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Old 08-11-2003, 09:13 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks you all very much. This has been very helpful. Looks like I will be saving up for an Alienware for a while, or trying to figure out how to build me own.

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Old 08-11-2003, 11:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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well id pick a system and customize it.I'd add a 1gb ddr corsair ram.

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Old 08-12-2003, 01:05 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Well, I've said this before (lol) If you can install a video card, hard drive, CDROM, and upgrade your Ram. You can build your own computer.

Here, check out this link:

This is a buildout list of the system that I will be purchasing in the near future. There are only a few differences with my system itself than what you get with Alienware. The CPU on my system is a 2500+, and the min you can get with Alien is 2800+; and Alien uses Seagate drives exclusively, whereas I prefer Maxtor. The final difference is the case. Alienware has a really nifty case and matching mouse and keyboard, but the Thermaltake that I am ordering is pretty cool too, and the logitec mouse and keyboard certainly match (everything is black).

Also, My system prices out at over $700 less than Alienware for almost EXACTLY the same components, AND my system price includes a 19" CRT monitor.

As to the specifics on building it yourself. Here's two links from Tom's Hardware (a GREAT information site) that walks you through the whole process.

Step 1: The Basics -

Step 2: Step by Step assembly walkthrough -

Have a good one.


Thermaltake Xaser II A5000C (w/ 5 case fans)
AMD 2500+ (OCed to 3200+)
Asus A7N8X Deluxe
1 Gig Corsair XMS low latency pc3200
2x 80g Maxtor SATA (w/ Raid 0)
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Video Capture Card ( ROCKS!)
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