It's difficult to answer your original question without knowing the price of the original system, but I feel safe in saying that, when you compare more or less exact configs (and include shipping costs), the price difference is not really that great. That is to say, if you don't feel comfortable about building your own system, you needn't feel as though you you've spent a whole lot extra.
But (there's always a but ..) this mainly only applies to the very basic configurations where companies like iBuypower, Cyberpower, etc, buy generic power supplies, video cards, etc, in bulk. When you start adding better power supplies and video cards, things can be a lot different (although never as extreme as some people would lead you to believe).
About that particular config, for example. The video card is the very bottom end of what would be called 'gaming'. It's basically the same as the older HD7750. For serious gaming, you wouldn't want anything less than an R9 270 (at 1920x1080) or perhaps an R7 260 if you have a lower rez monitor.
Another problem is that the generic 300watt power supply that comes with that config is really too small to properly power anything better than the R7 250. (It's also relatively inefficient, but that's a minor point.) For a proper gaming rig you'd want a good 500watt power supply, such as the Corsair CX500 (or CX500M) to go with the better video card.
Outside of that, there's nothing wrong with the basic config, particular if funds are tight. (You can always upgrade it later). If you are really serious about possibly building it yourself, simply go through Newegg, NCIX, or whatever on-line parts retailer, and compare the total cost of the parts. Keep in mind the extra value of having someone build it for you, and don't forget the OS and shipping costs. If you are unsure of what parts (particularly, what brands) to get, just post it here and we'll pick it apart for you.
Wintersday is always a fantastic time for Tyria. I hope it is the same this year. My only hope would be that the healing skills are less "whack a mole" healing skills and more buff/protection skills as they those skills tend to lead to more interesting game play.
Otherwise, Happy Wintersday! I hope everyone enjoys it.
I can't believe more people complained about "My T3 isn't as prestigious any more then!" more than about the fact that they are blatant re-skins of already available models. So they're only changing the LIGHT version? I mean you can be 100 % sure it will be a re-skin of some dungeon, karma, badge or craft armor if that is the case - with FLAMES, of course.
They should withdraw the whole series of armors and put some actual effort into it. You're asking for $$$ here, ANet. God damn, slackers. If you have used up all of Kekai Kotaki's concept arts, then slide back on your knees and beg him to come back to your company - because if THAT's what his successors do, I'd not be surprised if he ends up wiping every last contribution he made for that game off his website, not to be associated with this ugly ass mess in the future.
I recently was able to upgrade to an i7 3770K from my i5 750 (OCed) and the difference in GW2 is huge, as in a 20 FPS boost when in LA on Max settings at Stock for the new CPU vs OCed for the old one.... so I'm happy about that, but GW2's engine is still poor and doesn't make good use of hardware resources when compared to other game engines out there. I'm a fan of the game for what it's worth, but I don't think much of their game engine. :/
Our guild would like to have a way to placard that on each player's screen prior to everyone arriving for guild missions. You would not believe how many times someone has started a bounty, guild rush, guild challenge or guild puzzle prematurely.
Here a couple others I've found. I don't claim any credit for these - all credit goes to their original creators, whoever they are: