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Alienware Aurora vs $1000 Budget PC

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 5, 2010 9:13:19 AM

Hey All,

I'm currently debating between getting a refurb Alieware ALX from Dell or making a modified version of the $1000 System Build Marathon.

The Alienware would have
- Processor: Intel Core i7-860 Processor (8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)
- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
- 1 TB SATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
- 6 GB DDR3 ECC SDRAM 1333MHz (4 DIMMs)
- 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
- 1 GB ATI Radeon HD 5870 GDDR5
This all comes in at $1,300 but with a 1 year warranty and Alienware keyboard and mouse. Only a monitor needs to be bought.

The alternative is to build a modified version of the $1,000 system.

I'd use this kit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I... ($684.99)
And pick up the GeForce GTX 470 ($300). I'd need to buy a monitor, keyboard and mouse for this (and a cheepo DVD drive or something). Without all that it'd cost about $984.

Any thoughts? I think both solutions would let me add a second graphics card in Crossfire/SLI. The home built system gives me USB 3.0 for future needs.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 5, 2010 11:29:45 AM

Well the Aurora doesn't specify the motherboard, the PSU or much of anything really.

The Aurora is trash imo. Is your budget 1300?
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Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
October 5, 2010 5:55:00 PM

Yeah, I guess my budget is around $1,300 - maybe $1,200 minus the monitor - unless i can get a huge parts upgrade from $1,200 to $1,300.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 5, 2010 6:21:15 PM

here's a build, with dual GTX 460s for $1293 (shipped):

Gigabyte GF GTX 460 1GB + Corsair 650W PSU, $294.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I5-750 + PNY GTX 460 1GB $424.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit + NZXT case: $129.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

4 pack additional Rosewill 120mm fans: $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB DDR3-1600 RAM: $83.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA P55 micro ATX case with 8x/8x SLI: $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Segate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB HD: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22x DVD Burner: $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pixxo Keyboard & Mouse combo: $9.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Aces 23" 1920x1080 monitor: $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1272.88

Shipping: $19.87


Total: $1292.75
Plus $55 in rebates.
the rebates shoudl let you get a top-end Cooler if you want to overclock.
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October 5, 2010 6:41:05 PM

^Are you sure it's a good idea to get two completely different GTX 460's? Won't it affect SLI performance if their clocked differently?

I was under the impression that it was best to use two identical cards.

for $1,300 you could get a wonderful gaming computer but probably don't bother with SLI if you're not going to get an x58 board; get a really great single card to start out with like the Radeon HD 5870.

Also that i5/GTX 460 combo is not a very good price. You can pick up an i5 750 or 760 for $200 so that's about $225 for the GTX 460? Why bother buying the bundle; they cost that much anyway (Well, other brands).
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 5, 2010 6:48:27 PM

You can use 2 different brand GPUs in SLI as long as they're the same GPU. SLI will automatically downclock to match the lowest speed card, but you can easily overclock them again (MSI Afterburner). Back in the day, you couldn't SLI if the brands were different.

I agree with the bundle comment; I'd also recommend a few more bucks for the EVGA EE 1GB GTX 460 with the lifetime warranty. They're great overclocked :) 
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