So. Umm. Here is the deal (buying new computer)

Obstinated I am slightly confused why the 120gb drive is included in that build? 

And gerff I would consider a local PC shop, I live pretty far out in the country and I think there is only 1 shop in the nearest town. I guess I can go in and check it out though.  

needs a case and  a PSU other than that ...

it will game!

the 120gig drive is an SSD ... it would be much faster to use it as your primary drive and use the large drive for media and content storage.


In fact, most SSDs have read speeds that are about 10x faster than a typical hard drive.  Reads are a bit lower than 10x, but still above 5x for most drives.  This makes booting into windows ridiculously fast, as well as making everything feel just a bit "snappier".

You should read this thread before you buy a cyberpower factory built PC

Order your own parts, you can do it yourself! Watch a few videos, or find someone to put it together for you.

Okay okay. You guys have me convinced. I'm just going to build it myself. I guess if you want something done right you have to do it yourself. Now I just need to pick a build in the 800ish dollar range and get it ordered. 

And find a copy of windows to choose.  

A bit over $800.

This is nice. Would it be easy enough to upgrade the ram whenever I'm ready? I'd like to get 16 at some point soon.  I'm trying to close in on a decision tonight so I can go ahead and get started asap. 

And I have one little question about windows. I still have my install for an old copy of XP, and I have a windows 7 upgrade. Can I skip buying windows and use my old XP install, then just hit it with a 7 upgrade and be good to go? 


(p) I still have some spending wiggle room. (/p) 
(p) Would I be better upgrading my ram to 16 right off the bat? (/p) 
(p) Or upgrading the processor to something like a Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (/p) 

Nope. This forums text system just hates me. :D :D :D 
Also a little worried about this "The G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory operating voltage of 1.6V exceeds the Intel Haswell CPU recommended maximum of 1.5V+5% (1.575V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.5V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum."  in the compatibility notes?  

The Xeon E3-1231 V3 is a haswell refresh chip.  With haswell refresh chips, I prefer to have a newer motherboard chipset to avoid any incompatibilities.  This means that I recommend a H97 board, which is more pricy than the business B85 chipset that I have now.  The Xeon E3-1230 V3 may be an option to consider, as it should work just fine in a B85 board.

16GB of RAM will help in video rendering and if you like to have a lot windows open.  Higher clockspeeds are preferred, and I would suggest 1600mhz or higher(higher is better).

Everything should run just fine.  1.65v is quite common on DDR3 sticks.  In fact, I have 1.65v sticks in my system which recommends 1.5v, and they run just fine.  The board should just load up the Intel XMP memory profile for the memory, and all settings should be ok.

 Would this be an acceptable switch up on the ram? 


throw that gt 720 out and replace it with a better one, dosnt take much time to do that

That should work just fine.

Thanks so much. That is what I am going to order I do believe. And I've got a windows XP install disc and a windows 7 upgrade disc. So hopefully I get windows going that way.  

might want a DVD-RW so you can install from your discs

LOL. Yeha that might come in handy ratzzz. Nice catch. Would have totally slipped by me.