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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-27-2018, 04:52 PM - Thread Starter
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Best Prebuilt Under $1000

Hi. My brother wants to finally switch from laptops to a desktop. He doesn't want to build and I live a few thousand miles away so I really can't help him.

I get too caught up in the ugly VRM / No name power supply on every system I look at. We just need a general all-purpose machine that will be happy to game at 1080P.

I'm thinking something between:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16883102355
or
https://www.amazon.com/CYBERPOWERPC-...ct_top?ie=UTF8

Leaning towards the Cyberpower due to the price, but either way I'd want a new PSU and CPU heatsink in there.. and probably a fan on the lack of VRM cooling. He says he'll add these things later (not sure he really will though )

If you had $1000 (US based) to blow on a prebuilt.. what would it be? Leave a link please

P.S. The budget is for just the PC, he'll buy his monitors with separate funds.

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I would go with something like this on the Dell Depot.
http://outlet.us.dell.com/ArbOnlineS...56vZ9QCOJW04oG

You can usually get a good deal on a prebuilt and the often have coupons for extra savings.

Also they have a full 1 year warranty.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Machiyariko View Post
I would go with something like this on the Dell Depot.
http://outlet.us.dell.com/ArbOnlineS...56vZ9QCOJW04oG

You can usually get a good deal on a prebuilt and the often have coupons for extra savings.

Also they have a full 1 year warranty.
Wow, do these really come with 980 Tis? I added the cheapest one to my cart and it claims to have an i7-6700 + 980 Ti, 16 GB, SSD, 16GB ddr4 2133..

The $1200 model on that page also shows the same specs in my shopping cart. I'm a little confused. Edit: ahh I see, scratch and dent vs refurbished. Still a super deal.

Thanks for the reply!

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Yeah if you don't mind some cosmetic issues then these end up being a pretty good deal. If you have time to wait Dell often has deals on this site but no guarantees. Enjoy.

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I hate pre-built systems because they tend to go super cheap on the motherboard and power supply. They also tend to go with a single-channel solution for RAM which negatively affects performance. You wouldn't be able to build him a system and ship it to him? Shipping costs can be silly, but at least you can be confident in the build. I just went through and picked parts really quickly and came up with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($178.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - H370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($97.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($163.99 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Dual Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.26 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1006.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-04 20:06 EDT-0400

You can save money with a smaller HDD. You can also omit the aftermarket cooler since it isn't really needed with a locked processor. You can save a little more money by getting an H310 or B360 motherboard. Case is preference. I just went with something with a nice blend of affordability, airflow, and aesthetics. Only thing missing is Windows.

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Quote: Originally Posted by chessmyantidrug View Post
I hate pre-built systems because they tend to go super cheap on the motherboard and power supply. They also tend to go with a single-channel solution for RAM which negatively affects performance. You wouldn't be able to build him a system and ship it to him? Shipping costs can be silly, but at least you can be confident in the build. I just went through and picked parts really quickly and came up with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($178.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - H370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($97.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($163.99 @ Newegg Business)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Dual Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.26 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1006.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-04 20:06 EDT-0400

You can save money with a smaller HDD. You can also omit the aftermarket cooler since it isn't really needed with a locked processor. You can save a little more money by getting an H310 or B360 motherboard. Case is preference. I just went with something with a nice blend of affordability, airflow, and aesthetics. Only thing missing is Windows.
Thanks for the post and I agree with you totally on the pre-builts hence why I made this post and pushed to help him out. He was in a hurry so building and shipping was out of the question. He ended up spending quite a bit more for an iBuyPower machine with an 8700k and rx 580 8GB... Looks like it came with an Asus Z370-A and the GPU is also Asus. While the components aren't terrible, it is a no name power supply and the case came with zero airflow fans. No idea what the specs on his ram are either. The only fans are a pair of 120s in push pull on the 120mm AIO rad, and the thing was advertised as "water cooled" lol. Unbelievable.

He originally checked out a similar priced system with a gtx 1070 + 8700k but dropped down to the 580 for a system with a cheap WD SSD... sigh.

So now I'm pushing on him to get a new case, fans, a new power supply, and most likely a better CPU cooler.

Anyway, I appreciate you putting together those parts and apologize for having you do that after he went ahead and bought something on his own. If it's any consolation I'm thinking about ordering that Fractal case so I can downsize out of this Stryker behemoth.

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HAF Baked
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M-M-Monster Kill
(13 items)
CPU
3700x
Motherboard
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro Wifi
GPU
EVGA 980 Ti ACX
RAM
DDR4 3600 CamoRamo "Pook Edition"
Hard Drive
MX500 1TB m.2 happy now pook edition
Power Supply
evga g2
Cooling
h100i
Case
Corsair 900D
Operating System
Windows 10
Operating System
Ubuntu 18.04
Monitor
Asus XG35V
Keyboard
Corsair Strafe RGB
Mouse
Windows 95 compatible serial ball mouse (srs)
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Gigabyte Ghost
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Creative Sound Blaster X-fi titanium pro fatality edition
CPU
FX 8320
Motherboard
Asus
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Sapphire Tri-X 290
RAM
Corsair Vengeance 1600
Hard Drive
Corsair Forse LS SSD
Hard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F3
Hard Drive
Western Digital Black
Optical Drive
Asus 24x DVD-RW
Power Supply
EVGA
Cooling
CM Hyper 212 Evo
Case
Cooler Master HAF 922
Operating System
Debian 9 & Win7
Monitor
Asus VH236H
Keyboard
Ancient Dell Mechanical
Mouse
Corsair MX65
Mouse
Gigabyte Ghost Extreme Accuracy
CPU
Pentium III
Motherboard
Intel SE440BX-2
GPU
GeForce MX 440 AGP 8X
RAM
Viking PC133 SDRAM
RAM
Viking PC133 SDRAM
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar 39000
Optical Drive
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Windoze 98
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It's no big deal. It didn't take that much time. That's what he gets for being impatient. At least the system isn't entirely overpriced. Some of the parts are quality. And any pre-built system with an AIO cooler is advertised as liquid cooled.

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Hyper 212 EVO > most enclosed liquid cooled systems. What happens when the duty cycles of those terrible integrated tiny pumps fail? What about the fact that they basically have integrated wires of ipod headphones and terrible PWM's inside them? What about the fact that coolant needs to be changed every 6 months? Want watercooling? don't go for a gimick, get a dedicated built loop.
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Hey man. I will say that the CyberpowerPC you have linked is pretty fantastic for its pricing. However! I recently bought ASUS GR8 II-T044Z through a recommendation from PGR(https://www.progamerreview.com/best-pc-desktops/) and honestly it goes above any expectations I have. I mostly play World of Warcraft and it runs it as smooth as silk even in 40v40 battlegrounds.
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Hey man. I will say that the CyberpowerPC you have linked is pretty fantastic for its pricing. However! I recently bought ASUS GR8 II-T044Z through a recommendation from PGR(https://www.progamerreview.com/best-pc-desktops/) and honestly it goes above any expectations I have. I mostly play World of Warcraft and it runs it as smooth as silk even in 40v40 battlegrounds.
I guess it depends on the price you paid, but at the price advertised on Amazon, that's not a great value. Here is a build that's quite a bit better for a little more than $100 more.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($118.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - H310M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.25 @ Newegg)
Memory: ADATA - 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($72.27 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba - P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.89 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Video Card ($284.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone - RVZ02B HTPC Case ($77.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Power Supply: Corsair - SF 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply ($86.64 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit ($118.45 @ Amazon)
Total: $1005.36
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-18 11:25 EDT-0400

Money can be saved with a cheaper case or moving down to a GTX 1060 3GB for about $70 less. Overall, the extra money gets you a better processor, better video card, solid state drive, and HDD that's three times larger. It's also worth noting there's cheaper ways to acquire a Windows license.

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