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July 28, 2011 1:53:17 AM

Hey guys, I configured a gaming pc from Alienware, the Aurora..
CONFIG:



CHASSIS COLOR Matte Stealth Black Chassis with 875W Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply edit
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-2600 (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz edit
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English edit
SECURITY SOFTWARE McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months edit
MONITOR No Monitor edit
MEMORY 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz edit
HARD DRIVE 2TB (2x 1TB) SATA II (3Gb/s) 7,200RPM (2x 32MB Cache) edit
GRAPHICS CARD 3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA®GeForce® GTX 590 edit
OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability edit
KEYBOARD Alienware TactX™ Keyboard edit
MOUSE Alienware TactX™ Mouse edit
SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

Total came to $2.2k

Is this build going to allow me to game SC2 , WorldofWarcraft and Call of Duty at max settings???
Any feedbacks would be appreciated.

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July 28, 2011 1:58:17 AM

You will absolutely destroy those games. You can play freaking anything you want on max settings for the next few years.
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July 28, 2011 2:03:00 AM

guranteed?
i really dont wanna spend that much money and not be able to do so..
ive been gaming on this shitty computer for so long its like hell
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July 28, 2011 2:09:18 AM

jbdubz33 said:
guranteed?
i really dont wanna spend that much money and not be able to do so..
ive been gaming on this shitty computer for so long its like hell

Welcome to my world.

Here is a breakdown of why.

Right now the 590 is one of THE BEST cards there is (to the best of my knowledge), it is in the top 5 cards. To give you an idea the 560ti ($260) can play everything on maximum. The 590 is insane.

I would recommend spending less money, and buying two 560ti's. When those are in SLI/Crossfire they are still not as good as the 590, but they are extremely powerful.

Why do this if it is weaker? It's more cost effective and the operation of the rig will be better.

Or if you just about want to equal it maybe go for two 570's because they are cheaper and more effective as well.

I hope someone else can validate this for you as well, so as to put them at ease.
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July 28, 2011 9:23:58 AM

Actually I'm looking for a first build and was told to check out custom builds aswell. I have the same goals for gaming also (Max settings)!! I'm also looking to spend up to $2500, so if this build is beast then I may go with it aswell.
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July 28, 2011 9:37:51 AM

I really wouldnt buy Alienware tbh. For $2.2k you could custom BUILD your own PC with better RAM, more graphics power (x2 GTX 580's), a better PSU and probably better motherboard for the same price. Check out the TOMs hardware sticky for $2000 builds.

Theres some $2000 builds in here that would put that Alienware to shame:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/312826-13-bestconfi...
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July 28, 2011 6:02:44 PM

If you really don't want to build it yourself, Check out this build I put together at CyberPowerPC for $1951:

Case: * Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ dual 200mm fans, integrated fan controller, front USB 3.0 Port & Side-Panel Window [+125]
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Freebies: FREE Game - Shogun 2 Coupon: Total War
Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
Motherboard: * [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-Z68A-D3-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Intel Smart Response
Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [+10] (Corsair XMS Gaming Memory with Heatsink Spreader)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+246] (EVGA Superclocked)
Video Card 2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+246] (EVGA Superclocked)
Multiple Video Card Settings: Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor
Power Supply Upgrade: * 950 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-950TX 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+144]
Hard Drive: 120 GB Intel 510 2.5 inch SATA III 6.0G/S Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+267] (Single Hard Drive)
Data Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+68] (Single Hard Drive)
Optical Drive: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+3] (BLACK COLOR)
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
Operating System: * Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None
Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Better quality components, and an SSD, for less money than the Alienware! :sol: 
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July 28, 2011 6:04:21 PM

+1 AdrianPerry,

You can get better and not paying more money just for the brand.
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July 28, 2011 6:12:27 PM

I completely agree with Adrian. I actually built my first computer a few months ago doing minimal research and spent half what you are looking at spending for comparable parts.

Another thing you may want to consider is that the games you are looking at playing are NOT graphically intensive games. If you were looking at playing Crysis 2 or the upcoming Modern Warfare 3 on max settings then a powerhouse like you are looking at would be necessary.

I play WoW with my settings completely maxed and I only use a single ATI HD6970, so if you wanted you could drop the second SLI card with the option of putting a second one in later if you feel its necessary.

Oh, and take the money you saved and buy a SSD for your operating system and an SSD for your games, then a mechanical HD for storage. Faster load times make me smile.
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July 28, 2011 6:19:23 PM

I personally built my own computer about 2 months ago now and creating the same build on another website (the type of website where you tell them the parts you want and they just build it for you) and by building it myself I saved about 25% (£250) on a £850 build (would have been £1100 ish to buy from a retailer).

I also had a really enjoyable time building it, and better than anything, some of the parts i ordered came with anything from 3years - 7years manufacturer warranty. Usually to get that kind of support from a retailer you have to pay a hefty fee.

Theres plenty of build videos on youtube that will show exactly how its done, so id highly suggest at least checking a few out before you make a decision, and if you do happen to have any question or get confused, TOMs Hardware has more than enough people prepared to talk you through it or help out in any way they can :) 

Link here for NewEgg's video on how to build a computer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
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July 28, 2011 6:32:20 PM

Don't buy a pre-built system.

Also, if you want to play WOW and SC2 you are spending a way too fckng much! DO NOT BUY A $2K SYSTEM TRYING TO MAX OUT WOW. THAT IS FCKNG DUMB.

A build that you spend $700-800 on will tear wow to shreds along with every other game out there. Mid range GPU's have become so powerful and spending that much money on a first build is not necessary anymore.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, YOU ARE ON TOMS FCKNG HARDWARE. DO YOUR RESEARCH AND BE A BIG BOY.

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July 28, 2011 6:34:37 PM

schm1tty said:
Don't buy a pre-built system.

Also, if you want to play WOW and SC2 you are spending a way too fckng much! DO NOT BUY A $2K SYSTEM TRYING TO MAX OUT WOW. THAT IS FCKNG DUMB.

A build that you spend $700-800 on will tear wow to shreds along with every other game out there. Mid range GPU's have become so powerful and spending that much money on a first build is not necessary anymore.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, YOU ARE ON TOMS FCKNG HARDWARE. DO YOUR RESEARCH AND BE A BIG BOY.


Little bit agressive there haha but i agree all the way.
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July 28, 2011 7:44:58 PM

AdrianPerry said:
Little bit agressive there haha but i agree all the way.

lol, my bad! Meant for the all caps to be spoken with a stern voice, not yelling :D  hahahaha
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July 28, 2011 7:53:30 PM

Yeah, i guess the rest of it couldn't have been aggressive...
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July 28, 2011 8:11:30 PM

metal orient said:
Yeah, i guess the rest of it couldn't have been aggressive...

Aaah, but passive agressive would have been much better I see. kthxbye
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July 28, 2011 8:16:30 PM

I spent more, but ignore my monitors etc and maybe some of this could help you






SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT01-B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Uni-body Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163120

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128499
Manual: http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Manual/mb_manual_ga-z68x-ud7-b3_e.pdf

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

(Boot Drive): Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167042

(2x in RAID 0): Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

[1x--may SLI later]: GIGABYTE GV-N580UD-15I GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125364

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034

[2x] Wallmounted: SAMSUNG S27A350H ToC Rose Black 27" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001481

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151232

Pioneer Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BDR-206DBKS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129066




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July 28, 2011 8:39:40 PM

I think you guys scared him off...
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