Originally posted by Schurmy
Dell has a better deal 1,200 with the free monitor and yes i know velocity its just a monitor
Where are you coming up with $1200 for that Dimension 8400?
I just went to the Dell site and configured an 8400 with the specs you mentioned in your first post. It came to $2254, which included a FREE 19" flat panel monitor.
The ATI X850 XT PE is $540 by itself more than the useless X300 SE that comes with the base model. Throw in another $270 more for the extra 512 MB of DDR2 and 400 GB hard drive and the cost gets pretty pricey. Sure you get the monitor for free, but they're making up for it with what they're charging you for the Gfx card, ram and hardrive.
That system that someone put together for you at monarchcomputers for around $1400 (without monitor), would blow this one out of the water, especially for gaming. You could even add your own flat panel and still come out ahead.
For someone whose only 15 years old, I would think that saving all that cash would be a huge plus, as well as getting a much better pc.