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  • psouza4b - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    Does that cost include Windows software licensing and/or warranty? Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    The "comparative cost" includes the Windows 7 OEM OS and the default warranties offered by all the component manufacturers (which in many cases are more than the 1-year Origin warranty, but obviously you'd have to deal with multiple suppliers). Reply
  • ananduser - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    Of course. The OC-ed CPU included, which is the most risk prone component in this build. Reply
  • Voldenuit - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    Not the most cost-effective gaming build component-wise and with OEM markup.

    I imagine most AT readers will pass it over.
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  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    I don't know... I've got a GTX 580 and while you could get more potential GPU power for less money (e.g. 2x GTX 560 Ti), the joy of using a single GPU and not getting bogged down in SLI or CrossFire craziness is hard to beat -- this coming from someone who has used CrossFire setups from the 3870 through the 4870X2 and 5870 before switching to a single GTX 580. Everywhere else, the component selections are pretty reasonable, though obviously tailored more for high-end users (e.g. the PSU is more than sufficient for powering a second GTX 580 if you want to go SLI). Reply
  • Roland00Address - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    Would Origin void the warranty if you add a second graphic card or more harddrive space? Reply
  • vanadiel - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    While it is true the PSU is more that sufficient for powering a second GTX 580 if you want to go SLI, the motherboard used in this build is not SLI capable... Reply
  • vanadiel - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - link

    Nevermind that, I can't follow the red lines on pictures well today. Reply
  • Craig234 - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - link

    Wonder why the marketing info says 'SLI ready'. Reply
  • KoolAidMan1 - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    To be fair, ATI is a driver nightmare compared to NVIDIA. ;) Reply
  • silverblue - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    What are you drinking?

    Oh... never mind.
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  • DanNeely - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    Counting the needed OC testing, $100 isn't that much markup to pay for the assembly and install. You're looking at a few hours of work minimum.

    Buildin your own is always cheaper if you have the time; but unlike many OEM systems I have to call this one fairly priced.
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  • rscoot - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    I think that's my only minor quibble with the set up. Come on, Blu-Ray readers are like $50 now. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    It only matters if you actually use Blu-ray, though. I've got several systems with BRDs, and I've only used them a few times. Of course, I stream most of my content over the Internet these days (thanks Netflix), so I may not be the best target for Blu-ray in general. Reply
  • nitram_tpr - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    $1800 and no blu-ray drive? Reply
  • XiZeL - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    Onboard Realtek ALC892 HD Audio to play BF3, FAIL! Reply
  • Shining Arcanine - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    Am I the only one that thought about the SGI Origin systems when seeing this article's headline? Reply
  • Zoomer - Saturday, November 26, 2011 - link

    Is there any connection or affiliation with EA's Origin? If not, they might want to change their name to avoid the negative association. And avoid people going on a witchhunt for rootkits on their builds. Reply

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