Top Pre-built Systems?

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I'm looking to buy a pre-built pc for gaming. Looking to spend around 2k. I found an Omen by HP Obelisk on Amazon for $1999.99 with an i9 9900k, RTX 2080 Super, HyperX 32 GB Ram and a 1TB SSD. (HP 875-1023) I don't know anything about the quality of this PC or if I should go with the likes of Cyberpower PC, ibuypower or any other pre-built system builders. What pre-built systems are you recommending? Also, do you recommend that I wait for Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals at this point?
 

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HP Omens are fine machines
Alienwares are fine machines

But they may both use some proprietary parts depending on the desktop model.


Boutique vendors like CyberPower and IBuyPower offer great prices and all off the shelf components, but I've ordered a half dozen of their machines before and they require a little expertise to make them perfect. In most cases, the fans were attached to the wrong headers, PCI-E covers were missing, fans were reversed on some machines from optimal airflow direction --- perhaps not the most attention to detail was paid. They all worked, they just weren't the way I'd build them (with a bit more pride). I think that attention to detail, or slight lack thereof bites them in reviews a bit. They dont skimp on the quality of components though and there are no proprietary parts.
 
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(I don't know anything about the quality of this PC or if I should go with the likes of Cyberpower PC, ibuypower or any other pre-built system builders. )



NEED TO KNOW B4 Purchasing: CyberPower is set up for selling a great product … NOT REPAIRING IT!


HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE SHIPPING TIMES!!! In case you feel like this doesn’t matter because you got 3 day shipping included - look at next paragraph “REPAIRS...”


REPAIRS TAKE UP TO 6 WEEKS! Can you be without your pc for up to 6 weeks because you WILL be if your purchase from CP and need repair. If you happen to need PC repair months after buying your computer, like me, ... I already need a new mother board and it has been less than 6 months since I purchased. (I had to RETURN my pc TWICE because they damaged my case during repair. Thank God I took photos of my entire pc and sent them to myself via email before sending them the pc and so they were dated because THEY ASKED FOR THEM! They agreed to repair it AFTER getting the dated photos, but that was another SIX weeks shipping. I talked to supervisors but hey wouldn’t upgrade ANY of my shipping even though it was their fault!!! Yes it took me A TOTAL OF 12 WEEKS)



FULL RETURN SHIPPING $120.00 from where I live! That is UPS Ground for nearly 50lbs box included!!! Dimensions: 27”x25”x13.” (You will pay it all, as they pay nothing toward a returned product.)


NO EXTENDED WARRANTIES!!! (So basically, they don't believe in their product or stand by it for very long.) Yeah, that 1 year limited warranty isn’t an extended warranty and CP told me they don’t even offer extended warranties.


BUY THE PREMIUM 1 YR WARRANTY WITH 1 YR SHIPPING OPTION. Make sure it has the 1 yr shipping choice for $10 more well worth it if you have to return like me. Be aware, however, that this shipping takes up to 6 weeks.


KEEP YOUR ORIGINAL SHIPPING BOX at least until your 1 yr warranty is up. Otherwise you are going to need to purchase the box with padding $$$ if you need to return the pc to CP plus $120 if you have to pay shipping. Gets frustrating, doesn’t it?


CP TECH SUPPORT IS A NIGHTMARE. In all fairness they are actually very nice while trying to fix problems with the pc. Well … until you challenge them, like about the six-week shipping time. Then they become extremely unkind. They won’t let you talk to previous reps that promised you things. I was told that rep would call me back in an hour, I waited over 2.5 and had to call back. Every time I called; I was told the rep was on another call. Then I was told he emailed me – which is the only way he seemed to want to communicate from that point on. I asked to talk to him again and they told me that he would get back to me in 48 hours. (you can’t make this stuff up!!!) They do everything to try to get you off the phone as quickly as possible, try to transfer the problem to a different department - another way to schluff you off, and eventually they transferred me back to the main phone menu after telling me the rep that I requested was finally available and they were transferring me to him. I am currently still on hold waiting listening to the beginning phone menu


I have loved my CyberPower pc up till now. The Motherboard IS defective – won’t connect to the internet, after not even 6 months and that doesn’t even bother me – I get it that stuff happens. . It is the total disregard for the customer after you need repair. They seriously lack basic customer service skills at this point. I realize from the reviews that I am in the minority having a defective product. Most people don’t have problems with their pc’s but if you do have a defective something, it really sucks. This company is set up for selling a great product … not repairing it. That part about them sucks. They told me to ship it to them but it was going to take up to 6 weeks, BOTH TIMES, without batting an eye, like I should be ok with this. I was very much NOT but what could I do, I complained and THEY DIDN’T CARE … IT IS THEIR POLICY … and going up the ranks wont’ help.
 
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Quote:NEED TO KNOW B4 Purchasing: CyberPower is set up for selling a great product … NOT REPAIRING IT!


Dang. Thanks for the heads up. So no to Cyberpower in case I need repairs...
 

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Here is a list of some top system builders
Maingear
Falcon Northwest
Puget Systems
Velocity Micro

good luck !
 

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Here is a list of some top system builders
Maingear
Falcon Northwest
Puget Systems
Velocity Micro

good luck !
Yes, if you need warranty work or don't feel like building your own. To put in perspective, I just configured my $2300 setup at Falcon Northwest and it was $4600. You can certainly save money with some cheaper pre-builts like that Slickdeals CLX one linked above, but not at these guys.
 

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Looks like a monster pc but not sure about Walmart? How's the i9 9900k vs the AMDs chip in this one?
Heres a good far comparison

What it amounts to is 3900x ~50% or more faster in productivity. 9900k ~5% faster on games.

If you can get that wal-mart system, you wont find a better price than that on a pre-built. Its cheaper than the individual components collectively would cost on sale to build it. Win 10 OS. Walmart return liberal return policy. Heck why not? Buy an extended warranty if you feel unsure. Youll still come out miles ahead from one of the premium boutique vendors on price.
 
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Heres a good far comparison

What it amounts to is 3900x ~50% or more faster in productivity. 9900k ~5% faster on games.

If you can get that wal-mart system, you wont find a better price than that on a pre-built. Its cheaper than the individual components collectively would cost on sale to build it. Win 10 OS. Walmart return liberal return policy. Heck why not? Buy an extended warranty if you feel unsure. Youll still come out miles ahead from one of the premium boutique vendors on price.

Well since I'm more concerned with gaming than I am "productivity" then I'll go with the 9900k. Those boutique vendors are pretty damn pricey, so I think going for a Walmart PC like that one might be the ticket, even if I have to upgrade the power supply or ram or other less than stellar included components in said build. Right now I think I've settled on an i9 9900k with a 2080 ti. I'll keep my eyes open for any black Friday deals that have those components in them or check to see if that system is still available on Slick Deals...Also been looking at HP Omen or MSI pre-built. I'm gaming on an MSI laptop with an i7 and a 1070 connected to a 65 inch 4k TV (at 1920x1080 for Assasins Creed odyssey ) and although it plays well enough for most games I still want a dedicated desktop with more power.
 
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rinaldo00

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Yes, if you need warranty work or don't feel like building your own. To put in perspective, I just configured my $2300 setup at Falcon Northwest and it was $4600. You can certainly save money with some cheaper pre-builts like that Slickdeals CLX one linked above, but not at these guys.
Yes Falcon is the most expensive of that list. If you have time can you configure your system at Velocity Micro? They are more reasonable. If you have any more time can you also do it at Cyberpower? I know they have a bad reputation but their prices are great.
Thanks !
 

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Well since I'm more concerned with gaming than I am "productivity" then I'll go with the 9900k. Those boutique vendors are pretty damn pricey, so I think going for a Walmart PC like that one might be the ticket, even if I have to upgrade the power supply or ram or other less than stellar included components in said build. Right now I think I've settled on an i9 9900k with a 2080 ti. I'll keep my eyes open for any black Friday deals that have those components in them or check to see if that system is still available on Slick Deals...Also been looking at HP Omen or MSI pre-built. I'm gaming on an MSI laptop with an i7 and a 1070 connected to a 65 inch 4k TV (at 1920x1080 for Assasins Creed odyssey ) and although it plays well enough for most games I still want a dedicated desktop with more power.
I bought the HP Omen X and I love it ! Best looking case around ! My non computer friends thought it was a work of art. lol
 

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Yes Falcon is the most expensive of that list. If you have time can you configure your system at Velocity Micro? They are more reasonable. If you have any more time can you also do it at Cyberpower? I know they have a bad reputation but their prices are great.
Thanks !
You are right I did not do that. If I have time I'll check out the other ones.
 
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