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Final System Decisions: Advice Requested

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January 29, 2011 12:48:03 AM

Hi all:

I've got two systems selected and cannot finalize my decision. I was hoping you all could give me some feedback.

Use: WoW
Desirable: 3D gaming
My Technical Ability: Zero

Please, although I appreciate all the advice such as "get the 2500k CPU", I'm only capable of buying a stock system. I would love a straight vote for system 1 or system 2. Both are almost the same price; system 1 costs more but is on sale for less than system 2.

System 1:

Alienware Aurora Alienware Aurora Desktop
Operating Systems Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Processors Overclocked Intel® Core™ i7 930 Quad Core Processor (3.36GHz, 8MB Cache)
Memory 6GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - (3x 2048MB)
Keyboard Alienware Multi-Media Keyboard
Monitors 21.5” Alienware AW2210 OptX™ Full HD Gaming Monitor
Video Cards AMD Radeon™ HD 6870
Hard Drives 1TB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 32MB Cache HDD
580W Power Supply
Mouse Alienware TactX™ Mouse
AlienFX AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
Adobe Software Adobe Acrobat Reader
Optical Drives Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Cooling Option Alienware® High-Performance Liquid Cooling

System 2:

Alienware Aurora-R3 Alienware Aurora Desktop
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Processors Intel® Core™ i7-2600K (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz
Memory 6GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz
Keyboard Alienware Multi-Media Keyboard
Monitors 21.5” Alienware AW2210 OptX™ Full HD Gaming Monitor
Video Card 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460
Hard Drive 1TB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache
875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
Mouse Alienware TactX™ Mouse
AlienFX AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
Adobe Reader Software Adobe Acrobat Reader
Optical Drive Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Cooling Option Alienware™ High-Performance Liquid Cooling

Thanks all! I'm hoping to buy tonight!

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January 29, 2011 12:59:51 AM

System 2, since it has the more powerful CPU, which WoW is more CPU driven than GPU. Check out this comparison and the WoW benchmark... big difference!!!

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=47
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January 29, 2011 1:33:42 AM

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