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Old 08-23-2018, 11:26 AM
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I bought a $500 "gaming" HP Pavilion that has an i5 and a 1060 which is okay but not much for serious gaming. Mostly play Dota2, used to play WoW, some Overwatch.
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I'd like to know where you all are finding these prebuilt or custom built PC's for close to the same price as buying the components directly. I went to cyberpower to try to recreate the PC I built, and I tried to match the parts as close as possible. I couldn't get the coordination I wanted (limited choices) and it still came out to over $300 more, and that's assuming I won't get charged any shipping or tax fees from cyberpower. The cool thing is that they offered an extra 2TB HDD for free for whatever back to school promo is going on.

I'm not saying that those services or sites aren't great or that people shouldn't use them. There's definitely value there and a market they cater to. I just want to understand the claims about pricing. Maybe it's closer with lower budget builds, or the problem is that they only offer certain brands of hardware that are always more expensive, so comparing their prices to market for the exact same item might be closer.
I would have to think the markup on the higher end stuff is quite a bit more.

I also didn't get accessory type things through there...which I think were quite a bit more expensive. Case fans, keyboard, monitor and that type of thing I bought elsewhere.

When I got mine, shipping was free, no tax and I had a 5% discount code.
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I saw a few pre-builts at Microcenter with 1070s and 1080s where I thought it would be profitable to buy the system and sell the GPU alone. I wasn't in the market, so I didn't look at the other components. I think it was part of the push to get high end GPUs to gamers rather than miners.
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I hear rumors about how PS5 and the new xbox (Xbox Two X?) will be the final consoles SONY and MS will make.
If that's the case, i think it's worth looking into building a PC.

I don't game much so at this point, it's not worth building a high end PC but if PC ends up being the only choice, then I'll certainly look into getting one.
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I hear rumors about how PS5 and the new xbox (Xbox Two X?) will be the final consoles SONY and MS will make.
If that's the case, i think it's worth looking into building a PC.

I don't game much so at this point, it's not worth building a high end PC but if PC ends up being the only choice, then I'll certainly look into getting one.
I think Microsoft said that. They want people on their platform. I'm pretty sure they make more money from their software than their hardware, so I could see them pushing that move.

Has anyone checked out Steam's new Linux distro that can play Windows games?
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I saw a few pre-builts at Microcenter with 1070s and 1080s where I thought it would be profitable to buy the system and sell the GPU alone. I wasn't in the market, so I didn't look at the other components. I think it was part of the push to get high end GPUs to gamers rather than miners.
Yeah, when stores were trying to sell off GPU's at 50% above MSRP, this was pretty common. I think there were some rules that they couldn't mark up the price of the prebuilt system because they sell one of the components for higher than MSRP. I imagine this would only apply to name-brand prebuilts (like Dell) and not ones that stores assemble themselves, but I could be wrong.
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I bought a $500 "gaming" HP Pavilion that has an i5 and a 1060 which is okay but not much for serious gaming. Mostly play Dota2, used to play WoW, some Overwatch.
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That is an idea - invest in a better gaming PC. Hook said gaming PC up to my 4k TV and game that way. Current setup will not game in 4k.

A much more expensive option, however.
I'm not a fancy gamer, but it seems pretty silly to buy 2 boxes instead of 1.
Just replace the GPU I think.
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I'm not a fancy gamer, but it seems pretty silly to buy 2 boxes instead of 1.
Just replace the GPU I think.
Sort of a rabbit hole. It needs a new everything... GPU, CPU, more RAM, SSD. Bigger case to hold said GPU.

It's a new box at that point.
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Sort of a rabbit hole. It needs a new everything... GPU, CPU, more RAM, SSD. Bigger case to hold said GPU.

It's a new box at that point.
Nice, sounds like you made up your mind. Post pics when you build it!
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Nice, sounds like you made up your mind. Post pics when you build it!
But that's my point... I'd rather spend $400 than $2000 lol
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