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    Need your opinions and help PLEASE

    So I' am FINALLY upgrading from gaming on a lap top to a desk top. my budget is 1200$ and this is what i am looking at getting from iBUYPOWER:

    NZXT Guardian 921 RB Gaming Case Black w/ Red Light

    Case Lighting
    Cold Cathode Neon Light - Red

    Intel® Core™ i5-3570 Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache)

    Processor Cooling
    Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1155] - ARC Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade

    8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Patriot Intel Extreme Masters Limited Edition

    Video Card
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 - 2GB - Single Card

    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H

    Power Supply
    500 Watt - Corsair CX500 V2

    Primary Hard Drive
    1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

    Optical Drive
    24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black

    Flash Media Reader / Writer
    12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black

    Sound Card
    3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

    Network Card
    Intel Pro 10/100/1000 Network Card

    Operating System
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) 64-Bit

    iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard

    iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Mouse - Blood Red

    iBUYPOWER Specialized Advanced Packaging System Protect your investment during transportation!
    Advanced Build Options

    Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis
    Advanced Build Options
    Basic Pro Wiring

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    Brewmaster Biernot's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
    If i am getting this right, this build would cost $1087 on iBuypower (don't know if this includes shipping). A similar system in parts would only cost about $50-100 less (including shipping). So the value you get is pretty decent, meaning it is not a rip-off.

    The NZXT Guardian is not a very good case. Besides the looks (which is personal opinion), the cable management is awful and the airflow doesn't look too good. I know, it will come pre-assembled so you don't have to hassle with cables, but bad cable management also means worse airflow. Sadly the selection of cases at iBuypower is not that good. The only one in the same price range i would suggest would be the Coolermaster HAF 922.

    Network Card
    An absolute and total waste. The motherboard already has a build-in LAN port which will work equally well.

    This is really a personal thing, but i don't like Gigabyte boards. My suggestion would be either Asus P8Z77-V LX or Asrock Z77 extreme4.
    (again, this is just personal taste, Gigabyte is a good manufacturer)

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    Stood in the Fire ironik's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    The beginning of time
    Only thing I would change would be your main HDD. I would use the 1TB as a backup/storage drive and an SSD(at least 120GB) as the main HDD. It's a world of difference in boot up times and program execution times.

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