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http://www.kitguru.net/desktop-pc/gaming-rig/zardon/aria-gladiator-warbird-660-i5-3570k-gtx660-sli-oc-review/

seems like a nice rig the question shud i just build the rig myself can it be done for cheaper? i assume so since they need profit? im using ebuyer and there wasnt really a diffrence in price, can it be made better for cheaper, ill let u decide smile.gif
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I'd say you would struggle to get it for much cheaper

I did a quick add up in my head:

150 for CPU
40 for RAM
350 for GPUs
75 for SSD
50 for HDD
100 for Mobo
100 for PSU
50 for CLC
80 for Case

= £995

Now the cards are the one part they don't specify a brand so if you assume they put the cheapest stock cards in, it could be £300 for the GPUs so it could be possible to build that spec for maybe below £950 or you could pick alternative parts and shave another £100-150 and still have similar performance, probably swap the SLI for one higher spec. card that gives more reliable performance and isn't reliant on drivers/SLI support. Of course all the parts they put in, like the parts they sell individually have a profit margin so they make money there but you can't buy them at that price, they are building it for you, overclocking it and presumably providing a warranty too so to be fair its a decent offer.

To the question of whether you should build it yourself, my personal preference is always to build my own, but that's just because I enjoy doing it!
post #3 of 4
I prefer to do things myself but that is actually very well priced all things considered.

Although, an H60 for 4.6GHz isn't ideal. Temps won't be great.
Edited by deafboy - 3/22/13 at 3:47am
 
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the price is great. but you can manipulate many things using the same amount of money. like getting an air cooler for now and going for a better gpu. if you don't intend going sli or crossfire i would get a lower psu.

and i don't like this:
Overclocking: Intel i5 professionally Overclocked to 4.60GHz.

i don't think they will run this at minimal voltage and take 24 hours to proof it in prime95. although you can change that later.
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