a good one.

$1300 or less is a pretty easy budget to work with, especially since you just need the "box" and not everything connected to it. Can you give the basics of the cyberpower unit? CPU, ram size/speed & videocard perhaps?

Here is the build I put together.

CASE: ($20 off Mail-in Rebate) X-Discovery Mid-Tower Case 420W W/ WINDOW & Temperature Display (Blue Color) CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6750 CPU @ 2.66GHz 1333FSB 4MB L2 Cache 64-bit MOTHERBOARD: (Quad-Core FSB1333) Asus P5N-E nForce 650i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Value Select or Major Brand) VIDEO CARD: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA) VIDEO CARD 2: NONE LCD Monitor: NONE HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (400GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD) Data Hard Drive: NONE Optical Drive: (Special Price) 18X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR) Optical Drive 2: NONE SOUND: 3D WAVE ON-BOARD 5.1 SOUND CARD

No OS included. The price comes out to $1097.00 plus a $20 mail in rebate for the case. I'm unsure if a better power supply would be needed. I saved money in the area of the sound card, the hard drive by sticking to only 400GB, and also the optical drive by just going with basically stock parts.

Also, are you interested in SLI/Crossfire as an option for the future, or are you more likely to just upgrade with a newer, single card? (Not much point in buying an SLI board if you never intend to buy a second videocard)

Hmm, good point. I figure if I upgrade in the future it will probaly be to a single 9 series card, quite a ways off. However if I go through cyberpowerpc they only have a single non-SLI chip and it is only 9 dollars less then the Asus SLI ready card I picked out.




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#34 11 years ago

Looks like a sweet build. Good choice on processor, mobo, and case.




Oblivious

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#35 11 years ago

Afterburner;3896370 Here is the build I put together.

CASE: ($20 off Mail-in Rebate) X-Discovery Mid-Tower Case 420W W/ WINDOW & Temperature Display (Blue Color) CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6750 CPU @ 2.66GHz 1333FSB 4MB L2 Cache 64-bit MOTHERBOARD: (Quad-Core FSB1333) Asus P5N-E nForce 650i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Value Select or Major Brand) VIDEO CARD: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA) VIDEO CARD 2: NONE LCD Monitor: NONE HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (400GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD) Data Hard Drive: NONE Optical Drive: (Special Price) 18X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR) Optical Drive 2: NONE SOUND: 3D WAVE ON-BOARD 5.1 SOUND CARD

No OS included. The price comes out to $1097.00 plus a $20 mail in rebate for the case. I'm unsure if a better power supply would be needed...

For reference, here's the build list for the identical parts from newegg. List: Newegg pc alternative

Total: $918.94 Shipped: $943.95 -$45 in rebates ($25 for ram, $20 for GPU) Grand Total: $898.95 (after waiting 6 months for your rebate checks)

If you buy from CyberPower, I'd go with a case without a power supply, and add a better one. For a gaming rig, power supplies that come with cases, as a rule, suck. Very few exceptions, and this isn't one of them.

And like EpicLoad mentioned above, look for student discounts on Word. I think there's even a freeware Office Suite you can use, but it depends on your needs.

I'll try to come up with a fresh build list tomorrow that should stay around $1100 or so. I think it's fun to play with build lists. Not as fun as playing with women, but I digress...




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#36 11 years ago

Personally I wouldn't trust a place like CyberPower to begin with. I've read scads of horror stories concerning poor build/shipping tactics and underwhelming support. If you want to save money just buy the parts at a place like Newegg and put it together yourself.;)




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#37 11 years ago

Oblivious;3896674For reference, here's the build list for the identical parts from newegg. List: Newegg pc alternative

Total: $918.94 Shipped: $943.95 -$45 in rebates ($25 for ram, $20 for GPU) Grand Total: $898.95 (after waiting 6 months for your rebate checks)

If you buy from CyberPower, I'd go with a case without a power supply, and add a better one. For a gaming rig, power supplies that come with cases, as a rule, suck. Very few exceptions, and this isn't one of them.

And like EpicLoad mentioned above, look for student discounts on Word. I think there's even a freeware Office Suite you can use, but it depends on your needs.

I'll try to come up with a fresh build list tomorrow that should stay around $1100 or so. I think it's fun to play with build lists. Not as fun as playing with women, but I digress...

Wowie wow wow. That is a great deal less expensive, so I have a feeeling I'm going to be building a new PC. I figure if I build it myself instead of gonig with the build I just posted that means I' can probaly upgrade a part or two and still keep it under 1300. So I think my next step will be to enlist the help of two of my friends who are computer experts int he actualy choosing and buying of parts. Once I come up with a build I'll post it and see what you guys think.




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#38 11 years ago
Afterburner;3897471Wowie wow wow. That is a great deal less expensive, so I have a feeeling I'm going to be building a new PC. I figure if I build it myself instead of gonig with the build I just posted that means I' can probaly upgrade a part or two and still keep it under 1300. So I think my next step will be to enlist the help of two of my friends who are computer experts int he actualy choosing and buying of parts. Once I come up with a build I'll post it and see what you guys think.

I think you'll enjoy building it yourself or with friends.

Here's the list I made up a moment ago, it includes Vista Home Premium.

Wish list link: $1300 build Total: $1288.90 Shipped: $1320.98 After Rebates: $1275.98

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Case: APEVIA X-DISCOVERY-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case [COLOR="Red"]$65[/COLOR]

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard [COLOR="Red"]$130[/COLOR]

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor [COLOR="Red"]$205[/COLOR]

Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Memory [COLOR="Red"]$97[/COLOR]

Videocard: EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card [COLOR="Red"]$380[/COLOR]

Soundcard: AuzenTech XMYSTIQUE7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card [COLOR="Red"]$58[/COLOR]

Power Supply ENERMAX Noisetaker EG495P-VE SFMA ATX 12V Ver2.0 485W Power Supply [COLOR="Red"]$80[/COLOR]

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive [COLOR="Red"]$110[/COLOR]

Optical Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA DVD Burner [COLOR="Red"]$33[/COLOR]

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM [COLOR="Red"]$112[/COLOR]

Floppy Drive/Multi-Card Reader: (not necessary, but nice to have) MITSUMI Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal USB 2.0 digital card reader with Floppy Drive [COLOR="Red"]$19[/COLOR]




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#39 11 years ago
Oblivious;3898301I think you'll enjoy building it yourself or with friends.

Ofcourse! Theres nothing better than getting some buds and playing "Put this stuff together for me!" =p. But in all seriousness, I second Oblivious' build.




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#40 11 years ago

I agree, Oblivious has good build, I'd just change the mobo to the one in the original build.