Help me spend 6k on Gaming PC

I typically max out Alienware and purchase. Wanting to get a little bit more bang for buck. Where should i go and what should i get.

SPEND MY MONEY!!!

Monitor will be seperate... what should i get?
I dont want to build it myself, too lazy.
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  1. i dont have one right now.

    I currently have a 3yr old 6k alienware M17x.
  2. Why ATI vs NVIDIA?
    3x 27in monitors seems a bit much, what about 1 large? 5ms seems slow
  3. considering he said monitor seperate, might want to get some better ram and a bigger ssd. why a 1tb storage drive? why not a 3tb drive, or 2 or 3 of them? =P
  4. Wow, the chance to go apes!ht on buying components would bring a big smile on my face =D

    Why not all SSDs, throw out the HDD when you have a 6k budget!!!

    7990 x2!!!

    I would go with a top of the line i7 Ivy Bridge over SB-E to be honest, saves a lot more money for other things (ie no HDDs lol)

    Also I like samsung 830 ssds more than any ocz offerings. I had enough problems for vertex 3 and their sandforce stuff.
  5. Why so much HD space? I currently have 512G that is about 3/4 full. How much is enough?

    Is there a point in which having too much RAM or VIDEO makes it unuseable by todays games?

    As for the 3 monitors, i'm just not sure if i could get use to see'ing the frame of the montor inbetween the screens.
  6. This is what i can have Alienware buid for $6500.
    Single monitor + 3 yr warrenty & I dont have to build it.
    Please shoot holes in it.


    Software & Services
    PROCESSOR 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3960X (15M Cache, Overclocked up to 4.2 GHz) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Windows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English edit
    VIDEO CARD Dual 3GB DDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 7950 edit
    HARD DRIVE 512GB SSD 6Gb/s MAIN + 1TB 7200RPM Storage edit
    MEDIA CARD READER 19-in-1 Media Card Reader edit
    MONITOR No Monitor edit
    ADVANCED DISPLAYS Dell Ultrasharp U3011 30-inch Flat Panel Monitor with PremierColor edit
    LIMITED WARRANTY 3Yr Ltd. Warranty- Advance Exchange edit
    SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio edit
    WIRELESS & BLUETOOTH 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR USB Combo Adapter edit
    OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: 8X Dual Layer Blu-ray Burner (BD-RE, DVD±RW, CD-RW) edit
    My Software & Accessories
    ALIENFX AlienFX Color, Terra Green edit
    WALLPAPER Alienhead 3D edit
    PRE-INSTALLED SOFTWARE Steam Factory Installed and Steam Extra Content edit
    KEYBOARD Alienware TactX™ Keyboard edit
    MOUSE Razer USA DeathAdder Optical Gaming Mouse edit
    My Accessories
    SUPPORT 3 Year Mission Critical Support edit
    PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE Microsoft® Office trial edit
    Dell Recommends
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    Upgrade to Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2010, English [Add $119.00 or $4.00/month1]


    ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM
    Alienware Aurora R4 Alienware Aurora Desktop
    MEMORY 32GB (4 X 8GB) Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
    Adobe Reader Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
    CHASSIS Alienware Aurora with ALX Chassis
    AVATAR Alienhead 3D
  7. If you are going boutique stay away from alienware, they sold out to Dell. Try OriginPC much better imho
  8. I'm so jealous...
  9. dyc4ha -- i went to OriginPC, and i like what i see. I understand that quite a few of the original Alienware folks moved over there once they were bought by Dell. For about the same money, i can get better graphics and memory.


    jrgong -- i honestly dont want the hastle of trying to build this thing myself, such a pain. Your triple monitor/video card setup, does that mean 1 card per monitor or could i use the power of all 3 cards on 1 monitor?
    -What do you think about NEC PA301W for a monitor choice?
    -are you against Windows 8 for gaming?
  10. Here is a pretty awesome system from Velocity Micro. Much better quality than any Alienware. But ungodly expensive.


    http://www.velocitymicro.com/wizard.php?iid=156

    It would actually break your budget of $6000.
  11. Quote:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7ol
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7ol/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7ol/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($1006.97 @ CompUSA)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme9 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($344.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Sound Card: Creative Labs SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($47.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA Classified 1500W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($449.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Samsung S27A850D 27.0" Monitor ($749.99 @ Mac Connection)
    Monitor: Samsung S27A850D 27.0" Monitor ($749.99 @ Mac Connection)
    Monitor: Samsung S27A850D 27.0" Monitor ($749.99 @ Mac Connection)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit) ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $6243.15
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    This is pretty godly. Might wanna edit it more SSD space, more HDDs, other peripherals if you need them.


    Did you have this waiting somewhere to be posted?! it took all of 7 mins to come up with that list I was nearly in tears before I read the end of it....id better get saving
  12. Why not get the cheaper 3930k and raid 2 512GB SSD's? The OP said he barely uses all of his 512GB drive he already has. It's a waste of money to get the extreme edition, 3mb more of cache isn't noticable in most situations. $500 for pretty much 3mb more cache is ridiculous.
  13. 60" CLASS 1080P PLASMA TV (59.8" DIAGONAL)

    http://www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-60PV450-plasma-tv

    +/- 1000 USD Quality and with excellent reviews.

    Find well performing products at smart prices. No need to overspend.
  14. Quote:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7ol
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7ol/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l7ol/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($1006.97 @ CompUSA)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme9 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($344.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Sound Card: Creative Labs SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($47.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA Classified 1500W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($449.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Samsung S27A850D 27.0" Monitor ($749.99 @ Mac Connection)
    Monitor: Samsung S27A850D 27.0" Monitor ($749.99 @ Mac Connection)
    Monitor: Samsung S27A850D 27.0" Monitor ($749.99 @ Mac Connection)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit) ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $6243.15
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    This is pretty godly. Might wanna edit it more SSD space, more HDDs, other peripherals if you need them.


    Downgrade the 3930X to a 3930K, its a tiny performance difference for $500 more.
    Spend the extra into a proper custom water-cooling setup.
    Could drop the sound card depending on your audio setup.

    A $100 case on a $6k rig? Beef that up a bit, gotta make the thing look impressive.

    EDIT: This is completely overkill for a gaming rig, it is literally impossible to spend this much cash on a gaming only rig and expect it to be justified. You could save a lot of money by going with a more sensible rig.
  15. ulrich said:
    60" CLASS 1080P PLASMA TV (59.8" DIAGONAL)

    http://www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-60PV450-plasma-tv

    +/- 1000 USD Quality and with excellent reviews.

    Find well performing products at smart prices. No need to overspend.


    Think what the pixel density on that would be... And people say 1080p 27" screens are bad.

    You can use three GPUs on a single screen, but it would be pointless. Overkill.

    A 4K screen would probably be over your budget?...
  16. Thanks for everyones input. I'll let you guys know what i finally wind up with.
  17. So here is what i've put together through Orginpc.com: $7288

    Bitfenix Shinobi XL
    ORIGIN High-Performance Ultra Silent Fans - Black
    ASUS P9X79 WS
    ORIGIN FROSTBYTE 360 Sealed Liquid Cooling Systems
    Overclocked Intel Extreme Edition Core i7 3960X 4.1GHz - 4.4GHz LGA 2011 Hex-Core Processor (15MB L3 Cache)
    1.5 Kilowatt Silverstone Strider
    Dual 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GTX 690
    64GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600Mhz (8x8GB)
    Genuine MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Edition
    480GB Intel 520 Series
    480GB Intel 520 Series
    3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache
    12X Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD) (No Blu-ray Playback Software Included)
    40-in-1 Media Card Reader
    On Board Audio
    Onboard Network Port
    3 Year Part Replacement and Free Shipping Warranty with Lifetime Labor/24-7 Support
  18. Overkill to the point where the vast majority of your money is being wasted. Games will never benefit from having a 3930X over a 3570k, nor a TB of overpriced SSD capacity (Intel 520's arent even that fast, get a Vertex 4 or Samsug 830).

    As I said above, you can get yourself a killer gaming rig for much less. You don't have to spend money because you have money.
  19. Even if you are too lazy to build it yourself, you can get more/do better from somewhere like mwave where you just buy all off the shelf components and then pay them to put them together and install the OS. http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch_v3.asp?scriteria=ASSEMTEST&pagetitle=Assembly%20%20Testing%20-%20add%20to%20cart%20w/selected%20components%20P

    Were I building this rig, I would go with
    I7-3770k
    Corsair H-100, or other high end watercooling
    High end Z77 motherboard
    32gb DDR-1866 RAM
    2x or 3x AMD Radeon 7970
    2x or 3x 2560x1660 monitors 27" (larger than that just means you'll have to sit further away - only go bigger if you want monitors for a wall & you sit on the couch).
    4x 256GB SSD in RAID 1+0 (data backup + maximum possible speed)
    Any decent case $200 or over
    Large UPS/Battery backup

    That won't be even close to 6k though. Spend the rest on a direct fiber internet line to your house, or something - will provide more gaming advantage than improving your PC any further.
  20. Thanks for the heads up on the SSD, will research the samsun 830's.

    I hear ya on the overkill part, but i'm hoping that by building a better than needed PC today, it will stay relivant for the next few years.

    As far as going with a botique or someone like mwave, i'll definatly look into them.

    Thanks for your comments.
  21. Generally future proofing is a bad plan as what cost $1000 this year and will last for many years could cost $400 this year and still last for a while. Regular upgrades is generally a good strategy eg buy a new platform now, new GPU in 1.5years, another platform in 3 years etc.
  22. +1 regular upgrades
  23. The 3960X is still a WASTE OF MONEY. Get the 3930k instead. There is almost no difference. Getting the 3960X means you're more than willing to throw money away and receive no benefit. Even the 3770k is overkill for most people.

    Why not buy what you use and not what you don't?

    In my opinion, a $2000 computer is plenty for 5 years, before it gets outdated and won't max out GTA 7.

    Future proofing is honestly just an excuse to spend a lot of money on something that's going to be outdated in 2 years (by futureproofing standards).

    A reasonable build:
    i7-3770k
    Corsair H100
    16GB 1600MHz RAM
    1 GTX 690
    Corsair 750W or better
    High end Z77 board
    any case
    120GB or 256GB SSD
    1TB HDD

    It's cheaper and smarter to upgrade every few years than dump $6000 on a system that's doomed to perform as well as a $1500 system in 2-4 years.
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