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Have these Gaming Companies lost their minds?

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December 27, 2005 12:57:16 PM

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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December 27, 2005 8:53:03 PM

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.
December 27, 2005 9:11:46 PM

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:
MotherboardMonitor 5 can be found at:
Aquamark 3 can be downloaded at:
Forceware Coolbits 2 for nvidia gfx card overclocking can be found at:
ATITool can be found at:
RadLinker and Radclocker can be found at:
3DMark 03 can be found at:
3DMark 01 SE Build 330 can be found at:
Shadermark 2 can be found at:
CodeCreatures benchmark pro can be found at:
SiSoft Sandra 2004 can be found at:
PCMark 04 can be found at: 2003 can be found at:
Nvidia system utility can be found at:
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):
CPU-Z can be found at:

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
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December 28, 2005 1:49:25 PM

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...