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BEST PC for 3-4k$...??

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January 9, 2010 5:00:18 PM

I have 3-4K$ to splurge on a new PC...
what is the best setup that I can get for that price range..??

I dont want to build the PC myself, I'd want to pick the parts and then have a tech specialist build and test it before I receive it..

I want an Intel i7 CPU and 12GB RAM..
Win7 Ultimate for the OS..
Not sure on the MoBo or GPU yet..
Need a good GPU that I can connect via HDMI or DVI into a 60" HDTV as the main monitor that I will be getting later after the PC is setup..
Possibly Liquid Cooling if its not to much of a hassle to maintain..


AlienWare interests me... but i'm not sure if they over-price and over-hype their products..
Are any of these PC builders any good..??
http://www.avadirect.com
http://www.maingear.com

I'm looking for a high end, top of the line WorkStation PC that:

I will be using it mostly for ..

* Multiple VM-WARE Machines running simultaneously..
* Multiple NIC cards for each VM-Ware Machine..
* MultiMedia Editing: Graphics, Video, Audio, Flash, 3D Animating, Ect..
* MultiTasking to the MAX...
* Downloading Torrents Constantly / WinRar Extracting..
* Browsing Web Ect..


I wont be using it for...

* Gaming
* Windows Media Center



So what can you guys recommend getting, checking out or looking into for my price range..??

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January 9, 2010 5:37:49 PM

If you're looking for a real watercooled setup, and not just a self-contained cpu solution. Then Puget Systems is the only place that I'm aware of that will build one custom from the ground up based on your needs.

I cannot recommend any others as I've never used them, though you hear about Falcon Northwest quite often.

GL with it, and keep in mind...

They're all going to be overpriced. It's just the nature of having someone else do your legwork.
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January 9, 2010 6:27:14 PM

I'd highly suggest building it yourself and here is why:
-Its not that hard, most manuals are pretty idiot proof.
-It requires a little research and reading some reviews as well as asking here on tomshardware
-You will spend much less or have much more for the same price
-Its a hell of a lot of fun to build it
-If you use common sense and simple logic, you will be fine and good to go
-Its very rewarding once you assembled it yourself
-You can buy/choose whatever parts you choose and know exactly what you are buying and etc...You have full control
-And if you have questions or confusions, you can always ask here on tomshardware.

What do you think?
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January 9, 2010 6:48:52 PM

I still think I'd want to pick the parts and then have a tech specialist build and test it before I receive it..

Just was looking for a good company/website that does this that has reasonable prices..
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January 9, 2010 7:05:34 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
I'd highly suggest building it yourself and here is why:
-Its not that hard, most manuals are pretty idiot proof.
-It requires a little research and reading some reviews as well as asking here on tomshardware
-You will spend much less or have much more for the same price
-Its a hell of a lot of fun to build it
-If you use common sense and simple logic, you will be fine and good to go
-Its very rewarding once you assembled it yourself
-You can buy/choose whatever parts you choose and know exactly what you are buying and etc...You have full control
-And if you have questions or confusions, you can always ask here on tomshardware.

What do you think?


+1

picking out the parts is half the fun, putting it together yourself is the other half :kaola: 
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January 10, 2010 11:43:12 AM

Yeah but I want a professional to do it though. Because They know what their doing and have experience assembling & testing rigs .. I dont..

So do You guys know of any good sites that build custom rigs for reasonable prices..??
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January 10, 2010 4:33:45 PM

That's the thing. You're talking about an impossible situation. In order for those companies to stay in business they have to charge a premium for their services.

If you aren't paying at least 30pct over the prices you can find for yourself, then you're going to get a rig that is crammed full of low quality parts that you didn't select. You'll notice most of these places only give you very generic options. What you end up with is a bargain bin pc, using sub-optimal parts.

You can either pay a hefty premium to a place like Alienware, Falcon-NW, Puget and get a well built machine. Or you can go with IBuyPower and get a great price, and a machine that is stuffed with low quality trash.

These other guys are giving you good advice. Ask the knowledgeable folks here what the parts you need are, order them from Newegg, and spend 4 hours putting it together yourself. It's not like it was 10 years ago when you had to know about jumper settings and spent hours wading through dos prompts. It's pretty much idiot proof. My 14 year old daughter could easily put a rig together.

Even if you do manage to screw something up (highly unlikely) Newegg is very forgiving in their RMA policy.
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January 10, 2010 4:51:40 PM

a4mula said:
That's the thing. You're talking about an impossible situation. In order for those companies to stay in business they have to charge a premium for their services.

If you aren't paying at least 30pct over the prices you can find for yourself, then you're going to get a rig that is crammed full of low quality parts that you didn't select. You'll notice most of these places only give you very generic options. What you end up with is a bargain bin pc, using sub-optimal parts.

You can either pay a hefty premium to a place like Alienware, Falcon-NW, Puget and get a well built machine. Or you can go with IBuyPower and get a great price, and a machine that is stuffed with low quality trash.

These other guys are giving you good advice. Ask the knowledgeable folks here what the parts you need are, order them from Newegg, and spend 4 hours putting it together yourself. It's not like it was 10 years ago when you had to know about jumper settings and spent hours wading through dos prompts. It's pretty much idiot proof. My 14 year old daughter could easily put a rig together.

Even if you do manage to screw something up (highly unlikely) Newegg is very forgiving in their RMA policy.


he's right. i'm only 15 and i can put them together; it's not too hard. and there are "how to's" and guides ALL over the internet that show you how to put them together yourself. and tom's hardware's community to help you, of course (:
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January 12, 2010 5:44:26 PM

So what would be a good place to get a custom system built from then..??
I basically just want a High End Multimedia Editing PC that fits in the range of up to 4K$
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