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Bang For Your Buck: Low-End, Mid and High-End Gaming Desktops Explored

Bang For Your Buck: Low-End, Mid and High-End Gaming Desktops Explored

You're stuffed full of turkey, you somehow managed to erect a Christmas tree, and you're still recovering from Black Friday. Without a doubt, you've had one whirlwind of a holiday. But before you get too comfortable in that chair of yours, we should probably remind you that the gift giving day you've all been waiting for is only a few weeks away. If you've been thinking of replacing that aging gaming rig of yours with something a bit more powerful as a gift to yourself (so to speak), we've rounded up a few solid options in varying price ranges that just might fit the bill. Oh, and you don't even have to get off of that sofa you're planted on to assemble these!

Bang For Your Buck: Low-End, Mid-Range and High-End Gaming Desktops

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Speaking of which I started building my new DT. I ordered a XFX 5850 (Cypress Pro), I am thinking about Liquid cooling it and seeing what I can get out of it. I also know the XFX is more expensive than most 5850's, I bought it specifically because the rated perf is the highest as compared on a stock rating, and it carries a double manufacturers warranty which means I can sell it with a waranty on eBay, when and if I decide to.

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The video card will be here today, I also plan on ordering a Cooler master Hyper 212+ for cpu cooling. The extra 40 mm fan is for active chipset cooling as I will oc this to at least 3.6-3.8. The other extras (like the keyboards is for a different computer). I was thinking about going with an I7 860 but just cannot justify it. Of course the I7 920 was also a consideration but that is like 3-400 more with less memory (6 vs. 8 gigs), the MB prices as well as the 6GB mem kits prices are stupid compared.

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price

3 LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM

Item #: N82E16827136177

$83.97

($27.99 each)

1 COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

-$10.00 Instant

$109.98

$99.98

2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

$139.98

($69.99 each)

1 ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

-$10.00 Instant

$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card13-131-366

$139.99

$129.99

1 SILVERSTONE ELEMENT ST75EF 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

-$10.00 Instant

$20.00 Mail-in Rebate17-256-049

$139.99

$129.99

2 Saitek PZ30AUR Red USB Wired Slim Eclipse Keyboard

-$10.00 Instant

$99.98

$79.98

($39.99 each)

2 Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996657

$255.98

($127.99 each)

1 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX

$165.99

2 COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20CR-GP 120mm Red LED Case Fan

$17.98

($8.99 each)

1 Rexus TopMotor DF124020BH 40mm Case Fan

$7.99

Subtotal: $1,111.83

Shipping: $17.23

Grand Total: $1,129.06

At least this is what I am considering,the 5850 will work in my current setup for now. The MB in it seems to be walking the green mile though. Last night it took me10-15 minutes to boot. Of course sometimes is boots right up with no issues to.

If anyone has any suggestions let me know. Either way I cannot loose the desktop as I must have it (I have gone back to college on the internet). I am hoping this will do for now, and that I can swing it very soon Financially. From what I understand AMD's next CPU will also fit in this MB from what there saying as well.

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I'd much rather have that artsy case used as the article's icon! :)

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That's the Thermaltake Level 10--BIG COIN!

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That thing's a beauty. Damn me for buying these reuseable Antec workhorses that are my current cases!

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The Sonic Boom offers a computer with 6GB of RAM and they supply you with a 32 bit OS that can't see it all or use it. It doesn't make any sense.

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The Alienware Aurora seems like the best value here.

Also, any video card less than the GTX260 cannot be part of a gaming setup. Why buy a system that will barely handle today's best games? You'll need an upgrade 6 months from now.

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Seriously, the best "HIGH END" would be your own custom built system. Don't rely on Alienware, HP, etc to make a computer.. Rather you should make it yourself. It's really not that hard, I made my first when I was 14 and I didn't have a SINGLE problem. Or rather you could spend 10 grand on a MAINGEAR system... But for most of us, that is out of our budget. 

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Has anyone heard of Origin? They are new but damn do they have customization. You can pick ANY case! And the price is pretty reasonable too.. That is if you consider paying an extra grand to get a system which you can build yourself to be a good deal. '

Personally I think if you have the money, you should BUY IT. 1K extra is for more than just the parts itself, it's lifetime warranty (I think), 24/7 call support, and the list goes on and on. 

To sum it all up, buy a system for a reasonable price (sorry MAINGEAR), get familiar will the hardware and eventually build one yourself. 

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In general, the more money you put, the better performance you'll get!

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dlim783:
the more money you put

I disagree.  A hex-core AMD solution performs wicked fast when combined with a good video card. The High end Intel boxes are a little faster, but a heck of a lot more money too. Throwing money at a computer doesn't always mean better performance. A little research, thought, and planning helps too.

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Huh? Intel 980x is faster than AMD 1090T. Dude, just look at the benchmark carefully.

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It isn't about the benchmarks. It's about the real world that many of us live in and a $1,000.00 CPU is no deal at all,......no matter how fast it is, when you can get completely acceptable performance from a Hex-Core AMD CPU at 1/3 the price. Side by side in a real gaming environment they are almost the same. Benchmarks can tell you in Gnat's-ass increments how much better your Intel 1000K CPU is but you wouldn't notice yourself unless you're a fanboy.

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What are you, AMD/ATI Fan boy?

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Not at all,...Look at my signature and see what type of computer I'm using.

I also have a core i5-750, 8GB RAM HD5850 1GB, 2TB HDD, Blah, Blah, Blah,.........

I also have an X3-720 AMD System, 8GB RAM, 2-750GB HDD's Blah, Blah,..........and  that one works really friggin well too.

I like windows, OS-X, Linux, and FAST cars.

 

I just like good computer equipment that works well. And you coming out of nowhere telling the world that Alienware is suddenly no good and their whole customer base doesn't know sh*t because they've bought crappy computers only tells me that you don't know what your are talking about.

 

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You obviously are not thinking it right... Go research about Alienware Marketing. Trust me, Alienware sucks!

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Or just forget about Alienware. Simple as it is!

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lol... newb....

Just saw this... it's kind of old now. But man, Dlim, you don't know what you're talking about.

I can guarantee you that I could sit you down in front of 2 computers... 1 with top of the line EVERYTHING and an other with mid teir parts. Start up a game like Half Life 2, for example... And without telling you which has what... you would not be able to tell me which one costs $10k and with one costs $1.5k

There are only a couple of games out there that would not be playable with everything maxed on a typical system.

Do you really think a game is going to look any different at 100fps every 100,000fps? Keep dreaming man.

 

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I just stopped replying to him, he doesn't have any respect for other people's opinions or for them either. He's just too good for us,........

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Even with Intel Core i7 920-930 (4-cores), it can still beat 6-Core AMD 1090T!

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I come to know about this product first time. That is really great product for gaming lovers. Thanks for good article. 

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