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Buying new rig from Alienware: need help deciding where to buy the GPUs

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November 26, 2013 8:11:11 PM

Hello all!
This might be a rather noob question to ask, especially given the PC manufacturer, but I've been hawking the Aurora for the past couple of months and I'm going to buy one around Christmas time. Give the guy a break! I wanted one since i was a wee teenager :)  The thing I'm kind of stuck on is what to do about the GPU situation. The base model comes equipped with a GTX 760 1.5 GB standard. I want to upgrade to the realm of dual GTX 770 2x2GB. The question is, as far as I see there's absolutely no reason to do it though Alienware because they expect $850 extra for it.

A quick look on NewEgg gives ya an EVGA GTX 770 with 4GB per card and higher clock that what Alienware gives ya, and at $420. So, for $840 I get twice the memory and faster core clock (1046 vs 1111 MHz). And I can probably ebay the 760 that comes included and end up saving some $100-150.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Am I missing something here? Is there something special about their cards and that's why they're so expensive? It seems like kind of a ripoff to buy the GPU from Dell.
November 26, 2013 8:21:44 PM

Why not buy the parts yourself and save yourself from being robbed with your money and be given cheap PSUs that die in a year :) . If your happy to give me your budget and what your using the rig for I'll be happy to build a parts list for ya.

btw the R9 280x is more powerful than 770 by quite a bit and is $40-$50 less
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November 27, 2013 4:21:26 PM

BlankInsanity said:
Why not buy the parts yourself and save yourself from being robbed with your money and be given cheap PSUs that die in a year :) . If your happy to give me your budget and what your using the rig for I'll be happy to build a parts list for ya.

btw the R9 280x is more powerful than 770 by quite a bit and is $40-$50 less


Hey, thanks for the offer! I have some experience building PCs, and they all turned out to be giant noisy monstrocities. Between nonfunctional headphone jacks, leaky water cooling, and plain incompatible parts, and the headache of camping the UPS man to receive the parts separately and then putting them together, I think that extra $300-400 every 2-3 years is a price worth paying. And like a said, I've been geeking out over the alien since I was a kid :) 

So you think Radeon is the way to go this gen?

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November 27, 2013 4:38:52 PM

pawelzby said:
BlankInsanity said:
Why not buy the parts yourself and save yourself from being robbed with your money and be given cheap PSUs that die in a year :) . If your happy to give me your budget and what your using the rig for I'll be happy to build a parts list for ya.

btw the R9 280x is more powerful than 770 by quite a bit and is $40-$50 less


Hey, thanks for the offer! I have some experience building PCs, and they all turned out to be giant noisy monstrocities. Between nonfunctional headphone jacks, leaky water cooling, and plain incompatible parts, and the headache of camping the UPS man to receive the parts separately and then putting them together, I think that extra $300-400 every 2-3 years is a price worth paying. And like a said, I've been geeking out over the alien since I was a kid :) 

So you think Radeon is the way to go this gen?



Well for now the R9 280x is your best bet. It's almost more powerful than the 770 and is roughly $40 cheaper.

If you're really just buying the alienware because the cool shapes and aroma lighting that could all be done by yourself and be set up the way you'd want it rather than you having to pick a selection.

Messing up water loops may be a problem for you, I myself have never done one for that exact fear so I choose air cooling which is just as good and is alot cheaper depending on what you buy. For the parts you buy you could just be getting the wrong stuff and incompatiblities could occur. I did offer to prepare you a parts list.

Though tell me what alienware are you getting. Ill try to create a parts list for the same price as the alienware and see how much you can save or what better options you can get for the same price.
Also why not just buy all the parts in one go? So they are all shipped at the same time. Also im sure there's computer stores near you have them build it for you or show you how. Maybe call a friend to help you to make sure you don't miss out on anything

The 760 is a good mid range card but the R9 280x is much more powerful and is cheaper than the 770 yet more powerful.

I'm 16 and planning on building my own rig and if I can do it I'm sure youll be able to :) 
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