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#1 Stovepipe

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:58 PM

I am buying a gaming computer. I called a local place and here is what they came up with:

DUAL VIDEO SLI-SYSTEM
INTEL i-7 3.4 S1155
INTEL Mainboard DZ68BC Sound/NIC/USB
16GB RAM- Kingston 4x4
256 GB OCZ AGILITY BOOT DRIVE
2TB STORAGE DRIVE D: (for data and Media)
MID or FULL TOWER CASE, BLACK
700watt CoolerMaster Power Supply for SLI
DUAL nVidia GTX570, 1280 memory in SLI Setup
DVD RW SONY BLACK
WIN 7 Business 64Bit OEM DVD
Single Video Card (no SLI) deduct $279.00
Setup and Optimized, latest video drivers
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Parts $1,945.00
Labor $ 150.00
SLI add $ 25.00

Sub $2,120.00
Tax $ 179.91
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Total $2,299.91

SPECIAL ORDER ITEM PREPAY
Exotic or customer Gamers Case add $150-250 dep. on model.
3- 5 year MFG warranties on all items except case and DVD (1 year)
We will process your parts warranties during the 1st year no charge.


Is this a good deal? Is this a very high end gaming machine, potentially? I want to be able to buy the high end new PC games and I want a computer that can handle them, with ease. One of my concerns is the way the invoice is broken down it doesn't give the prices of the individual parts. I don't mind paying for someone else to put everything together, however, its two things that concern me 1) I want to get a very, very good machine 2)Nobody wants to get grossly overcharged.

My "feeling" is that these folks are honest, good people. Another question, why would I want anything to do with Windows 7 Business. Shouldn't I want Windows 8? Is going this route the best idea for a gaming machine or would you recommend something else entirely?

Thank You for your feedback.

Edited by bloopie, 17 February 2013 - 07:30 PM.
Moved from System building to a more appropriate forum. ~bloopie


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Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:40 PM

I build systems and overall the price seems to be reasonable given the type and quality of the parts. My only question would be do you need a super high end gaming system? In other words one Nvidia GTX570 should be enough to play almost any games that are out right now. When using SLI yyou'll also notice that your second video card (and so on) will not run at the full rate. The first card most likely will run at full speed (16x) but each card afterwards will run slower. Albeit added together they will be faster than a single card but you won't be running at full capacity of the cards processor because you can't.

The amount of RAM is also another consideration. I build mostly with AMD processors but I know Intel is a little better at utilizing excess RAM. Anything over 6-8Gb is a little overkill again, unless your looking for a high end gaming system.

The OCZ 256Gb SSD is a good idea and will give you screaming speed. I currently use 4 different SSD's and I can attest to their speed and ease of use. Well worth the money. However 2Tb's of storage for an HDD? That's a little much IMO. A 1Tb would probably be more than enough for you for the next few years unless you plan on saving a lot of movies?

I'm not criticizing what they offering you at all. I am saying your probably going to be paying more for what you will probably either not need or ever use. One thing to keep in mind is this system is only going to last you a finite amount of time, probably 3-5 yrs at best. It will continue running but with the advent of new technologies on the horizon you may be putting all your eggs into one basket?

Something else to keep in mind is the heat from the Intel i7 processors in my experience is pretty high a lot of times, especially if you decide to overclock. I would take whatever you might save in eliminating one GPU (video card) and possibly RAM or a 1Tb HDD and put it towards a Corsair H100i enclosed watercooling unit. You'll thank me for it later :)!

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

I build systems and overall the price seems to be reasonable given the type and quality of the parts. My only question would be do you need a super high end gaming system? In other words one Nvidia GTX570 should be enough to play almost any games that are out right now. When using SLI yyou'll also notice that your second video card (and so on) will not run at the full rate. The first card most likely will run at full speed (16x) but each card afterwards will run slower. Albeit added together they will be faster than a single card but you won't be running at full capacity of the cards processor because you can't.

The amount of RAM is also another consideration. I build mostly with AMD processors but I know Intel is a little better at utilizing excess RAM. Anything over 6-8Gb is a little overkill again, unless your looking for a high end gaming system.

The OCZ 256Gb SSD is a good idea and will give you screaming speed. I currently use 4 different SSD's and I can attest to their speed and ease of use. Well worth the money. However 2Tb's of storage for an HDD? That's a little much IMO. A 1Tb would probably be more than enough for you for the next few years unless you plan on saving a lot of movies?

I'm not criticizing what they offering you at all. I am saying your probably going to be paying more for what you will probably either not need or ever use. One thing to keep in mind is this system is only going to last you a finite amount of time, probably 3-5 yrs at best. It will continue running but with the advent of new technologies on the horizon you may be putting all your eggs into one basket?

Something else to keep in mind is the heat from the Intel i7 processors in my experience is pretty high a lot of times, especially if you decide to overclock. I would take whatever you might save in eliminating one GPU (video card) and possibly RAM or a 1Tb HDD and put it towards a Corsair H100i enclosed watercooling unit. You'll thank me for it later :)!

thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

OK, I am still working on this.  What do you guys think of this set up from origins pc for $3500 ??  I know its cheaper to build it myself but that is not my area of expertise - at all.  Origins gets strong reviews on cnet.

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ORIGIN High-Performance Ultra Silent Fans - Black


 

EVGA Z77 FTW (USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s)


 

ORIGIN FROSTBYTE 120 Sealed Liquid Cooling Systems


 

Overclocked Intel Core i7 3770K Quad-Core (4.1GHz-4.4GHz), 8MB Cache


 

750 Watt Corsair TX750M


 

Dual 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GTX 680


 

ORIGIN Professional Graphics Card Overclocking


 

16GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600Mhz (2x8GB)


 

Genuine MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition


 

256GB OCZ Vector


 

2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s, 7200RPM, 32MB Cache


 

24X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability (No DVD Playback Software for Windows 8


 

Included)


 

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Onboard Network Port


 

ORIGIN Wooden Crate Armor


 

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ORIGIN Recovery USB Flash Drive


 

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

Are you building or buying this PC?


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:08 PM

Are you building or buying this PC?

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:09 PM

With a budget like that, I would suggest you check out pre-built pcs with the new nVidia GTX Titan video card.  Here's a site showing the prospective sellers:  http://www.nvidia.com/titan-graphics-card/where-to-buy.

 

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