Grim Reaper Claims Limited Edition Core i7

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...they're using off the shelf parts. You're whole tirade about 'budget' products is bull. None of the products that you listed are bad. Cheap ≠ Low quality.

If they really wanted budget, they would use a 920 and OC it to 940 speeds.
 
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I would be inclined to disagree entirely with the closing line of the article: "you certainly get what you pay for."

Unless a $1000 premium is worth not having to do it yourself and some ugly case artwork, I find it hard to believe that this could be called a value even for a person looking for a new gaming machine with money to burn. It is faster than my computer, sure, but I just assembled a new i7-based system this past January with specifications relatively close to this for _substantially_ less. Under that criteria, I have to wonder how Kevin Parrish could have written this piece with such a fawning attitude. Given the way he trumpets Smoothcreations' work as a cut above "value", I am disappointed in the tone of the article. The parts Smoothcreations will use are no different that what any consumer could buy online, after all, so unless someone must have some ugly art or refuses to assemble it themselves, I again argue that value is the last word that should be used to describe this system.

Seriously, this is an advertisement in article form. :(
 

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This is news? This is nothing more than advertising. If I wanted ignorant stories shoved down my throat, I would watch Faux news.
 

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Under the hood, the Reaper i7 series starts at a whopping $2600, so it's obvious that the "value" term doesn't imply that mainstream consumers can easily pick one up, but rather they're a bit cheaper than those massive gaming monsters that can easily burn up a retirement fund or require a monthly payment equal to a new car.
They are adding at least $1,000 to what it would cost us to build the same rig. Who charges more for the same components???? Who offers a "massive gaming monsters" and does not offer value builds??
 

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This particular price premium is ok DXrick - that's a builder's prerogative to mark up for labor and warranty and custom detailing costs - you may enjoy ordering from Newegg and building yourself, but others may not. However, you're right - this is nothing special, other than good parts and custom artwork, commonplace in the market. As everyone says here on this forum, this isn't news, it's advertising.

I also don't see what makes an "in-house" paint crew is so special, however - after all a third-party graphics specialist could probably cut those kinds of costs considerably, unless they deal with high volume. Do they really sell THAT many painted systems to justify that kind of overhead?
 

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Nice machine, but if I knew that THIS is what the article was about, I wouldn't have clicked the link. Thanks again, Kevin... Would it kill this guy to have labled this article something more in the lines of "Tweaktown releases Grim Reaper Limited Edition i7 Pre-Built"... but that wouldn't be misleading enough, right?
 

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For that price I would expect a Blu Ray writer. Would be nice to be able to watch Blu Ray on the rig.
Where is the screen?
 
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If I ever wanted a Corei7, I'd also go for the 920(cheapest one),and pair it with 2x radeon 4850 cards.
That way I'd pay half of the price of that monster, don't have the nice artwork, but still have enough horsepower to play the latest games.
Or go for 2 x Radeon 4870, add a fast MLC SSD, and soundblaster card from creative; and still have more than $750 saved over this system!
 
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