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June 17, 2010 12:44:05 AM

PROCESSOR & GRAPHICS CARD AMD Phenom™ II X6 1055T + ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB edit
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English edit
WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1 Year Basic Service Plan edit
Service blurb goes here.
MEMORY 6GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 4 DIMMS edit
MONITOR No Monitor edit
HARD DRIVE 1.5TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 1.56MB Cache edit
OPTICAL DRIVE Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD) edit
SPEAKERS No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system) edit
WIRELESS Dell 1525 Wireless-N PCIe Card edit
KEYBOARD Dell Studio Consumer Multimedia Keyboard edit
MOUSE Dell Studio Optical Mouse edit
SOUND CARD THX® TruStudio PC™ edit
MODEM No Modem Option edit

total cost with tax to my door: $1150

I already have monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers. Probably can't overclock much but what do you all think? I was surprised the price was as low as it is
June 17, 2010 2:30:39 AM

Better gaming system for cheaper

Case
HAF 922 $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Spinpoint F3 500GB $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G Skill Ripjaw 1600 Cas 7 $100 w/ promo code, ends today
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPtical/PSU
Lite on and OCZ 700w 80+ $90 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU
XFX 5870 $390
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/MOBO
i5-750 and Asus ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA $365
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total ~$1100 after shipping and $20 MIR
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June 17, 2010 4:21:05 AM

Hmm not bad but... your build has 1 tb less of HD, 2 gigs less of ram, no bluray drive
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June 17, 2010 4:36:09 AM

You can't get Dual channel 6gb with 4 dimms. That's obviously a typo. I assume it's 4gb since it's stated as dual channel.

Also, unless you're a graphics professional anything more than 4gb of RAM makes no difference.

Blue ray is useless...even if you really want one, it's $30 more

Dell uses generic crap parts. If I also did the build would easily be $200 less.

Instead, I choose quality high performance components.

Also have USB 3 SATA 6.

If I wanted a big, bad performance HD like Dell uses, I'd just spend $110 and get a 2 TB one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 17, 2010 4:48:01 AM

Well the things you my want to take in consideration here if you're going to be overclocking a home built system probably would do a lot better because the mobo used by companies like dell, hp are are just motherboards to run the components at stock settings, a home built gaming pc usually have good motherboard witch will let you overclock. Colling is another point, a HAF 922 probably will beat any case by any company out there...
The HD that you mensioned no problems at at all, get a 1tb HD that is FASTER then the one in that dell, and really who really needs 1.5tb, I have a 640gb, with all my games at it and just used half of it's space. Also have a laptop with 160gb which I save my documents and stuff, never used more then 50% of it, I mean not a lot of people really need 1.5tb of HD.
Samsung F3 1tb $69.99
The ram that banthracis mentioned is also faster. And after all, ram is a really simple upgrade if you want to buy more in the future it's easy to do so.
And if really need/ want a bluray drive just get one for like $100, which would make this build $30 more expensive with the 1tb HD and without the dvd burner, but a faster computer.
Anyways, both are great pcs
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June 17, 2010 5:01:42 AM

If you really want a duplicate of Dell's build, using components of the same quality, it'll cost $963 to put it at your door.

HD
1.5 TB Seagate $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
Geil DDR3 1333 6GB $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
we'll even assume they somehow managed 6gb of RAM into a 4 DIMM dual channel setup


Optical
Blue Ray $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/MOBO
Rosewill ATX and Biostar $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU/GPU
Phenom II x6 1055t and Gigabyte 5870 $570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU
ePower 500W $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $962.92 to your door w/ $15 gift certificate

A full $200 less than what dell is selling you the PC for, even including their RAM error. Not to mention this build can actually be overclocked if you want. Everything has at least 1 year warranty too, most 3 years actually.

Problem is no one on these forums would ever recommend the above build due to the horrible components. Just because dell wraps it all up under their name doesn't make bad components better.
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