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Which computer is better?

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by London'sBurning, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. London'sBurning

    London'sBurning Contributing Member

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    I'm getting a new computer to run WoW, L4D, TF2, Half Life 2, and World at War on max settings. I don't plan on building my own computer because I suck at it and have bad luck with hardware I've ordered before. So I'm looking at Alienware or a more customized PC. Which is better? The second comes with no OS but I already got Windows XP or Windows Vista I can install for free.




    [1] Area-51® X58

    Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-920 2.66 GHz 8MB Cache
    Alienware P2 Chassis: Alienware® P2 Chassis with AlienIce™ 3.0 Video Cooling - Space Black
    AlienFX®: Alienware® Standard System Lighting - Astral Blue
    Alienware P2 Chassis Upgrades: Alienware® Approved CPU Liquid Cooling
    Power Supply: Alienware® 750 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
    Graphics Processor: Dual 512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 250 -Superclocked Edition - SLI Enabled
    Memory: 3GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 3 x 1024MB
    Motherboard: Alienware® Approved Intel® X-58 Motherboard- Socket 1366 Core i7 Ready, Dual Triple Channel DDR3 Memory
    Operating System (Office software not included): Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium (64-bit Edition) with Service Pack 1
    System Drive: Single Drive Configuration - 500GB SATA 3Gb/s 7,200RPM 16MB Cache
    Optical Drives : Single Drive Configuration - 20X Dual Layer Burner (DVD±RW) w/ LightScribe
    Enthusiast Essentials: Dual High Performance Gigabit Ethernet Ports
    Sound Card: High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio
    Keyboard: Standard Keyboard - Standard Keyboard
    Mouse: Standard Mouse - Standard Optical 3-Button Mouse with Scroll Wheel
    Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Onsite Service and 24/7 Toll-Free Phone Support
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mesh Cap
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® Desktop Binder
    Alienware Extras: Owner Identification Card
    Alienware Extras: Internal Wire Management
    Avatar: Alienhead 3D
    Window Style: Graphite Window Style
    Mouse Pointers: Standard Mouse Pointers
    Wallpaper: Alienhead 3D
    Power Plan: Standard Power Plan
    Automatic Updates: Automatic Updates On
    Sidebar Gadgets: Weather Forecast (default location)
    Time Zones: (GMT - 6.00) Central Time (US & Canada)

    Price is $1,499 with free shipping


    CAS: CoolerMaster Cosmos Silent Gaming Tower Case(Original Color)
    CASUPGRADE: NONE
    CS_FAN: Extra Case Cooling Fan (3 x Fans)
    CPU: (Quad-Core)Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz 1333FSB 12MB L2 Cache 64-bit
    CD: (Special Price) LG 20X DVD+/-R/+/-RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)
    CD2: NONE
    CARE: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chasis with High Perormance Thermal Compound
    FREEBIE_OS: None
    FLOPPY: NONE
    FA_HDD: None
    FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
    FAN: CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent Operation at only 22dBA + Overclock Proof)
    FREEBIE_RM: FREE! 4GB USB Pen Drive
    HDD: Single Hard Drive (500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
    HDD2: 250GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8MB Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive
    IEEE_CARD: NONE
    KEYBOARD: Microsoft(R) Wireless Desktop w/ Wireless Internet Keyboard & Mouse
    MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
    MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI Support) EVGA nForce 780i SLI Mainboard FSB1333 DDR2 3 x PCIe x16 SATA RAID w/ USB2.0,IEEE1394,&7.1Audio
    MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Kingston HyperX)
    NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
    OS: NONE - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
    POWERSUPPLY: 750 Watts Power Supplies (Corsair CMPSU-750TX - Quad SLI Ready)
    RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
    SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
    SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
    USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
    VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 CORE 216 896MB 16X PCI Express(EVGA Powered by NVIDIA)

    Price: $1319
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    Coupon: INSTANT (5% Discount) -$65.95
    SUBTOTAL $1,253.05
    Sales Tax (N/A) $0.00
    Shipping: Fedex Ground $65.00
    Shipping Discount -$65.00
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    GRAND TOTAL $1,253.05
     
  2. Royals Ego

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    hey i suggest building your own computer, i'm going to start building mine later this year, approach it as a learning experience since building your own computer does not save you much denero anyway

    go with the latter, though i would get a i-7 cpu, since it gets nothing but great reviews and performance power... i would wait till windows7 is out, wouldnt you?
     
  3. blathersby

    blathersby Contributing Member

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    I recommend buying a Mac.

    Contact me through the BBS email if you have any questions.
     
  4. Roxfan73

    Roxfan73 Rookie

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    You'll be kicking yourself later if you don't get one of these.
     
  5. Harrisment

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    You recommend buying a Mac?? Did you not read the beginning of his post?
     
  6. Chopped

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    I recommend that you RTFT.
     
  7. doboyz

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    Honestly, if you're having trouble picking and choosing your own parts and / or building, you could just ask on here for parts and pricing. Then you can pay someone like $20-$50 to put the whole thing together for you. There's plenty of resources out on the web, as well as this board.

    If youd still like to go to the pre-built or custom build route, there's plenty of other reputable builders out there. Please don't go alienware anything.
     
  8. Landlord Landry

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    all this to play video games? wowza, I gotta try this world of warcraft thing, people are addicted to this ish like heroin.
     
  9. chow_yun_fat

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    I'll help you build it and install the os/etc if no one else will. A custom build will always save you money and be more reliable if you buy quality parts.
     
  10. Royals Ego

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    thats like saying......

    all this to play some drugs? wowza, I gotta try this crack thing, people are addicted to this ish like world of warcraft.

    WoW is worse than crack
     
  11. Luckyazn

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    Building your own is the best way.

    That way you can get all the parts you want at a lower cost also.



    You can built both of those listed for maybe $800 and get 1T HDD instead.
     
  12. Royals Ego

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    lmao, please price the alienware for $800 part by part

    building your own computer for cheap may be true in 1999, not in 2009

    websites such of cyberpowerpc and ibuypower mass produce gaming computers, therefore the hardware they import are VERY VERY VERY cheap

    again, building your own computer is not about saving money..... it's about the learning experience
     
  13. London'sBurning

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    I'm going to buy from cyberpowerpc. I price checked to see the cost of nearly the same hardware specs if I were to buy from newegg and assemble it myself. If I were to order and build it myself it would actually run up another couple hundred dollars compared to just buying from them and I stopped before even getting a dual layer dvd burner. Maybe I just didn't search hard enough. I didn't even get to the S&H or warranty either.

    This is the new computer I'm thinking of buying instead. The more I read about the mobo and processor the more it seems like it'll be easier to upgrade over time instead of going with the other computer I was thinking of buying instead. It seems like hardware geeks worship Corsair, EVGA, and Coolermaster for their reliability.



    CAS: CoolerMaster Cosmos Silent Gaming Tower Case w/ 420 Watts Power Supply (Original Color)
    CASUPGRADE: NONE
    CS_FAN: Extra Case Cooling Fan (3 x Fans)
    CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-920 2.66 GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366
    CD: (Special Price) LG 20X DVD+/-R/+/-RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)
    CD2: NONE
    CARE: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chasis with High Perormance Thermal Compound
    FREEBIE_OS: None
    FLOPPY: NONE
    FA_HDD: None
    FLASHMEDIA: None
    FAN: CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent Operation at only 22dBA + Overclock Proof)
    FREEBIE_RM: None
    HDD: Single Hard Drive (1TB (1TBx1) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD )
    HDD2: 250GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8MB Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive -- Recommended
    IEEE_CARD: NONE
    KEYBOARD: XtremeGear (Black Color) USB Keyboard
    MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
    MODEM: NONE
    MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
    MONITOR: NONE
    MONITOR2: NONE
    MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI Support) EVGA X58 3X SLI Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Mainboard Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 SATA RAID w/ eSATA,Dual GbLAN,USB2.0,Dual IEEE1394&7.1Audio
    MEMORY: 6GB (2GBx3) PC1333 DDR3 PC3 10666 Triple Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
    OS: NONE - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
    PRINTER: None
    PRINTER_CABLE: None
    POWERSUPPLY: 750 Watts Power Supplies (Corsair CMPSU-750TX - Quad SLI Ready)
    RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
    SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
    SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
    SPEAKERS: None
    TEMP: NONE
    TVRC: None
    USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
    USBHD: NONE
    VIDEOCAMERA: NONE
    VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 CORE 216 896MB 16X PCI Express (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA)
    VIDEO2: None
    VIDEO3: None
    WNC: NONE
    _PRICE: (+1485)
    _view_: detail
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    Coupon: REPEAT (5% Discount) -$74.25
    SUBTOTAL $1,410.75
    Sales Tax (N/A) $0.00
    Shipping: Fedex Ground $65.00
    Shipping Discount -$65.00
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    GRAND TOTAL $1,410.75
     
  14. lpbman

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  15. Uprising

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    Nothing to do with your computer needs....

    But this is the sexiest thing (electronic wise) I have ever seen. :eek:

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  16. Dr of Dunk

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    That machine's using a 750W PS according to his post. Or am I not seeing something?
     
  17. London'sBurning

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  20. lpbman

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    I built a better machine for less on Newegg, email me @ lpbman3@yahoo.com and I'll send you the link.


    Dr of Dunk - Yeah, I missed the additional power supply and just saw the 420w that comes with the case.
     

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