I know that there's such thing as the Computer Build Resource Thread, but I'm having trouble figuring out which parts in the thread will work well together so that nothign bottlenecks.
My friend wants to spend under 1000 dollars on a new gaming computer. Knowing not much about computers, he wanted something similar to the Alienware x51. I personally feel like Alienware computers are overpriced, so I'd like to compare what we could make with an equal amount of money. This would be from scratch, with no parts at all except maybe a monitor and a copy of Windows 7.
Can anyone suggest a build that would work well, including processor, motherboard, HDs, graphics card, memory etc. Providing a few links would be even more helpful.
His monitor is 1920x1080. He will use the computer for mostly gaming. Let's keep the upgrade cycle longer, around 1 year. I plan to build his computer ASAP, but don't plan on overclocking as I don't want to mess with anything to that level. I live in the states so I have access to Newegg, TigerDirect, and Microcenter nearby.
Personally, I think we could go with a Core i5 3550 LGA 1155 and mobo, along with 8 GB DDR3 and a GTX 460, and still have plenty left over for a case, maybe a SSD, etc.
I want to build the best computer for the price. Any ideas?
The GTX460 is 2 generations out of date, if you are buying it new, maybe there is a better option? The newest gen would be GTX 6xx and Radeon 7xxx
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MisterFred United States. June 16 2012 13:27. Posts 1846
You can do way better than that. (And alienware). I'll go ahead and assume you want ye olde generic gaming computer that will last a long time and won't be upgraded. And I'll assume you have windows/a monitor. First, if you're near a microcenter, you can often get good deals on CPU & mobo & not other components. I won't take that into account.
How does the above build compare with an alienware x51. Well there's a bunch of different versions of those. But going with a $1000 i5 version from the dell website, then part by part:
CPU: My build above is superior. The Dell x51 has an i5-2320, vs the i5-3450. So the above processor is a little faster and the slightly newer generation of intel processors.
Motherboard: The above motherboard isn't special (mobos don't need to be). The Dell mobo is likely a custom job without much expansion possiblity. A wash.
GPU: 7850 above vs the Alienware's 555. The 7850 is VASTLY superior. Honestly I don't know how these 'gaming' computers get away with offering such utter trash GPUs. This is the huge advantage here.
RAM: 8gb vs 8gb, the above a teeensy bit faster. Mostly a wash.
SSD: The above has an SSD. Nice. The Alienware does not. Not so nice. Advantage: custom build.
HDD: I recommended the 500gb drive, the Alienware comes with a 1TB drive. Advantage: Alienware (very slight), but easily fixed by spending a little of the extra cash on the bigger HDD linked above if you feel you need the space.
Case: The Alienware has a custom case. How nice is it? I dunno. The Shinobi is a decent case, with a window, yay. We'll say it's a wash here. The Corsair 550D would be superior to the Alienware case, but it's pricey.
PSU: The Alienware has come custom PSU that's sufficient for its purposes but won't be able to power a GPU upgrade. Advantage to build above, but not by much.
DVD-burner. They both have one
Mouse: The Mionix Naos 3200 will be much superior to the generic optical mouse the Alienware offers.
Keyboard: The Alienware keyboard is likely a little bit better than the "cheapest one you can find" option I gave.
Speakers: The alienware doesn't come with some.
Windows: The alienware comes with a legal version of windows 7 (value ~ $95). The custom build does not. Advantage: Alienware.
Custom building your own computer is clearly better. Most significantly in the video card power. It'll be the difference between playing on med-low settings or high settings for the more difficult to run games on a 1920x1080 monitor. And the SSD will make casual computing a little nicer as well.
If you have a tiny, crappy monitor, you can drop the SSD & afford a generic 23" 1920x1080 monitor that looks ok in the store.
Last edit: 2012-06-16 13:46:53
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iTzSnypah United States. June 16 2012 13:48. Posts 1251