HP Prebuilt vs Building Your Own


Jun 17, 2012
The new Gaming Series PCs from HP seem to be cheaper than building your own PC. The HP H9-1355 is $1,299 and you get a water cooled i7 3770, 2TB hard drive, 12GB memory, wireless, Blu ray drive, 4 USB 3.0 and 8 USB 2.0, AND 7770 2GB, and Beats audio. I contacted HP and they have quality 600w PSU in the system and with Windows included.

I tried looking on newegg to build one from parts and it was actually more expensive than HPs, so much for saying building is cheaper now.
The issue is HP BIOS, no over-clocking and an OEM motherboard. And for $1,300 w/HD7770, you really ain't got bang-for-buck game performance.

Edit: Example ... you could spend $600 on an OEM i5 or AMD, and slobber-knock that $1,300 rig by adding a new PSU and graphics.



Jun 17, 2011
I agree with anonymous1. If you can reuse parts from a previous build then you may be able to do a bit better then the HP. Although, the copy of Windows typically skews everything in favor of the prebuilt $ for $, but it will be OEM so no transfer.

What you're not getting with that system is a K series i7, which mean no overclocking and potentially a case, power supply, and MB with proprietary portions that can not easily be repurposed in future builds.

A big plus for the HP over home built is support and a nice warranty.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ruca
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ruca/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ruca/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1280.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I just put the i7 and a watercooler for price comparison, i doubt the watercooler that hp has is as good as this one, it has plenty usb 3.0 ports and sata ports, wifi, sli/crossfire, 660ti which is much better than the 7770, and a case i doubt the hp one is better and psu the same thing, total : less than that (and that is newegg only, if with other sites for parts you can get a 670 gtx.)



there we go. add in several more accessories, and i reckon we get about $1100 sans rebates and deals.

now if we were to change the parts around for your specific needs, in this case; gaming


better performance in games for around the same amount. add in a $20-25 card reader, ~$50 wireless adapter, a $60-80 tv tuner and some cheap $20-30 keyboard+mouse combo, and you got some room to wiggle in a beats headphone.

or actually stick to what's practical to your needs in gaming, and you just saved up a few hundred dollars. maybe spend that on a better GPU or an SSD for more performance.
You have to keep in mind. Closed loop water coolers suck, air is better/quieter/cheaper. And I7s make zero sense for gaming computers. 12GB of memory makes no sense. It should be 8 or 16. A 7770 in a $1300 rig is ridiculous. For that price you should have a 7970. Really you can do so much better. And get 3year warranty on the parts from the manufacturer.