New desktop computer on order

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Bill Loguidice
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Well, my relatively new CyberPower desktop PC was unfixable after pumping (wasted) money into various replacement parts (must be a short somewhere I can't trace), so I finally gave up and ordered a new "budget" gaming-style PC from iBUYPOWER. I'll just be re-using my two monitors, Creative Labs USB audio, internal capture card and mouse/keyboard/left-hand keypad from the old system.

Here's what's coming (hopefully by early next month) from http://www.ibuypower.com . I'll post some benchmarks and photos once it comes:

Best Mom AMD Special X 1

Case(NZXT Guardian 921 RB Gaming Case - Red)
Processor(AMD FX-8350 CPU (8x 4.00GHz/8MB L2 Cache))
Motherboard(Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 -- AMD 970)
Memory(16 GB [8 GB x2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card(NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 - 2GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 1046MHz - Single Card)
Case Lighting(None)
Power Supply(650 Watt -- NZXT HALE82N-SI / 80+ Bronze)
Processor Cooling(Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (AMD) - Standard 120mm Fan)
Video Card Brand(Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA)
Primary Hard Drive(256 GB ADATA SX900 SSD - Single Drive)
Data Hard Drive(None)
2nd Optical Drive(None)
Optical Drive([12X Blu-Ray] LG BLU-RAY Reader, DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive - Black)
Sound Card(3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard)
Speaker System(None)
Network Card(Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100))
Monitor(None)
Operating System(Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit)
Warranty(3 Year Standard Warranty Service)
Rush Service(Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days)
Video Camera(None)
Meter Display(None)
Flash Media Reader / Writer(12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black)
2nd Monitor(None)
Free Stuff([FREE Game Voucher] - Metro: Last Light - Free with purchase of NVIDIA GeForce GTX660 or above)
Free Stuff([FREE In-Game Voucher] - $75 Value In-Game Currencies: Hawken, Planetside 2, and World of Tanks ($25 for each title) - Free with purchase of NVIDIA GeForce GTX650 or above)
iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction(None)
iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion(iBUYPOWER Internal USB Expansion System + Bluetooth & Wireless N Module)
iBUYPOWER PowerDrive(None)
Case Engraving Service(None)

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Bill Loguidice
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Mark Vasier wrote:
Wow I like the look, the performance - nice rig Bill!

I definitely like it. The only downside is that the one and only drive is the 256GB SSD, which presently has only around 75GB free after transferring my files and installing some software. No games as of yet. I'll probably put in a secondary storage drive at some point, but for now I can use an external eSATA drive in a pinch.

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Mark Vergeer
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Excellent rig

Wow I like the look, the performance - nice rig Bill!

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Bill Loguidice
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The raw scores of the new PC,

The raw scores of the new PC, no optimizations.
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Bill Loguidice
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The inside of the computer,

The inside of the computer, right before I added in a capture card right below the video card:

The inside of the computer. I have one card to add.

And how it looks running. It's a nice subtle red, plus it has temperature monitoring on that top panel there. It's quiet, too!
Powered on, the computer looks rather interesting. It's pretty quiet too.

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Bill Loguidice
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It arrived:

It arrived:

My new desktop computer from iBuyPower arrived.

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Bill Loguidice
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The answer to "why not Intel"

The answer to "why not Intel" is simple. Price. I could get the best AMD chip for less than the price of a mid-range Intel chip. So I saved hundreds of dollars doing that, which left room for better parts. I tried to do a different mix of parts than were in the CyberPower I had, plus certain combinations offered features or free upgrades over others, so that was literally the best bang for the buck I could configure anywhere for the price I paid.

My needs were simple. I wanted killer 1080p gaming and reliable performance. That system should fit the bill well. I may still attempt to salvage a few parts in the busted rig and put them in a simple box. We'll see.

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Looks pretty good, may i ask

Looks pretty good, may i ask why not Intel? just interested in reasoning, was a HUGE AMD guy for value, but (and no I haven't priced stuff lately) intel was pretty dang close on value and had more speed awhile ago.. Gigabyte.. had at least 4 of their boards in last 10 years and have no complaints (normally use ASUS if can pick, but Giga's have been great for me).. Those new easy water coooler systems rock.. I been using that one (in yours) and i picked up a bunch of the Kuhler 620 at the local BestBuys for $40 each when they closed um out (got like 6) HIGHLY recommend any of them, quite and easy to use..

looks pretty solid, not a fan of NZXT PSU.. but i have had cheap and expensive ones fail.. they are not cheap so should be fine. Will be interested in benches.. I'm lagging a little bit in Video card Dept myslef.. but as nothing plays slow.. i haven't jumped to a new crossfire or SLI setup.. I'm 1 point from maxing windows score (my slowest part is my SD HD?) but that's an old index.. .. say, does win8 have a newer one?

now i want a new PC!

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