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Post Date: 2012-07-28

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    Posted: 28 Jul 2012 at 11:37am
So, first things first. This is my first time buying a PC specifically designed for gaming. With that being said, here goes nothing.
 
1. My Budget: I'm probably sitting just around $1500. I have a moniter in storage, though i'm not sure what specs it has so it might help to get advice on that too. Keyboard I'm planning on getting from Razer, the Blackwidow. Mouse is in the order as the Razer Deathadder. Speakers, I use headphones. So that's where I stand on price and stuff.
 
2. Expectations: To be honest, I'm just expecting to get a PC that can chew through my games with ease. I guess this would tie into the 3rd point--
 
3. Usage: Gaming.. Need I say more? Big gamer, but again i'm new to PC configurations and know little to nothing about it. Games I mainly play will be Diablo III, League of Legends, Skyrim, APB, Dungeon Defenders, Terraria, Minecraft, Nuclear Dawn, Borderlands 2, Fable III, etc. Pretty much any type of game. And of course the usual Microsoft Word use and internet browsing.
 
4. Special Needs: Again, I must stress I'm new to the Gaming PC thing, so the biggest concern I have is the hassle of liquid cooling. I don't wanna bother with it if I don't have to for my first gaming rig. Perhaps in the future, I can upgrade things or w/e, but for now I would just like a nice PC that doesn't require too much babysitting.
 
So with that said, here is what I was looking at: Marauder Level 4, as is.
 
Ticket #: 713080
 
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Pre-built Digital Storm Marauder - Level 4
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.40 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core) (Requires Z77 Motherboard)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX (Intel Z77 Chipset)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance Series (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 600W Corsair GS
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: Standard Factory Heat-sink and Fan
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my processor
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: Asus 24 inch VE248H (Widescreen) (Black) (2ms Response Time) (LED Backlight)
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: Razer Deathadder (Infrared 3500 dpi) (Gaming Mouse) (USB Wired)
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty
 


Edited by Rotiarc - 28 Jul 2012 at 11:43am
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  Quote tju76 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jul 2012 at 12:54pm
First off buy your monitor speakers headset mouse etc from another place
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jul 2012 at 12:56pm
Hi Rotiarc....... Welcome to the forums.   
 For your budget and the games you play the Marauder 4 will give you a very good gaming rig. I would however suggest you reduce spending on accessories if possible and put another $150 into the ODE level 1.     
 
 The ODE 1's 600t case is a better quality case with better cooling and quieter.   It also has the gtx670 which is also a better performer than the 7870 and has overclocking on the cpu and a nice cooler. 
Here's a link to compare the 2 cards.   http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=598
 
The Marauder 4 is a nice rig but the ODE 1 will give you more bang for the buck if the budget allows.
 
Hope this helps and good luck.Big%20Smile


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  Quote Rotiarc Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jul 2012 at 2:15pm
Main reason I chose the Marauder was because of the case. Haha, I love the military style to it. Would it be possible to add that graphics card and cooling into the case in the future? And for the accessories, the monitor I put just as a reference to what I was looking at, and the mouse is actually cheaper through DS than the Razer website. (idk how that works out, but I won't complain)
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