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Gaming PC - which one would you buy?

I have to decide to buy exactly one of the following gaming pcs. They seem very comparable to me, but I'm a novice. I'd really appreciate any input. They are the same price. I will be using whichever one I buy mainly for MMO gaming.

(A) Custom Built PC

i5 - 3570k (3.4 Ghz quad core)

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card

Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Linksys WMP600N 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter

OCZ ZS 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Window 7

(B) Alienware X51

i7 - 3770 (3.9 Ghz)

Alienware High-Performance Air Cooling

8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600 Mhz

Nvidia 660 GTX 1.5 GB

Mini-ITX Motherboard

DW 1506 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi Wireless LAN

1TB Mechanical hard drive

Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner

Windows 8
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  1. Id go with option A because since you will be building it you can upgrade it later on without voiding warranties
  2. the custom built will be faster in most operations due to the SSD although I am personally not a fan of biostar boards.
  3. Build your own, if you insist on purchasing a pre-built at least link the prices, hard to determine which is the better value otherwise. If value is no concern, I would probably go for the first build. The i5 is more than enough for a gaming rig and it has an SSD, although that PSU isn't thrilling. You could have a much better home build system for less than either of those.
  4. i7-3770 > i5-3570k
    GTX 660 ~ HD 7870

    i would go for the alienware x51.

    but if you are looking to upgrade the hardware in the future , go for the Custom built PC .
  5. I would go with the custom build. The 7870XT > GTX 660 ( KareemGT , did you even see the 7870XT ?:P ) Also there's the upgrading advantage + you have no warranty which will trouble you and stop you from OCing and upgrading + you can upgrade anything , sell anything , etc. Also on performance terms both PC are good in their own ways. I would get the Custom build though , as the i7's aren't bad but not even useful for gaming. The GTX 660 is thrashed out by the 7870XT ( almost 7950 ) Also for the SSD , opt for a Ultra Plus , its cheap and get a ASRock Extreme4 or Extreme6. They are both great motherboards. I hope I helped and didn't confuse :P
  6. I would of course go with the custom built. But I would remove the PSU and get something better, like a Corsair, Seasonic...As for the rest, looks good. I'm not sure if Biostar is reputable, I have no experience with these Motherboards..And, custom built PC's are easier to customize/upgrade
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    CommentariesAnd More said:
    I would go with the custom build. The 7870XT > GTX 660 ( KareemGT , did you even see the 7870XT ?:P ) Also there's the upgrading advantage + you have no warranty which will trouble you and stop you from OCing and upgrading + you can upgrade anything , sell anything , etc. Also on performance terms both PC are good in their own ways. I would get the Custom build though , as the i7's aren't bad but not even useful for gaming. The GTX 660 is thrashed out by the 7870XT ( almost 7950 ) Also for the SSD , opt for a Ultra Plus , its cheap and get a ASRock Extreme4 or Extreme6. They are both great motherboards. I hope I helped and didn't confuse :P


    HD 7870 XT ?!! my BAD :D hhhh , btw i know that the HD 7870 is better than the GTX 660 , but the GTX 660 is not that far behind , it's kinda similar in many benchmarks .

    and yah , i would go for the costume Built PC since i can upgrade/sell parts whenever i wan't .
  8. You guys rock. Thanks for the very fast replies. Guess I'll be going custom.
  9. jephilos said:
    You guys rock. Thanks for the very fast replies. Guess I'll be going custom.


    ya buddy , go ahead and get the custom built PC .

    choose the best answer please to close this thread .
  10. I've been using ASUS MBs for nearly 20 years without incident.
  11. Should of went with the custom pc! Hope the alienware works out for you.
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