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Originally Posted by Vicpdx19 View Post

oh ok! so I did go on xidax and might want a prebuilt system but what do you think of this build of the X4:

CPU: Intel 4770k
Motherboard: ASUS H87I-PLUS Mini-ITX Motherboard
Ram: 16GB - Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3 8GB (2x8GB)
Power supply: Silverstone 600W Power Supply - Bronze Rated
Blue-ray drive: Panasonic 4X BD-ROM Slim/Slot
Lighting: Green LED Lighting
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 - 2GB GDDR5
HDD: Western Digital Black 2TB - 7200RPM 3.5" HDD
SSD: Corsair NeutronGTX 240GB SSD
Cpu cooler: Intel OEM Cooler
Coolant: Premium Thermal Paste - Lower Temps 5-10° C
Monitor: ASUS 27" Full-HD LED Display
Warranty: Lifetime Xidax Parts & Labor Warranty

All of this for $2,766 and thats including shipping, what do you think?

This must be it.

Case is a Silverstone SG08. Some top-o'-my-head math pegs the parts at around $2100 give or take, so they are charging you $600 for assembly and the warranty.

Some specific recommendations (if their configurator allows):

No need for Core i7 for gaming. Your overall gaming experience would probably not change regardless of which CPU you choose from what they offer. Thus, may as well go cheapest.

I wouldn't pay $95 extra for the BD-ROM unless it comes with proper playback software and you were actually going to use it for watching movies. $95 can buy a BD player with a nice remote. A BD-ROM is useless for movies if it doesn't come with the software (stand-alone software costs around $100). Also, if you actually watch a lot of movies, Netflix/Amazon Prime costs $8/mo. How many BluRay movies can you buy for $8/mo?

16GB RAM is overkill for gaming. Get the 2x4GB 8GB kit.

If the picture is representative of the LED lighting, those things run around $4 and they are charging $20. Also, don't know where they would mount it for best effect, because the case doesn't have side windows but only some vents. The graphics card would also block all the vents on one side. I'd say pass on this.

I'm a bit torn on the graphics card. A GTX 770 is great for gaming, but they are charging $370 for it, on TOP of the GTX 650. The GTX 760 upgrade cost is much closer to the true cost, and thus a better value but of course a slower card. "Slower" however may (or may not) work for you depending on the resolution you intend to game at, and which games you play. For instance if you are looking forward to Battlefield 4 and eventually a 2560x1440 resolution monitor, then you may want to go whole-hog and a GTX 770 or even a GTX 780. If you are sticking with 1920x1080 resolution (as your monitor choice seems to indicate) and you are a devout Starcraft II/League of Legends/Counterstrike: Global Offensive fan, then a GTX 760 would do well for many years. Perhaps you should divulge what games you currently play, and hope to play in the future (for known upcoming game releases).

As an aside, pretty funny that they're offering PCIe sound cards on mini ITX systems with discrete graphics cards in their configurator.

Their SSD pricing is a bit expensive, but at least the Neutron GTX is a good drive.

Don't waste $20 on premium thermal paste. With the stock thermal paste that Intel already applies on the stock cooler and running at stock speeds, temperatures will hardly be a problem.

For the monitor, see if you can find out the exact model they would be selling you. On Newegg I see ten different Asus 27" 1920x1080 monitors, ranging from $250 to $500. We shouldn't assume the worst, that you are getting the cheapest one for more money. Also, find out if their "lifetime parts and labor warranty" covers the monitor. That might be worth the extra couple bucks.

Speaking of warranty, how much do you want to trust them on it? I've tried finding information on the company and a quick search only shows them starting to offer "high end gaming rigs" a few months ago. I don't know if the company pre-dates that, and I can't predict that they will be around a decade from now and still be in a position to cover any warranty issues.

That being said, I come up with $2175 for:
Core i5-4430
H87 mobo
8GB dual channel RAM
stock cooling, stock TIM
no LEDs
DVD-ROM (no BD-ROM)
GTX 770
same 2TB WD Black + 240GB Neutron GTX
same 27" monitor choice

This setup would likely play games as well as your $2766 setup. It might benchmark lower due to lower end CPU, but your actual gaming experience shouldn't change.

Of course if I were spec'ing a system and building it for myself, I'd do it a bit different.
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