There are a lot of good companies that will build a quality gaming rig, and have a solid reputation.
Dell - No, not great for hard-core gaming.
Alienware - No, far too pricey.
Cyberbower / IbuyPower - Why all the hype about this company? I've read a lot of terrible reviews.
I found two really good companies...
Centaurus - lot's of options - standard 3 year warranty - good prices.
Magic Micro - the largest seller on E-bay, with almost spotless reputation, good selections, good prices.
I'm thinking of going with Magic Micro, unless I can find a better company in the next couple of weeks.
I think i am going to build this computer. I just went to Magic Micro and put the build i wanted in (couldn't choose ram brand & mobo's/gpu's and just about everything was limited) and it came out to almost $1200 (usd)
using new egg and purchasing the parts (that i want) separately, and building it myself, I will save about $400. I doubt i will ever buy another pre-built pc again.
Ive bought from cyberpower before never had any issues. I got my sons gaming system and the wifes PC from there. I built the one I use though.
They seem to do fine with mid range pc s but I have seen a lot of neg feed back from their high end systems.
They also have a year warranty parts and 3 year service. Just was easier to get a couple systems from them when I needed to I guess I'm getting lazy in my old age as I used to build all of our systems. Only ever had one Issue with one of the systems and that was after the warranty expired my gigabyte ud4-p mother board went to a stat it kept going through power cycle when powered on.
Did everything your supposed to do then sent it into gigabyte for rma been gone 3 weeks no emails or anything yet exept that they received it. I read it takes them a while to get it back to you though.
I have bought computers from CircuitCity(when it was an actual store), BestBuy(since they ran CircuitCity our of Utah, along with CompUSA), and now as of the last two years I have primarily bought all my parts from NEWEGG.COM!
I also buy parts from: Frozencpu.com(more specialty items), and tigerdirect!
Newegg and FrozenCpu are my top two favorites!
I would say Newegg always has every major part at the best price, and have the best selection with the best search bar.
Frozencup is for when I need specialty items for sleeving cables, skinny fans, and any cosmetics you can think of!
*** if I can suggest a great option ***
I deal with all the major companies including local repair contractors in my area and I can say without a doubt that *Dell* WITH the Gold support warranty is the best bar non except for their Gold support on their business class. If you dont mind the extra cost, you get fantastic service, next day business hardware support, an English speaking tech on the phone.
Dell standard warranty is as crappy as the rest however.
For anyone looking for a great computer service i'll recommend Macro IT Services - only because i've had fantastic experiences with them from buidling my home personalised pc to managing the network of my small business. If i've got an issue they fix it right on the spot or as soon as they possibly can through remote support.
I explained what I need and advised me of which is the best way to go. It's the best ever. Way cheaper too.