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May 21, 2013 12:51:55 PM

I'm looking to be part of the PC gaming community later this summer with the purchase of a tier 4 Digital Storm Vanquish. Of course, by the time I can afford it the GTX 7xx and 4th gen Intel processors will be out but nonetheless, this rig seems ideal for me.
Here's the link (tell me if I'm allowed to post links, I know other forums are a tad strict): http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadvanquish.asp?...
I know building yourself is cheaper but I think this is close enough to home build prices. My question is, should I wait for the Xbox ONE and get Forza 5 or doll out some extra cash to get the PC sooner? Will the Xbox ONE be better than this rig?

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May 21, 2013 1:03:16 PM

hmm, I'm usually against pre-built rigs for people already reading articles here on Tom's, because it's really not that hard to build your own. however, for this particular build, they're only charging around a $200-300 margin, which isn't too bad considering the warranties etc.

as for the Xbox One, pure graphics wise, it will not be better than this rig, HOWEVER, the Xbox ONE will ALWAYS be able to play the latest games for something like the next decade (as long as it doesn't break), plus you get some console exclusive titles like Halo.

personally, I think everyone should have a decent rig at home (for both work and gaming), and a console hooked up to the TV for streaming content, cost effective gaming, and parties. but if you have to choose one or the other, I'd go with the PC just because you can get some real work done on it as well. besides, the consoles will get cheaper pretty fast.
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May 21, 2013 1:05:48 PM

graphically, the xbox one will probably be on par with last generations graphics cards (GTX 5xx)...well hopefully. dont hold me to it. choosing one will be on preferences of what you want to play. some games just belong on consoles while others only on the pc.
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May 21, 2013 1:10:06 PM

It's incredibly stupid to compare console hardware and desktop PC hardware. Consoles will never catch up in terms of graphic quality, it's really a slight step above laptop or all in one hardware. The fanboys saying that the consoles will be better than PCs are flat out wrong wrong wrong. If you want the best, be prepared to fork it over.
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May 21, 2013 1:11:10 PM

You are better off building something of your own at this point. A company building your computer may seem like a good idea but you don't get to hand pick your components and for this it bothers me. I'll tell you right now this build they have is not up to building it on your own prices. Below is a build I came up with that was very close to what they are offering you I even placed a stronger cooler in the h80i in there.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1211.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-21 16:10 EDT-0400)
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May 21, 2013 1:29:38 PM

bigshootr8 said:
You are better off building something of your own at this point. A company building your computer may seem like a good idea but you don't get to hand pick your components and for this it bothers me. I'll tell you right now this build they have is not up to building it on your own prices. Below is a build I came up with that was very close to what they are offering you I even placed a stronger cooler in the h80i in there.


There's several differences between building a rig and buying one from an OEM. OEMs often buy their hardware in bulk for volume discounts because it saves their accounts payable managers lots of money on merchandise inventory, and they have to keep with the same configurations. The other thing to keep in mind is that they have bottom lines, profit margins, and sales goals to make. We don't. I look at it like buying a new car vs. buying a used car. Buy a $22K car new and you get less features. Buy a $22K used car and you get more features for the same money.
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May 21, 2013 1:52:35 PM

No and I get that there is a premium for having them build it for you and I'm sure they tie everything up nice as well. However, that being said given the budget and the amount he is spending given the time he's wanting to wait before a build is placed he wise as well wait for haswell. And he should look at the component cost of what is actually being used. A h60 is a junk cooler for anything less then powering on and not really overclocking. And you pay a premium for something that performs less then the NH-D14 which is in the same price range.
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May 21, 2013 2:27:53 PM

vmem said:
hmm, I'm usually against pre-built rigs for people already reading articles here on Tom's, because it's really not that hard to build your own. however, for this particular build, they're only charging around a $200-300 margin, which isn't too bad considering the warranties etc.

as for the Xbox One, pure graphics wise, it will not be better than this rig, HOWEVER, the Xbox ONE will ALWAYS be able to play the latest games for something like the next decade (as long as it doesn't break), plus you get some console exclusive titles like Halo.

personally, I think everyone should have a decent rig at home (for both work and gaming), and a console hooked up to the TV for streaming content, cost effective gaming, and parties. but if you have to choose one or the other, I'd go with the PC just because you can get some real work done on it as well. besides, the consoles will get cheaper pretty fast.


Thank you for the comparison and I think I'll stick PC. I was kinda curious to find out performance of the Xbox ONE. Thanks to everyone else for self building advice too. That's another option for me, although the 3 year warrantee with Digital Storm is tempting.

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May 21, 2013 2:34:00 PM

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vmem said:
hmm, I'm usually against pre-built rigs for people already reading articles here on Tom's, because it's really not that hard to build your own. however, for this particular build, they're only charging around a $200-300 margin, which isn't too bad considering the warranties etc.

as for the Xbox One, pure graphics wise, it will not be better than this rig, HOWEVER, the Xbox ONE will ALWAYS be able to play the latest games for something like the next decade (as long as it doesn't break), plus you get some console exclusive titles like Halo.


personally, I think everyone should have a decent rig at home (for both work and gaming), and a console hooked up to the TV for streaming content, cost effective gaming, and parties. but if you have to choose one or the other, I'd go with the PC just because you can get some real work done on it as well. besides, the consoles will get cheaper pretty fast.


Thank you for the comparison and I think I'll stick PC. I was kinda curious to find out performance of the Xbox ONE. Thanks to everyone else for self building advice too. That's another option for me, although the 3 year warrantee with Digital Storm is tempting.



performance will be hard to compare. raw computation power wise, that rig will definately win. but keep in mind that the xbox's hardware architecture AND software will be optimized to do only a few things, mainly gaming, and it should keep up with much higher performing PCs for at least another 2-3 years. what'll happen after is anyone's guess, MS may just keep dropping the price, or come out with a refresh
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