AlienWare or Build Computer?

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Mar 24, 2008
  1. SavageWaffle
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    I'm more of a build it kind of a guy. But, the "supplies" in total is about $1500. I thought of buying a new desktop, since it costs less. My friend recommended me AlienWare products. I didn't like AlienWare products before, i still don't like them though. What i think is that AlienWare is just a bunch of nerds(no offense), get the materials, build it up, and put a freaken alien head. Now thats cleared up, so since i had nothing else to do, i went to alienware.com checked out some desktops(there aren't to many, only 3) and found the Area-51 7500 the cheapest from the Area-51 and ALX CrossfireX. Its about $1400. $100 difference. Which is a lot because i will be buying a huge amount of games. And if i save $100, i can save a bit. And im sure Alienware aren't the best, hell i don't even like them. I guess what im asking is a "ok" gaming computer. Not those $3500 shits. I just need a desktop that can run Battlefield 2, C-S Source, Orange Box, etc.
    My budget is around $Lowest~$1300? I'm not even sure i can get a gaming computer for $1300. So, hit me, give me the best you got.
     
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    Dude, you can get a perfectly decent gaming computer with $1300.
    Heck, you could afford 8800GT in SLI.

    Neweggs prices are low, take advantage of it!
     
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    If you already have a monitor, hard drive, and accessories (keyboard, mouse, etc) you can get a slight higher than mid-range computer for around $1000...CAD anyway.
    You just have to shop smart for the parts.
    You can get away with a 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo and overclock it to 3.0GHz+ for instance.

    I'm sure the other members here will probably be able to give you a list of parts, I'm a few months behind in hardware and you can probably get even better bang for your buck now.

    Oh, I'm running on said $1000 rig which is, in computer age, already dated and it can run all your example games just fine.

    ...

    But yea, I'm all for building. =P
     
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    Umm... for $1,300 you can make one hell of a computer!
    Give me a minute while I make you a Newegg Wishlist that can max out practically every game out there ( except crysis.. )
     
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    Thanks, my "other" list of parts kinda failed since the parts sucked, and it ended with a total of $1300. And to Zarcon, my monitor, keyboard, and mouse, im thinking of replacing too. But thats after i buy my system. But my speakers, are fine. Logitech X-530 70 Watts got for $55+Shipping at Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16836121126

    Im not planning to play Crysis since it would need MAJOR upgrades to play it on max. And for graphics, i want the best of the best.
     
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    Most reviews said it was good. I usually go for the average, if you don't like it, just take out the sound card. But with 5.1 it's better having it there.
     
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    You may want to get the new 45nm Quadcore. Only $45 more.
    Other than that its great.

    Why aren't there any peripherals included?
     
  10. Kizmatti

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    Definately build it. Alienware is over-rated, and over priced by a huge margin

    I just bought an:
    E6750 Intel duel core 2
    4 gig of G skill DDR21000 Memory
    Evega 8800 GTS 512
    Gigabyte mother board
    Rosewill 850 watt power supply
    Zalman 9700 heatsink/fan
    Liteon Sata DVD burner

    for about $800.00 shipped all from Newegg

    Keep in mind this doesn't include Case, monitor, Hard drives, Mouse, keyboard and Speakers

    i do play Crysis and my machine plays it on all high settings at 1400X900 res(19inch monitor) at 30-45 FPS
    It will also copy/ and burn a DVD in about 10 minutes.
     
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    He never said he needed any.
     
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    Thanks everyone. But bad news. My budget has been lowed down to $900. $400 for living room(speakers). Not sure if $400 will make a difference.
     

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