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Core:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k (Might OC, not sure) $230

Mobo: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe $210

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 $47

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 $560

Boot Drive: OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB $170

Store Drive: WD Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 6.0Gb/s $200

PSU: OCZ ZX 1000W $200

Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper $150

 

 

Other:

 

CPU Cooling: Corsair H100 $120

Speakers: Logitech Z623 $132

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $100

Monitor: ASUS VW246H 24" (1920x1080) $200

Mouse: Logitech G500 $59

Keyboard: Das Model S Professional Silent $150

DVD: Lite-On DVD Burner $18

 

 

Final Cost: $2,557.19

 

(Yes, I realize that it's not exactly the same as the prices of the components, this is due to combos and bundles and whatnot)

 

 

What do you guys think? Is it a bit overkill for gaming? Are there ways to decrease price without sacrificing too much in the way of your performance? Any constructive input would be appreciate

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That's a solid build. I recently just built my very first PC for about $900 and it's butt kickin!

 

I can throw any game at it, max it out, and run as smooth as butter. I got a killer deal on the motherboard from a friend brand new out of the box ($50)

 

I feel like I wasted so much money buying computers from Dell when I was younger after seeing the performance I can get out of this new build.

 

Here are my specs;

 

 

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHz

Memory:8192MB RAM

Hard Drive: 1 TB

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.110622-1503) Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V ProG3 S1155

Computer Case: Antec Nine-Hundred-Two

PSU: Corsair GS700

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That spec looks good, and should be able to play anything on the market at the moment. My computer is about the same, but has an i7-2600K and GTX 580.

 

I would however consider a smaller PSU. 1000W is excessive for that system, and adds extra cost. I have a 750W, and even that is overkill for mine. Anything 750W or over is generally used for dual graphics cards. If you're not using dual, then I'd recommend saving yourself some cash and dropping to 600-750W.

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That spec will serve you for at least three or four years, even more. The specs and software requirements change every few months, and cheap specs get too "old" in no time. It's better to invest more when you're buying a PC so it'll last longer.

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TBH, that's a bit expensive, and assembled PC's don't act so good in the long run. If you can pump up your budget a bit, get an Alienware.

I'd never recommend getting an Alienware computer because I just can't justify the price. A self-built computer of the same spec would save you at least a couple of hundred. Alienware are like Apple, you're paying for the brand.

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I'd never recommend getting an Alienware computer because I just can't justify the price. A self-built computer of the same spec would save you at least a couple of hundred. Alienware are like Apple, you're paying for the brand.

Not true, with Apple you're paying for the OS itself, the sense of security and knowing the OS will run smoothly with the proper hardware. Yes you can hackintosh for a lot cheaper but it's harder to get the right combo of specs that'll run OSX.

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Not true, with Apple you're paying for the OS itself, the sense of security and knowing the OS will run smoothly with the proper hardware. Yes you can hackintosh for a lot cheaper but it's harder to get the right combo of specs that'll run OSX.

When Lion came out, it was £40 for those with Snow Leopard. You're paying mostly for the design and social aspect. They're 'cool'. 'Cool' things are always more expensive.

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I'd never recommend getting an Alienware computer because I just can't justify the price. A self-built computer of the same spec would save you at least a couple of hundred. Alienware are like Apple, you're paying for the brand.

 

Yup. Thoise with an Apple or an Alienware are the "Elite" ones lol.. JK..

 

But hey, as they say, you get what you pay for.

 

I've been using my Mac for 2 years now, and no PC can beat it's performance and eye-candy factor.

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Yup. Thoise with an Apple or an Alienware are the "Elite" ones lol.. JK..

 

But hey, as they say, you get what you pay for.

 

I've been using my Mac for 2 years now, and no PC can beat it's performance and eye-candy factor.

Well I built my gaming computer last year for ~£1200, and it blows anything that Apple or Alienware can offer for that price out of the water in terms of performance. Granted, it isn't off the shelf, but what I'm saying is just because they're 'cool' and expensive, doesn't mean it is the best. (Although that's subjective anyway, as 'best' is a personal opinion)

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