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How does this gaming set up sound from eCollegePC? (and other sites too)

#1coranaxPosted 9/30/2013 4:40:16 PM
How does this gaming set up sound from eCollegePC?

I don't really want to build from scratch for my first gaming PC, so someone recommended this site, with some modifications, and I thought it seemed like a good compromise. But I have a few questions and I also would like a second opinion.

First, here is the setup:

<u>Tower from eCollegePC</u>... $656.45
http://www.ecollegepc.com/Intel-core-i5-3450-cpu-gaming.html
**means I chose something other than the default

CPU**
Intel Core i5-3570 3.4Ghz 6MB Cache Quad-Core

Heatsink/Fan
Stock Intel LGA1150 Heatsink and Fan

Motherboards
ASRock Z77 Pro 4 (Intel Z77 HDMI, 2xPCI-E, 8xSATA, 4xDDR3)

Memory
8GB (4GBx2) PC3 10666 DDR3 1333Mhz Memory Lifetime Warranty

Hard Drive**
1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA3 6Gbps (Major Brand)

CD / DVD / CDRW 1
24X LG SATA Dual Layer DVD /-RW/CDRW w/LG Software

Video Card**
None, Unless Motherboard has Onboard video

Case
Apevia Black/Green X-Dreamer 4 (4 5.25, 5 3.5) 5 Fans, Audio/USB 3.0

Power Supply**
600watt Corsair CMPSU-600CX V2 80 PLUS CERTIFIED

Networking
Onboard LAN included

Sound Card
Onboard Sound included

Card Reader**
Internal All in 1 Card Reader (This is for SD cards and is not included in another part, right? I know I will want/use a SD card reader...)

Wiring
Wires and Cables neatly tied up away from fans (Should I pay the $19 to have them "ran behind the case and tied up"?)

Warranty
3 Year Parts and Labor Warranty



<u>GPU from newegg</u>... $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161406

HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

For some reason the price on this went up $25 since it was first recommended to me :/



<u>Monitor from newegg</u>... $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009483

Acer H236HLbid Black 23" 5ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LED Backlit LCD Monitor, IPS Panel 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)
This is tentative so any better deals or options are welcome.


<u>OS from MicroCenter</u>... $99.99
http://www.microcenter.com/product/402701/Windows_8_64-Bit_(Full_Version)_OEM

Windows 8 64-Bit (Full Version) OEM



<u>Total cost (without tax, I guess)</u>: $1076.42 >__>



Tbh, I feel like I am over doing it. I want to be able to play and stream cool games but really don't get into some of the bigger titles.

So, my main question is how good/bad of a setup is this for the amount of money I am spending? How upgrade-able is this type of PC? I would probably like to keep it going for 5 years at least, is that feasible?

Any thoughts on eCollegePC? Is it typical for newegg to change prices all the time? If so, maybe I should wait for a better price on the video card...?

While I have saved up for some time and can afford that price, I am pretty nervous about spending it and want to be 100% certain I'm not being an idiot.

I know if I built the whole thing myself I could save a little, but the bottom line is I would rather not do that at this time.

Thanks for reading this very long post, and any input would be much appreciated. :)
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#2TheFeshPincePosted 9/30/2013 4:43:59 PM
It's ok. How much to bump the CPU to the i5-4670k? I feel like you are overpaying.
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#3coranax(Topic Creator)Posted 9/30/2013 4:54:06 PM
i5-4670k doesn't seem to be an option...

Looks like it's a different model. With no video card and the other changes... $676.40 (there is a coupon code). So $20 more.


(also, the <u></u> tags worked in the preview screen... smh)
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#4TheFeshPincePosted 9/30/2013 4:55:36 PM
You should just build it yourself. If you're spending that much I would expect a better GPU and an unlocked CPU.
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#5coranax(Topic Creator)Posted 9/30/2013 5:07:01 PM
How much, realistically, would I save by doing so?
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#6YoungAdultLinkPosted 9/30/2013 5:10:24 PM
Enough to have parts from this year's selection, instead of last year's. 10% improvement in processor speed, plus the ability to overclock, and could probably bump up to a 7870.
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#7DerPancakePosted 9/30/2013 5:13:15 PM(edited)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JsQ9

You save almost 70 dollars in the tower if you build it yourself.
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#8coranax(Topic Creator)Posted 9/30/2013 5:22:06 PM
YoungAdultLink posted...
Enough to have parts from this year's selection, instead of last year's. 10% improvement in processor speed, plus the ability to overclock, and could probably bump up to a 7870.


What is overclock and what is 7870. You see, I don't know this year vs last year vs ten years ago.

Is all that necessary for someone who will probably not run any big name titles?

This is what I mean by I feel like I am overdoing it... I don't think I need top of the line stuff...
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#9YoungAdultLinkPosted 9/30/2013 5:25:13 PM
coranax posted...
YoungAdultLink posted...
Enough to have parts from this year's selection, instead of last year's. 10% improvement in processor speed, plus the ability to overclock, and could probably bump up to a 7870.


What is overclock and what is 7870. You see, I don't know this year vs last year vs ten years ago.

Is all that necessary for someone who will probably not run any big name titles?

This is what I mean by I feel like I am overdoing it... I don't think I need top of the line stuff...


The 7870 is the next stronger card from the 7850 that you linked. Overclocking makes a processor run at a higher speed than it automatically does, letting it do more work in a given amount of time.
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#10coranax(Topic Creator)Posted 9/30/2013 5:37:03 PM
DerPancake posted...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JsQ9

You save almost 70 dollars in the tower if you build it yourself.


$70.... :/
Thanks but, I dunno if that is really worth it to me. Seems a reasonable price to have something put together for you.


YoungAdultLink posted...

The 7870 is the next stronger card from the 7850 that you linked. Overclocking makes a processor run at a higher speed than it automatically does, letting it do more work in a given amount of time.



Again, is this necessary?
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