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post #1 of 107
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Hello All

Okay so after my friend saw my gaming rig that I put together (sig) he decided that he wanted something similar. Although, he doesnt want to build it. He wants to buy one pre built. I have heard of sites such as ibuypower etc, but what do you guys think is the best site for him to buy from? Also, he has no knowledge of computers and I will largely be picking out the components for him..having that said he doesnt care for graphics as much as I do. Im pretty sure he willing to spend up to $1500, but lower the better. He wants to play WoW maxed (lol) and play all games on generally high fps. What would be a solid budget gaming pc for my bro?

-thanks!
post #2 of 107
why don't you build it for him? it will save him money and he will get the exact parts he wants?

for the $1500 mark I recommend my current sig rig all the parts can be had for that price range and it is an awesome machine and plays anything maxed with good fps
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post #3 of 107
why don't you just build him one? it's cheaper and you can make profit out of it, lol
post #4 of 107
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He doesnt want me to build it he wants it under warranty from a 3rd party company...dont ask me lol its what he wants. Also, he knows nothing about computers so I will be largely selecting the parts for him. Thoughts? Any solid sites that will build gaming pcs?
post #5 of 107
he realizes each part would have a warranty.. right? if somethings wrong with the prebuilt pc im sure you have to ship the entire thing back possibly?
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He doesnt want me to build it he wants it under warranty from a 3rd party company...dont ask me lol its what he wants. Also, he knows nothing about computers so I will be largely selecting the parts for him. Thoughts? Any solid sites that will build gaming pcs?

he does know that you get a warranty of atleast a year on every part you purchase. things like video cards from good companies like evga have like 3-5 year warranties on them usually.

Honestly I don't know any good computer building companies on the web im sure someone can suggest one.

Its gonna cost him alot more for shipping a fully assembled computer to his house than the shipping of all the parts in boxes and having you put it together.
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post #7 of 107
NCIX will price match anything you can find online, so that is your best place to go.

http://us.ncix.com/

pretty sure I remember hearing that they will also assemble the PC for like $50 too, but could be wrong. A buddy of mine has an iBuyPower machine and he likes it, but now that he is upgrading he is going to do a build himself since he knows how much he could have saved.
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post #8 of 107
something smells fishy...,
post #9 of 107
Do not buy from ibuy/cyberpower. I have had bad experiences with them in my early days.

If you MUST buy prebuilt which I highly do not recommend doing, go with maingear/digital storm.
(they are highly priced so use it to convince him to let you build one tongue.gif)

The consensus on this site will be go for high value parts with very good warranties and build it yourself for him. You will get more bang for the buck and in the end have greater satisfaction knowing you built it yourself.
Edited by Gallien - 8/1/12 at 10:28pm
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post #10 of 107
I would try to explain to him the benefits warranty wise of building one yourself, mainly not having to send the entire computer away. If he won't budge as someone has already mentioned, NCIX is probably your best bet.
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