Ok....I'm looking for a computer with the following: CPU: A C2Q (3.0GHz or above) or a really good C2D/X (dual core) RAM: 2GB DDR2 HDD: Not much....just enough for games and the OS...i say....250GB or a little more GPU: An 8800 series (preferably a GTS) Sound Card: Don't need one as I can take the one in my current computer out and put it in the new one I'm looking for a well rounded gaming computer that won't break the bank. I say below or a little bit above $2,500 US. I've been looking at the Dell XPS 720 for awhile. I currently have the following: CPU: Pentium 4 HT 3.06GHz RAM: 2GB DDR2 HDD: 220GB (like 100GB free) GPU: 7600GS Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE As you can see, I'm way behind on technology. In the end, if I get a new computer I will probably take my current one and make it into a homeserver/personal website/forum host. Hopefully what ever computers you guys post have a flex-pay option where I...well my dad can pay for it a little by little each month.
How about a custom build? They offer more upgradability, in my experiance, more reliability, and are generally cheaper.
The fastest current, non-extreme C2Q runs at 2.66 GHZ and will set you back around 500 USD. While some extreme version get faster, they are priced at no less than 1000 USD. A 3GHZ C2D will perform just as well on most games as a 3GHZ C2Q. If you went with an E8400/8500/3110, a mainstream board (like a P35), and a relatively inexpensive case you could build it yourself for <1000 USD. If you are not comfortable with that idea, I would recommend you go with a reputable custom builder as Pilla pointed out. CyberPowerPC is an excellent custom builder. All their products come with a 3 year warranty and they offer multiple payment options.
Why not build it yourself? It's not as hard as it seems. In some cases, you could save almost half the budget.
Build it yourself. This maybe: E8400 MSI Neo2 P35 Antec 900 Corsair VX450W MSI 8800GT Corsair 2Gb 800Mhz Ram Seagate Sata 2 320Gb HDD
All for ~850$
But I don't have the time, or the patience to build my own. Yes, i have built a few in my day but that was during the summer when I had 18+ hours to myself and could do pretty much anything. Now that I have soccer, school, a testing comming up, I can't fit anything else in. I have another question. Would the Dell 720 be a good buy?
GateCrusher420;4245820Would the Dell 720 be a good buy?
Dell? No. They are extremely over-priced and not worth the extra money. If you do not have the time to build your own PC, I would highly suggest cyberpower like Kwould suggested.
Ok....after digging around I found a computer at ibuypower....here's what I've set up: PSU: 800 Watt CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6850 (2x 3.0GHz/4MB L2 Cache/1333FSB) MOBO: Asus Striker II Formula nForce® 780i SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 3-Way PCI-E MB RAM: 4096MB [2048MB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module Mushkin High Performance II (HP2) w/Heat Spreader GPU: 2x nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 640MB (SLi enabled) HDD: 2x 80GB main drive (I'll take the 160GB HDD out of the one I already have) CD/DVD: Sony Dual Format/Double Layer 20X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Floppy/card reader: not necessary Sound Card: will take from current computer Sound system: will take from current computer No monitor: will take from old computer (old computer will use a TV) keyboard: none....will use Logitech G15 currently available to me Mouse: None....will use Razer Diamondback currently available to me OS: Windows XP XP2 (don't need/want the frills of Vista..security...meh....don't need it) Add. Software: MS Works Suite 2006 Cables: All rounded for better air flow (liquid cooling for the CPU) All for a little less that $2,600 US. How does that sound? Shipping is 65 dollars by the way.
I would stay away or wait for a bit. Cyberpower seems to want to clear their shelves of their Conroes and 8800GTS 640MBs before moving onto more recent hardware. Not to say the Conroes are bad, but not the latest and greatest. I'm fairly certain Cyberpower gives you the option of opting out of a video card. If so, choose that, and go buy yourself 1 8800GTS 512MB or 8800GT.
Also, you have a 32 bit operating system and chose 4GBs of RAM. Additionally, SLI isn't really necessary, just get one good card.
Don't pay for water cooling. You won't need it unless you're gonna do some serious overclocking.
foodmaniac2003;4245912Don't pay for water cooling. You won't need it unless you're gonna do some serious overclocking.
Which I was planning on doing to get a little more oomph out of my C2D.