As the title says, I’m looking to buy a PC in the above-mentioned price range in preparation for Shadowlands. I understand building is better as it relates to “you get what you pay for.” However, I don’t want to build in pure laziness and would rather buy and play.
Please help me out find the best thing money can buy me.
PS: I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
If you want to buy a prebuilt, and you have a decent budget (you do), but you dont want to get ripped off, head to NZXT’s “BLD” service.
They charge MSRP for the components, and you only pay a fee for the Windows license and 50$ shipping fee.
Its about as good as it gets (you’re only paying a ~150$ premium or so over building it yourself out of the exact same parts, sales notwithstanding), the shipping is fast (might be delayed right now), and they offer full support.
One bonus to this approach is that the case you’re getting is a great deal nicer than anything that comes with machines from any prebuilt manufacturer except maybe Apple (which doesn’t make gaming PCs). NZXT cases are excellent.
Of course this won’t matter to some people, which fine and totally fair, but personally speaking if I were spending this much I’d want a decent case.
i linked somebody to that one in another forum not a horrible deal for those that cant build and are worried about mucking it up
costs about 790 bucks to build if you go with a decent case, little better motherboard, better ram and an 850 watt PSU. maybe cheaper if you compare prices, i just done like a 5-10 min search before i linked it to them to make sure at current prices they werent paying double yaknow.
speaking of prices, i caught a flash sell and got another m.2, 16gb ram, and a 800watt PSU half off a motherboard for 20% off…daughters upgrade is going to come a couple of weeks early it seems
Firecracker Rosewill PSU, terrible ultra-low-end B450 motherboard (look at the Rear IO… Q.Q) and im highly skeptical of the RAM (looks like bargain-basement junk in the picture).
The case is… a perfectly serviceable case, at least. But yeah… for the regular price (1399$) that thing is a nightmarishly bad deal. ANd their support is -awful-.
Its actually pretty hard to compete with NZXTs BLD service if you want a decently spec’ed, well built rig.
Yes, if you cut corners (“any old case will do”, “who needs a modular PSU”, “any old motherboard will do”) then yeah, you can get a lot cheaper for similar performance (probably no worse than 10-15% slower at the absolutely worst case).
But you wont have the build quality, you wont have the parts quality, and you wont have a comprehensive one-stop warranty service.
With BLD, you’re only paying 100$ over MSRP on the parts/software. Thats it. 50$ flat build fee, 50$ flat shipping fee, and it ships same-day if you get the order in before a certain time (normally, Virus lockdown may be impacting that).
For example, here’s the same rig i linked above, “building it yourself”:
So… ~1350$ vs ~1440$.
And that extra 90$ gets you a one-stop full warranty (shipping on them), next-day or same day shipping, high build quality…
I haven’t looked at the machine in question, but on cheap prebuilts it’s safe to assume that the PSU is junk - it’s by far the most common place manufacturers cut corners since it doesn’t show up on the spec sheet. Even name brand prebuilts like Alienware often do it, so on no-name prebuilts it’s practically a guarantee.