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Need some build advice

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March 12, 2010 10:16:59 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I hope within the next month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video Editing, Internet, Folding @ home, school


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Tigerdirect, Newegg, Amazon





So there it is I have been on the phone with dell negotiating prices on a new PC and I will show you what they are offering me. If you think I can get a better bang for the buck please let me know.

224-6493 1 Alienware Aurora Desktop
317-3614 1 Overclocked Intel Core i7 920 (3.2GHz, 8MB Cache)
317-2663 1 6GB Triple Channel 1333Mhz DDR3
330-6518 1 Alien Keyboard
320-7810 1 21.5" Monitor
320-8371 1 Single ATI Radeon HD 5870, 1GB GDDR5(upgraded to 2 5770 Xfire)
341-0467 1 500GB - SATA-II 3Gb/s 7200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD
313-8322 1 Cosmic Black, Alienware Aurora Chassis, 875W PSU
421-2064 1 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
420-9691 1 DataSafe Local BackUp 2.0 Basic
420-6436 1 PC-Restore, Dim/Insp
317-2818 1 Accessory Kit, Aurora, Eng
330-4769 1 Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup
330-6517 1 Alien Mouse
313-8750 1 AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
313-8339 1 Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
421-0975 1 NERO 9, ANW
421-0974 1 CYBERLINK PDVD 8.0 ANW
330-6348 1 Automatic Updates: On
421-1427 1 Alien Cyborg
950-3338 1 2 Year Limited Warranty
905-6888 1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty Plus In-Home Service [after Remote Diagnosis], Extended Year(s)
905-6137 1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty Plus In-Home Service [after Remote Diagnosis], Initial Year
905-5461 1 In-home Service after Remote Diagnosis, 1 Year Extended
906-6980 1 In-home Service after Remote Diagnosis, Initial Year
905-3891 1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty 7X24 Technical Support, 1 Year Extended
906-5260 1 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty 7X24 Technical Support, Initial Year
421-1721 1 Soft Contracts,Banktec Care,Alienware
421-1724 1 Soft Contracts,Dell In Home,Alienware
330-0172 1 S and P Drop-in-Box Marcom forDHS Desktops
317-1904 1 Alienware High-Performance Liquid Cooling
430-0639 1 Killer Xeno Pro
421-1438 1 Alienhead Chrome Red
421-1443 1 Steam and Portal Factory Installed

Total 1900

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March 12, 2010 10:19:54 PM

Thats a really nice build. But if you build that yourself you can save a LOT
March 12, 2010 10:30:17 PM

It's fine if you want them to do the work. However, for 1900 you could build a better rig.
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March 12, 2010 10:48:00 PM

I think my issue is that I like warranty on all my purchases. I would be willing to take all build advice and or suggestions. I am in the market but in no way in a rush.
March 12, 2010 11:07:10 PM

Also you think that I can get a better deal for under 1500? I have the cash to do it now but saving money is always a nice thing. Thanks for the fast replies
March 12, 2010 11:36:08 PM

It's a good pre-built for the price and features. I'll see what I can do.
March 12, 2010 11:37:11 PM

All your components will come w/ warrantees.
March 12, 2010 11:53:39 PM
March 12, 2010 11:58:57 PM

That comes to around 1900 after shipping but before rebates. Extras not in your pre-configured build are:

The Agility SSD. Will greatly speed up boot times and game level load times.
The Raven case. Very advanced design, very well cooled.
The Seasonic-built Antec PSU is probably far higher quality than the Alienware one.
March 14, 2010 7:22:55 PM

Great deal I was thinking of a SSD, and then having a external HD to have all my music/movie/things on. Thanks a lot for the build info, you think the 930 processor is better then the 920 overclocked?
March 14, 2010 7:38:33 PM

I was also looking into the charts that this website has, do you think going with ATI Radeon HD 4890 CF is worth it? I have been out of the tech loop for a while and trying to reorientate myself with what I should do. This is a slow process! All advice/builds are welcome!
March 15, 2010 1:39:44 AM

The problem with 4890 CF is that it's last year's build. 5770 CF might be a bit slower but it's going to run cooler and give you DX11.... and it's plenty of power for any 24" monitor.

Ooops I didn't include a monitor and KB/mouse.

Maybe a few adjustments...

Sapphire Toxic and case

OCZ Gold 6GB and Sapphire Toxic

Kingston 64GB V+

23" Asus monitor

Hiper 212 CPU cooler

Logitech cordless desktop
March 15, 2010 7:02:46 PM

Thanks for the great build advice, I am looking into it as we speak. You think I can get the same type of processing and graphical power for under 1500? If I cut a few things out of course or wait?
March 15, 2010 7:55:22 PM

You can always drop the SSD and one 5770 for now, add them later.
March 15, 2010 8:08:55 PM

One more quick question, 5770 or the 5870?
March 15, 2010 9:02:15 PM

5870 is out of your budget I think. A single 5770 may not run everything at max on a 24" monitor, but two of them will.