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Apacer RAM and Xion PSU...uh oh?

By fckid212
Aug 5, 2010
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  1. So I just purchased a prebuilt system from IBUYPOWER through Tigerdirect and unfortunately it looks like they skimped me a bit in terms or parts. For instance, instead of a Asus P6T (or V2 or Deluxe) I am getting the Asus P6T SE (not awful, but definitely the cheapest of the x58 chipset). I'm getting 6GB of Ram from Apacer at 1333, not Corsair and not 1600.
    My PSU will likely be a Xion 700watt. The comp comes with a ATI 5770. I am afraid that the quality of my Apacer Ram and Xion PSU will shorten the lifetime of my system. I am also looking to upgrade to a ATI 5870 soon. Can anyone shed some light as to the quality or Apacer Ram and Xion PSU's? Will my 5700 survive on this config? Is a 5870 upgrade out of the question?

    Here's a link to the specs (notice how they conviently leave out all brand and specific information on Ram, Mobo and PSU..lol):
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...?EdpNo=6077552&csid=ITD&body=MAIN#detailspecs

    Thanks in advance for the input. Comments on the build itself are also welcome.

    System:
    Full Tower (not sure which one yet)
    i7 930 2.88ghz
    Asus P6T SE
    6 GB of Apacer 1333 ram (24 GB max allowed on mobo)
    700watt PSU (likely to be Xion from what they told me on the phone)
    ATI 5770 GPU
    Basic IBUYPOWER watercooling
    1 Terabyte harddrive
    Running Windows 7 Home
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    Why don't you check?

    Xion isn't the worst, and while the ram is likely low quality, it shouldn't do any damage.
     
  3. fckid212

    fckid212 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    i cant check yet as they haven't delivered the PC. Its tough to get a straight answer over the phone about what exactly they put in there unfortunately =\

    thanks for the response! =) You think I'll be okay upgrading to 5870 if its the Xion 700w?
     
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,452   +227

    You will probably be okay with that RAM and PSU for the configuration you just bought. Although the Xion PSU might not be my first choice, I doubt iBuypower would install a total crap PSU.

    You should be okay with the upgrade to an HD 5870. The recommended PSU for a system with the HD 5870 is 500W. The specs of the Xion 700W (according to Newegg) are decent.

    If you don't mind me saying, you probably should have asked these questions before ordering the PC instead of after. You still could have bought it but then you'd know what you're getting.
     
  5. fckid212

    fckid212 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 38

    Thanks for the info mailpup. I don't mind you saying I should have asked first, but the fact of the matter is that for the price I paid I believe I am getting a good deal. I am paying on installments and get no interest if I pay it off in 12 months, no where else was I able to get this. I knew generally what I would be getting and did a great deal of research about mobo's (x58 chipsets vs p55 etc), CPU's, etc and knew that even if the ram wasn't corsair dominator or a psu from corsair that I would not be able to get this kind of bang for my buck as I am getting here. Unless I built my own computer which I did not want to undertake at this point.

    I came here for input because I am not the most knowledgeable in this area and wanted input of people who have far more experienced in these areas than I. Even if the PSU was crap and the ram was crap, I would buy it anyway...buy a new PSU and maybe a stick or 2 of ram and put off my 5870 purchase.

    I thank you again for you very helpful information, but I did not go into this purchase blind I found out as much as I could.
     
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,452   +227

    I suggest that you wait until after you've had a chance to use the PC and play a few games on it so you can judge its performance. The performance might be good enough so you don't have to upgrade anything for awhile. Maybe not, but anyway try it first before making up your mind.
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    While cyberpowerpc's build quality isn't that great, they do have some of the lowest pre-built prices.
    Of course, building it yourself would have saved a good deal of money, and you'd know that you have high quality parts inside.
     
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,452   +227

    Do you mean iBuypower?
     
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    Oh, yes thats what I meant; their almost the same.
     


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