A Challenge For All Of You


May 19, 2009
Hello all, this is my first post here (I came across the site in researching for my new build) and I just want to thank anyone who takes the time to help me out.

As a graduation gift, I'm recieving $1300 from my parents. I was a pretty avid gamer in the past (I've been so caught up in school I didn't have too much time to indulge of late) and I'm excited to get back to it. I play racing simulations (namely Rfactor) on my current system (its a joke) and I'm looking for something to wow me.

This being said, I'm not going to build my system on my own. At the suggestion of some gamer friends I came across a company called MICRO ONE COMPUTERS on ebay with a customization store. As ebay does not charge sales tax, as there is free shipping, and as this is a respected company (from what I can find), I've decided to customize and buy from them.

I've done my research and it seems that the Intel I7-920 is a good processor to start with. So thus, here is the customization link for the i7:


I have an additional $100 that I have saved. So, if you would let me know what you believe the strongest build I can customize for $1400 using the above link. I have a monitor, but would like to have Vista Premium on the system.



Dec 26, 2008
In a word, no.

Aside from being not a good value, I wouldn't trust this manufacturer to supply you with quality parts. While the 920 and the MSI Pro mobo are ok, it's hard to know whether they will give you a cheap power supply that is inadequate and could fry your parts.

I would definitely go custom and build your own with $1400. That's a nice budget considering you already own a monitor (what size/resolution btw?)

If you're set on i7, maybe something like this:

cm 690 ($75) -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

Asus P6T deluxe v2 ($280) -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365

i7 920 ($280) -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

OCZ Platinum 6gb ($100) -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381

WD Caviar Black 640gb ($75) -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&Tpk=wd%20caviar%20black%20640gb

Xigmatek Dark knight ($40) -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

GTX 285 ($385) -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130446

Vista 64-bit ($100) -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

LG DVD SATA Burner ($25) -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

Bringing you to around $1355 before MIRs for one killer system.


http://cgi.ebay.com/INTEL-i7-920-QUAD-CORE-CUSTOM-GAMING-COMPUTER-SYSTEM_W0QQitemZ220399252049QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDesktop_PCs?hash=item3350d1b251&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=|301:0|293:2|294:30 <---LOL ?

The only challenge here is guessing how bad you get hosed by using this Micro One. And as far as your "gamer friends" go...don't be taking anymore advice from them.

If you don't feel comfortable building your own PC, you can do this....; Order the parts online, and take them down to your local Mom & Pops PC fix em up store and have them put it together for you for usually a small fee. And if you go this route, ask them if it's ok to sit in with them when they build it so you can get a better idea if you decide to build another rig later on.


If you go that route, make sure you figure out from mom and pop how much they would charge. It would suck to spend $1375 on the parts, only to find out they want $100.

After looking at the store, I'm not impressed. They have a single Corsair PSU. Most of their PSUs are from companies I've never heard of. Most of their harddrives are Hitachi/Samsung. The prices on their video cards are a joke. If this is what online gets you, I'm not impressed.

If you are determined to not build your own, I suggest looking into your local M&P store first. I know of one in my town that you can go there and have them order all the parts online for you. (when I ask if they can order something, they head to www.newegg.com) Have them factor in cost of having them build it, and you'll be much better then ebay store. This is assuming of course your local M&P store know what they are doing.


Mar 9, 2009
building your own system is the way to go. it takes a little time to read instructions and look at pictures. it only takes a little bit of common sense to put a screw in and plug in the one way plugs. the more difficult part is installing OS and getting drivers. built my 1st system 2 years ago. since then built 3 work systems and 2 more home systems. plus you get the satiation of doing it on your own and saving money. do it once you'll never buy a dell!!
It is not hard at all to build. There are a ton of how to sites on the web,, just google around. Come back here ask some questions, you will get it done and be surprised how easy it really is. If you are knowledgable enough to pick out good parts, you can put it all together, and in the end you will gain valuable experience and troubleshooting skills that you will be glad you have to keep your rig gaming along at top speed. The site you your friends have mentioned, well I'd say with friends like that, you certainly don't need enemies.