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Buying a custom gaming pc?

By Shadowrane
Mar 31, 2006
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  1. Hey all. I'm looking for some recommendations for, in your opinion, the best company to buy a custom gaming pc from. I've looked on tons of sites, such a cnet, and every company i've looked into buying from has gotten negative reviews for having crappy tech help and such. I just want someone elses two cents on who they've have good dealings with, and above all which company is the best value for my money. Tech support isnt that big of deal with me anyway.

    And i know i could build my own for much less, but i'm too lazy :zzz: :) The companies i have so far are:

    Cyberpower
    Dell ( ;) )
    Alienware
    ABS
    Velocity Micro
    Polywell
    iBUYPOWER
  2. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

  3. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Don't buy from Alienware. If you want to spend more money, go for Falcon. If you want to spend less, Cyberpower system. Here is a good computer at cyberpowersystem

    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/cfga64x2.asp?v=d

    $1248.00

    CASE : Raidmax Sagitta Mid-Tower 420W Gaming Case w/ Side Panel Window (BLACK COLOR)
    CPU : (939-pin) AMD Athlon™64 X2 4200+ Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
    MOTHERBOARD : (Sckt939)Asus A8N-E nForce4 Chipset SATA133 RAID PCI-E w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&7.1Audio
    MEMORY : 1024 MB (512MBx2) PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR MEMORY (Corsair Value Select)
    VIDEO CARD : ATI RADEON X850 XT 256MB 16X PCI EXPRESS VIDEO CARD
    VIDEO CARD 2 : NONE
    LCD Monitor : NONE
    HARD DRIVE : Gaming Hard Drive (10,000RPM SATA150) (SATA150 - Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM 8MB Cache WD740GD)
    Hard Drive 2 : NONE
    Optical Drive : (Special Price) LG GWA-4161 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BEIGE COLOR)
    Optical Drive 2 : NONE
    SOUND : Creative Labs SB AUDIGY 4 SE

    Here is a good one from Falcon

    http://www.falcon-nw.com/config2/build.asp
    Just change it from 512MB to 1024MB of memory.
  4. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    www.fluidpc.com

    I know the owner, nice guy, alot of expirence. I could see if i could get you a discount.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    alienware has horrible customer support.

    Why buy? You can build your own, customize it with more stuff for far less.

    plus you learn a lot.
  6. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    Amen to that.
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Absolutely spot on Tedster. I couldn`t agree with you more.

    Shadowrane. If you build a computer yourself, you`ll get a lot more bang for your buck and it really isn`t that difficult.

    But hey, at the end of the day it`s your call.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. Shadowrane

    Shadowrane Topic Starter

    Yeah, i've been thinking about building my own. I've decided i'm not as lazy i think i am :slurp:

    Can anyone point me to some good guides or sites for building your own, or if anyone has any tips, that'd be great too! I'm probably looking at a budget of $2000, might be a bit more or a bit less, but thats what i'm looking at now.
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

  10. Shadowrane

    Shadowrane Topic Starter

    Thanks! I never really thought about it, but as i dont have all the money right now, it would be alot easier and cheaper to buy parts as i get the money.

    Also, what online stores do you recommend i buy from? Newegg?
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Newegg have a really good reputation. We even have a Newegg support guy on these boards. See this thread HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  12. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

    Im going to make a movie with my next puter, "On How to Build a Puter"


    A short noobafied easy to understand movie.


    Comming soon!!!
  13. Sean

    Sean TS Rookie Posts: 131

    haha, sounds good, i think the biggest part that i get a little nervous is setting up the bracket that holds the cpu hsf assembly, cant apply too much pressure and you'll crack the mobo.
  14. Akifuddin

    Akifuddin TS Rookie Posts: 150

    Since you'll build:

    AMD X2 4200+
    X1900XT(X) 512MB
    Corsair ValueSelect/XMS 2048MB Memory
    Antec TruePowerII 550W Power supply
    Choose your case
    Choose your optical drive
    Choose your floppy drive
  15. Shadowrane

    Shadowrane Topic Starter

    Yeah, that build sounds good. I might pay more to get a X2 4400 or 4600, or even a 4800. And is the X1900XTX (why so many x's? :dead: ) better than Nvidia's 7900 GTX? Or about the same?

    But everything else sounds good. Corsair memory, Antec power supply, etc, etc. And with the case, do most cases fit all the different types of mobo's and power supplies?
  16. LipsOfVenom

    LipsOfVenom TS Rookie Posts: 256

    the X1900 is better than the 7900. 48 pixel shaders vs. 24 in the GeForce. However the 1900 is a lot more expensive. It is currently at the top of most video card lists. Both the 7900 and the X1900 at high end video cards though.
  17. ThrasherFan22

    ThrasherFan22 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    u do need the experiance because if u ever need to upgrade u dont have to pay for a store to send someone out to ur house to help u
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