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April 21, 2013 7:19:59 PM

i need a gaming pc. Keep in mind that i have some-little knowledge of computer parts and what they do. I am just stepping into the world of PC gaming.

Should i go with a prebuilt PC, or build my own PC? I UNDERSTAND building your own PC is going to cost a lot less and the parts are going to be better. However, like i said i am very new to PC's, hence the reason i'm considering prebuilt.

If i were to buy a prebuilt, i am considering the alienware x51 $800 model. Again, i understand that it is going to be more expensive than building your own for what u get, but it is all built for you.

On the other hand, i could go with building my own PC. Save lots more money and get a better PC. Most importantly, i would learn something along the way and accomplish something that would be nice. That being said, it seems like a longshot given my lack of knowledge. Im only in high school, so i dont have $$$ lying around to waste experimenting on things. Understand that it feels so scary for me trying to build my own PC. It is something so entirely new for me.

What are your thoughts? I was thinking of buying the alienware as an entry level PC to just get into pc gaming. Once i learned more about PC's and i'm in college, i could go on to build my own rig. I just need a PC to play some game for now (mainly PC exclusive-dominant games like mmorpgs, arma, tf2,) and it wont be my main gaming platform just yet. For any games graphically heavy my PC cannot handle i'll either upgrade the alienware or buy it for my console.

Researching what parts to buy and the best budget pc build isnt hard. It is the actual assembly of EVERYTHING that scares the heck out of me. Throwing away $700 trying something out doesnt sound fun. But neither is paying an extra couple hundred on a prebuilt that is less powerful.

Any recommendations as to best prebuilt PC's or guides,walkthroughs,videos a noob like me should watch for building PC's would also be nice!

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April 21, 2013 7:33:29 PM

prebuilt systems sometimes can be great deals. the problem is the great deals tend to be few and far between and are often camouflaged by 1001 faux deals... which are systems that look great but really are a ripoff.

Making it yourself probably won't save you a lot of money (in comparison to the true great deals) but it can save you a lot of heartache in the future when you uncover what you thought was a great deal was really a ripoff.
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April 21, 2013 7:40:30 PM

ingtar33 said:
prebuilt systems sometimes can be great deals. the problem is the great deals tend to be few and far between and are often camouflaged by 1001 faux deals... which are systems that look great but really are a ripoff.

Making it yourself probably won't save you a lot of money (in comparison to the true great deals) but it can save you a lot of heartache in the future when you uncover what you thought was a great deal was really a ripoff.


Does anyone know if any sites that have good prebuilt PC deals? I'd love to know some so i can see their pre builts and how good they are.

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April 21, 2013 8:01:26 PM

GrannySmith1 said:

Does anyone know if any sites that have good prebuilt PC deals? I'd love to know some so i can see their pre builts and how good they are.



Let's put it this way - if you build it yourself, you'll save money. If you buy a prebuilt, you'll get charged ridiculous premiums for the same hardware - and if you want say a GTX 670 and i5-3570K, you'll get charged way more for the same hardware should you build it yourself. It's not really that difficult to build it yourself - you clean out the case, hook the case threads up to your motherboard, screw down the motherboard, and everything else hooks into place.
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