Originally Posted by jaliscojorge
While looking for 660 ti cards I saw some pre built gaming computers that even come with a i7k processor for cheaper than my total parts cost would be but no ssd and quality and noise is probably a big issue on those?
When it comes to gaming computers, you can usually build one with better components cheaper. I'd suggest posting the spec of the computer you are interested in and its price to see what these guys think about it. I'm not familiar with the requirements of the games you posted, so I wouldn't be able to give you much advice in that aspect. On my game forum, people post pre-builts all the time, and there are quite a few really knowledgeable guys that go through the build and see what is good and bad about it. A lot of times, there are a couple parts that look fantastic (say an i7 and a 660ti, but the mobo, ram and PSU are horrible)
I'll be honest, after having built my gaming computer, and now the HTPC....any desktops in the future will be built by me (and the husband, though he hasn't actually done any of the builds yet). The performance I get, along with the customization (for example, 6 SATA ports, and darn it, that's still not enough!)) is positively amazing. My husband never uses my gaming computer, so he didn't understand why I insisted on building our own HTPC, Within a few hours of getting it up and running, he was in love. When I found these forums, and then Assassin's Guides...that was it, HE said we would never buy off the shelf again. Not that you couldn't use AG to setup a pre-built computer, but here's an example using CyberPowerPC:
CyberPower's build, $862
CAS: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Adjustable HDD Cage (Black Color) [-20]
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+20] (BLACK COLOR)
CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.60 GHz Dual-Core APU w/ Integrated Radeon HD 7540D [-44]
CS_FAN: Default case fans
FAN: AMD Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink [-20]
HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+27] (2TB x 2 (2TB Capacity) Raid 1 High Performance with Data Security [+112])
HDD2: 3TB (3TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+159] (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+33] (Corsair or Major Brand)
MOTHERBOARD: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS A55 Chipset DDR3 Socket FM2 mATX w/ XFast USB+LAN+RAM, 5.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA2 RAID, 1 Gen2 PCIe X16, 1 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI [-23]
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY: 430 Watts - Corsair CX430 V2 80 Plus Certified Power Supply [+14]
My build ~$780
I have a different case (the HAF 912 was out of stock when I ordered, so I bought a Rosewill for the same price)
I have FOUR 3TB HDDs (CP only offers up to a 2TB in bay 1, that build above only has a 2TB and a 3TB HDD)
My mobo has six 6gbs SATA ports, theirs has six 3gbs ports
My CPU, PSU, RAM, and DVD drives are the same, and I have Win7 64 bit included in my price.
It isn't a huge price difference between what I built and their configurator until you add two more 3TB HDDs to it.
So definitely compare prices one to one and make sure you can't build that PC for cheaper than the pre-built. Also, I'm on Amazon Prime (told you they're my fav company LOL), but even with shipping, NE beat them on prices sometimes. For my gaming computer, my invoice was right at $1050 for the parts, and shipping was only $11.28, plus they sometimes have rebates Amazon doesn't.
Good luck with whatever you decide!