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Hello everyone, I've been looking for about 4 months at different gaming laptops and I finally got my mind set on DS. I was hooked on alienware and was going to give them a try but something is telling me that its a no no and with dedicated americans (no offense here) to help me out in the customer service department was one main reason that I'm going with DS.... that and I get more for my money. That said and done my budget is 1860. I plan on using this laptop for games and school. I do play WOW, bfbc2 and moh etc. I love first person shooters. I can't seem to find that many reviews on DS laptops. I know that for the price I can get a decent desktop but I will be out and about most of the time so thats why I need the laptop. heres there build that I made on DS... the total came out to 1825... Anyone use and love their DS laptop? Let me know some feedback please. Thank you everyone for the words of advice!

Chassis: Digital Storm x15 8690T-8 (Weight: 7.38 LBS)
Display: 15.6 inch HD+ LED Display with Enhanced Super Glossy Surface (Resolution: 1920 x 1080)
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7-720QM 1.6GHz (6MB Cache) (Quad Core)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 at 1333MHz (Extreme-Performance) (NOTE: Requires i7-720QM or Higher Processor)
Inputs: Gigabit Ethernet LAN / Card Reader / eSATA
Main Storage: 500GB (7200 RPM) (16MB Cache) (SATA Laptop Hard Drive)
Extra Storage: - No Thanks
Raid Options: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: DVD/CD 8x Multi-Drive (Writes and Reads DVDs, CDs)
Wireless Access: 802.11 A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module
Features: Integrated Video Camera / Bluetooth
Outputs: HDMI 1080P / DVI Port / SPDIF Audio / Headphone / Microphone
Video Card(s): !PROMOTION CLEARANCE: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 1GB (ONLY for x15 Model)
External TV Tuner: - No Thanks
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Protection: - No Thanks
Office Suite: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Carry Bag: Standard Carrying Bag
External Cooling: - No Thanks
External Keyboard: - No Thanks
External Mouse: - No Thanks
External Speakers: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Full Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Labor & 1 Year Parts Warranty

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this is alex's territory but i wouldn't advise anything under 2.5 ghz for cpu speed since thats the recommended on most games.

how long does this have to last you?
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Hello! Thank you for the reply. I will keep this laptop for at least 2 years. I figured having 4 cores the 2.5 wouldn't be a issue since most gaming rigs usually come stock with i7 740s. I'm not an expert, been 4 years or so sincei built my desk top and never had issues with cod or bfbc2 etc. I'm seriously debating the desktop and getting a cheaper laptop just for school but that's more cash. Tough choice for me
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Well just had a chat with the wife and she said and I quote get a desktop you know you want one and we get another mac do I can take to school. See why women are smart? She knows what to say lol besides she gets my old setup that I built and that cost me 4k at the time so shes happy to. I will start researching desktop builds tomorrow and make my purchase payday november 8th. I'm super pumped now
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well price comparison for a desktop you can get the same hardware for significantly more in a laptop. also mobile cards don't perform nearly as well as their full sized brothers.

honestly you can get a real cheap laptop with just enough to web surf and do school work for only a few hundred and have 1500 for a kick butt desktop that will absolutely murder that laptop and that would still be in your budget. maybe a fraction more at most.

look here for some cheap laptops and explore your options.
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?sortby=pricelow&N=4294967288&sht=Any&prt=NewProduct

if your dead set on a lappy then alex who is the lappy guru should drop by
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well i will be here for a little bit longer before i go to bed if you can give me a up to date budget, resolution, if you need keyboard, mouse, speakers ect then i will be happy to help you
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Thank you! My budget is 1700 I would just need a keyboard. I was looking at mice and kind of digging the razer mamba.
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Oh I should be more detailed. Ask I care about its gaming with the desktop. so best bang for the buck at 1700
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i currently own the razer mamba i love and hate it. the battery is much lower on a rough mouse pad. it is just as fast wired and wireless. ultra customizable dpi settings but imo not worth the money. i would check out razer salmosa or copperhead. they are still customizable dpi just 3 settings instead of 5 and both wired. honestly if you really want a wireless gaming mouse the mamba is the way to go but i could have been just as happy with either of the other mice.

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sometimes it loses connection and i have to reconnect
lower batter life depending on surface
if you lose glass that isn't opaque on the bottom you will lose tracking

loves:
everything else

keyboard pick up at your local shop. if not you pay shipping and it isn't covered under dso warranty.

ok working on your builds now


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Thank you sto much for the insight and help, saving me lots of time researching the mouse. appreciate the leg work with the builds as well
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the motherboard for the next 2 builds i normally choose is not in stock and wont be for another 2 weeks. so i am forced to go with a more expensive board. the cheaper board has limitations witht he pci-e bandwidth limiting it to 8x which would gimp a 480 by 5-7%. if i had that board you would be under 1700. the numbers arent in best order just in order i made them.

# 1 $1732
ticket number: 452794

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - HAF 922
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 760 2.8GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA P55 FTW Edition SLI (Intel P55 Chipset) (Model: 132-LF-E657-KR)
System Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Digital Storm Certified (Dual SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Recommended)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Hitachi/Seagate (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 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Coolermaster V6 Single 120mm Fan (Compatible With AMD, i5, i7)
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
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
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
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

#2 $1655
ticket number: 452796

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - HAF 922
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 870 2.93GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA P55 FTW Edition SLI (Intel P55 Chipset) (Model: 132-LF-E657-KR)
System Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Digital Storm Certified (Dual SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Recommended)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Hitachi/Seagate (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 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Coolermaster V6 Single 120mm Fan (Compatible With AMD, i5, i7)
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
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
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
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

#3 $1702
ticket number: 452797

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - HAF 922
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 LE Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Model: 141-BL-E757-TR)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Digital Storm Certified (Dual SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Recommended)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Hitachi/Seagate (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 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Noctua NH-U12P SE Dual 120mm Fans High Performance Cooler (i7 Processors Only)
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
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Boost Video Card: FREE: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
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
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: FREE: Starcraft II (Tryout Edition) with a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or above graphics card
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

normally i would tell you to go with option 2 but with out that board i can't get the 480 in which is the benefit of the p55 platform over the x58. i would tell you to go with option 1 or 3. 1 has more gpu power which is best for gaming hower 3 has the better cpu.

resolution and needs cookie mold: this is for 90% of games

1680 x 1080: 470 / 6870

1920 x 1080: 480 / 5870 or dual 470 / 6870

1920 x 1200: ditto

2560 x 1600: dual 480 / 5870

ati is misleading with their new product launch the 6870 performs between the 5850 and 5870 just shows that the highest number isn't always the best
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ok gave you a few builds i will be on for a couple mins more after that it is bed time 4 am for me lol

if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask if i am still up when you post i will answer them if not someone will get to you in the morning.
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Wow! Thank you so much for these builds, option 3 its looking really good to me....to be honest I did not expect so much help. You just reconfirmed my choice DS. I'm liking build 3 because of the cpu and the 6 gigs of ram... I owe you starbucks or something....i really appreciate the help. I wish the 8th was tomorrow!
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whats on the 8th?

the board is great on 3 one of my personal favs... it can even do tri sli lol.

anytime we are all just here to help and don't worry about it, i had fun. most of us are not employees just fans of dso work!

a i7 860 and 950 will perform almost identical, the 950 will shine when have more then 2 gpu cards. the 6 gigs is nice for the future proof aspect i do have to say.

 if you ever want to add another gpu your psu is not gonna be big enough a 1000 watt would be good for dual of the cards in #3. the cookie cutter template on resolutions is good for most games on high with 4x aa you can run higher resolutions then what i said with the selected cards but you may have to turn down settings and turn off aa.

in case you don't know what aa is... it adds shades of grey to jagged items to make them appear smooth, it requires more gpu to do this. the higher the resolution the better it naturally does this and the need for aa decreases.
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Loads of info! I love it lol the 8th is payday and order day....damn I'm amped
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That is what I would recommend for the best bang for buck.  Great performance now and the ability to add another 6870 in the future when games become more demanding.

Lycosa keyboard is great, though that is more of a personal preference.
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Thank you venom! Lots of good choices, my issue is I need to read up on the motherboards that ds offers and the new gpus out there. I'm hating nvidia right now because my 8800 gts sli cards died 2 months aster each other and they were only 3 years old or so
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Oh, I need to check out that keyboard ty for that
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  Quote Raif Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Oct 2010 at 4:42am
well since the 200 series nvidia has had fans on their gpus so they don't burn out lol. thats a nice keyboard or tarantula.

well time for bed night
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Good night raif have a wonderful night and thank you again
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Good move on avoiding Alienware, ever since they were sold (to Dell I think) the quality hasn't been what it was..I have one..it was OK but it was more hype than value.
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Ok, after a billion different builds I think I came up with something doable. it comes out to 1773... I had to change the p55m motherboard after seeing some not so good posts about it. Is the board I picked a good board? let me know please guys and gals!
Specifications:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 860 2.80GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA P55 SLI  (Intel P55 Chipset)
System Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Dominator DHX (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 750W Digital Storm Certified (Dual SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Recommended)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache) (Model: Black Edition WD1002FAEX)
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: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Player (Play Blu-Ray and Play DVDs)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Noctua NH-U12P SE Dual 120mm Fans High Performance Cooler (i7 Processors Only)
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
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
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
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Small)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
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Ok did I miss something?  Why on earth would you have two optical drives in this build?  (lloking back, Im still not seeing anything noted that requires 2 optical drives)

Id drop one and also go with dual core CPU and try to squeeze in a second GPU


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well, I think that blue ray player only played the discs and not burn them. Also wouldnt I be missing out on performance by dropping to a I5? been reading about hypre threading and gaming with the i5 vs the 17 860
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Wow may be different but most gaming is GPU centric when it comes to the big bottle necks.
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  Quote !ender_ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Nov 2010 at 1:13pm
take the 750 over a 2 core for sure
 
as far as gaming is concerned, you wont see much difference with 750vs860
 
only very intense multitasking / rendering will show a difference with these two
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  Quote MagiK Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Nov 2010 at 1:23pm
OOps I forgot about the 750,  yeah thats the road to take.  My bad.
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damn, thats good to know thank you for that tip ender... thank you magik. that gives me a 100 bucks right there. I had no idea that the i5 quad was that good. I looked at a lot of different websites and both had pros and cons but no one broke it down in that small simple few words that I needed... What do you think about the motherboard choice?
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  Quote MagiK Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Nov 2010 at 2:10pm
Never really looked at that board before, it seems ok, and I like that they are removing legacy crap from the layout....why we are still seeing things like PATA ports, Floppy ports and PS2 connectors I will never know.
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i chose that motherboard for my computer, if that helps Big%20Smile
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cool deal, thank you ender... that does help.... @magik lol I am sure theres some guy that would bomb asus if they removed his floppy port from his board.
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Originally posted by MagiK

Never really looked at that board before, it seems ok, and I like that they are removing legacy crap from the layout....why we are still seeing things like PATA ports, Floppy ports and PS2 connectors I will never know.
PS2 ports are still needed to be able to run some RAID cards Big%20Smile
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PS2 ...the keyboard mouse connector is needed for RAID boards?

I never knew that  LOL
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hmm tough choices now. I still have about 14 days to decide what I am going to do. It seems I can build a killer pc by spending what it would cost me for building a DS desktop with tax and shipping.... about 2100... But if I had DS build the same build that costs 2100 tax and shipping included from newegg and build myself would save me 500 bucks almost... Now I must weigh do I feel like building a computer right now with my busy life. Pros I save lots of money and get more ram, a 5870 2gig card and a i7950 or Cons downgrade myself and spend 2100 with DS but get the parts tested and have a pretty clean case... I don;t have the patience for cable management... hard choices 
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