Description

I recently bought this build on the 5/25/13 from Ironside Computers. I received it on 6/11/13. The description is a bit skewed but as you can see I added some upgrades. The main ones being:

Video Card: EVGA GTX 760 with ACX Cooler stock Memory: Another 8GB of Corsair Vengeance for 16 GB in Dual Channel Memory. Misc: I purchased a Live Gamer HD for $144 on newegg for recording videos. Not really an upgrade per say but a change. Storage: The SSD wasn't purchased as a part of the build, I bought it from newegg for $90. I gave the WD 500GB Hard Drive to a friend. Probably ask for about $25-$30 next time we meet up.

I spent about $844 with the discounts and free shipping, considering they do the wiring and testing with a 3 year warranty parts+ labor. Looking back, yes I didn't get much of a deal at least on what I could've gotten. I still think for the exact same original build I didn't go too far over. Things I would've changed when I bought it: FX-6300, maybe different mobo, no extra HDD, and that's it. After upgrading the GPU and getting another stick of ram, I feel like I made use of everything pretty well. I actually wish I got a TX-750 so that I could SLI another 760. Then again, I wish I just went for intel in the first place since my processor is the weakest link in my build now.

6/29: So far I have tested Dead Island, BF3, FNV Ultimate, Warframe, and GH3 on both cards. I can play high/very high settings on my 7770 and can get 60fps pretty easily with slight tweaking of the settings. I have mods installed on Skyrim and Fallout and can get 56-60 with light AA and AF most of the time. On my new 760 Max settings on all games work very well except when I'm in Solitude or Riften even on the 760 it drops near 30-34fps for some reason (I assume mods+max settings+tons of npcs and loading areas.). GH3 I can play with GFX while recording Bandicam and can still get more smooth gameplay then the 7770.

Issues: I am starting to regret going with AMD right now, as I just don't have the performance I want. I play a lot of Dolphin, a GameCube Emulator. Unfortunately even with a 4.4GHz overclock I still get bad lag on LoZ: Twilight Princess and MK: Deception at times at moderate settings even. I'd like to believe an i5 3570k at about 4.2 would provide better performance as well as higher minimum framerates on my newer games. Also it seems that lowering my resolution below 1080p seems to actually bottleneck my performance, not very cool.

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 6 points

I hate to say it, but you did not at all get a good deal on this.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

i agree for the most part. by setting all of the parts on the list to more appropriate vendors, OP could indeed have saved about $70 (after rebates and discounts) if he chose to purchase everything from retailers and built the system himself. then there's the fact that he could've selected better parts, such as two 4GB sticks of RAM and a more proper power supply (which would barely be utilized at less than 50 percent capacity).

however, not factoring in the rebates and discounts or any better recommendations, the difference between OP's prices and the proper parts list pricing are within about $25-30 of each other. that's still enough to give OP a chance at a Blu-Ray drive.

to OP: don't take this offensively. it's a good system, but there's room for improvement.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

The power supply was probably the first thing I would've changed because I know I could've went with a 430watt for much cheaper. I don't like doing rebates since I don't have a printer. I would've chose 2 sticks of ram but I guess they gave me one 8GB.

No offense taken, it is my first buy and I'm pretty inexperienced. I expected criticism otherwise I wouldn't have put this on here at all. Again like first reply I didn't bother with the time to do it right now. Just trying to settle in my new SSD is time consuming as is. Maybe when my personal situation is more stable and free I will definitely do so.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, i hear ya on the rebates thing. i know they can be great to chop down on an otherwise expensive system to make room for better things, but i much rather they apply the discount right then and there than to have to ask for that discount in the form of snail mail.

i knew someone who bought a pre-built HP machine for the exact same reason as you: you didn't have the time to put it together yourself. it wasn't bad considering its specs and usage, but you still could get a better value out of getting the parts yourself.

at least now when you do get around to building your own system, you know where to go.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Doing the same configuration on here indeed I would have saved about $70 and could've added better parts. The only reason why I said it was a pretty good deal was because if you build it on other websites the exact build it is usually around $100-150 more for it. I just didn't have the time to build it myself so I ordered it on ironside.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Just look at this build and compare to OP's: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/pavleap/saved/1CKv

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Really old comment, but I actually checked out the build. That build doesn't have any storage, no CPU cooler, and there isn't an operating system. Yes, the processor and video card are better than my original but not worth it. A better mobo for one and the other missing parts puts the price near what I paid for my final build with the 760 and extra memory stick.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

The big thing is not so much that you payed a bit too much for the parts, $70 labor w/ warranty isn't too terribly bad. The killer is that nearly every component could have been replaced with something of equal price and superior performance.

AMD's FX-6350 is $129 I believe, the same you paid for the FX-4300. The Hyper 212 Evo is about what you have into the 212 plus. A 990FXA mobo is obtainable for the same money you paid for a 970 chipset. 2x4GB of DDR3-1600 can be had for $60 frequently. I don't know what the deal with the hard drives are. Free 1TB and a $60 500GB? The case I've seen cheaper, and there are tons of alternatives that are better and less expensive. A few of those compromises would allow for you to add in a 7850 or a 660 card, while still staying at the same price point.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your power supply dough!

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

On their website, they actually will custom order components to your liking but I was a bit lazy that day. It would probably take longer too.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

my friend ordered from them before because hes to afraid to build and i couldnt convince him to build it but he said that they are great and have wonderful customer service. they also have much better pricing than ibuypower, cyberpowerpc(ect.)

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I just got the hard drive with the order but I'm not using it. I'll just stick it in my old computer. But your right, I don't like that I didn't upgrade but I would be broke right now had I done so. I'll get my check next week and I could just change it for a 7870 or something. Right now though the graphics card is more than enough for me.

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