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July 2, 2014 11:16:00 PM

ok so i just got a new laptop but since i am going to get a better one whenever this one dies i fiqured i can start saving up but i need to know what i should save up for should i get this, http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-18/pd?oc=dkcwx04s&mo... or does anyone know a laptop equal or better than this below or the same as this price. any help appreciated!

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July 3, 2014 2:53:50 AM

Laptops are not designed to play games. Alienware (aka Dell) is one of the most overpriced companies in the world. If you want to play games get a desktop computer.
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July 3, 2014 8:52:09 AM

i was thinking about that i think ill get a desktop any suggestions on which one i should get?
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 8:55:42 AM

whats your budget?

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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 9:20:42 AM

and country?

do u need laptop or desktop monitor+windows+keyboard?

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July 3, 2014 9:30:45 AM

i live in the USA i am going to need the system it self (desktop) a keyboard and a monitor
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 9:34:31 AM

can you build ur own?

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July 3, 2014 9:37:28 AM

most of it but i would need guidence on parts like which gpu
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 9:38:20 AM

are u more comfortable buying premade?

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July 3, 2014 9:40:53 AM

yes but i will attempt at building one if necessary
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 10:15:08 AM

well u can get a pre-assembled decent one but if ur willing to try and build it yourself its worth a shot. depends on u

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July 3, 2014 10:20:42 AM

ill try to build it myself because it seems like the better choice
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 10:22:18 AM

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kBD6qs) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kBD6qs/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690k) | $238.99 @ Amazon
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h80i) | $73.24 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [ASRock Z97X KILLER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97xkil...) | $139.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c11d16...) | $154.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $189.98 @ OutletPC
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $82.99 @ NCIX US
**Video Card** | [PowerColor Radeon R9 290X 4GB PCS+ Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-axr9...) | $449.99 @ Newegg
**Case** | [NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-phan001bk) | $119.98 @ OutletPC
**Power Supply** | [XFX 850W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850snlb...) | $89.25 @ NCIX US
**Optical Drive** | [Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24b1...) | $16.98 @ OutletPC
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $84.99 @ NCIX US
**Monitor** | [Asus PB287Q 60Hz 28.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-pb287q) | $648.99 @ SuperBiiz
**Keyboard** | [Ducky DK1087XM Wired Standard Keyboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ducky-keyboard-dk1087nealb) | $57.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards
**Mouse** | [Perixx MX-2000 Wired Laser Mouse](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/perixx-mouse-mx2000) | $29.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $2377.35

would be really good dont need to spend 3k exactly to get top performance.
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 10:22:22 AM

You can save ALOT of money and get a better quality machine if you build it yourself.
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July 3, 2014 10:27:30 AM

that looks like a good system iceclock i am probably gonna go with that one thank you
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 10:28:00 AM

alright do u want to add anything to your system? also for 60$ a local pc shop can assemble it for you if that works better for you

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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 10:29:13 AM

iceclock said:
[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kBD6qs) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kBD6qs/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690k) | $238.99 @ Amazon
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h80i) | $73.24 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [ASRock Z97X KILLER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97xkil...) | $139.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c11d16...) | $154.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $189.98 @ OutletPC
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $82.99 @ NCIX US
**Video Card** | [PowerColor Radeon R9 290X 4GB PCS+ Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-axr9...) | $449.99 @ Newegg
**Case** | [NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-phan001bk) | $119.98 @ OutletPC
**Power Supply** | [XFX 850W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850snlb...) | $89.25 @ NCIX US
**Optical Drive** | [Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24b1...) | $16.98 @ OutletPC
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $84.99 @ NCIX US
**Monitor** | [Asus PB287Q 60Hz 28.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-pb287q) | $648.99 @ SuperBiiz
**Keyboard** | [Ducky DK1087XM Wired Standard Keyboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ducky-keyboard-dk1087nealb) | $57.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards
**Mouse** | [Perixx MX-2000 Wired Laser Mouse](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/perixx-mouse-mx2000) | $29.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $2377.35

would be really good dont need to spend 3k exactly to get top performance.


Looks great, but I might change a few things. The PSU is a bit overkill, unless he plans to add a second 290x, and I would definitely go for Windows 8.1.
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 10:30:33 AM

its always good to have more power if he ever wants to crossfire it and is within budget.

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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 10:31:09 AM

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/V4D6qs) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/V4D6qs/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54690k) | $238.99 @ Amazon
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h80i) | $73.24 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [ASRock Z97X KILLER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97xkil...) | $139.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c11d16...) | $154.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $189.98 @ OutletPC
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $82.99 @ NCIX US
**Video Card** | [PowerColor Radeon R9 290X 4GB PCS+ Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-axr9...) | $449.99 @ Newegg
**Case** | [NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-phan001bk) | $119.98 @ OutletPC
**Power Supply** | [XFX 850W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850snlb...) | $89.25 @ NCIX US
**Optical Drive** | [Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24b1...) | $16.98 @ OutletPC
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-885370635003) | $133.98 @ OutletPC
**Monitor** | [Asus PB287Q 60Hz 28.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-pb287q) | $648.99 @ SuperBiiz
**Keyboard** | [Ducky DK1087XM Wired Standard Keyboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ducky-keyboard-dk1087nealb) | $57.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards
**Mouse** | [Perixx MX-2000 Wired Laser Mouse](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/perixx-mouse-mx2000) | $29.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $2426.34

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July 3, 2014 10:35:47 AM

i found a intel Core i7-4790K at 4.0 ghz for about 50 bucks more wouldnt that be better?
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 10:37:56 AM

For gaming, no not really. The i5 and the i7 are basically the same. The i7 is only better for things like rendering and encoding.
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July 3, 2014 10:40:07 AM

ok just making sure thank you
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 11:24:23 AM

stick with i5

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July 3, 2014 12:05:40 PM

what wireless network card would you recomend
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 12:12:54 PM

Is a wireless card a necessity? No chance of running a cable? Will you be doing much online gaming?
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July 3, 2014 12:17:37 PM

i cant run a cable i dont do to much online gaming but i do do it from time to time
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 12:18:56 PM

Would you prefer a USB adapter or an internal one. (Neither works better).
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July 3, 2014 12:19:36 PM

internal so i can always keep my enough usb slots
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July 3, 2014 12:21:46 PM

also does Arctic Cooling MX-2 sound like a good thermal paste
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 12:24:52 PM

You will not need paste as the cooler comes pre-pasted.

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July 3, 2014 12:26:46 PM

oh i didnt know that
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July 3, 2014 12:32:02 PM

looks good to me thank you
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 12:32:37 PM

Always glad to help!
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a b D Laptop
July 3, 2014 4:47:54 PM

good choice MR.TV

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