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hi guys, i am new to this forum, sorry if this is the wrong place to post this question. i am not very good with computers, but i am thinking of buying a new PC for playing starcraft and future games. i wonder if i should buy a built PC or trying to build myself, whats the benefits for each method and is it worth it? btw, the processor i am looking for is i7 2600k and decent parts come with it, budget is $1000- $1600, thanks in advance for any input.
post #2 of 53
Build it yourself, but don't rush into it. Make sure each part you buy is exactly what you need.
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There are lots of guides for PC building on youtube and elsewhere. It's a great experience! If you can, have a friend help you. It's not too hard, but a good guide for a first timer is very helpful.
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you can have a pretty nice build for that budget w/ good parts or mass produced OEM parts from Dell or something. Warranty is usually better building then with built PCs.

You can go 2500k build with 2 good GPUs (like HD 6950's) plus 3 monitors for $1600.
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The difference of building pc vs buying built is the difference between jumping into the pool vs wading in slowly. Your are going to have to troubleshoot eventually so if you build, then you've have some familiarity with what to do inside your rig.
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If you insist on buying a PC prebuilt, buy it from a performance company. Don't go for Dell or Alienware, try find someone or somewhere like caselabs and get them to build you a PC. I often do this for friends. I'll price them a nice PC up, add £100 and build it for them. They get an awesome build for cheap, I get to play with new hardware and £100 in my pocket.
    
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post #7 of 53
Custom:
- totally unique to you
- ability to pick best possible components for each part of the system instead of having to settle for a combo someone else put together
- likely cheaper than a pre-built (not always though)

Pre-built:
- saves you the hassle fun of building the system
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post #8 of 53
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thx for the replies so far guys, so yall suggest building my own PC? whats the difference between 2500 and 2600? i play games watch movies and photoshop with my computer do i need 2500 or 2600?
post #9 of 53
2500k would be fine.

As I said before, every component is important. Don't skimp on the case or PSU - you'll regret it.
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I had 0 experience before building my sig rig and everything turned out fine. The only mistakes I may have made are picking some less economical hardware and poor initial cable management but I am very happy with it.
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