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Old 04-29-2008, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Walmart.com : iBuypower Gamer 909-WQ Desktop PC with Liquid Cooled Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600, nVidia 8800GT 512MB with Halo2 Vista & Age Of Empires III : Computers

Processor Type: Core 2 Duo
Hard Drive Size: 750 GB
System RAM: 3072 MB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Ultimate
Processor
Type: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 / 2.4 GHz
Multi-Core Technology: Quad-Core
Cache Memory
Type: L2 cache
Installed Size: 8 MB
RAM
Installed Size: 3 GB
Technology: DDR II SDRAM
Storage
Hard Drive: 1 x 750 GB - standard - Serial ATA-300
Operating System / Software
OS Provided: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Software: Microsoft Office 2007 (60 days trial)
Graphics Controller
Type: PCI Express 2.0 x16 - plug-in card
Graphics Processor / Vendor: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Installed Size: 512 MB
Optical Storage
Type: DVD±RW
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Bays Total (Free): 4 ( 2 ) x front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H ¦ 2 ( 1 ) x front accessible - 3.5" x 1/3H ¦ 5 ( 4 ) x internal - 3.5" x 1/3H
Expansion Slots Total (Free): Memory - DIMM 240-pin ¦ 1 ( 0 ) x processor - LGA775 Socket ¦ PCI Express 2.0 x16
Mouse
Technology: Optical
Dimensions
Product Form Factor: Tower
Width: 8.7 in
Height: 20.6 in
Depth: 22.4 in
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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its always worth it to build your own. im about to order the pieces to a vaguely, nearly as capable, computer for about half.
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Option 2:

FRYS.com*|*Gateway


Specifications

* Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (Each core operates at 2.4GHz | 2 x 4MB L2 cache | 1066MHz System Bus)
* Windows Vista® Home Premium 64-bit edition with Service Pack 1
* NVIDIA® 7100 Chipset
* ATI Radeon™ HD 2400XT
* 4096MB DDR2 Memory (2 x 2048MB), 667MHz (PC2-5300) Expandable to 4GB 2DDR2 Slots (Total) | 0DDR2 Slots (Available)
* 750 SATA II (7200RPM, 16MB Cache)
* 18x DVD?R/RW SuperMulti Drive featuring Labelflash™ Technology
* High-Performance 15-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader: xD-Picture Card™, CompactFlash I (CF), CompactFlash II, Secure Digital™ (SD), Mini Secure Digital™ (Mini SD™),Multi Media Card™ (MMC), Reduced Size MMC (RS-MMC), MMC Mobile1, MMC Plus, Memory Stick™ (MS), Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo2, SmartMedia, IBM Microdrive™
* 6 - USB 2.0 Ports (2 Front, 4 Rear)
* 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio
* Amplified Stereo Speakers (USB Powered)
* Wireless Elite Multimedia Keyboard
* Wireless USB Optical 2-Button Wheel Mouse
* Premium System Design with Carbon Fiber Faceplate
* Gateway® Portable Media Drive Bay
* 56k ITU v.92 ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)
* 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)

External Ports

* 6 - USB 2.0 Ports (2 Front, 4 Rear)
* 1 ? HDMI Port
* 1 - VGA
* 2 - PS/2 Ports (Keyboard and Mouse)
* 6 - Audio (Rear): Center/Sub, Rear (Stereo), Side (Stereo), Line-in (Stereo), Front/Headphones (Stereo), Microphone
* 2 - Audio (Front): Microphone, Front/Headphone (Stereo)
* 1 - RJ-45 Ethernet Port
* 1 - RJ-11 Modem Port

Expansion Slots

* 1 - PCI-E x16 (none available)
* 1 - PCI-E x1 (one available)
* 2 ? PCI (one available)

Expansion Bays

* 3 - 3 1/2" (one available)
* 2 - 5 1/4" (one available)
* Gateway® Portable Media Drive Bay
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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its always worth it to build your own. im about to order the pieces to a vaguely, nearly as capable, computer for about half.
Yeh; I got a lot of help working out custom parts and went to order them...newegg doesn't work for me. I can't access their secure server on any computer in this house. I called my ISP and they can't resolve the connectivity issues with just that one site, either. I can connect to frys.com fine, though. How does that site compare to newegg as far as prices?
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try clubit

generally the only advantage of newegg is the customer service. other then that newegg's prices aren't overly competitive
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Newegg usually has the best prices around.
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meh, i would disagree. tiger direct has good pricing from time to time but fails at everything else. there are some items where its better to go somewhere else, other then the egg, but thats rare.
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Could someone help me design a computer for $400-800 that's capable of playing Chrysis and Lord of the Rings Online using websites other than newegg? Or upgrades for my current computer, same budget, to play the games above.

My old computer is: HP Pavilion Media Center a1473w Desktop PC - Product Specifications

Clubit, tiger direct and frys.com all work for connectivity. Only newegg gives me trouble. I don't know what they've done to set their website up differently from the others.
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Corsair VX550W 550W ATX Power Supply - SLI-Ready, SATA-Ready CMPSU-550 at TigerDirect.com
89

Q6600
200

OCZ ReaperX Dual Channel 4096MB PC8000 DDR2 1000MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB) OCZ2RPX10004GK at TigerDirect.com
125

MSI P35 Neo2-FR Motherboard - Intel P35, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express, CrossFire Ready, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, eSATA, RAID at TigerDirect.com
120

FRYS.com | BFG
170

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300, OEM ST3500320AS at TigerDirect.com
100

804 right there...add other stuff you need like case/keyboard/mouse/monitor/dvd drive
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Would my current monitor and case be compatible for reuse? Otherwise running directly on 804 without case/keyboard/mouse/monitor/dvd drive runs over budget by far, especially considering it isn't a dvd drive. Also, does that drive above come with Windows Vista installed or would I need to get the operating system separately? My old computer's drive has XP.

DVD drive: I have
Hard drive

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200 GB SATA
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7200 rpm

16X DVD(+/-)R/RW (+/-)R DL LightScribe drive

Could it be reused?

Case...all I can find is it says 'Tower', no actual dimensions.

Monitor is... HP Pavilion MX70 : Read reviews and compare prices at Ciao.co.uk
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