Need helping deciding on which system to upgrade to

I am in the process of searching for a new system to upgrade to from my now 5 year old computer. I don't have time to build it myself in between work and school so I am going to be purchasing one complete with a warranty. Please do not suggest a DIY buy the parts from solution I have neither the time nor the inclination at this point.

The system will primarily be used for gaming and needs to be able to last another 4-5 years.


Price between $2,000-$2500
Intel Processor
Min. 6gb of RAM at a min. of 1333 Mhz. DDR3
X58 Chipset MOBO
Prefer 2GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 or equivalent GPU min.
1 TB SATA II hard drive min.
i7 920 min.
3 yr warranty min.

Do not need monitor, mouse, speakers, or keyboard.

The systems I am considering right now. If anyone has any thoughts about which to select I am looking forward to them.

Alienware Aurora

CHASSIS COLOR Cosmic Black, Alienware Aurora Chassis
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7 920 2.66GHz (8MB Cache) Quad Core Processor
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
WARRANTY AND SERVICE 3 Year Basic Service Plan
VIDEO CARD Single 2GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon™ HD 5970
MEMORY 6GB Triple Channel 1333Mhz DDR3
HARD DRIVE 1TB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 32MB Cache HDD
OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)
SOUND CARD Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio
MEDIA READER Alienware® 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
MONITOR No Monitor
TV TUNERS Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 Hybrid TV Tuner with Remote Control
KEYBOARD No Keyboard
MOUSE No Mouse
ALIENFX AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
COOLING OPTION Alienware™ High-Performance Liquid Cooling

Starting Price $2,438
Student Discount $244
Subtotal $2,194


Case Thermaltake Armor+ Gaming Case-Black
Case Lighting Cold Cathode Neon Light-Blue
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 920 Processor (4x 2.66GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
iBUYPOWER PowerDrive PowerDrive Level 2 - Up to 20% Overclocking
Processor Cooling [Free Upgrade] Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 120mm Radiator [SOCKET-1366]
Memory 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600 Triple Memory Module-Corsair or Major Brand
Video Card ATI Radeon HD 5970 - 2GB-Single Card
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R -- Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire and SLI Supported w/8-ch HD Audio, Tripple Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, 4 PCI-E 2.0 x16 MB
Power Supply 850 Watt -- Thermaltake TR2 W0319RU Power Supply-SLI Ready
Primary Hard Drive 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s-Single Drive
Optical Drive [6X Blu-Ray] LG GGC-H20L BLU-RAY Reader & DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive-Black
Flash Media Reader/Writer 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer-Black
Sound Card Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
Network Card Intel Pro 10/100/1000 Network Card
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + [Free 60-Day !!!] Microsoft Office 2007-64-Bit
Warranty Standard Warranty Service-Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support
Advanced Build Options iBUYPOWER Specialized Advanced Packaging System-Protect your investment during transportation!
Advanced Build Options Tuniq TX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound-The best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks
Advanced Build Options Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower-Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis
Subtotal $2,371.00

Digital Storm

Chassis Model: Cooler Master Elite 310 (Black OPS Edition)
Exterior Finish: Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 Micro Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: Internal Digital Media Card Reader (Black)
Hard Drive Set 1: 1x (1TB Seagate/Hitachi/Western Digital (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed)
Optical Drive 1: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB
Sound Card: Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional (PCI-Express Slot Based)
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Asetek Liquid CPU Cooler (120mm Radiator)
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Requires Air Cooling Upgrade)
Boost Video Card: FREE: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
Boost OS: FREE: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty

Digital Storm Desktop: $2,924.00
Sub-Total: $2,724.00


Chassis MAINGEAR F131 Chassis With One-Piece Aluminum Front Construction - Black with Acoustic Dampening
Power Supply MAINGEAR™ Certified 650 Watt Ultra Quiet Power Supply
Graphics and GPGPU Accelerator 2x NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 285 1GB GDDR3 w/ PhysX in SLI [ENTHUSIAST]
Motherboard Intel® X58 Extreme Series CrossFire and SLI Ready DX58SO
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-920 2.66GHz
Processor Cooling MAINGEAR / Asetek Maintenance-Free X120 Liquid Cooling
MAINGEAR Redline Overclocking Service YES! - Redline™ Overclock My System!
Memory 6GB Kingston HyperX Triple-Channel DDR3-1600MHz Low Latency
Hard Drive Bay One 1.0TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA 7200rpm 32MB Cache
Memory Card Reader All-in-One Integrated USB 2.0 Flash Card Reader & Writer
Optical Drive One 8X Lite-On Blu-ray Reader and DVD Lightscribe Combo Drive with Software
Audio 8-channel (7.1) Dolby Home Theater Audio 5 analog audio outputs and S/PDIF Optical Out (Intel DX58SO)
Network Adapter On-board Gigabit Ethernet
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
The Final Finesse Designed, Manufactured, and Supported in the United States - Flawless Craftsmanship and Wire Management
Angelic Service Warranty Lifetime Labor and Phone Support with 3 Year Angelic Service

Default Price: $1,699.00
Customizations: $1,468.99
Total Price: $3,167.99
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  1. Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

    IMO are expensive, try to build the rig yourslfe from and compare the price. Maybe you can get the same performance with less price.
  2. Thank you for the information on the prices for the individual parts but as I said I have neither the time nor the inclination to build this myself right now. I'm more looking for any ideas on which of the systems I presented would be the best value for my money.
  3. Well, Like i said IMO are expensive, but the Digital Storm is a good option.
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