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Gaming PC - which one would you buy?

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July 26, 2013 9:50:07 AM

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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July 26, 2013 9:53:09 AM

Id go with option A because since you will be building it you can upgrade it later on without voiding warranties
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July 26, 2013 9:54:27 AM

the custom built will be faster in most operations due to the SSD although I am personally not a fan of biostar boards.
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July 26, 2013 9:54:42 AM

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.
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July 26, 2013 9:55:47 AM

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 .
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July 26, 2013 10:05:55 AM

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 
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July 26, 2013 10:07:37 AM

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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July 26, 2013 10:20:29 AM

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 .
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July 26, 2013 10:28:31 AM

You guys rock. Thanks for the very fast replies. Guess I'll be going custom.
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July 26, 2013 10:37:26 AM

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 .
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July 26, 2013 10:40:07 AM

I've been using ASUS MBs for nearly 20 years without incident.
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July 26, 2013 9:40:28 PM

Should of went with the custom pc! Hope the alienware works out for you.
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