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Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:15 pm

Which of the boutique PC builders are *the* best in your opinion?

The contenders (AFAIK) are:

Origin PC
Falcon NW
Alienware
Puget Systems
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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:08 pm

I would go Alienwarez - they have that totally sick alien dude head on their cases and pretty lights on keyboards :wink:
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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:57 pm

I have an Alienware Aurora it is almost 4 years old. I decided to go with Alienware back then because I could not decide which combination of MOBO, RAM and PSU to buy. Although I did have problems with Radeon HD5870 cards I do not regret buying Alienware it is very solid and reliable platform. Customer and warranty service turned out to be great, they allowed me to cancel original order and make a new one because a more powerful CPU went on sale after I completed original order. They replaced 2 video cards under warranty with no hassle. I only upgrade video cards the case design makes it a breeze. Although BIOS is old it seems to be pretty good too I had no issues upgrading to new Radeon HD 7970 and then GTX Titan.

All boutique builders use off the shelf components the difference is in customer service. You will be overcharged but the advantage is that you will not have to deal with DOA, compatibility and testing issues. My experience suggests that the biggest headache which plagues gaming PCs is video driver Display driver stopped responding and has successfully recovered. error which could be caused by literally anything. When you negotiate with the selected builder make sure that they test it thoroughly and assure you that they have not encountered the error. But it could be too much to ask because it could be caused by a bug in the driver and there is nothing they can do about it.

You can visit Reseller Ratings and read the reviews. There is also Maingear.
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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:22 pm

If money was no problem I would be looking at something from Maingear. I considered it before building my current system but the fact that I can put together something similar to what they offer for less than half the cost is a big incentive to do a custom build yourself.

I have never heard anything bad said about Maingear or Falcon NW. Mater of fact most people rave about Maingear. Alienware on the other hand has gone down hill since Dell bought the company. They try to help and fix problems up to a certain point then suddenly they don't respond any more. At least that is the way it worked when my sister and then my cousin had issues with their Alienware systems.

Origin PC and Puget Systems I have not heard anything about at all. Other than being aware they have been around for a while I know nothing about them.
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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:20 am

Have you considered iBuyPower? I bought my first PC from them and was very satisfied (10 years old and it's still running, at the in-laws now). IIRC they have very good prices also. Almost the same as building yourself last time I checked.
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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:32 am

OriginPC was created by the founders of Ailenware. Their machines are quite solid.
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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:06 am

There are a lot of new players on the market these days. Among them:

Some of these look pretty SWEET.
http://anandtech.com/show/7277/overcloc ... st-systems

Mobile - awesome:
http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems ... blade-pro/

Still around:
http://www.falcon-nw.com/



That said I would still build my own.
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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:38 am

Build your own PC

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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:17 am

Update:

http://techreport.com/news/25454/asrock ... p-graphics

Wow. Alienware X51 has some competition.
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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:28 am

DPete27 wrote:Have you considered iBuyPower? I bought my first PC from them and was very satisfied (10 years old and it's still running, at the in-laws now). IIRC they have very good prices also. Almost the same as building yourself last time I checked.

I have not tried them, but I believe CyberpowerPC is the sister site, and my last gaming PC came from them. I used them instead of building my own because a sale put them about $50 over Newegg prices for building my own. Since that was my first gaming PC, I considered it worth it.
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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:58 am

I referred some friends to Ibuypower and Cyberpower over the years. They seem to be the most inexpensive and give you the most variety of choices, cases ,memory, cooling solutions, motherboards, power supplies, fan controllers ETC. Plus there prices are usually 50-150$ over purchasing and building the rig yourself. But you get a 2 year warrantee to start with for no extra cost I believe.

The 3 friends had nice computers built, I had to do/explain some cable management on 2 of them since they did not pay the extra money for it but they have that option also.

EDIT: That was the case last time I checked about a year ago...I am pretty sure it is still the same
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Re: Killer Gaming PC

Postposted on Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:22 am

vargis14 wrote:...Plus there prices are usually 50-150$ over purchasing and building the rig yourself. But you get a 2 year warrantee to start with for no extra cost I believe...

EDIT: That was the case last time I checked about a year ago...I am pretty sure it is still the same

I considered them for my new PC, and the difference was about $150 (differently timed sales might have done better). But I was going with the 650D, and I expected it to be an easy build, and it was.
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