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Need some opinions on a couple of systems I'm looking at

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I have been recently shopping around for a new PC.  I would like some opinions on a few systems that I've gotten quotes for.  I'm looking for a decent system that’ll last me at least a few years – I’ll probably game on it a moderate amount, but the system doesn't have to be very powerful – just so I can play Starcraft 2 and WoW, and the occasional new game at average settings.


I priced out this system at Tiger Direct:


i5-4670k Processor

Asus 287-k Motherboard

8Gb Ram

650W PSU

GTX 760 Video Card

Blu-Ray Combo




Win7 Pro

Office 2013

Wifi Card n600

Plus Labor…


for about $1700 Cdn (that’s about $1560 USD)


I was also recommended to a small family-owned computer shop that offered me a slightly modified HP system – the model number is e2b07ut#aba – here are the general specs:


Intel Xeon e3-1245v3 Processor

8 Gb Ram



Windows 7 Pro

400W PSU

3-year on-site HP warranty


And they've also added in a Blu-Ray combo and a Sapphire Radeon R7240.  The price for this unit is $1000 Cdn – around $920 USD.  I know that this system is missing a few things from the above build, but I could get them to change a few things (Power supply and video card particularly) if I wanted to upgrade the HP system.


What are your opinions of these systems?


Thanks in advance.

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:welcome:   bonkee3000


Sorry but no to either of the builds and for the following reasons;


Build #1 has a great CPU and MB but the brand names of the other hardware items are unknown and so therefore are their quality, performance and warranty periods.


Build #2 there is not enough information about most of the hardware and so the details are as unreliable as to those mentioned above, there is also mention of a 3 year HP warranty which suggests that it is an OEM build, HP do not use the highest of quality components + they do not give away 3 year warranties free of charge, it will be factored in somewhere.


Below is a list of parts that you can get for your budget, I have gone over and above the specs of both specs in your OP and still come in under $1700 Canadian, build this yourself with the guidance of us here at GTG or make a couple of minor changes to reduce the costs to free up around $100 to pay a local tech to do the build for you.


bonkee3000 list of parts please note that the MB has integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and that is why I have not included a Wi-Fi adapter as in your first list of parts.

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