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Dual 1GB GD vs. 1.25GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 Ti vs. Dual 1GB

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July 10, 2011 10:07:24 PM

Exactly what the title says, I'm wanting to get the Area 51 from Alien Ware and I was stuck on the graphic cards, I have a somewhat tight budget. So I was wondering which option would get the most bang for my buck. I'm wanting a good gaming computer, but sadly a new to all this and VERY confused

Thanks in advance :) 

a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 2:11:29 AM

First off, welcome to the forums.

Those options don't make a lot of sense. What's a Dual 1GB GD or a dual 1GB? The memory size says next to nothing about the graphics card. GTX 560 says a lot because that tells me what card it is and I can google that.

If you're not up to building a machine yourself, I recommend this place:

They only mark up parts by about 10% over buying them yourself so you'll get a much better system than on Alienware. If you give us your budget, we'll give you some options. It might be Alienware, IBuyPower, or something else. But we'll get you the most bang for your buck shy of building it yourself.

If you answer the questions on this, we'll be able to help you out more:
a c 171 U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 2:16:45 AM

the title makes no sense. whats a dual 1gb GD? also there are no 1.25GB 560ti's, only the gtx570 is 1.25gb. If you have a tight budget, i suggest avoiding alienware....although they do look cool...
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a c 147 U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 2:39:03 AM

I don't quite understand what you are comparing.

I can say that even a single GTX560Ti is very good. I wouldn't spend too much money to go above this.

FYI, if you built your own system carefully it would be BETTER and cost likely at least $500 less. I built a system for $1500 that cost as much as $4000 in some places and mine was basically the same.

Also, you don't get the extra junk software and the pain of Warranties which require you send the entire computer back (plus you void it if you open the case so you can't even add an internal fan or drive without voiding it.)
a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 3:23:21 AM

I'm a strong proponent of the "build it yourself" viewpoint. However, if you're not willing to do that, we can give you options that are better than Alienware.
July 11, 2011 5:42:46 AM

Thanks for the fast help guys. Sorry for the confusing topic, I just coiedy and pasted it from dells site, so it must have gotten messed up in the process. I'm all for building a pc, but I have no idea where to start. I have a very tetchy neighbor who is helping me, but we are still considering all the options and told me to do some research on what I want. And he is leaving to Europe for a month in about two weeks, so if I were to build a pc, I'm not sure if the parts would be able to ship in time for him to help me build it. But I am open to any and all options and I raised $1500 but my parents might donate a few hundred on some things. Thanks again for all your guys help.
a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 5:48:03 AM

Here's something I was configuring on another thread:
The website also ships to the U.S., but the guy in that thread was Canadian. You can configure whatever you want an their website, but here's an idea.

I still recommend you build yourself though--especially since you're open to it.
$1500 will get you an awesome gaming machine. Can you please fill this out though?:
July 11, 2011 4:13:27 PM

Here it is, I'll also post this to new thread in the correct section

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3D Animation, Music, video editing (First two equally important, and music is more important than video editing)

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully, the next couple days

Budget Range: Around $1500 (possibly a few hundred more)

Parts Not Required: Monitor (Viewsonic 16.5 in VX1962wm, model number: VS11979), Speakers (Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speakers), Norton antivirus

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: What ever gives me the best bang for my buck

Overclocking: Maybe not at first, but I would like to in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, I’ll go with what ever setup is the best for me

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Liquid cooling if possible, I would like the case to have a nice look to it but doesn’t have to, At least 1Tb hardrive, and a decent media card reader, and Windows 7 of course. Even though my monitor sucks, I'd rather have a better part than a new one and get a new one later
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 11:22:47 PM

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