Despite the daily bombardment from the talking heads, PCs are still a part of life for many people. This is still completely true for the hardcore gamer. There are plenty of companies that will assemble any sort of rig (gaming PC) that will run any game for the next three years on max graphics settings. However, these rigs can be quite pricey. What any gamer needs is a cost effective means to put together a rig that can handle anything and not cost them the entire year’s recreation budget. Let’s be real, if all of the money is spent on the rig, who’s going to buy the games to play on that rig?!
The research for this article was done using some very common and well known sources. Alienware has been a standard for gamers for over a decade. They were acquired by Dell some years back and have continued to put out a reasonable product. However, this comes at a premium. As a comparison, this article used newegg.com to price similar or identical components as those found on the Alienware rig. The following table is a breakdown of this comparison.
Alienware Rig Specs
Dave's Rig Specs
Rig by Me from www.newegg.com
Intel i7 - 4770, up to 3.9 GHz (?), 8MB Cache
Intel i7 - 4770K, 3.5 GHz, 8 MB Cache
MSI Mobo w/ power supply combo
16 GB Dual Channel DDR3 @ 1600 MHz
Corsair 16 GB Dual Channel DDR3 @ 1600 MHz
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 with 2.0 GB GDDR5
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2 GB GDDR5
256 GB SSD SATA 6 Gb/s + 1 TB 5400 RPM
Toshiba 256 GB SSD SATA III
Seagate 1 TB 5900 RPM
Built in wireless network support: DW 1506 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi Wireless LAN (standard)
With Mobo above
Slot Loading Blu-Ray Player (standard)
Windows 8 OS
Windows 8 OS
Cool Case - mini-tower
RAIDMAX SMILODON mid-tower
330W Power Supply
With Mobo above
Dell Ultrasharp 24" Monitor
ACER 24" High Definition Monitor
The Alienware parts were not broken down by price but it’s obvious from the total price that there is a large discrepancy for the cost of the machine. Also, with newegg, there are many different combo deals for components. Using the super-combos that many companies such as newegg or tigerdirect offer, significant savings can be found. It is obvious why assembling your own rig is preferable to saving a little time by purchasing a pre-assembled rig. $600 goes a long way to purchasing games for your slick new rig!
Additionally, there is an old site that is still pumping out optimum savings for the more advanced PC assembler. pricewatch has been scanning the internet for years finding the lowest price on components. It will show you the way to an even cheaper experience than using only a single site.
There are other concerns than only price when building a new gaming rig. Stay tuned to further installments for how-to’s and what-to-look-for’s when building your own gaming rig. If you’re not willing to wait that long, there are tigerdirect brick-and-mortar stores throughout the Tampa area. Find one and speak with their staff. They’ll be certain to assist you!