I would like to build it on my own, but since I live in a college dorm far away from family with no transportation I do not really have a PLACE to build it. I also have NO experience with hardware, unless you count being able to clean the case of a computer.
Therefore, I am thinking about using an online configurator. I am only considering ibuypowerpc and cyberpowerpc, and I am leaning towards cyberpower. I have a 42 inch LG tv I will be using as the monitor, so I do not need to buy one. My budget will be about 1600 dollars even, and I do not really want to go over that if it is avoidable.
For specifics on what the computer will be used for, I can probably limit it to a few things. I will be doing a good amount of gaming, so I am going to need a good graphcis card. Also, I am starting my first computer programming class, so I want something with a good amount of processing power. Also, I want to have a liquid cooling system so that I do not have to worry about getting a computer until I am out of college, or at least have my B.S. in math. I would like to do some video/audio editing also, but the software for those types of things are pretty expensive, and pirated versions seem to be sketchy and I get a lot of controller errors when I use them. I will of course use the computer for everyday things for college like research and essays.
I was wondering whether or not you guys think cyberpower is better than ibuypower or vice versa, or whether you think it is a terrible idea to use them. I really don't think I should build it myself, and if I do, I won't have liquid cooling. I do not want to risk messing up all the parts I've bought with a mistake on the liquid cooling installation.
I will tell you some specifics I am looking for and also post a build that I have made using cyberpowerpc's configurator.
I would like windows 7. I am not familiar with mac or linux and want to stick with windows.
I would like a good keyboard and mouse. I COULD wait till next semester, but I am going to go ahead and get a razer keyboard and mouse.
I want the processor to be at least 4 cores (preferrably 6) and at least 3 GHz.
I would prefer the GPU to be at least 1 gb GDDR5.
I want liquid cooling.
I want 16 gb RAM, but I can settle for 12 (for now).
I do not need a monitor.
I was wondering whether the 17-2600k is really worth the extra money. I read that it performs almost the same as the i5-2500k, but I do not know. I do not need the top of the line machine, I just need something that has power, performance, is quiet, and will last. Also, since I will have liquid cooling, will that make overclocking an option? I am going to set the overclocking to 10% for now just in case.
My Build right now on cyberpower:
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Gaming Case
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
OC: Pro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more)
LC: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Dual Standard 120MM Fans (Push-Pull))
MOBO: [CrossFireX] Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard LucidLogix Virtu and Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID,2 3 PCIe Gen2, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 3CI (All Venom OC Certified)
Memory: DDR3/1600MHz Kingston HyperX (All Venom OC Levels Certified) (QUESTION: Is 8gbX2 better or worse then 4gbX4?)
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card (There are two options AMD, and then a second one:HIS IceQ X Turbo 900MHz Powered by AMD (what does this mean?)) Also, would it be better to get 1 good GPU, or two Okay GPU's in crossfire?
PSU: 650 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (If I have the money, should I get a HDD cooling fan?)
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
Sound: Creative Labs SB Audigy SE (I know nothing here and do not know what to pick, so I just upgraded to one that wasn't too expensive).
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Black USB Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Razer Naga Epic USB Wired/Wireless Dual Laser 5600 DPI Gaming Mouse (Better option? Is wired better than wireless?)
Mouse Pad: Razer Vespula Dual Sided Gaming Mouse Mat (What do you recommend?)
What is a thermal display and do I need one?
Wireless Network Card: Linksys WMP600N Wireless-N Dual-Band Adapter (This will allow me to connect to a wireless network?)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
I am also getting all three ultracare options.
Final Cost + Shipping:
1,508 + 75 = $1,583 [EDIT: I found a promotional code that takes of 5% and the new cost is 1432.60 + 75 = 1507.60)
What do you think?
Edited by Budapest, 27 December 2011 - 11:21 PM.
Moved from System Building and Upgrading ~Budapest