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Should I buy an Pre-Built Alienware X-51 or Build my own PC

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June 5, 2012 1:26:56 AM

I'm trying to decide right now should I get an Alienware X-51 ($699 Version) or should I build my own computer. I have no experience in building computers but I have a friend that could help me but his schedule may be to busy to help me over the summer. I want to try out building my own PC but I don't want to get myself in a lot of trouble by messing up the parts or doing something wrong. So which one should I get

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June 5, 2012 1:29:37 AM

Obviously, you'll have a more powerful PC if you build it yourself; however, you will not get the form factor of the X51 with a Self-Built PC. So it pretty much depends if you want maximum FPS, or portability/takes up little space.
June 5, 2012 1:33:22 AM

I guess I could build my own PC but where could I get some kind of tutorial to build it. I could try Newegg if they have any.
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June 5, 2012 1:37:42 AM

Building is better. It's easier than you think and there is plenty of help available to you here and elsewhere.

Fill out the "how to ask for advice" sticky at the top of the new build section and see what people come up with for builds and weigh the pros and cons.
June 5, 2012 1:39:27 AM

HelloEllo said:
I guess I could build my own PC but where could I get some kind of tutorial to build it. I could try Newegg if they have any.


Newegg has a great 3 part video guide for putting together a pc from start to finish. Search for it on youtube.

Here is part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw

The rest follow.
June 5, 2012 1:42:59 AM

Building is better in the sense that you get to pick every single piece.

Cons:
You may get errors from time to time, that a pre-built wouldn't.
It will probably cost more than a prebuilt would.
June 5, 2012 2:02:15 AM

It is always better to build your own. You can get better parts and if you go that way most come with a 3 yr warranty. The X-51 only has a 1 yr warranty.
June 5, 2012 11:45:29 AM

cranked said:
Newegg has a great 3 part video guide for putting together a pc from start to finish. Search for it on youtube.

Here is part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw

The rest follow.

I've got to say the video is really helpful I looked at half of it and it has some really helpful facts I'm going to need. So I've decide I'll build a computer. Thanks for the advice!
June 5, 2012 4:33:19 PM

Great. When you are ready, fill out the sticky at the top of the new build section on how to ask for advice and we can help you pick your parts and make sure you are spending your money wisely for your needs.
June 5, 2012 11:16:54 PM

I have built a few machines myself and I can assure you its better to build your own. No crapware, you get to pick the parts that will suit your needs and the most important factor... Its not a Dell.
October 8, 2013 3:42:13 PM

Build you're own PC because you will get to choose the specific parts of you're needs and you can post if you're build if great, you can use pcpartpicker.com to organize you're parts/components.
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