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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Good deal or poor deal?


From Costco No optical drive
https://www.costco.com/.product.1010089.html?EMID=B2C_2023_0517_MAYMVMSTART






Nice







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May 18, 2023 at 03:37 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Good deal or poor deal?


Upgraded my desktop in March of this year. All items were bought at Micro Center. I paid out the door
$1,215 for the following.

I7-12700K, MSI RTX3060, 32GB RAM, Gigabyte ATX Z690 MB, 850W Power supply, CPU Cooler fan. Everything else was reused. My storage was all updated five years ago.

Runs fast enough for what I do as a hobby. I am still running LR 6.14 and Capture One 22, and you can tell not a heavy user.



May 18, 2023 at 04:36 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Good deal or poor deal?


As with most pre-built PCs, you will want to avoid that one:




If you want to go the prebuilt route, use a reputable builder that allows you to pick specific parts. I'm sure there are some in your State, or if not, somewhere like Puget Systems does a proper job.

Or, if you are so inclined, build you own. It's WAY easier than people think, and you might even have some fun along the way



May 18, 2023 at 04:58 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Good deal or poor deal?


that will keep you moving along quite well.

the only thing i see missing is USB-C ports or better yet thunderbolt 3 ports



May 18, 2023 at 05:03 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Good deal or poor deal?


sjms wrote:
that will keep you moving along quite well.

the only thing i see missing is USB-C ports or better yet thunderbolt 3 ports


That was my thought too. My Dell XPS 8900 haz 4 USB 3 ports on the front. And an optical drive. Not looking right now but I will have to upgrade someday. Win 10 only has a couple more years. Adobe says my GPU needs a driver update but none is available.



May 18, 2023 at 05:27 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Good deal or poor deal?


optical drive is a $25 plug in part
yep i am working on 2 computer builds still in my head at the moment.



May 18, 2023 at 05:35 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Good deal or poor deal?


I havenít thought about an optical drive in what, almost 10 years?


May 18, 2023 at 05:45 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Good deal or poor deal?


I have an external optical drive for laptops etc that donít have one. I manage about 40 computers, Iíve needed the drive 2-3x total (maybe) in past 5-8 years. Wouldnít worry about that.

But also agree Iíd just build my own, make sure you get a good motherboard from a good manufacturer thatíll have good support and chip from Intel and everything else is pretty easy.



May 18, 2023 at 07:34 PM
 


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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Good deal or poor deal?


I highly doubt anyone shopping for a PC at Costco is making their own. Those are two non-venn circles.


May 18, 2023 at 07:48 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Good deal or poor deal?


I use mine for music while doing other things. CD's are cnvenient for picking and choosing artists and songs..


May 18, 2023 at 08:17 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Good deal or poor deal?


Spotify is still freeÖ


May 18, 2023 at 08:23 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Good deal or poor deal?


A good way to evaluate a pre-built deal is to price out comparable components as if you were going to build it yourself and see how it compares. If the pre-built's price is in the ballpark of what it would cost to build yourself then it's a good deal.

I did a quick and dirty pick for you:

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/L6vFzf

CPU: Intel Core i7-13700F 2.1 GHz 16-Core Processor ($361.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool AK400 66.47 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H AX DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Silicon Power GAMING 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($49.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI RTX 3060 Ventus 3X 12G OC GeForce RTX 3060 12GB 12 GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower GX2 600 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($66.98 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11 Home OEM - DVD 64-bit ($117.98 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1231.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available




May 18, 2023 at 09:39 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Good deal or poor deal?


Replace the RTX3060 if you plan to seriously game. If not it's just ok (overpriced)


May 19, 2023 at 11:39 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Good deal or poor deal?


snapsy wrote:
A good way to evaluate a pre-built deal is to price out comparable components as if you were going to build it yourself and see how it compares. If the pre-built's price is in the ballpark of what it would cost to build yourself then it's a good deal.

I did a quick and dirty pick for you:

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/L6vFzf

CPU: Intel Core i7-13700F 2.1 GHz 16-Core Processor ($361.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool AK400 66.47 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H AX DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Silicon Power GAMING
...Show more

Accept that you have full control over all the parts here. For all we know the prebuilt might be using cheap memory and SSD




May 19, 2023 at 11:41 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Good deal or poor deal?


I am thinking... Can anyone smell burning sawdust? Another possibility is simply dropping PS if it stops running. I use at most a few percent of its capabilities. Dropping it would save mucho buckos


May 19, 2023 at 01:28 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Good deal or poor deal?


snapsy wrote:
A good way to evaluate a pre-built deal is to price out comparable components as if you were going to build it yourself and see how it compares. If the pre-built's price is in the ballpark of what it would cost to build yourself then it's a good deal.

I did a quick and dirty pick for you:

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/L6vFzf

CPU: Intel Core i7-13700F 2.1 GHz 16-Core Processor ($361.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool AK400 66.47 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B660M DS3H AX DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Silicon Power GAMING
...Show more

There is some room to improve that.
- M$ doesn't make you buy a license anymore; (you just use some customization options). I've been doing this with Windows 11 Pro for years on a machine.
- Cheaper cases or last generation hardware can often save you a bit too or push part of your budget towards increasing other ares.
- I'd personally consider a 12th generation intel processor or one of the AMD 5000 series processors
-- Leaves more money to upgrade RAM to 64GB (nice if you work with panoramas/merged images) or to buy larger or a second NVMe drive.

The advice on this thread is generally good and you can typically disable/unplug LED's if cases come with them.



May 19, 2023 at 05:25 PM







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