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Alienware Aurora R3-- $1000???

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December 23, 2011 3:58:52 PM

My friend is wondering if this is a good deal. Without building one from scratch.

Alienware Aurora R3
Intel i7-2600K, overclocked to 3.9Ghz
8Gb Dual Channel DDR3
Dark Chrome Tower w/ 875 Watt
Dual 1.5Gb GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
19 in 1 Media card reader
Liquid Cooling

With 240 days left on warranty.

What you do guys think?

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December 23, 2011 4:26:58 PM

Waste of money. Overpowered CPU, weak GPU, overkill power supply, no need for liquid cooling for that kind of OC. What do you expect from a pre-built? :D 

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December 23, 2011 4:27:05 PM

I would pass. The system below would game the same, has new / quality parts, and an upgrade path. The 2600k is for bragging rights and is overkill for gaming. The 2500k will overclock and game the same. You would also have no graphics upgrade path without replacing one, or both, GPUs. The GTX 450 is an OK card, but you shouldn't be expecting a very long life with them if you plan on running high / max deatil in your games.

MB - GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 - $130
CPU - i5-2500k - $220
CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 EVO - $34
GPU - Saphire HD 6950 2GB - $240 after MIR
MEM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 - $42
HD - Seagate 2TB - $135
OPTICAL - Lite-On Black 24X DVD-RW - $18
PSU - XFX PRO850W - $90 after MIR
CASE - Rosewill Challenger - $50
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $100

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December 23, 2011 4:45:27 PM

Im not a big fan of Dell products myself. He was looking at to have something right now (craigslist) then taking the time to research and order the parts. And that this pc cost over 2K new. Thinking of getting a good deal at the moment rather then in the future he will be updating the gpu and so on
December 23, 2011 4:53:54 PM

thirdeye00 said:
Thinking of getting a good deal at the moment rather then in the future he will be updating the gpu and so on

Doesn't matter what it cost new... Offer them $600, then drop in a new single GPU (Saphire HD 6950 2GB) for $250. Then down the road buy a second HD 6950 and drop another $100+ for a quality PSU to handle the power draw from both video cards. I doubt if that 875w PSU would get close to its rating. That is about the only way I see to make a "deal" out of that system from CL.
December 30, 2011 1:07:25 PM

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