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Thanks for all this, although some of it is going over my head. My current Cooler Master case reminds me a bit of the Corsair, but I'm loving this one...

http://www.google.co...r:20,s:28,i:175

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What do we think of Cyberpower? They certainly talk a good job.

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Hmmm, I'm going to have to up the budget, but then again I'm realistically going to get five years out of this...

http://computers.top...arl-review.html

Any thoughts, it consistently scores well in reviews and they are available in the UK.

Edit:

Which processor?

i7 3930K or 3960X ? I know the latter is more expensive but do I realistically need it?

Edited by Monte Carlo, 28 May 2012 - 08:45 AM.


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And lastly... the Alienware Aurora is a tad cheaper and I love the look of it (this will live in a part of my house where it will be seen).

However, the out of the box version appears to be underpowered. http://www.hardwareh...conclusion.html

Looking at the upgrade page at Dell, what should I be looking at to make this four year future-proof? http://configure.eur...nware-aurora-r4

Again, I genuinely appreciate any advice.

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Hmmm, I'm going to have to up the budget, but then again I'm realistically going to get five years out of this...

http://computers.top...arl-review.html

Any thoughts, it consistently scores well in reviews and they are available in the UK.

Edit:

Which processor?

i7 3930K or 3960X ? I know the latter is more expensive but do I realistically need it?


Neither. Get the 3570K instead.
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Okay, you want this for gaming so I recommend the following:

A Z77 motherboard
CPU: 3570K
RAM: 8GB
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 670
Hard Drives: one 120GB SSD and one 1TB HDD.


Now, what's your PC right now? What's your monitor? Don't you have parts of it you might want to keep?
Alienware and those Cyberpower guys are seriously overpriced.

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Now, what's your PC right now? What's your monitor? Don't you have parts of it you might want to keep?
Alienware and those Cyberpower guys are seriously overpriced.


I have a Chillblast gaming rig, Rampage Formula motherboard, with:

2 Quad CPU Q9450 @ 2.66 GHz
Windows Vista (Home Premium)
32 bit Os and 4.00 GB RAM
GeForce GTX 260

It's overclocked.

Been a great computer, like I say I've had it for four years and now I'll probably use it as a spare machine in my home office.

Oh, and Chillblast have been on the up since I last used them... they are now pretty expensive too. To be honest, a nice computer is one of those luxuries I can afford, I'd rather run a crappy car (which I do) than have a crappy rig.

Edited by Monte Carlo, 28 May 2012 - 09:24 AM.


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What's your monitor? Do you have the gaming PC connected to a sound system? Or to your TV?

Will you be overclocking your new PC?

Would you be interested in 3D gaming?

Do you want a new mouse and keyboard? Or really just the PC?

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I have a nice but nothing special Samsung monitor. I'll keep it, but want a new 23" one. I have little or no interest in 3D and no, the rig won't be linked to a TV. I want the machine to be overclocked, the Alienware option appears to be medicore in that respect.

Edit: Oh, and I want the machine to look nice. Seriously, this lives on the ground floor of the Schloss Monte, in full view. It's like a piece of furniture and I like design. It's one of the reasons I love Alienware.

Edited by Monte Carlo, 28 May 2012 - 09:27 AM.


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Why not a bigger monitor?

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I cannot, at ŁUK 10.000 afford this. Which is a shame.

http://www.chillblas...-Leviathan.html

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Why not a bigger monitor?


I'm kind of easy, I could go bigger.

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I sent ya a PM.

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Srsly, the more I read reviews online the more confused I get.

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Check your e-mail.

And note that I picked one of the more expensive monitors, so if that's not ok with you, just change back.

Also, I still think you building it yourself would be the optimal course of action. You can get more for the same money and you can get components that Cyberpower or Alienware might not have available.

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I appreciate the sentiment but I cannot adequately express the sense of terror buidling my own system creates in my techno-retard brain.

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It takes about as much skill as building Legos. The Duplo kind. The hardest thing is picking the components.

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I've read that an i5 processor is better for gaming that i7, and that the threading feature on new i7 chips is extraneous for gaming. Thoughts?

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The difference between an i5 and i7 is really minor in gaming, one way or the other. There are reports that Hyperthreading might hinder the i7 in games but the difference is still tiny.

As usual, the GPU is almost always the bottleneck in games, unless your resolution is very low. Maybe Civ V or Shogun 2 will give your CPU some work, but even then, the difference between CPUs should be negligible.




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