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June 29, 2010 5:20:02 PM

Hi,

I'm looking at building my own gaming computer so I've chosen some parts but I have looked on the Dell website for the same and have found one that is similar but I'm rather new to choosing parts so could someone tell me the difference between the two. (and if there is anything to improve on either,I would be grateful to know)

-My custom build:


Asus P7P55D-E Pro Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

G.Skill RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

OCZ StealthXStream 600W Silent SLI/Crossfire Ready ATX2.2 Power Supply

Coolermaster Elite 335 Tower Case - Black

Antec's VSK-2000 Cost-Efficient Mid-Tower Case

Intel Core i5 660 Socket LGA1156 processor

Samsung HD502HJ F3 500GB 3.5" SATA II Hard Drive

Edimax WiFi LAN PCI Card 802.11b/g 54Mbp

windows 7 home premium


Dell's offering:

Intel Core i5 Processor 750 (2.66GHz, 8MB)

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit- English

OS Media :Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)

6144MB (2x2GB) (2x1GB)1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Memory

1.5TB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive

1GB ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 Graphics Card

DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) with Roxio Easy CD and DVD Burn software

Dell 1525 Wireless PCIe Network Card 802.11n

thanks

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
June 29, 2010 5:48:26 PM

Frankly, neither is that good. Your CPU is bad, but your GPU is good. The Dell's CPU is better, but the GPU is weaker. The Dell will have low quality parts, while your build doesn't. The Dell includes Windows, but your build doesn't. Finally, you have two cases listed, bother of which are tiny.

I would highly recommend following the guidelines (the link is in my signature). I know for a fact that I can throw something together that will beat either build, but I need to have a budget, what you're using it for and some other information.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 29, 2010 6:50:24 PM

You failed to mention your budget. If you plan be have a "gaming rig" then instead of dell look into "cyberpower"

As listed your system's specs aren't too impressive: however that doesnt mean that you could not use parts at that level to play games. Remember that some of the newer games are very demanding on hardware if you want to run at high quality settings.

As madadmiral said: follow the "asking for new build advice" guidelines. it lets us posters give you more specific advice.
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June 29, 2010 6:50:36 PM


BUDGET RANGE: 900£ max

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching dvds, surfing the net
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Aria.co.uk , Misco.co.uk COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor, Geforce graphics card

OVERCLOCKING : Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: best performance for best price, quiet

I hope this helps
June 29, 2010 6:54:46 PM

correction

BUDGET RANGE: 900£ max

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching dvds, surfing the net
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Aria.co.uk COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor, ATI or NVIDIA graphics card

OVERCLOCKING : Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: best performance for best price, quiet

Thanks
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
June 29, 2010 7:18:42 PM

I'm not going to go digging around through a bunch of websites. Here's a list of what you should be looking for (links and prices included are USD):

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $340
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
GPU: HD 5870 $351 w/ 10% off promo code
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $165 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30

Total: $1,096

Here's a list of some suitable alternatives if you can't find the exact part:

CPU/Mobo: None
RAM: Any non-OCZ sticks with 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7
GPU: None. Possibly the GTX 480 if you want to pay more and get less. If you go that route, you'll need a 1000W PSU to handle SLI.
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB
Case: HAF 922, Coolermaster Cosmos, Antec 902, Antec 1200
PSU: Same wattage from Corsair, Silverstone, SeaSonic or a different model from Antec
Optical: Whatever is cheapest
HSF: Sycthe Mugen 2 Rev. B

Possible changes if over budget (in order of preference in terms of performance):

Leave out the HSF until you decide to overclock
Drop the HDD to the 500 GB model (likely only $20 or so saved)
Switch from the i5-750 to AMD's X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 (around $100 saved)
Drop the 5870 to a 5850 (around $100 saved)
June 29, 2010 7:28:51 PM

Thanks,

No I didn't expect you to go digging through websites, thanks very much for the recommendations
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