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Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:07 AM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:17 AM
If you don't need the portability, for that price, you could build one hell of a desktop. In fact, if you wanted to, you could build a legit desktop AND buy a cheaper laptop or netbook just to take with you on the go.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:14 PM
You should go with an i5 rather than an i7 because games don't use the hyper threading, and your difference would be minor. Another think you want to look at if your going AMD or Intel is if you want over clock, you need an unlocked CPU (Intel has a ""K" so like like this Intel Core i5-2500K)
Also, you need to let us know if you have anything, such as keyboard/mouse.
Here's a build that you can start out with: (Won't include mouse/keyboard)
Case: Up to you, I suggest: Scout Sniper, NZXT Phantom, HAF 912.
HDD: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SSD: Newegg.com - Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Motherboard: Newegg.com - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Power Supply: Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
Video Card: Newegg.com - EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
DVD drive: Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners
Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:07 PM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:08 PM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:31 PM
It's been mentioned in multiple places that while some computers get by just fine from ibuypower and sites similar, for the most part, they are generally bad ideas. They are notorious for motherboard failures because they use cheap parts aside from the graphics card and processor. I hope yours works out for you, but it's best just to buy the pieces and assemble it yourself. It's not too hard and can be done in under an hour.
There are cheaper options that do the same thing actually. I customized mine at ibuypower and while making my own would have been cheaper I didn't have to deal with any shit like ordering parts, assembling, etc. I caught some pretty good deals and it runs great.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:03 PM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:15 PM
You can choose your motherboard as well anything else that goes in there at ibuypower, but I am unsure about other sites. I am only basing my statement on my personal experience though. I had no problem at all with them. I feel like alienware rapes your wallet for cosmetics that can be achieved by just getting a pc tower that has similar effects. Also, Dell support does suck. I had a computer with them awhile back but the service tag they put on it was for a printer. ANY time I had any problem I had to deal with so much shit just to get to the right people. Then of course the support was just poor in general from there.
You can create an identical alienware for cheaper (including case).
With an alienware you have to go through Dell, and possibly another company, so it's lengthy for a replacement. I've heard it take 3-4 weeks most times.
About Ibuypower, I mean its fine and all, but from what I've seen you may want something thats not on the list, so thats where a custom rig is better, plus if something ever happens to your computer, you'll know how to fix it.
Also, if you go with Newegg, you get it cheaper, faster (Ibuypower takes like 2 weeks).
Edited by SomethingChill, 08 April 2012 - 08:18 PM.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:15 PM
build your own. always. you can get so much more for your money and actually know what parts are going into your computer. and if something fails, you don't need to ship the whole computer back to alienware (dell?) for them to service.
Please build your own PC if your going to spend that much money.
If your not sure what your getting go to your local PC repair store and order it their with them and have them assemble it for you.
You'll defiantly save a lot of money this way i hate seeing people getting ripped off by Alien Ware
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