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#31 mcdull   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   669 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2017 - 07:58 PM

I think it would be tough to build this computer at microcenter for that price.  Rough price list:

 

CPU (i7 7700) - $250 (but you'll want to spend the $10 extra to get the 7700K)

CPU Cooler - $30 or so (the 7700 might come with a CPU cooler, but I don't believe that the 7700K does)

Motherboard - $70 (bundle with the CPU to save $30, the asus board seems good for $100)

RAM - $150

Video Card - $500 or so, maybe you could find an open box or on sale in store

Case - $50 - $100 depending on preference,

240 GB SSD - $80

2 TB HD - $50 - $70

Windows - $110 at microcenter, but you can find legit copies at various stores for $85

Keyboard and mouse - $30 or so, depending on preference

Power Supply - $50 - $70

 

Now, keep in mind, if you deal hunt and watch for parts you can probably shave some of this off, but that takes time and effort.  Taking the lowest numbers on that list is about $1345.  

 

Been building my PC for over 30 years (overclocking 80286 by swapping oscillator), it's almost always cheaper to buy an cheap all-in-one computer  (not those Alien thing which is a rip-off). Those "makers" have better pricing when buying in bulk oem package (and tax exempt) and can use cheap alternatives which you won't notice and make a profit as a whole package, while if you buy parts separately you're paying for profit of multiple-tiers. However, you can select the best (or most suitable parts), configuration and how it look yourself and learn much more while building and troubleshooting, easier for you to upgrade parts later on. The experience (and more suitable for you own purpose) might well worth the extra cost



#32 Lil Frier  

Posted 15 November 2017 - 01:51 AM

Could I build at at microcenter for that much anytime or just bf prices? There is one kinda close to me to.

Well, the big question is: MUST you have THOSE parts? Things like the drives and PSU likely aren't of great quality, vs. what a self-built machine would have. The RAM might be low-clocked stuff that doesn't have performance overhead like a higher-end kit you buy yourself. The peripherals, as stated, look like junk. You might not like the aesthetics of the case, if you care.

 

mdull priced things out pretty well for a comparable build, but those aren't must-have requirements, IMO. I'm going to just say "trust me" here because the alternative is a LEEEENGTHY post defending parts decisions. Don't want to bore/scare the audience around us, so I'm trying to keep if brief. If you have additional questions on my choices, I can respond or do PMs to avoid wasted words.

 

Micro Center will usually let you put that combo bundle discount on an open box board. This is a big deal because you can find pristine returns at discounted prices and get the same discount. This will reflect that.

 

CPU: Ryzen 5 1600, $170

Mobo: ASRock B350 Pro4, $42 (you can actually get it for $24, if you are fine not having the backplate on the board)

RAM: $175 is what I'd expect, as prices are through the roof these days

SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB, on-sale for $90, luckily

 

Now, it's time to leave Micro Center. Most prices aren't great beyond the core components at Micro Center.

PSU: Seasonic 620W, $40 ($60, $20 mail-in rebate)

HDD: $65 @Amazon

GTX 1080: $500 @Amazon (MC open box was a dud, bottoming out at $494).

 

This is what I did on PC Part Picker, for reference (unlinked prices are the ones I found at Micro Center): https://pcpartpicker.com/list/G4FmYr

 

That's $1120. You still need to get Windows, which you might be able to get from the Trading forum here for a great price (if still available). Otherwise, take the $80 expectation on W10 Home from mdull. That leaves you to fill out your peripherals and optional optical drive for $100. Basically, you might save $100 with some great luck and bargain shopping, vs. the pre-built. However, what this build gives you is better components, be it the better cooling on the GPU, the faster drives, the flexibility of design preferences on the case and peripherals, or the PSU that will be usable for future builds because it's got overhead on power and is a high-quality brand, not OEM junk.

 

Depending on preference on the unfilled slots (high-end cases and peripherals), you might end up over $1,300 a bit. Still, I think that mouse and keyboard deserve replacing from the pre-built myself, meaning that $1,300 would go up as well, if you don't like the ones you get there.

 

I think it would be tough to build this computer at microcenter for that price.  Rough price list:

 

CPU (i7 7700) - $250 (but you'll want to spend the $10 extra to get the 7700K)

CPU Cooler - $30 or so (the 7700 might come with a CPU cooler, but I don't believe that the 7700K does)

Motherboard - $70 (bundle with the CPU to save $30, the asus board seems good for $100)

RAM - $150

Video Card - $500 or so, maybe you could find an open box or on sale in store

Case - $50 - $100 depending on preference,

240 GB SSD - $80

2 TB HD - $50 - $70

Windows - $110 at microcenter, but you can find legit copies at various stores for $85

Keyboard and mouse - $30 or so, depending on preference

Power Supply - $50 - $70

 

Now, keep in mind, if you deal hunt and watch for parts you can probably shave some of this off, but that takes time and effort.  Taking the lowest numbers on that list is about $1345.  

 

Quoted because addressing things from this above.



#33 Chemosh013   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1950 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Chemosh013

Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:54 AM

Well, the big question is: MUST you have THOSE parts? Things like the drives and PSU likely aren't of great quality, vs. what a self-built machine would have. The RAM might be low-clocked stuff that doesn't have performance overhead like a higher-end kit you buy yourself. The peripherals, as stated, look like junk. You might not like the aesthetics of the case, if you care.

 

mdull priced things out pretty well for a comparable build, but those aren't must-have requirements, IMO. I'm going to just say "trust me" here because the alternative is a LEEEENGTHY post defending parts decisions. Don't want to bore/scare the audience around us, so I'm trying to keep if brief. If you have additional questions on my choices, I can respond or do PMs to avoid wasted words.

 

Micro Center will usually let you put that combo bundle discount on an open box board. This is a big deal because you can find pristine returns at discounted prices and get the same discount. This will reflect that.

 

CPU: Ryzen 5 1600, $170

Mobo: ASRock B350 Pro4, $42 (you can actually get it for $24, if you are fine not having the backplate on the board)

RAM: $175 is what I'd expect, as prices are through the roof these days

SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB, on-sale for $90, luckily

 

Now, it's time to leave Micro Center. Most prices aren't great beyond the core components at Micro Center.

PSU: Seasonic 620W, $40 ($60, $20 mail-in rebate)

HDD: $65 @Amazon

GTX 1080: $500 @Amazon (MC open box was a dud, bottoming out at $494).

 

This is what I did on PC Part Picker, for reference (unlinked prices are the ones I found at Micro Center): https://pcpartpicker.com/list/G4FmYr

 

That's $1120. You still need to get Windows, which you might be able to get from the Trading forum here for a great price (if still available). Otherwise, take the $80 expectation on W10 Home from mdull. That leaves you to fill out your peripherals and optional optical drive for $100. Basically, you might save $100 with some great luck and bargain shopping, vs. the pre-built. However, what this build gives you is better components, be it the better cooling on the GPU, the faster drives, the flexibility of design preferences on the case and peripherals, or the PSU that will be usable for future builds because it's got overhead on power and is a high-quality brand, not OEM junk.

 

Depending on preference on the unfilled slots (high-end cases and peripherals), you might end up over $1,300 a bit. Still, I think that mouse and keyboard deserve replacing from the pre-built myself, meaning that $1,300 would go up as well, if you don't like the ones you get there.

 

 

Quoted because addressing things from this above

Although I generally agree that building yourself can give you much better components, some of these prebuilt systems do use pretty decent parts.  I bought a CybertronPC from Target when there was a price glitch and that system uses mostly standard, off the shelf parts.  The only let down is the power supply, but other than that it has an intel CPU, a corsair liquid cooler, an ASRock Motherboard, crucial RAM, an asus gtx 1080, a western digital m.2 drive, a toshiba HDD, and a thermaltake case.  Plus, they did a great job with cable management so the system is put together very cleanly.  Results will vary depending on the prebuilt, but you can get a decent system even if you buy a prebuilt one.



#34 pun123   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2912 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:30 AM

Where are my Windows Phone deals at ????

 

:-

I have the 1520 and still love it, wish they would do a deal on the 950 or 950 XL with continuum.



#35 Lil Frier  

Posted 15 November 2017 - 12:04 PM

Although I generally agree that building yourself can give you much better components, some of these prebuilt systems do use pretty decent parts.  I bought a CybertronPC from Target when there was a price glitch and that system uses mostly standard, off the shelf parts.  The only let down is the power supply, but other than that it has an intel CPU, a corsair liquid cooler, an ASRock Motherboard, crucial RAM, an asus gtx 1080, a western digital m.2 drive, a toshiba HDD, and a thermaltake case.  Plus, they did a great job with cable management so the system is put together very cleanly.  Results will vary depending on the prebuilt, but you can get a decent system even if you buy a prebuilt one.

 

Yeah, but you're still doing "I might get good parts" vs. "I will get good parts." Going with companies like that is definitely better than going with a big-name OEM like HP, Lenovo, Acer, or Dell (I keep ASUS out of it because they at least actually do PC components like boards and GPU coolers themselves). I don't think this thing is sold in Best Buy stores directly, and I don't see it on the iBuyPower site, so you'd have to buy it without knowing what's actually inside. That, and while WD is a good brand, they're more a HDD leader than a SSD one, and I don't think anyone actually gets Toshiba drives. Going Samsung+WD is a noteworthy improvement over WD+Toshiba, in my book. Crucial also isn't, from what I've seen, recommended anywhere nearly as frequently as G>SKILL or Corsair. However, getting an ASUS cooler is pretty darned nice from a pre-built, as is getting solid cooling and a (hopefully good model) board from ASRock.



#36 Miada   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   995 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2017 - 02:30 PM

I've never bought anything from Microsoft's site before. Are the deals on games physical, digital, or both?

Super Lucky received terrible reviews, but it looks like a fun platformer to me.

#37 nadohawk   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   998 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:12 PM

I've never bought anything from Microsoft's site before. Are the deals on games physical, digital, or both?

Super Lucky received terrible reviews, but it looks like a fun platformer to me.

Physical. If this is like past years, expect 5-10 minute wait times every time you try to make a purchase.



#38 Miada   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   995 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:33 PM

Physical. If this is like past years, expect 5-10 minute wait times every time you try to make a purchase.


Yikes. Time is of the essence during Black Friday.

#39 S31Ender   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   82 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:53 PM

I meant the rpg all online pc game.


The game you’re thinking of is SWTOR. Star Wars: The Old Republic. No, you are correct that it will not be avail on the Xbox.
With that said, they haven’t shut the servers down on that yet? That game died HARD within months of release.

#40 Viper51989   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   342 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

Viper51989

Posted 15 November 2017 - 04:03 PM

I may finally have to jump on a DesignLab controller. 

Me too. They've added the option to have rubberized grips since the last time I looked. Might be closer to the Elite controller this way but with better sticks (stiffer).

 

I enjoy the Elite a lot but I think I do slightly better in competitive fps with the regular type s controller because the actual stick stiffness is higher on the new design (the elite is based off the old design but with high quality materials--the stick module is still the old one though). I also don't make use of the bumpers because I've found I hold the controller too tightly to not accidently press them at inopportune times.

 

The metal sticks do have a tendency to snap back into place more than the plastic ones which occasionally makes my aim a little less consistent. For PvE geared activities though, the comfort over a longer period of time is unmatched (with the elite).

 

MS also added the option for newer metallic finishs on parts of the controller which is a nice (yet costly) addition imo



#41 slppedyoursster   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   698 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 04:14 PM

Physical. If this is like past years, expect 5-10 minute wait times every time you try to make a purchase.

Yes. Not sure if Digital River still runs their site but my god...they are terrible. 



#42 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   9751 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

chnandler_bong

Posted 15 November 2017 - 04:22 PM

Yes. Not sure if Digital River still runs their site but my god...they are terrible. 

Are you talking about www.microsoftstore.com?  If so, their shipping is fast and free and I don't think I've ever had any issues with damaged goods.

 

That being said, every sale listed on the website should be reflected in store (and if not they are willing to match the price).  So if you have a local B&M presence, that is also an option.



#43 mcdull   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   669 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:02 PM

Are you talking about www.microsoftstore.com?  If so, their shipping is fast and free and I don't think I've ever had any issues with damaged goods.

And return is free and easy too.



#44 slppedyoursster   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   698 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

slppedyoursster

Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:24 PM

Are you talking about www.microsoftstore.com?  If so, their shipping is fast and free and I don't think I've ever had any issues with damaged goods.
 
That being said, every sale listed on the website should be reflected in store (and if not they are willing to match the price).  So if you have a local B&M presence, that is also an option.


I was only referencing their website functionality during Black Friday. It gets very difficult to check out b/c of traffic, which is frustrating considering MS is a tech company.

Other than that, MS always has some great prices around the holidays and the free shipping is sweet.

#45 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   9751 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

chnandler_bong

Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:26 PM

I was only referencing their website functionality during Black Friday. It gets very difficult to check out b/c of traffic, which is frustrating considering MS is a tech company.

Other than that, MS always has some great prices around the holidays and the free shipping is sweet.

Well when thousands of people, all at the same time, are trying to get a free copy of GTAV or FC4 or something else because of a glitch, I bet any website would curl up into a ball. :)



#46 slppedyoursster   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   698 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:29 PM

Well when thousands of people, all at the same time, are trying to get a free copy of GTAV or FC4 or something else because of a glitch, I bet any website would curl up into a ball. :)


All bets are off when there is a glitch but just wait...there will be plenty of people complaining about their site.

#47 Chemosh013   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1950 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Chemosh013

Posted 16 November 2017 - 06:48 PM

So seems like Microsoft store isn't doing their countdown to black friday deals.  Shame, I have a store near me and loved those in store options!