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#1 Aug 13 2010 at 10:37 AM Rating: Good
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I thought I would post something like this so folks can see what they are getting through different PC builders vs what they would pay for doing it themselves.

First I went to Alienware and configured an Aurora. There is no mention of which MoBo or PSU they are using, as is typical of Dell, but I will assume they are using something good enough to power the components I selected. There is also no mention of which brand they used for things like the GPU and RAM, but again, I will trust Dell...I mean Alienware.

Total price = $2018:

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7 930 Quad Core Processor (2.8GHz, 8MB Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
VIDEO CARD Dual 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 CrossfireX™ Enabled
MEMORY 6GB Triple Channel 1333Mhz DDR3
HARD DRIVE 500GB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD
OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner
SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
KEYBOARD No Keyboard
MOUSE No Mouse
WARRANTY AND SERVICE 3 Year Basic Service Plan edit

Next, I went to AVADirect (another system builder without all the hype) and configured the exact same system. I made sure to get a PSU that would handle dual GPUs as well as any upgrades I might perform in the future.

Total price: $1429

COMPUCASE HEC 6C28B Black Mid-Tower Case, No PSU, ATX
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX TX Series Power Supply, 750W, 80 PLUS®,
ASUS P6T, LGA1366, Intel® X58, DDR3-2000 (O.C.) 12GB /6, PCIe x16 SLI CF /3
INTEL Core™ i7-930 Quad-Core 2.8GHz, LGA1366, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm, 130W
CRUCIAL 6GB (3 x 2GB) PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM
GIGABYTE GV-R577D5-1GD-B, Radeon™ HD 5770 850MHz, 1GB GDDR5 4800MHz
GIGABYTE GV-R577D5-1GD-B, Radeon™ HD 5770 850MHz, 1GB GDDR5 4800MHz
SEAGATE 500GB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache
SONY AD-7241S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe
MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition, OEM
WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

Since Alienware did not tell me exactly what parts were being used, I took the AVADirect parts list to Newegg and got prices for each item. I could have found lower prices had I searched for combos and mail in rebates.

Total price = $1271

COMPUCASE HEC 63RABB (could not find exact case) - $40
ASUS P6T - $195
INTEL Core™ i7-930 - $290
CRUCIAL 6GB (3 x 2GB) PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz - $141
GIGABYTE 5770 - $160
GIGABYTE 5770 - $160
SEAGATE 500GB Barracuda - $55
MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $100

So in summary, for the exact same PC:

Alienware = $2018
AVADirect = $1429
Newegg (parts) = $1271

I will leave it up to the reader to decide which is the best deal.
(HINT: it isn't Alienware)

Edited, Aug 13th 2010 12:46pm by Enscheff
#2 Aug 13 2010 at 10:48 AM Rating: Good
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Build your own if you can. I feel sorry for this horse.


Edited, Aug 13th 2010 12:53pm by Geffe
#3 Aug 13 2010 at 10:52 AM Rating: Good
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I can understand paying AVADirect $158 to build the PC and give me a warranty.

I can not understand paying Dell $747 to do the exact same thing.
#4 Aug 13 2010 at 10:57 AM Rating: Good
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MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $100

Microsoft Windows 7Home Premium 64 Bit OEM

That OEM is important :P

However, if you'd like a full version of Windows 7 professional, and you have a .edu email adderss, I recommend:

The Truth is a virus
#5 Aug 13 2010 at 11:03 AM Rating: Decent
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Well if you can get mail-in rebates and change out parts for even cheaper components to fit your exact situation, then Newegg for sure. I could probably find a cheaper MOBO and opt for a single card GPU solution instead and maybe just 4GB of RAM. (But then we're not talking apples vs apples.)

If you want someone else to do it AVAdirect seems OK and you get a warranty.

I would never purchase an Alienware, as I just don't like their style of cases.
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