I have an alienware tower, and the hardware I had gotten with it is crap. I want to rebuild it all into a decent desktop so for a budget of maybe 350? what can you guys come up with starting from motherboard to the hardrives. I really appreciate the help guys.
Depends on a few factors such as:
1.Brand you like
2.Knowledge of parts and various connectors
3.What kind of games you want to play and at what resolution.
For a mid-range gaming PC, you could go the AMD route and get something like:
AMD A4-53xx Series Dual-Core APU Socket FM2
MSI FM2A55 mATX (1xPCIE2.0x16)
PNY 8GB RAM
ASUS Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 128-bit (I know, 128-bit is crap over 1080x1920 res.)
Samsung 320GB HDD (Unless you download sh*tloads, you don't need over 320-400GB)
Rosewill 530W PSU (Dual 12V rails!, enough to power even new cards)
Comes out to around $350-355 USD. You really should consider two options:
1.Increase budget to at least $450. This allows more and better hardware to be bought.
2.Try to use any old parts that still work with newer things (Monitors, keyboards, cases)
It's a pretty tight budget, but it can be done if you really look for some combo deals and whatnot. Most stores have deals on CPU/Mobo, or GPU/PSU, so look around. I would suggest NOT going the Intel route, it's much more expensive and often times, they are outperformed by their rival. Intel is great, I had a P4 which lasted 5 years and ran strong, but be prepared to pay $100+ for an entry-level core i3 when you can get an A10 Quad for the same price.
What year is the Alienware and what model? Just because its Alienware does not make it crap. But if it is older than 3 years then it may not give you the visuals that you may be looking for.
$350 will not get you much of anything. That's about how much a mid grade video card will cost by itself and some gamers and yes some Alienware computers include two of them.
A motherboard will cost you around $150, video card $350-$600, memory $120, CPU $150 etc. You will still need a powerful PSU unit, Hard drives, optical drives, heatsink units, a case with good airflow, operating system and various miscellaneous totalling another $500 easily.
What about the extras like a gaming keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor?
Then what really would suck is if after you put all that together and specially if your Alienware is less than a year old, guess what, you will not really see that much difference.
PC gaming is really expensive if you are going for better than what a two or even three year old Alienware system can currently offer you.
when I got it the tower was just a shell with a crap motherboard and stuff put in it. so in other words its got butchered when I got it. there's no alienware parts in it. thats why I wanted to know what a good setup would be with it.
so what would you suggest for a 500$ setup with HD and DVD burning? I do download alot I can do 80gbs in about a week if I wanted.