Ugh, I have built systems in the past, in fact my current computer is a Frankenstien spanning components of three different systems that were recycled as I upgraded components. I frankly dont want to do it again. You are right though, if you want to save money build it yourself.
Curious, I gave up on DAOC, WOW, and finally Warhammer. Is there anything good you folks are playing currently? I plan on buying a Alienware rig in the next month or two and need some MMO suggestions.
In the few minutes I break my WitE addiction I still return to WOW and Warhammer, great games. MMO's? Try Vindictus, City of Heroes going Rogue or LOTRO. I, like ilovestrategy, enjoy the pace of LOTRO.
I have been buying Alienware rigs since the company started many years ago, it's worth the investment. BUT, my son just had Falcon NW build a killer rig-intel core i7 extreme 980x 3.33gh processor, 12 gig ram, 2 GE FORCE GTX80 video cards, 2TB hard drive, 240GB SSD, and other goodies. YES he dropped $6800 on it, but I think Falcon is something to look into. I just looked at some rigs a moment ago and you can bet one that beats Alienware for about the same amount of green. I am impressed. Sorry for the swerve, but I think Falcon may have finally overtaken ALienware as king of gaming rigs. Check them out.
I built one that is about 85% of that 9 months ago and paid 2700 with shipping and tax. Unless you are rich and just don't have the time, giving money to Alienware or Falcon is a complete waste of money.
You can build one just as nice for 40% less.
Plus mine has an Asus MOBO vs a generic Intel one and the GFX cards are BFGs instead of generic ones. And I didn't have to spend 10 hours clearing away bloatware.
$6800 for the system you described is beyond a rip off. Did he have it custom painted? Even knowing Falcons inflated prices I can't find why he spent almost 7 grand.
My system is an i7 920 overclocked safely to 3.3 GHZ. 2x600 GB TB 10,000 RPM HDDs in RAID 0
Three older 7,200 RPM drives that are 250 GB each in Raid 1 I had those from an old system and stuck them in because I had room
12 GB of DDR3 RAM
2X Geforce 295's with 1.8GB of memory each They are high quality BFGs so they are factory overclocked to 750 MHZ core speed and 2.4 GHZ memory speed
1,200 Watt PSW
A top of the line Asus MOBO vs a generic Intel one
I have a new nice extras like a Blueray drive and SB X-Fi Titanium
I don't have an SSD but back when I built my system those were still prohibitivly expensive and I could not justify adding one. So that is one thing his system has over mine.
But I stayed below $3,000 and that is with another 23" NEC monitor that I use with an older system.
The only thing I overpaid for and that I could have saved money on was if I purchased individual liquid cooling components and built my own liquid cooling system. That was a few steps above my experience level though and I did not want to bother.
So I splured and got a top of the line Thermaltake liquid cooled case with a 120mm copper Zaalman fan
The case comes with a 5 year guarantee that if the cooling ever ruptures or leaks and ruins my system it is covered up to $2,000
I am not trying to start a dick sizing contest over who has the better system nor am I trying to put you or your son down. I am just pointing out to potential buyers about the possibility of a homebuilt system that can save a lot of money.
So before you give your life saving to Alienware or Falcon or anyone else, evaluate all your options and do some research.