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#1 Billy O'Neal

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 12:21 AM

Hello.

I am looking to start saving for a gaming machine that I don't anticipate being able to afford for over a year. However, I am a person who likes to set goals :thumbsup:

What would a typical price on a good gaming system be?

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 08:10 AM

AMD or Intel
1 or 2 video cards
32 or 64 bit
and of course memory 2, 4, 6, or 8gigs

I just spent a grand on a AMD system. I would budget $1500 if possible. It's always nice to have some left over

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#3 Billy O'Neal

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 09:57 AM

AMD or INTEL

That's going to depend on who's winning about a year from now. I would assume Intel, but god knows what AMD's planning in thier SkunkWorks.

1 or 2 video cards

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32 or 64 bit

x86-64

and of course memory 2, 4, 6, or 8gigs

I am targeting 8 gigs, but keep in mind this is a year from now, meaning that 8 will likely be the price of 4 now. Possibly even more. One of the biggest things I plan to do with this system is VMWare, so RAM is crucial (no pun intended)

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 06:33 PM

Id go for AMD B) 8gb since it will be in a years time... :thumbsup:

You should check out alienwares website for all their gaming computers..

I once built a computer there, picking all the most expensive stuff and everything that I could buy... and the total came to around $14,000 but thats with all that shyte you dont need.. hehe..

But yea... www.alienware.com

[1] Area-51® ALX

Alienware P2 Chassis: Alienware® P2 ALX Chassis with AlienIce™ 3.0 Video Cooling - Space Black
Chassis Customization : Alienware® AlienFX® System Lighting - Plasma Purple
System Cooling: Alienware® ALX High-Performance Liquid Cooling
Acoustic Dampening: Alienware® Acoustic Dampening
Power Supply: Alienware® 1200 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply
Graphics Processor: Triple 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 280
Video Optimizer: AlienAdrenaline v1.0: Video Performance Optimizer - More Info
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme QX9770 3.2GHz - Overclocked to 4.0GHz 12MB Cache 1600MHz FSB

Memory: 4GB Corsair Dominator Overclocked Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz - 4 x 1024MB
Motherboard: Alienware® Approved NVIDIA® nForce® 790i Ultra SLI™ Motherboard
Includes PCI-Express 2.0, DDR3 Memory, and Support for Intel 1600 FSB
Operating System (Office software not included): Windows Vista® Ultimate with Service Pack 1
System Drive: Extreme Performance (RAID 0) - 2TB (2 x 1TB) SATA 3Gb/s 7,200RPM 2 x 32MB Cache
Optical Drives : Single Drive Configuration - 4x Dual Layer Blu-ray Burner (BD-RE, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
Enthusiast Essentials: Dual High Performance Gigabit Ethernet Ports
Sound Card: High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio
Additional Monitors: 20" Samsung 2053BW – 1680 x 1050 (2ms) Widescreen Flat Panel
Speakers: Logitech® G51 Surround Sound Speaker System
Keyboard: Gaming Keyboard - Logitech® G15 Keyboard
Mouse: Gaming Mouse - Razer Lachesis™ 4000dpi Laser Gaming Mouse - Phantom White
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$10,854.00 lol, get that one :huh: $313.80 a month.. :huh: Deliver by 24july lool

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 09:30 PM

Hello all!

Does US $2,500 sound realistic?

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 07:29 AM

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 08:27 AM

I would think so


Yeah, I agree. Even if you go to someplace like Cyberpower you can configure a nice one. If you build it yourself it could even be cheaper... :thumbsup:
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Posted 19 June 2008 - 12:50 PM


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$10,854.00 lol, get that one :thumbsup: $313.80 a month.. :huh: Deliver by 24july lool



OMG that would tear through anything thrown its way.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 12:58 PM

Not crysis on high on a 30" monitor....
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Posted 19 June 2008 - 04:00 PM

$10,854.00 for a Dell? If you're going to spend that kind of cash, go for a high-class boutique builder. I just got a new PC from Maingear. My F131 works wonderfully. $2500 will get you a reasonable PC. Not much will run Crysis on a large monitor with a good framerate. I suggest getting a Dual or Quad core system and seeing if the builder will overclock it for free (a la Maingear). Then, go for the most memory you can afford. A dual SLI or Crossfire video card setup (at least a 9800GTX or better) along with Vista 64. This will get you a good PC. I priced a PC with this setup (Quad core Intel, 8 GB of RAM, Vista 64, GeForce 9800GTX SLI) at around $2,700.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 06:56 PM

I know my friend has a ati 3870 something something.. and a 21" monitor and some other stuff and runs crysis on full graphics... :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 08:47 PM

I know my friend has a ati 3870 something something.. and a 21" monitor and some other stuff and runs crysis on full graphics... :thumbsup:


That must be one ridiculously fast, and expensive, PC. Can Crysis run with an average 30 fps in all areas on their PC?

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 10:28 PM

I dont know...he hasnt told me much about it, im sure he has that gfx card..

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 02:07 PM

I think my system might be what you're looking for...

I spent about 1500 on mine, these are the specs:

Phenom 9600 2.4Ghz Quadcore (Black Edition so OC'ing is good)
Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB PCS
500GB WD Caviar HDD
4GB Mushkin DDR2
GA-MA790FX-DS5 mobo
A new keyboard & mouse (generic)
22" Acer LCD (Max res. = 1680x1050)

I personally go with ATI/AMD because they offer pretty much 99% of the performance of an Intel/Nvidia loadout (Take a nice look at the new 4870 over the GT280, see the performance/price lowdown :thumbsup: )
at approximately half to three-quarters the cost.
I haven't gotten Crysis yet, but it can run Age of Conan on all max settings at like 40 FPS....and I haven't OC'ed it yet. My suggestion for a completely banging computer is to get 1.) Triple-channel memory 2.) The absolute newest Phenom or AMD CPU 3.) Run the new 4870 (when they come out with X2) on Crossfire 3.) Get a 15,400 RPM hard drive 4.) Get a 30" monitor that supports HDMI 5.) Get liquid nitrogen injection cooling (not really)
(This is for if the price ceiling is somewhere around 4000 dollars.)

Edited by willyhog, 21 June 2008 - 02:08 PM.


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Posted 21 June 2008 - 04:00 PM

Yea go with ATI, at the moment, when you buy an ATI graphics card you get half life 2 with it, lol.

My ati gfx card arrived today, and it came with a letter saying that I can get HL:2 hehe




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