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Need help deciding on the Alienware 17 laptop vs building my own pc

Basically my budget is around 1000$ if i'm building my own CPU and i want to play the newer games on ultra settings, such as bf4 etc. I just got into researching this stuff, I was going to pay for alienware 17 laptop through credit card(150$ month with dell card) however I feel as if im getting juped and can get a better desktop for a lower price (through building). Even though it is a laptop I planned on it being more of a portable desktop. Any advice would help, I have no experience in building a laptop but I have friends that can help physically building it.
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  1. I sold my r17x r3 last year, and don't miss it. You get so much more value for your money in a desktop. The graphics cards in notebooks just don't cut it. In fact, they kind of trick you in a way. For example, a 680m sounds like it's related to the 680, a very powerful graphics card. But it isn't. It's on par with a 650 Ti boost at best.

    Anyways, if you need portable, i.e., notebook, you gotta do what you gotta do. But if possible, build a desktop. Your gaming satisfaction will be greatly improved dollar for dollar.
  2. So I plan on buying parts to build a PC for december (as a college student I lack the 1000$ for now) but are there any builds out there around 1000$~ that someone can provide, i usually play DotA 2 and CSGO, i want to pick up bf4 and bioshock ect but play them on ultra settings.
  3. jimthenagual said:
    I sold my r17x r3 last year, and don't miss it. You get so much more value for your money in a desktop. The graphics cards in notebooks just don't cut it. In fact, they kind of trick you in a way. For example, a 680m sounds like it's related to the 680, a very powerful graphics card. But it isn't. It's on par with a 650 Ti boost at best.

    Anyways, if you need portable, i.e., notebook, you gotta do what you gotta do. But if possible, build a desktop. Your gaming satisfaction will be greatly improved dollar for dollar.
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    bNastyK said:
    So I plan on buying parts to build a PC for december (as a college student I lack the 1000$ for now) but are there any builds out there around 1000$~ that someone can provide, i usually play DotA 2 and CSGO, i want to pick up bf4 and bioshock ect but play them on ultra settings.


    Don't purchase an Alienware. Build your own desktop, it's much better. Around the $1K mark you're looking like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($52.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.89 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.95 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1014.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-20 01:20 EST-0500)
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