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  1. tomthetank

    tomthetank Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm looking into a good gaming computer but not to sure what is out there at the moment, I've looked at cheapest alienware desktop but I've read there is better products out there for the money?
    I would be willing to spend little over
     

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    saps Well-Known Member

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    If you are willing to build it yourself you will save a lot of money versus buying a pre-fab
     
  3. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

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    +1.. custom build is the best way to save yourself some $ and avoid bloatware

     
  4. gallandof

    gallandof Well-Known Member

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    build a custom rig through linux on there and have some fun!
     
  5. Snow_Fox

    Snow_Fox Well-Known Member

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    I've built my own rig and I[m upgrading it this week :D

    I just built it about 3 months ago or so.. and now I'm finally getting rid of my hand me down graphics card.

    Have any questions feel free to ask.

    Accept no pre built. Do it yourself!

    Not only do you save money on the cost of the machine itself, you save money because, you now learn to troubleshoot and fix your own problems.

    Never rely on the local best buy moron again! Or dells "warranty" ect ect.
     
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    Anyone here got steam??? Add me :)
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  9. drfoss

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    Building is the best way to go. Its fun, easy, and tailored exactly the way you want. My two year old system still going strong. Everything bought from Newegg though look out for their CPU prices, they seem to be higher. For example at Microcenter an i7 930 is $199 but Newegg its $289 so check local stores.
     
  10. UncleStalin

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    Building it or just buying the parts yourself and getting someone else to build it ( like i did lol) is wayy cheaper and you can get more bang for you buck.
    When i got mine it would have probably gone for retail 3000 grand , but i picked it up for 2000 with monitor etc etc.
    I recommend if you are going to buy the parts your self, and you are looking into budget systems, go for Amd processors and ATI Graphic cards.
    Yea they wont be as powerful and Intel and Nvidia but IMO i like ATI better for pure performance.
    Try an AMD Phenom 2 processor and Ati 5000 series grahics card.
     
  11. Rota

    Rota Well-Known Member

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    What?
     
  12. shawn1224

    shawn1224 Ex CEO-DNPSEA foundation VIP Member

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    Thanks, I put together my dream machine

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    Case::Zalman GS1000 Plus Full Tower Gaming Case Black
    Case Lighting::Sleeved LED Case Lighting - Orange
    iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction::Advanced - iBUYPOWER Harmony SRS Sound Reduction System
    iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion
    ::[6-Port] NZXT Internal USB Expansion System + Bluetooth Module
    Processor::[= Six Core =] AMD Phenom™ II X6 1100T Black Edition Six-Core CPU
    Processor Cooling::Asetek 550LC Liquid CPU Cooling System (AMD) - Enermax Dual Silent High Perfornamce Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
    Memory::16 GB [4 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module Corsair or Major Brand
    Video Card::ATI Radeon HD 5970 - 2GB - CrossFire Mode (Dual Cards)
    Motherboard::[CrossFire] ASUS Crosshair IV Formula -- AMD 890FX w/ 3x PCI-E 2.0 x16
    Motherboard USB / SATA Interface::Motherboard default USB / SATA Interface
    Power Supply::1500 Watt -- SilverStone ST1500
    Primary Hard Drive::240 GB Corsair Force Series F240 MLC SSD - Dual 240GB Drives (240GB Capacity) - RAID 1 Data Security
    Data Hard Drive::256 GB ADATA S599 MLC SSD - Dual 256GB Drives (256GB Capacity) - RAID 1 Data Security
    Optical Drive::[12X Blu-Ray] Pioneer BLU-RAY Re-Writer, DVD
     
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    Alienware
     
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    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

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  15. Sweet Chaos

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    Building is def the best option, but whether or not you build I would NOT recommend going with Alienware. I have an HP Elite that is as good or better than any Alienware and it was half the price.
     
  16. Dark Jedi

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    If you buy alienware your paying for the name. you can get better components for half the price and build it yourself. Its not hard to build your own. I built one a few years back and not one hiccup. hardest choice is processor AMD or Intel. then its graphic card and then memory lol. well everything is a hard choice. hee hee. but its fun to build one and turn it on and it boots up. then you say proudly I built that. if it dont boot you can then say should of bought a dell. lol
     
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    Hey, not true! I had received my mobo d.o.a. from Newegg but that wasn't anything a quick RMA couldn't fix. :)
     
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    tylerdurdin Well-Known Member

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    or you can get yourself a old used dell e521 and a nice graphix card and just play games.
     
  19. psi chick

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    we bought a gaming pc from ibuypower about a year ago. we decided to go that route because it was a whole $50 more than it would have been for us to build it ourselves and we were able to configure it exactly the way we wanted. so to save the time and money, we just bought it. didn't get an os on it so no issue with bloatware. so it can be just as cheap to buy one, as long as you don't bother with best buy or any of that crap.
     
  20. Snedd

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    All of my PCs with the exception of my first Dan 486 have been custom builds. The Ars system guide is usually a good place to start, although they don't seem to keep it as up to date as they used to. In my experience you can save yourself a bit of money this way and get a better quality build (better case, quiet fans).

    There are couple of downsides. For one expect to become the general PC fixer/builder/upgrader for all your friends and relatives.
    The second is the odd occasion when something goes wrong and you burn time trying to track down the faulty component. Doesn't happen very often though.
     
  21. Snow_Fox

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    Lol... you have no idea how wrong you are.

    my build was 200$ cheaper than ibuypower or cyberpower.

    BTW DO NOT USE CYBERPOWER!

    and FWIW no matter how "cheap" those websites are... there is no gaurantee your not getting second rate parts..

    Just because your custom build is only 50$ cheaper DOESN'T mean it also isn't much higher quality :/

    Never ever ever worth it to buy premade.

    Unless you want plastic over your heatsink like my poor friend here.

    This is too good it needs its own thread... - PC Forums - Desktop Computer Forums and Discussions

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    No matter how good the "deal" is.. you can usually save minimum 200$ over people who "build it for you"..

    I remember one guy in one of my classes said "Its not worth my time to build it myself".

    Well.. I WISH he would have paid me to do it for him. 200$ an hour is a pretty good job.

    If it really only cost you 50$ more to buy it from a store, I'm surprised you didn't immediately ask "well whats wrong with it?". I mean shipping alone is like 25$ on something like that.. and even in china with slave labor there is still another few dollars to pay a laborer to put it together.

    So how can they afford quality parts for that cheap?

    At least with newegg.com you know why its cheap.. your cutting out the middleman..
     
  22. turn_key

    turn_key Well-Known Member

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    I would have to agree with the custom build. I've been gaming and building PCs for a long time and nothing can beat the price of scratch build. I used the same case and power supply but only spent around around $400 for an upgrade last year. I can run Half-Life 2 with all the bells and whistles on.

    My 2 fav places to shop is the local Micro Center - Computers, Electronics, Computer Parts, Networking, Gaming, Software, and more! for parts and Cheap Software, Cheap AntiVirus Software, Cheap OEM Software, Cheap Microsoft Software, Cheap Adobe Software for OS and anti-virus.

    Good luck
     
  23. ElasticNinja

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    I just love doing that, customising your build online :D
    Tho as said, your best doing it yourself if you have the know how, but that probably applies less to laptops
     
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