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Old 11-14-2010, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, i've been lurking around the forums for a while and decided to finally post a thread myself since I have come to that time where I finally want to make a computer for some decent gaming and just searching the web.

My first question would come down to...should I straight up purchase a computer from Cyberpowerpc or would it be cheaper through all the sites posted in the sticky (i.e Newegg, Tigerdirect, etc...).

My budget is probably between 1400-1450ish, including a monitor which can run 1920x1080.

I made a computer on Cyberpowerpc, and it came up to be $1406 with free shipping. This computer included:

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-950 3.06 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
Fan: CoolerMaster V6 CPU Cooler (Copper Base Double-V Heatpipe)
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
Memory: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (A-Data Gaming Series with Heat Spreader)
Motherboard: (3-Way SLI Support) Asus P6X58D-E Intel X58 Chipset
Power supply: 800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
Video Card: EVGA Superclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card
Monitor: Some random company 22' Inch that supported 1920x1080.

-The price ($1406) includes free shipping and mouse, keyboard, and all that jazz but no Windows 7.

I want to add I am not a really big space freak, and I usually don't take up a lot of space on the hard drive, but I really do care about graphics.

I play WoW, Starcraft 2, and planning on playing Black Ops on the computer. I want to run everything on the highest possible settings without running into any fps issues.

So please let me know if I will be paying a good price from what i've stated above.

P.S. If everything is good, would the upgrade to the 460 GTX 2GB be a good upgrade, since it only costs $17 more on the site.
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Old 11-15-2010, 03:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Always remember, company's that build computers for people have to make money. You can always do better if you build yourself.

Came up with this for you.

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-950 3.06 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

Fan: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

HDD: (Two) Western Digital Caviar Black500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (In Raid 0, Still 1TB of space, but faster)
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E Intel X58 Chipset
Newegg.com - ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Power supply: CORSAIR 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Video Card: EVGA Superclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card
Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1373-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Monitor: Acer Black 24" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1920x1200
Newegg.com - Acer V243HAJbd Black 24" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 80000:1(1000:1)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

Case: NZXT M59 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Newegg.com - NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Subtotal: $1,524.89 (With OS)


sorry if anythings off, been drinking haha
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Old 11-15-2010, 03:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the research!

Good searching and everything seems to be exact. I don't need the OS because I already own a copy so that saves me some money there.

I just switched out the monitor to the 23" inch one because I don't really need 1920x1200, plus is $50 cheaper.

Thanks for the info!

Any others have anything to add/say?

EDIT: Have you guys heard good things about the GTX 460. I was reading some reviews on New Egg and seemed like a lot of people had problems with the Superclocked EVGA.
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Don't buy the superclocked 460. You can easily OC a normal 460 by software: Newegg.com - ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
I would get this RAM, it's cheaper and you can't get wrong with Gskill: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM
Get this CPU + Mobo combo: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!
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Sometimes i feel like i'm the only person who don't mind shipped OC cards. I like to buy something, make sure it works, and enjoy the games i bought it for. if its only $20 more, and saves me from oc'ing, testing, etc etc i feel its worth the cash. I guess it depends on the person and how they want to experience there PC.

From tomshardware, test on "Differences: Reference Versus Aftermarket"

"In the end, you’re getting an overclocked product with better cooling, better performance, lower noise, and functional 2D profiles (the higher factory clock speeds ensure that the card throttles GPU and memory clock speed when it runs in 2D mode). Overclocking GPU and the memory on your own typically leads to increased idle clock speeds and substantially higher idle power consumption. Our cross check shows that you’ll be getting similar results on factory-overclocked cards from other vendors as well."
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No one beats muffin finding combos. You are good to go.
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Thank you...everything looks awesome.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:31 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Since the new ATI 6870 got released..I don't know if I should go for the EVGA GTX 460, or Sapphire 6870.

Both are amazing cards..but it's delaying my order hehe

Any help?
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Check this review of the 6870: AMD

Personally I would get the 6870.
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