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Xavier

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okay, so heres an alienware setup i put together

[1] Area-51® 7500

Alienware P2 Chassis: Alienware® P2 Chassis with AlienIce™ 3.0 Video Cooling - Space Black
System Lighting: Alienware® Standard System Lighting - Astral Blue
High-Performance Liquid Cooling: Alienware® Standard System Cooling
Acoustic Dampening: Alienware® Acoustic Dampening
Power Supply: Alienware® 1000 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
Graphics Processor: Dual Graphics Processors - Dual 320MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800 GTS - SLI Enabled
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q6700 2.66GHz 8MB Cache 1066MHz FSB
Memory: 4GB Low Latency Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 x 1024MB
Motherboard: Alienware® Approved NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
Operating System (Office software not included): Windows Vista® Ultimate – DirectX 10 Ready!
Desktop Tuners and Remotes: Without Media Center Remote Control
System Drive: Single Drive Configuration - 160GB SATA 1.5Gb/s 10,000RPM 16MB Cache
Optical Drives : Single Drive Configuration - Dual-Layer Blu-ray Disc Reader
Enthusiast Essentials: Dual High Performance Gigabit Ethernet Ports
Physics Processing Unit: Ageia PhysX PCI-Express Processing Unit w/ 128MB GDDR3 - More Info
Sound Card: High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio
Monitor: 27'' Dell 1920 x 1200 (6ms) UltraSharp Widescreen Flat Panel
Speakers: Logitech® Z-5300e 5.1 280-Watt Speakers
Keyboard: Logitech® G15 Gaming Keyboard
Mouse : Razer Copperhead™ High Precision Gaming Mouse - Tempest Blue
Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support w/ Onsite Service
AlienContact: Added Bonus with any AlienSupport Selection
AlienContact - Remote Alienware Support
Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mesh Cap
Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mousepad
Alienware Extras: Alienware® Desktop Binder
Alienware Extras: Owner Identification Card
Alienware Extras: Internal Wire Management

$5,306.00


This is a PC i built from Newegg.com where parts would be delivered to my house and i would build it.


Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
2 XFX PVT80GTDF4 GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
XFX GeForce 8800GTS PVT80GTDF4 Video Card
Item #:N82E16814150256
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$30.00 Mail-in Rebate
$759.98
($379.99 each)

1 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor
Item #:N82E16819115017
Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy
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$279.99

1 Tagan TG1100-U96 ATX12V / EPS12V 1100 Watts Power Supply
Tagan TG1100-U96 1100 Watts Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817714001
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$310.00

1 KOOLANCE EX2-750SL Silver Cooling Systems
KOOLANCE EX2-750SL Silver Cooling Systems
Item #:N82E16835127007
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$244.99

1 COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution RC-830-SSN3-GP Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 RC-830-SSN2-GP Silver Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811119103
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
$199.99
$179.99

1 ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard
ASUS Striker Extreme ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131074
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
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$299.99

1 Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB(4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC24G6400LLQK
Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB(4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820220267
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$124.99

1 Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders 3 Pack DVD
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders 3 Pack DVD
Item #:N82E16832116216
Return Policy: Software Return Policy
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-$30.00 Instant
$559.99
$529.99

1 Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
Western Digital Raptor 150GB 3.5" Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
Item #:N82E16822136012
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy
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$169.99

1 LITE-ON Black SATA Blu-ray DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-4O1S-11
LITE-ON Black SATA Blu-ray DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-4O1S-11
Item #:N82E16827106227
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$189.99

1 BFG Tech BFGRPHYSX128P PhysX Processing Unit 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Physics Card
BFG Tech PhysX Processing Unit BFGRPHYSX128P Physics Card
Item #:N82E16814143055
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy
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-$45.00 Mail-in Rebate
$144.99

1 Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28
Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor Built in Speakers
Item #:N82E16824254026
Return Policy: [LCD] Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
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-$50.00 Instant
$649.99
$599.99

1 Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Item #:N82E16823126179
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$12.00 Instant
$71.99
$59.99

1 Razer Copperhead Tempest Blue 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse - Full Retail Multi Language
Razer Copperhead Tempest Blue 2000 dpi Gaming Mouse - Full Retail Multi Language
Item #:N82E16826153003
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$3,950.86


This might be a little confusing... BUT let me say in short that, the one I put together myself is $1,355.14 LESS and its BETTER and it has room to double the amount of ram (which the Alienware CANNOT do) so in the end, you get charged $1,355.14 for them to put it together and 1 year of customer service.

Point-BUILD YOUR OWN COMPUTER
 

Acr1d

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I built my own computer. All parts from Newegg.com also! The best thing about building your oown imo is that you can keep upgrading easily. That's how I did mine, I bought a really nice mobo, cpu, and 512 RAM then borrowed a hdd, optical drive, and gpu from my other crappy comp just so I could have it running. After that I just kept on adding more RAM and switching out the crappy parts with new high end ones till I finished building it

Hooray for that big accomplishment feeling!
 

abandonship

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actually, its not even that high if you really loko around. my friend helped me build one on newegg that was only 600 bucks and could do all the things an alienware could. maybe it wasnt as fancy, and maybe i didnt get the best things, but it could still compete with high end computers.
 

Xavier

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abandonship said:
actually, its not even that high if you really loko around. my friend helped me build one on newegg that was only 600 bucks and could do all the things an alienware could. maybe it wasnt as fancy, and maybe i didnt get the best things, but it could still compete with high end computers.

right, but the point of this is to copy everything exactly or do better than alienware for the same price... like alienware charges 1.1k for a 27" dell screen, where mine on there is 28" and was 550

basically what i did was checked the box on one thing, then went to newegg and found that product and added it to my cart, basically, minus the case, both computers are exactly the same.

EDIT:except that mine has a better graphics card and mother board
 
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Nicktendo

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Once you build your first tower yourself, there's no going back to store-bought... Ever!

My new PC was around $1,400 and that's WITH a [sexy] 22" widescreen monitor. (y)
I don't see me having to upgrade for a few years at least.

(P.S. Newegg FTW)

Also, this site rocks.
 

AoBfrost

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Meh dont buy alienware anymore, since dell bought them, they charge all these useless fees here and there, and the PC comes loaded with software you dont want and will uninstall when you turn the machine on.

Though they are nice computers, they have the power for gaming, but many games dont require you to have a new quad core cpu yet, most PC games still require cpu's with 2.5ghz even if the cpu is a year or 2 old, the main piece you need is ram and graphics card which you can buy yourself, just find you a cheap media center PC and get a nice gpu and ram, pop them in and have yourself a PC just as nice.

The best cpu I've seen in a 600 dollar media center was a amd athlon x2 6000+ with 3 gigs of ram, 500 gig HDD, graphics werent listed (probably cheap built in)
 

SH Jack

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I think retail PCs can be good for salvaging too around deal season. For example, I saw an MDG ad in the paper for a $799 comp with 2TB storage space. If I'm not too outdated with my prices, I'm pretty sure that accounts for most of the price already when compared to buying yourself.
 
two TB of storage?

Quick question, what is the biggest size hard-drive they make for desktops now-a days and how much is it?

Two terabytes is crazy.
 

AoBfrost

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The biggest I THINK is 1tb but isnt sold yet, still in testing, otherwise the biggest is 500gig.

I'm not sure, it's been a while since I saw online that 1tb hdd's were made, if you saw a PC with 2tb, it may have had 4 500's in it, my PC tower has 6 slots for hard drives.
 

Rocknrollcows

Jr Member
i seriously see no point in having a 2TB harddrive. unless your some kind of high end 3D modeler/animator or a 720p home film maker.

most average comp users don't even use 20gs in their computer's entire lifetime.

now 2000gs will prolly last their entire family tree! :D
 

Xavier

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heres a 6TB external, the best u can get in a single internal drive currently is 1TB, but with the emerging tech of solid state drives, and the old teh of putting a computer "switch" or 1 or 0 on an ATOM, 6TB could fit on your pen tip in a decade.
 

SH Jack

Jr Member
Rocknrollcows said:
i seriously see no point in having a 2TB harddrive. unless your some kind of high end 3D modeler/animator or a 720p home film maker.

most average comp users don't even use 20gs in their computer's entire lifetime.

now 2000gs will prolly last their entire family tree! :D
It's not very practical now, I agree. But I remember when I got the 80gB computer I have now I first thought I would never use all the storage. Of course that was a while ago, in the days of yore when the largest PC games were under 500mB. I really should upgrade my compy. So poor ;_;

*ahem* Point is, I think as technology gets more complex the file sizes will get larger. Hell, I bet one day hi-def grapics will be more real than real life; imagine the file size on game like that :p
 
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