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Old 12-12-2003, 12:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm buying a new PC soon but i cant decide which one is the best value. I have it narrowed down to 2. I'll copy/paste the specs of both best i can.

ABS Awesome 3500:

Asus Model P4S800 SIS 648 Chipset 800/533MHz FSB with Hyper Threading Support
Intel Pentium 4 2.6GHz 512k 800MHz FSB
Geil 1024MB PC-3200 DDR400 RAM
Maxtor 120GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache ATA133 (IDE)
Sapphire Radeon 9800 PRO 128MB DVI/TV 8X AGP
Lite On Black 48x24x48x16 CDROM/CDRW/DVD Combo Drive
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound Card
Logitech Z-640 5.1 Surround 71 Watts with Subwoofer

It adds up to $1197


eMachine T2865:

AMD Athlon™ XP processor 2800+ with QuantiSpeed™ architecture* and 333MHz frontside bus
DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; 48x max. speed CD-ROM drive
160.0GB hard drive
nForce 6-channel audio
Sapphie Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB

adds up to $982

Any opnions on which is the better deal would greatly help.I'm an avid gamer so right now i'm leaning to the ABS system but i'm just not sure.

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Old 12-12-2003, 12:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Stay away friom The E-Machine!

I have had many many many run ins with these computers people buy them because they hae great prices but remember you always get what you pay for> I personaly would stay far away from E-machines.

Alienware Area51-M Laptop Blue 16.1in screen
Pentium 2.8gzh 1024MB Ram 60Gb 7200rpm HD
DVD-RW ATI 9600 128MB
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Old 12-12-2003, 01:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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God look at those specs!! i can only dream of having those!! :-(
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Old 12-12-2003, 03:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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do not buy an emachine, as a former computer salesman at best buy i can honestly say they are worse than the old compaqs
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Old 12-13-2003, 02:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Don't go with an e-machine. They are a rip-off. In most cases, you can't even upgrade them as their mobo is not replaceable.
Further more, the specs on the one you mentionned are so-so.
The sound card 9600 PRO is a good card but the 9800 is better.
If you can, try and get a SATA HDD (150 vs 133) instead of the ultra IDE listed.
The ASUS P4s800 comes with a very decent integrated sound board so you don't really need another one. Here it is listed from the ASUS site:
ADI AD1980 SoundMAX 6-channel CODEC
S/PDIF out interface

here is a link to the ASUS board specs:

My gaming machine:

P4 2.8 GHz
2 X 512 MHz PC3200 in dual DDR mode
integrated 6.1 MAX audio
Logitech duo MX mouse and KB
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