After reading this forum I have come to the conclusion that processor to processor AMD x2 is a better on a price performance basis than Intel 800 series. The problem I am finding is when I look at Gateway's system http://www.gateway.com/products/GConfig/prodconfig.asp?... for $2500, including a 21" LCD, I do not see anything close with any AMD system builders. My needs revolve around Photoshop CS2.
Any suggestions, or should I just buy the gateway? My budget is around $2,500.
Well you could always build it yourself for less, but if you are not interested in spending that much time in such a project I suggest you buy from this company here- http://ecollegepc.com/ - they are very reliable (I bought my little brothers computer there), as well as very cheap when it comes the price.
The gateway monitor is $500 @ bestbuy. May not be such a great monitor.
Your price @ gateway is $2920, not including S&H, putting together a system for that, less $500 for monitor is too easy.
AN8 ultra $119
X2 4200 $400
4 X 512 DDR by patriot $312
2 X seagate 250 gig $248
eVGA 7800gt $320
Enermax noisetaker 485w $85
total ~ $1500
Pick you own case and software for under $900, and you are there.
This system would really make that gateway smell bad.