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Help me pick my gaming desktop

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#1 dkup69


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Posted 16 July 2009 - 11:38 AM

Well now ive decided that laptops are too expensive when i can get a desktop for cheaper with better specs,

Anyway, i like to play games like the Total War games, warcraft3, starcraft 2, I like RTS games and id like to be able to play them with minimal lag and on high settings.

So personally ive narrowed it down to two choices but if you guys know of anything better feel free to share and PLEASE voice(or type) your opinions on which computer is the best in terms of Price/Specs.

* CASE: Xion Vulcan Steel Gaming Mid-Tower Case with Side Window (Black Color)
* Neon Light Upgrade: NONE
* Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
* POWER SUPPLY Upgrade: 420 Watts Standard Case Power Supply
* CPU: (Quad-Core)Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.66GHz 1333FSB 4MB L2 Cache 64-bit
* COOLING FAN : XtremeGear Ultra Twin Heatpipes Cool Copper Heatsink CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof)
* MOTHERBOARD: MSI P7N SLI-FI 750i SLI Chipset LGA775 Supports LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2/800 Mainboard w/GbLAN, USB2.0, & 7.1Audio
* MEMORY: 8GB (4x2GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
* VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
* VIDEO CARD 2: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
* VIDEO CARD 3: None
* MULTIPLE VIDEO CARD SETTINGS: Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor
* LCD Monitor: NONE
* 2nd Monitor: NONE
* HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
* Data Hard Drive: NONE
* Optical Drive: (Special Price) LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (BLACK COLOR)
* Optical Drive 2: 16X DVD ROM (BLACK COLOR)
* SPEAKERS: 600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers
* NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
* KEYBOARD: Logitech Deluxe 104 PS/2 Keyboard (Black Color)
* MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
* Extra Thermal Display : NONE
* Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: PCI Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Network Interface Card
* Flash Media Reader/Writer: None
$874.00 BEFORE all rebates


* • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
* • AMD Phenom™ II X4 910 quad-core processor [2.6GHz, 2MB L2 + 6MB L3 shared, up to 4000MT/s]
* • FREE UPGRADE! 8GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs] from 6GB
* • FREE UPGRADE! 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB
* • 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
* • LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
* • Integrated 10/100 Ethernet, No wireless LAN
* • 15-in-1 memory card reader, 1 USB, 1394, audio
* • No TV Tuner w/remote control
* • Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio ports
* • No speakers
* • HP multimedia keyboard and HP optical mouse
* • Microsoft® Works 9.0
* • Norton Internet Security™ 2009 - 15 month
$899.99 AFTER all rebates

Personally i feel like the first one is a better deal, it comes with more things outside the comp, like speakers, and its better inside, better processor, dual video cards and so on.


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#2 fairjoeblue


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Posted 16 July 2009 - 03:39 PM

I would go for the Intel unit.

I don't like AMD though. :blink:
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#3 dkup69

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 12:03 AM

well according to this charthttp://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html the intel is actually better than the amd

#4 dancemat


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Posted 17 July 2009 - 12:17 PM

I'd go for the first one too. :blink:

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