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Old February 12th, 2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default Microcenter PowerSpec computers.

Just picked up a PowerSpec computer, after ten years of Dell or Lenovos. Spec'd to the same as either of those brands, it was $360 cheaper.

Was packaged with an actual CD with the backup drivers, including a copy of Windows 7 Professional, and windows 8 professional.

I turn it on, it boots right to windows 7, and there is not a single spec of bloatware on this computer.

I'm kind of amazed. All the hardware appears to be name brand, and they have a 48 hour turn around on all warranty claims, you just bring it back to microcenter.

Just a heads up to anybody looking for a desktop, you might want to check them out.
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While not for a business application... I have had an excellent experience with Cybertron PC. Very high quality hardware and priced extremely well. Their customer service is also excellent and they took care of shipping damage I received with the first desktop I ordered without any hassle whatsoever. They also offer lifetime technical support for their computers and the techs you get are REAL techs... not Indian call center guys working out of a book.

Another great company.
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Any idea what their low end boxes cost? I might need a new desktop for my boys, their's its getting a little old and slow and they are using it more these days.
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Any idea what their low end boxes cost? I might need a new desktop for my boys, their's its getting a little old and slow and they are using it more these days.
www.microcenter.com

The internets is a wunderful palce.
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But I studied the internets. Google said its easier to ask someone else on GL4x4, then look it up myself.
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But I studied the internets. Google said its easier to ask someone else on GL4x4, then look it up myself.
True, you asked someone else on GL4x4, THEN you look it up yourself.
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Any idea what their low end boxes cost? I might need a new desktop for my boys, their's its getting a little old and slow and they are using it more these days.
Looks like just over $300
http://www.microcenter.com/product/4..._Computer?ob=1


I'm not sure how good a $300 desktop can be, but it is probably fine for your kids to play on.
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Looks like just over $300
http://www.microcenter.com/product/4..._Computer?ob=1


I'm not sure how good a $300 desktop can be, but it is probably fine for your kids to play on.
That one will hold quite a lot of porn for them too
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Looks like just over $300
http://www.microcenter.com/product/4..._Computer?ob=1


I'm not sure how good a $300 desktop can be, but it is probably fine for your kids to play on.
95% of the stuff is the school website programs - IXL, RAZ kids, etc. They have a very low end all-in-one now, but its got a couple dead pixels and is pretty old and clunky.
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Have you ever thought of doing a home build? Generally, it's significantly cheaper than a pre-built (even cheaper that what I'm seeing on Microcenter's PowerSpec line), and by virtue of being put together by the end user, doesn't have any bloatware BS on it.

Usually, the only downside is the lack of a single warranty, whereby the company who produced handles all issues. With a home build, you have to go through the warranty of each component's company. Even still, I've had no issues of a warranty type with any of my builds to-date.
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Have you ever thought of doing a home build? Generally, it's significantly cheaper than a pre-built (even cheaper that what I'm seeing on Microcenter's PowerSpec line), and by virtue of being put together by the end user, doesn't have any bloatware BS on it.

Usually, the only downside is the lack of a single warranty, whereby the company who produced handles all issues. With a home build, you have to go through the warranty of each component's company. Even still, I've had no issues of a warranty type with any of my builds to-date.
is it really cheaper when you add in the cost of Windows OS?
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Have you ever thought of doing a home build? Generally, it's significantly cheaper than a pre-built (even cheaper that what I'm seeing on Microcenter's PowerSpec line), and by virtue of being put together by the end user, doesn't have any bloatware BS on it.

Usually, the only downside is the lack of a single warranty, whereby the company who produced handles all issues. With a home build, you have to go through the warranty of each component's company. Even still, I've had no issues of a warranty type with any of my builds to-date.
Do you have any examples of one of your builds vs a comparable sore bought computer? I'm interested if the savings are significant enough, including man hours n stuff. Any pics of your builds too?
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Do you have any examples of one of your builds vs a comparable sore bought computer? I'm interested if the savings are significant enough, including man hours n stuff. Any pics of your builds too?
My current build is as follows:

AMD Phenom II 1100T Black Edition 3.3Ghz Hex core CPU
8GB Visiontek DDR3 RAM
Nvidia GTX 550ti 1GB GDDR5
BIOSTAR TA870U3+ AM3 Motherboard
Diablotek 600W PSU
Azza Hurrican Full Tower case
Seagate 7200RPM 500GB HDD
Seagate 7200RPM 160GB HDD (Carried over from old system)
Generic DvD Writer (carried over from old system)
Windows 8 64bit

This build will run pretty much any game currently on the market (that I'm aware of, at any rate), though forthcoming Next-Gen offerings may prove too much. Currently, runs Battlefield 4 with no issues.






If you'd like a better view of the case itself, it can be viewed here. Other than the red interior, and red LED fans where min are blue, this is identical.


While some of this is discontinued now, mainly the motherboard and CPU, a slightly upgraded system running a Nvidia GTX 650 1GB GDDR5, a Gigabyte AM3+ motherboard and a FX8320 AMD CPU, with a BluRay (read only, no write) drive runs around $860, including all components (PSU, RAM, Case, HDD and Windows 8.1 32&64Bit). I believe my total build cost was closer to the $550-600 range.

Obviously, this is only component and OS cost, and covers neither extreme of the spectrum. I will also say that low end computers are often cheaper pre-built, though home built still offers the better end product.
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