Have these Gaming Companies lost their minds?

I think so.

What am I talking about?

Well I am sure that most everyone on this site has priced out a system from Overdrive PC, Alienware...blah blah blah.... only to get to the final sticker price and fall out of your chair in shock.

Well, I was seriously looking to purchase a gaming system over the holidays, but it had been awhile since I had anyone build me a system. Honestly I had no desire to clear my desk at home and begin the pain/anal process of putting together and wiring a system from scratch.

For sure, I thought these high end systems would have some down in price some, but when I got done pricing out an Overdrive PC it was darn near $6000!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Better include a small car in that price as well!!

No matter how I configured the build my blood pressure would rise as the system price multiplied like lab mice! Are these people for real? How do they sustain their exhistance?

I basically went about building the Torque SLI Overdrive PC from scratch over the past week, with AMD FX57, RAID 0 Raptor drives, their fancy Aluminum Case, all for 1900 dollars. It's built and it's running in my office now. So let's see, what did I give up?

A custom paint job?....Think I'll live without it.
Two extra fans on the side of the case?....again, I'll live.
I used two 7800GT Cards instead of GTX card for SLI so that saved a bundle.
No fancy Overclocking...oh sorry...HYPERCLOCKING....yeah, whatever.

Did I miss anything?

Oh yeah, the fancy logo on the front of the case....

Maybe I'm being a bit harsh on them as I am sure they build a top of the line system for sure. But really now, I was able to easily knock more then 50% off the price by doing it myself. The process that took the most time was?....anyone's guess??.....Running the wires so it looks neat and tidy inside the case!

Okay, just my rant.
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  1. i completely agree with you. while they do have some nice options and builds available, the extra bells and whistles do not justify the hefty price tag. in the past they may have been the way to go, but now more and more people are learning to build it themselves to avoid such outrageous prices. in the end, i think its a lot more beneficial for the user to build their own systems because of the knowledge you gain from doing it.
  2. My motherboard came with a built in microprocessor just for overclocking and program so I got lucky. Also you can download free overclocking programs off the internet. There are also some benckmark programs you might like.

    Memtest86 can be found at: www.memtest86.com
    MotherboardMonitor 5 can be found at: www.pcextreme.net/downloads.php
    Aquamark 3 can be downloaded at: www.pcextreme.net/downloads.php
    Forceware Coolbits 2 for nvidia gfx card overclocking can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=815
    ATITool can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=725
    RadLinker and Radclocker can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=609
    3DMark 03 can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=576
    3DMark 01 SE Build 330 can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=320
    Shadermark 2 can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=320
    CodeCreatures benchmark pro can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=359
    SiSoft Sandra 2004 can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=177
    PCMark 04 can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=703CPUBench 2003 can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=615
    Nvidia system utility can be found at: http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=808
    Prime95 can be found under step 1 of this page, dont moan, it is there, but you actually have to look (something that certain members seem incapable of doing at present): http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft.htm
    CPU-Z can be found at: http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

    I built my whole system for only $1500 and it kicks ass.

    AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego (overclocked to 3.06 Ghz)
    1 Gig of OCZ PC4000 Ram, Cl3
    ATI Radeon X850XT
    Maxtor 300Gb SATA
    Double Layer DVD+RW/CD+RW
    500 Watt Ultra PSU
  3. yep, that is the huge benefit to building one yourself. dollar for dollar, you get a lot more for for you money. and with the extra $'s you saved, you could buy a small car.....or a really nice bike if you are enviro friendly....oh wait, you said dual 7800's......maybe a used suburban...hahaha...
  4. what motherboard is that?
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