Need helping deciding on which system to upgrade to


Feb 8, 2010
I am in the process of searching for a new system to upgrade to from my now 5 year old computer. I don't have time to build it myself in between work and school so I am going to be purchasing one complete with a warranty. Please do not suggest a DIY buy the parts from solution I have neither the time nor the inclination at this point.

The system will primarily be used for gaming and needs to be able to last another 4-5 years.


Price between $2,000-$2500
Intel Processor
Min. 6gb of RAM at a min. of 1333 Mhz. DDR3
X58 Chipset MOBO
Prefer 2GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 or equivalent GPU min.
1 TB SATA II hard drive min.
i7 920 min.
3 yr warranty min.

Do not need monitor, mouse, speakers, or keyboard.

The systems I am considering right now. If anyone has any thoughts about which to select I am looking forward to them.

Alienware Aurora

CHASSIS COLOR Cosmic Black, Alienware Aurora Chassis
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7 920 2.66GHz (8MB Cache) Quad Core Processor
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
WARRANTY AND SERVICE 3 Year Basic Service Plan
VIDEO CARD Single 2GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon™ HD 5970
MEMORY 6GB Triple Channel 1333Mhz DDR3
HARD DRIVE 1TB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 32MB Cache HDD
OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)
SOUND CARD Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio
MEDIA READER Alienware® 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
MONITOR No Monitor
TV TUNERS Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 Hybrid TV Tuner with Remote Control
KEYBOARD No Keyboard
MOUSE No Mouse
ALIENFX AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue
COOLING OPTION Alienware™ High-Performance Liquid Cooling

Starting Price $2,438
Student Discount $244
Subtotal $2,194


Case Thermaltake Armor+ Gaming Case-Black
Case Lighting Cold Cathode Neon Light-Blue
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 920 Processor (4x 2.66GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
iBUYPOWER PowerDrive PowerDrive Level 2 - Up to 20% Overclocking
Processor Cooling [Free Upgrade] Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 120mm Radiator [SOCKET-1366]
Memory 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600 Triple Memory Module-Corsair or Major Brand
Video Card ATI Radeon HD 5970 - 2GB-Single Card
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R -- Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire and SLI Supported w/8-ch HD Audio, Tripple Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, 4 PCI-E 2.0 x16 MB
Power Supply 850 Watt -- Thermaltake TR2 W0319RU Power Supply-SLI Ready
Primary Hard Drive 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s-Single Drive
Optical Drive [6X Blu-Ray] LG GGC-H20L BLU-RAY Reader & DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive-Black
Flash Media Reader/Writer 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer-Black
Sound Card Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
Network Card Intel Pro 10/100/1000 Network Card
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + [Free 60-Day !!!] Microsoft Office 2007-64-Bit
Warranty Standard Warranty Service-Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support
Advanced Build Options iBUYPOWER Specialized Advanced Packaging System-Protect your investment during transportation!
Advanced Build Options Tuniq TX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound-The best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks
Advanced Build Options Professional wiring for all cables inside the system tower-Achieve exceptional airflow in your chassis
Subtotal $2,371.00

Digital Storm

Chassis Model: Cooler Master Elite 310 (Black OPS Edition)
Exterior Finish: Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 Micro Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: Internal Digital Media Card Reader (Black)
Hard Drive Set 1: 1x (1TB Seagate/Hitachi/Western Digital (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed)
Optical Drive 1: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB
Sound Card: Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional (PCI-Express Slot Based)
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Asetek Liquid CPU Cooler (120mm Radiator)
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Requires Air Cooling Upgrade)
Boost Video Card: FREE: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
Boost OS: FREE: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty

Digital Storm Desktop: $2,924.00
Sub-Total: $2,724.00


Chassis MAINGEAR F131 Chassis With One-Piece Aluminum Front Construction - Black with Acoustic Dampening
Power Supply MAINGEAR™ Certified 650 Watt Ultra Quiet Power Supply
Graphics and GPGPU Accelerator 2x NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 285 1GB GDDR3 w/ PhysX in SLI [ENTHUSIAST]
Motherboard Intel® X58 Extreme Series CrossFire and SLI Ready DX58SO
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-920 2.66GHz
Processor Cooling MAINGEAR / Asetek Maintenance-Free X120 Liquid Cooling
MAINGEAR Redline Overclocking Service YES! - Redline™ Overclock My System!
Memory 6GB Kingston HyperX Triple-Channel DDR3-1600MHz Low Latency
Hard Drive Bay One 1.0TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA 7200rpm 32MB Cache
Memory Card Reader All-in-One Integrated USB 2.0 Flash Card Reader & Writer
Optical Drive One 8X Lite-On Blu-ray Reader and DVD Lightscribe Combo Drive with Software
Audio 8-channel (7.1) Dolby Home Theater Audio 5 analog audio outputs and S/PDIF Optical Out (Intel DX58SO)
Network Adapter On-board Gigabit Ethernet
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
The Final Finesse Designed, Manufactured, and Supported in the United States - Flawless Craftsmanship and Wire Management
Angelic Service Warranty Lifetime Labor and Phone Support with 3 Year Angelic Service

Default Price: $1,699.00
Customizations: $1,468.99
Total Price: $3,167.99


Feb 8, 2010
Thank you for the information on the prices for the individual parts but as I said I have neither the time nor the inclination to build this myself right now. I'm more looking for any ideas on which of the systems I presented would be the best value for my money.