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Old 10-02-2007, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How does this sound (and how is alienware? are they still good?)

Graphics:
768MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800 GTX

Power Supply:
Alienware® 1000 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply

Processor:
Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q6700 2.66GHz 8MB Cache 1066MHz FSB
(or:
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz 4MB Cache 1333MHz FSB
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Memory:
4GB DDR2 Performance SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 x 1024MB

Motherboard:
NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard

Hard Drive:
250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7,200 RPM w/ 16MB Cache

Monitor:
20" Dell 1600 x 1050 UltraSharp Widescreen Flat Panel

Extras:
Killer K1 Gaming Network Interface Card
Alienware® Standard System Cooling


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Wondering about?
AlienAdrenaline v1.0: Video Performance Optimizer
Ageia PhysX PCI-Express Processing Unit w/ 128MB GDDR3
"2GB Low Latency DDR2 Performance SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 x 1024MB"


Questions:

I understand that you guys are down on SLI... so it seems better to stick with a single card, assuming that's a good one. No?

Is the monitor decent? They charge $300 for it. Better one out there for around that price?

Which processor to go with? options listed about.

Is Alienware a sound company to go with?
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I know one thing... the Killer NIC is too expensive for the meager fps/speed increase

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also, try checking out VooDoo, my personal favorite for prebuilt pc's

remember that Alienware is merged with Dell while VooDoo is merged with HP

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btw, Dell contacted VooDoo first to try and get them to merge, but Rahul Sood declined, and later on he merged with HP, so apparently VooDoo is the company to go with?
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Default Re: Decent build<$3000

Alienware is a sound company if you're naive about computers. But I wouldn't suggest Alienware at all, to anybody.

It is highly recommended you build for yourself. That way, you save tons of money, for future upgrades.

You should only SLI with resolutions, such as 1920 x 1080 or 2560 x 1600.

The Ageia PhysX card is highly unnecessary, as very few games support it. And the 8 series, already have a physics technology, built right in.

With a budget of $3k, I would suggest you spend half on a good gaming computer now, and save the rest for future upgrades.
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for the best bang for the buck,
alienware el suxorz, lol its bad performance/money
its best to order from online sites such as
Newegg.com - Buy Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
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here is the build i suggest
Case: MountainMods.com-Computer Cases-U2-UFO-U2-UFO Black Powder Coat - Original Top
Mobo: crossfire supported OC board
Processor: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
Video: 2 x Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100212SR Radeon HD 2900PRO 512MB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Mem: Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Cooling: custom Watercooling from
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OS: vista home premium
Monitor: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 245BW Black High Glossy 24" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment 400 cd/m2 1000:1 (DC 3000:1) - Retail
PSU: Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40&#176;C Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Retail
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Default Re: Decent build<$3000

what a ridiculously priced case... Fatal1ty case ftw at that price range
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it is the perfect case for Watercooling, i believe mgcook is buying one in the near future with his planning for a nice loop
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You know they are trying to rip you off when they give you a 1000 watt power supply for a single GTX.
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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LOL i bet it doesnt even tell you the amperage
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You know they are trying to rip you off when they give you a 1000 watt power supply for a single GTX.
not neccesarily, they could be thinking of the future (although things are going to be using less power etc.)
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I selected the 1000 watt. It's not necessary for now, but I'm thinking for the future.
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