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May 16, 2012 11:08:40 PM

Hello,
I've been an avid gamer for years but I've recently decided to nut up and buy a good gaming PC (also I’m going to want to do some minor video editing with adobe). I have a friend I asked about helping me choose what to get; unfortunately he is currently out of country and for the most part out of communication. So far I've built an Alienware aurora that I'm pretty happy about it but I feel because I'm buying from a large company I'm being over charged (also alienware has a bit of a bad history for this). If anyone can tell me if my specs are any good for the price, or even better if some one could suggest a website or sort of make the specs on a build your own site like Blackpearl. Also if I end up getting some other computer is there anyway I could keep the ALX chassis? (I'm sort of in love with it!) So far I've bought a mouse, keyboard, and monitor so all I'm really looking for is a tower. And as far as budget goes I'm pretty comfortable spending around 2,800 as my current build is going to cost about $2,808. So if you guys can offer any help it would be gratefully appreciated!

Here are my current specs:
Processors:
Intel® Core™ i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB
Cache,Overclocked up to 3.9Ghz )
Operating System:
Genuine Window s® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit,
English
Memory:
16GB Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
Video Card:
1.25GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 Ti
Hard Drive:
2TB RAID 0 (2x 1TB SATA 6Gb/s) 7,200RPM
Floppy Drive:
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Sound Card:
Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Titanium
Netw ork Card:
802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR USB Combo
Adapter
CD ROM/DVD ROM:
Single Drive: Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BDROM,
DVD±RW, CD-RW)
Adobe Reader Softw are:
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
Chassis Color:
Alienw are Aurora w ith ALX Chassis
Hardw are Support Services:
1 Year Advanced Service Plan

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May 16, 2012 11:52:53 PM

In terms of gaming only that CPU is massive overkill and no better than one a 1/3rd of the price though it may speed up the video editing. For gaming the CPUs to get are either the i5 2500K or 3570K. Also for the money it only has a mid range graphics card the one to get now on a high end system is a GTX670.
I looked at the site bigcyco1 mentioned and this comes in much cheaper and includes them overclocking for you:
CyberPower Z77 Configurator (NO MONITOR) $1,439.00 × Qty Total: $1,439.00
Configuration
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) - While Supply Last
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX] Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Ultra Durable4 Classic, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x Gen3 PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (Extreme OC Certified)
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+390] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Its still alot more than building yourself but much better value than the alienware.
EDIT it also included a solid state drive and a few other things that my copy and paste missed.
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May 17, 2012 12:17:40 AM

Ok, so this is something I've sort of thrown together but sense because I've never built a gaming PC before I'm not super confident in it. Can you guys see anything missing or anything that's too low end?

Case: NZXT Switch 810 Hybird Full Tower Gaming Case w/ Dual 140MM Pivot Fan Slots and Front USB 3.0 [+94] (Black Color)
Laser Engraving: None
Laser Engraving Message:
Freebies: NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller w/ Six 50W Channels & Five LED Color Switches
Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: None
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (500-1,200 RPM T.B. Silence Black Color with Red LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA)
Noise Reduction Technology: Sound Absorbing Foam on Side, Top And Bottom panels [+29]
Power Supply Gasket [+5]
Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [+9]
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)
Freebies: FREE! Mass Effect 3 Game
Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel: None
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler (Designed for Over-Clocker King)(CLP0575) [+38]
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: (SLI/CrossFireX) ASUS P9X79 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI BIOS, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
Memory: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory [+145] (Corsair Vengeance [+30])
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+369] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Freebies: FREE! Diablo III Game
Video Card 2: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+49] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Video Card 3: None
Power Supply Upgrade: 750 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-750M 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply [+75]
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (1TB x 2 (2 TB Capacity) Raid 0 Extreme Performance [+110])
Data Hard Drive: None
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System [+21] (3 x Systems [+42])
External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
USB Flash Drive: None
Optical Drive: LG UH12LS28K 12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive [+41] (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
3D Vision Glasses: None
LCD Monitor: None
2nd Monitor: None
3rd Monitor: None
Speakers: 120 Watt Stereo Speakers [+10] (Black Color)
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
Mouse Pad: None
Gaming Gear: None
Extra Thermal Display: Aerocool Touch 2000 Dual Bay Touch Screen Fan Control [+39]
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: Linksys WMP600N Wireless-N Dual-Band Adapter [+66]
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Bluetooth: None
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
Video Camera: None
Headset: None
Printer: None
Cable: None
Power Protection: None
IEEE1394 Card: None
Internal USB Port: Internal USB 3.0 4-Port Hub [+29]
USB Port: PPA External 7-Port USB 2.0 Aluminum Hub [+15]
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None
Office Suite: None
Games: None
Ultra Care Option: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
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May 17, 2012 12:32:43 AM

The 2nd graphics card is pointless if you want 2 get 2 the same for SLi (or crossfire if its AMD) as the second low end card will not add performance in any way. I still suggest the i5s I mentioned before as they are as good for gaming as any CPU you can buy and cost alot less. The power supply is more than you need, I tend to stick to Corsair or Antec but check reviews on whichever you get, you could stay with 750W incase you want to upgrade your card in future. The Thermaltake frio is a good CPU cooler but it is loud so be aware of this and change if you want it quiet.
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May 17, 2012 12:39:00 AM

Sorry just noticed the Frio is a new version I have not seen and according to reviews is quieter as long as you only have the fans on medium.
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May 17, 2012 12:45:54 AM

Is two low end cards better then 1 high end card? (like i said I'm a PC noob)
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May 17, 2012 12:52:30 AM

It can be but there are downsides like power consumption and you can get micro stutter which is where though you have high FPS the frames are not at even spaces so it looks worse than lower FPS. If your a noob I suggest you avoid it or read into it alot. Unless you are using more than 1 monitor then the single 670 is more than enough and you could consider adding a second in a years time when they are cheaper and games are more demanding.
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