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Posted 29 September 2005 - 07:18 PM

I think ive defidtnly found the one i want.

The alienwareArea-51 5300

Here are the specs i want on it.

Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 531 w/ HT Technology 3.0GHz 800MHz FSB 1MB

NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 GT PCI-E 256MB DDR3 (this will work with BF2 right?)

1GB Dual Channel Low-Latency DDR PC-3200 at 400MHz - 2 x 512MB

160GB Serial ATA 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache

Total comes out to just under $1600. without moniter. Im going to buy a nice one later down the road.

So what do you think?

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 07:21 PM

Alienware: user posted image

There isn't really more to say, although the CPU is a bit ... dunno, can't have a better one? VGA Card and RAM is a-ok though smile.gif

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 07:48 PM

Over-priced shaz.

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 08:06 PM

Yeah, way overpriced. The one that's being shipped to me right now has the same processor, only clocked at 3.2ghz, 1gb of ddr2 sdram(4x 256) same hardrive, only other difference is that it has a ati radeon x600 256mb shared(128 onboard) and 19 inch flat panel moniter. about 1300 bucks after shipping and tax.

HOLY f*ckING sh*t!!! Right as I was typing that the ups truck pulled up the driveway inlove.gif . Time to go try this thing out.

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 09:22 PM

Extremely over priced
For about half the cost, ibuypower.com can get your a system that is better and comes with more.

For one thing, instead of DDR (Alienware) you can get DDR2 (ibuypower).
More mobos to choose from. More CPUs. More RAM. More GFX cards. More cases. And much much more (no pun intended).


Personally I'd rather get AMD 64-bit period, great performance and less cost.

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 09:34 PM

I'd take it, but yeah, overpriced.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 01:22 AM

Overpriced, anyone? Get one custom made by your loacl computer shop if you cant make one. MUCH cheaper and better. And it won't suck because it doesn't say Alienware on the case..

BTW, get Amd Athlon 64, much better processor, get a 7800 GT, way better than the 6800 GT.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 03:34 AM

Well its Alienware meaning quality and great workmanship but you pay for every ounce of that quality so they are over-priced for what your actually getting. Sure if you've got the cash lying around to just buy it then go ahead but know that you can get a better spec PC for less.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 05:41 AM Edited by AshleeSimpson, 30 September 2005 - 05:47 AM.

Wolf, i wish i had scene that site earlier, i think id rather have one of these. Im building one right now. Wich motherboard is better...

Foxconn WinFast NF4UK8AA-8EKRS nVidia nForce4-Ultra Chipset w/LAN, 7.1 Sound, IEEE-1394, USB 2.0 PCI-E Motherboard [- $27]
Gigabyte GA-K8NF9 nVidia nForce4 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 PCI-E Motherboard [- $27]
Asus A8N-E nVidia nForce4-Ultra Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0 PCI-E Motherboard
Asus A8N5X nForce4 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0 PCI-E Motherboard [- $23]
MSI K8N Neo4-F nForce4 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0 PCI-E Motherboard [- $38]
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Ultra Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Dual Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 PCI-E MB [+ $7]
eVGA 133-K8-NF41 nForce-4 SLI Chipset Dual DDR w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, Dual PCI-E MB [- $9]
Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro-SLI nVidia nForce4-SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 Dual PCI-E MB [+ $0]
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe nForce4-SLI Chipset w/LAN, 7.1 Sound, IEEE-1394, USB 2.0 Dual PCI-E Motherboard [+ $50]
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI nVidia nForce4-SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Wi-Fi-g, Dual Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 Dual PCI-E MB [+ $43]

I just built a sweet computer on there for 1300 bucks. 300 bucks cheaper than the alienware, and i think better, wich a moniter.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:02 AM

If it's an alienware case you want you can easily get one off ebay. Because I know for a fact that that's probably at least half the reason you want to buy from alienware.

Link.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:12 AM

I dont want an alien case.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:15 AM

QUOTE (AshleeSimpson @ Sep 30 2005, 00:12)
I dont want an alien case.

Sorry I only read the first post. tounge.gif

Edit: Oh well aren't I an idiot. Perhaps I should try clicking the link before posting. dozingoff.gif
When I think alienware that case is basically the first thing I think of.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:26 AM

I think those cases are ugly, the one i wanted from alienware was that tiny small one. Thanks anyway though.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:32 AM

Alienware's cases are cool, imho. However, the markup is pretty astonishing, and doesn't represent great value for money.

Alienware try to combat this by pointing out how difficult it apparently is to build a system yourself, which is total bollocks, quite frankly. You can probably get most of your parts from the one retailer, and a couple of hours slaving over a new box is half the fun of the thing smile.gif

Then again, for plug-and-play gaming systems, Alienware pretty much own it.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:53 AM

QUOTE (reticulatingsplines @ Sep 30 2005, 00:32)
Alienware try to combat this by pointing out how difficult it apparently is to build a system yourself, which is total bollocks, quite frankly. You can probably get most of your parts from the one retailer, and a couple of hours slaving over a new box is half the fun of the thing smile.gif

That 30 minutes where you're putting everything together at the end makes all the bullsh*t of getting the money totally worth it.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 07:11 AM

QUOTE (AshleeSimpson @ Sep 30 2005, 01:26)
I think those cases are ugly, the one i wanted from alienware was that tiny small one. Thanks anyway though.

So really your main thing is wanting a shuttle case and pack it full of goodies

Then try starting with this or this or this or this and then build up from there. And I'll be willing to bet you'll end up with a system you'll like better and is cheaper.
Granted it won't be "Alienware" and you'll have to build it yourself or get someone else to put all the pieces together, but still worth it if you ask me.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 07:45 AM

Id rather get one from ibuypower.com

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 07:46 AM

QUOTE (AshleeSimpson @ Sep 29 2005, 19:18)
I think ive defidtnly found the one i want.

The alienwareArea-51 5300

Here are the specs i want on it.

Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 531 w/ HT Technology 3.0GHz 800MHz FSB 1MB

NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 GT PCI-E 256MB DDR3  (this will work with BF2 right?)

1GB Dual Channel Low-Latency DDR PC-3200 at 400MHz - 2 x 512MB

160GB Serial ATA 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache

Total comes out to just under $1600. without moniter. Im going to buy a nice one later down the road.

So what do you think?

Same price will give you Athlon 64 4000+, 2GB RAM, 200GB HDD, 7800GTX, etc if you build it yourself or use ibuypower.com catloaf_by_anuj.gif

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:01 AM Edited by AshleeSimpson, 30 September 2005 - 08:04 AM.

As ive been saying the past couple posts. Im probaly going to buy from ibuypower

Also, does
[939-pin] AMD® Athlon-64 3700+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology mean that its 3.7 gigahertz?


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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:07 AM

QUOTE (AshleeSimpson @ Sep 30 2005, 08:01)
As ive been saying the past couple posts. Im probaly going to buy from ibuypower

Also, does
[939-pin] AMD® Athlon-64 3700+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology    mean that its 3.7 gigahertz?


I'm such a first post reader, sorry sigh.gif

No, it means it preforms like a pentium 4 3.7 ph34r.gif

Its about 2.2Ghz

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:10 AM

QUOTE (Shoofly @ Sep 30 2005, 08:07)
QUOTE (AshleeSimpson @ Sep 30 2005, 08:01)
As ive been saying the past couple posts. Im probaly going to buy from ibuypower

Also, does
[939-pin] AMD® Athlon-64 3700+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology    mean that its 3.7 gigahertz?


I'm such a first post reader, sorry sigh.gif

No, it means it preforms like a pentium 4 3.7 ph34r.gif

Its about 2.2Ghz

So im guessing an intell 3.2 gig would be better right?

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:15 AM

QUOTE (AshleeSimpson @ Sep 30 2005, 08:10)
QUOTE (Shoofly @ Sep 30 2005, 08:07)
QUOTE (AshleeSimpson @ Sep 30 2005, 08:01)
As ive been saying the past couple posts. Im probaly going to buy from ibuypower

Also, does
[939-pin] AMD® Athlon-64 3700+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology    mean that its 3.7 gigahertz?


I'm such a first post reader, sorry sigh.gif

No, it means it preforms like a pentium 4 3.7 ph34r.gif

Its about 2.2Ghz

So im guessing an intell 3.2 gig would be better right?

As I said, it preforms like an Intel 3.7 so an Intel 3.2 wouldnt exactly be better. And besides, AMD is best for gaming.. catloaf_by_anuj.gif

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:18 AM

lol, this is why i wouldnt want to build it my self, i would have no clue what im doin.

Ok how bout this, who wants to build me the best gaming computer on ibuypower for under 1400 bucks?

dont all jump in at once

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:19 AM

Sure I'll give it a try smile.gif

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:24 AM

i just built one for 1100 bucks, no moniter.

I want the [New !!!] Raidmax X-1 ATX Mid-tower Case w/420W Power Supply Silver case, its like 3rd from the bottom.

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:30 AM

Here..

But if you go down to 1GB ram you could get the 7800GTX though, without adding to much extra to the price..

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:35 AM

Ok, i put it down to 1 gig of ram, and put in the 7800gtx.

Whats the diffrence between these mobo's.

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Ultra Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Dual Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 PCI-E MB (wich you had selected)

and

MSI K8N Neo4-F nForce4 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0 PCI-E Motherboard (wich is 45 bucks cheaper)

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:35 AM

How head strong are you on going with Intel?
With an AMD 64bit I could put better parts into it.
The base AMD64 with PCIE is about $150 cheaper than the base Intel Dualcore and $80 cheaper than the P4.

What are you base requirements is basicly what I'm asking;
AMD or Intel?
ATI or nVidia?
OS included or not? ibuypower can include it for an extra $89 or newegg.com has XP Home SP2 OEM for $92
How much RAM?
Minimum size HDD? and how many? 1 or 2
CD/DVD drive; ROM, combo or all burner? and how many? 1 or 2 (this second at ibuypopwer gets limited choices)
Good sound card or stick with onboard?

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:36 AM

QUOTE (AshleeSimpson @ Sep 30 2005, 08:35)
Ok, i put it down to 1 gig of ram, and put in the 7800gtx.

Whats the diffrence between these mobo's.

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Ultra Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Dual Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 PCI-E MB (wich you had selected)

and

MSI K8N Neo4-F nForce4 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0 PCI-E Motherboard (wich is 45 bucks cheaper)

IEEE 1394 -- Firewire, the ultimate USB pwner..

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:37 AM Edited by AshleeSimpson, 30 September 2005 - 08:40 AM.

QUOTE (Shoofly @ Sep 30 2005, 08:36)
QUOTE (AshleeSimpson @ Sep 30 2005, 08:35)
Ok, i put it down to 1 gig of ram, and put in the 7800gtx.

Whats the diffrence between these mobo's.

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Ultra Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Dual Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 PCI-E MB    (wich you had selected)

and

MSI K8N Neo4-F nForce4 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0 PCI-E Motherboard    (wich is 45 bucks cheaper)

IEEE 1394 -- Firewire, the ultimate USB pwner..

lol, i wish i new what you just said

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AMD or Intel? Wichever is better.
ATI or nVidia? nVidia, unless if ATI is better
OS included or not? OS included
How much RAM? 1 gig
Minimum size HDD? 1 at atleast 100 gigs
CD/DVD drive; ROM, combo or all burner? Well, i just want to be able to burn cds so it doesnt matter.
Good sound card or stick with onboard? I dont want the cheapest, but i dont want the most expensive, something in between.





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