7th January 2011
...will be a desktop. I'm not sure when, but every once in awhile I like to hit HP.com and build a custom rig, built specifically for gaming. Today I decided to do just that, and came up with this here:
That will run me around $2100 (that's with some accessories I didn't add in the picture, monitor, gaming headset, etc). Now obviously right now I am in no position to buy it, but I'm hoping near the end of this year or beginning of next I will finally be in a position to upgrade my decrepit desktop to this decade. :lulz:
Thoughts and tips would be appreciated. :)
People say I post too much
1st April 2009
So you built an 8-core... With mismatched memory... Interesting choice.
Question though. Why not build it yourself for about $800 cheaper?
I take what n0e says way too seriously
20th November 2007
Might as well buy win7 pro, tbh. It's, what, 20$ more? And has almost all the features of ultimate. And tbh a 550 Ti is not a gaming card, especially in 6-8 months. I would get a much faster card, maybe even at the cost of downgrading the processor, I think a 8-core 3.6GHz is overkill for gaming.
Like Supa, I'd say consider building it yourself. Anything over ~$800 justifies a custom build in my mind. Seems like a lot of mainstream computer companies have hit-or-miss quality, especially with more powerful systems. Plus, by building yourself, you'll have a lot more precision as far as building the thing around what you'll be doing the most. Seems like that build has a lot of high numbers, that won't necessarily mean a faster system. I can't say for sure, but I think i7 processors are still the king of the hill whereas AMD has gone for the budget market as of late (don't take my word for it, do some research on your own). Also, water cooling? From HP? :eek:
That said, what exactly do you want to use this system for? That will give you a good indicator of what the money in your budget will be best spent on.
Finally, since you're in no hurry for this build, you'd probably be well off ordering during the Black Friday or New Year's sales, as they seem to give the best deals, and would allow you to save a few bucks. If you insist on ordering from a mainstream manufacturer, look for a good coupon code. HP in particular has some pretty good codes from time to time - I've seen as high as 33% off - pretty substantial if you ask me.
Gettin' hardware chilly
16th June 2004
THAT is $2100?!
My rig wasn't even $2100 and I've got a 3930K+radeon 7970+etc.
If you MUST go with hp
get an intel rig with the bare minimums then upgrade your PSU, gpu,ram,hard drive using parts you buy at a store. But keep in mind that you will overpay a ton for the bare minimum stuff that you do buy from HP.
1st January 2005
That's ridiculous pricing, esp with only a 550, which isn't even a solid gaming card really. Better go back to the drawing board.
It would help if you'd at least tell us what other parts are included so we know what the tower parts are costing, but so far it looks like you need a better vendor or should build it yourself or have a friend do it.
I also question whether you need to buy two large capacity HDDs at a time when they are still priced extremely high due to the recent flood.
Buying a name brand PC only makes sense if you need a Laptop. In the desktop market there's no reason to whatsoever and you'll only end up compromising.
What's surprising to me is that you frequent these boards a lot and have no doubt seen numerous such comments already, so one would think you'd have expected such responses beforehand and planned a better strategy. Well, if you haven't, at least now you know.
A Phoenix from the ashes
18th April 2006
Do not buy that. Just don't.
This is from another thread on another forum, but fill it out, and we can help you spec an absolute monster for $2,000.
1. What is your budget? [€xxx]
2. What will be the main purpose of the computer? [Gaming/Video editing/3D Modelling/HTPC/Internet] (If gaming include which games)
3. Do you need a copy of Windows? [Yes/No]
4. Can you use any parts from an old computer? [Hard drive/DVD Drive/Case/PSU/etc.] (If possible state brand and model of the parts to ensure compatibility)
5. Do you need a monitor? [Yes/No]
5a. If yes, what size do you need. [19'/20'/22'/24'/etc.]
5b. If no, what resolution is your current monitor and do you plan to upgrade in the near future? [1920x1080/1440x900/etc.] [Yes/No]
6. Do you need any of these peripherals? [Keyboard/Mouse/Wireless Card/Card Reader/Speakers/etc.]
7. Are you willing to try overclocking? [Yes/No]
8. How can you pay? [Bank Transfer/Credit Card/Laser]
9. When are you purchasing? [In x days]
10. If you need help building it, where are you based? [South Dublin City/Cork City/Kerry/etc.]
1st January 2005
For that matter, $2000 is really more than you need to spend on even a pretty decent gaming PC WITH monitor.
A Phoenix from the ashes
18th April 2006
Well, you certainly can build a decent gaming rig with a monitor for less, but if you have the extra money, you can do a lot with $2,000.
Total build cost: $1,953.90 (excluding tax and shipping) Fractal Design Define R3 PC Case | $109.99 Samsung F4 2TB HDD | $159.99 Dell U2412M 24" LED IPS Monitor | $339.99 HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB | $549.99 Antec EarthWatts Platinum Series EA-550 | $109.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 | $41.99 ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 | $121.99 Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz | $229.99 Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit | $99.99 Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III SSD | $189.99
This would completely an utterly obliterate the HP pile in your first post.