I am looking to buy a gaming pc and am looking at the graduation specials Cyberpower is having right now. I am not the most knowledgeable about PCs and was wondering if I could get some opinions of which of the PCs on this page under $1000 is the best deal.
Here is the link: http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/LandingPages/MegaSpecial/Graduation2012/
It's been a long time since I've built a PC from scratch, but it's my understanding that you're going to save some money if you buy the parts individually, and then put them together.
Obviously is this isn't something you do, or want to do, it's not like you're going to get a computer that's 1500 for 1000... you might save a few bucks here or there.
Of the ones you listed, this one jumps out at me...
Mostly because it's closest to your price range... I have never [purchased from Cyberpower so I have no idea how trust worthy, or what build quality they are... you should do some reading around on google if you have no experience.
I quickly went over to Dell/Alienware and saw what they had to compare, and for $1000 you're getting a lower processor and less RAM and HDD space.
At the end of the day, you need to make sure you research the parts that are being included, and make sure they're quality. For example "Major Brand powered by NVidia" Well what exactly is a major brand? Some of them might be a great brand, but they make crappy products.
Sorry I'm more gudiing you how to get info then tell you what to buy. I've been out of the building PCs by part for so long, that I don't really know who the good brands are and who aren't... hopefully someone else will come along and tell you right away.
Another idea might be to look at the PCs others on this forum have built, and then compare what they got, what they paid, with your options.
one thing I do know right now is RAM is VERY cheap... I bought 8GBs or RAM yesterday, decent quality, not value RAM, for $45, and that was for a laptop.
I recommend reading arstechnica...they often have great articles about pc building with recommendations including price lists per part...
if you look for system builds, you can find other relevant posts.