I have $3,500 to buy a gaming computer and laptop.
I need everything except the monitor - which is an old CRT 17" 8ms.. meaning I would consider replacing it.
Best price v performance ratio components?..
What is the laptop for? Just general use? Let's for the sake of this post assume it is. Here is what I would do:
Dell E1505 Laptop
15.4" WUXGA Truebright Screen
1GB of RAM
60GB hard drive
on-board Intel video
Upgraded 9-cell battery
2 year on-site warranty
2 years anti-virus
To get this price enter e-value code 6VAFF- e1505s2 and then click the offer right under the price.
$1252.00 so that leaves $2248 for the desktop. But I would only go $2000 to factor in shipping & tax.
Now, you have $2000 left, so I would put the rest in a high-yield saving account (some pay up to 5% now), and in December upgrade to a 65nm AMD dual-core CPU (or wait and get a quad-core) and upgrade the 7600GT to a DX-10 video card. You have enough left to purchase Windows Vista too.
Interesting. One Conroe build and another AMD..
This 65nm AMD stuff you say is on its way.. is it thought to rival Conroe?
Looks like there's some good stuff around the corner, so I should just buy average now and upgrade around xmas?
Oh, and the laptop is also for gaming. Must run games such as neverwinter nights 2.
Are you sure a sound card that expensive is worth it? Don't most motherboards come with decent sound anyway?
Remember Core2 smacks AMD right now and is a 65nm part. X2s are still a 90nm part. WHen AMD moves to 65nm parts, the performance gap will close. Plus- you can upgrade to AM3/quad core without a motherboard change. Intel cannot claim that.
I would buy good stuff now, other than the CPU and video card. Nothing else that exciting is coming.
if the laptop is for gaming, look at the XPS line and be prepared to pay $2000+ for the laptop.
Unless you have nice speakers- on-board sound is just fine. I only went wit the sound card option because a lot of games now support stuff like EAX whichallows better sound when paired with a compatitable sound card.
Doesn't look like there's any point in going 590 then.
ASUS A7D-TV, ASUS A6Jc and ASUS A6T.
The three cheapest which include a decent graphics card.
My initial reaction would be to get the t2400 core duo one, but I think the GPU is a little worse than the others. My contemplation lies in thinking the better GPU/worse CPU of the Turion models might be better for gaming.
I just bought an E1505 from Dell. I'm still loading s/w on it, but I already know it handles Guild Wars just fine. This means it will handle a Diablo II LAN server, Sacred and Neverwinter Nights without breaking a sweat. I got the 1300X option for the video on it, 1GB of RAM, and that 9-cell battery too.
With discounts, I don't think it will cost more than $900-$1000.
I looked at the xps notebooks from Dell and didn't like the prices, but I neglected to look at the inspirons. They do look quite good actually. Hope it runs NWN 2.. They have an offer, 2gb or ram for the price of 1gb right now. Will that actually make any differences to anything?
I've never overclocked before.. I hope it's eay to push that 3800.
And it only needs to be pushed for half a year until K8L.
7600gt extreme edition from XFX is looking nice, but there's probably some sort of ATI card lying around that would be good. I was originally planning on going with nVidea for the linkboost. But now I see it doesn't do much.
Unless KL8 breaks the 8gb transfer rate.. then the 25% increase across the board would be pretty huge.