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December 28, 2006 8:39:15 PM

I have a $4400 store credit with Alienware, I need help customizing the best gaming PC possible around the price point from their website. It must be spent in the next 2 weeks, can ONLY be used with Alienware(can't build my own PC). I want the system to be the best possible gaming rig that meets at LEAST this price point, maybe going a few hundred over if the performance boost would be worthwhile. Keep in mind any build under $4400, that credit will just not be put to use and be wasted so it must at least meet $4400. Based on the performance of my last system, I want it to be an Intel/Nvidia combination.

The two primary configurations I'm considering ATM:
Configuration One: ($4589)
Area-51 7500
Intel Core2Extreme QX6700
XP Pro
Alienware® AlienIce™ 3.0 Video Cooling + High-Performance Liquid Cooling
2GB DDR2 Performance SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 x 1024MB
250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7,200 RPM w/ 8MB Cache
18x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Drive
768MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800 GTX
Alienware® 1000 Watt Multi-GPU Approved Power Supply SLI Ready!
Everything else either default or cheapest possible.

Configuration Two: ($4389)
Area-51 7500Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6700
XP Pro
Alienware® AlienIce™ 3.0 Video Cooling + High-Performance Liquid Cooling
2GB DDR2 Performance SDRAM at 800MHz - 2 x 1024MB
250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7,200 RPM w/ 8MB Cache
18x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Drive
Dual 768MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800 GTX - SLI Enabled - Requires 1000W Power Supply
Everything else either default or cheapest possible.

One other consideration is getting the Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X6800 2.93GHz instead of the E6700 in configuration two is a possibility, but I'm preferably keeping the price point between $4400-$4800

I want a computer that has at least decent longevity and upgradability, so the 1000 Watter power supply is a must, because with the first configuration, since it has a single video card, I intend to put in a second 8800GTX in at some point with the SLI configuration. I'm having difficulty deciding which above PC would be the best long-term for gaming, and I've been getting mixed messages on whether a much better CPU is worth the loss of a second equally good GPU. Any advice would be helpful, also any other configurations that you might think would be better are welcome.

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December 28, 2006 11:45:29 PM

Well, Im a little stuck. What monitor do you plan to play on? If its 1600x1200 or lower, just go for one. Otherwise, 2 GTX's sound fine paired with the QX6700.
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December 28, 2006 11:50:26 PM

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Well, Im a little stuck. What monitor do you plan to play on? If its 1600x1200 or lower, just go for one. Otherwise, 2 GTX's sound fine paired with the QX6700.


I'm most likely buying a new monitor that supports up to 2048x1536 at least and plan on using the highest resolution available preferably. 2 8800 GTXs paired with a QX6700 I believe would make the total break $5000 so that isn't exactly an option.
December 29, 2006 3:15:01 PM

I've pretty much narrowed my the question down to one choice, A QX6700 and 1 8800GTX 768mb or an E6700 with 2 8800GTXs SLI, have no clue which to go with however.
December 29, 2006 4:36:59 PM

They're both insane overkill. The QX6700 is insane CPU overkill, and the SLI'd 8800GTX's are insane GPU overkill.

For gaming performance, I'd go with the E6700 and 2 8800GTX's, espeically since you want to go pretty hi-res. I really have my doubts that games will be released any time soon that an E6700 (especially the way you should be able to OC that sucker) can't handle.

Man, Alienware like to gouge the shit out of you for hard drives, though. $400 to add a 500GB drive? WTF is that? Double the newegg price for a 7200.10, or almost 3X the newegg price (including rebate) for a 7200.9, that's what. Oddly enough, they're not gouging too hard on the 8800GTX's - $650 to add a second one, that's pretty much retail.
December 30, 2006 10:34:59 PM

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For gaming performance, I'd go with the E6700 and 2 8800GTX's, espeically since you want to go pretty hi-res. I really have my doubts that games will be released any time soon that an E6700 (especially the way you should be able to OC that sucker) can't handle.


Would you think getting the QX6700 and getting a second GPU a few months from now would be smarter to do? As far as upgradability that does seem like it would be slightly easier than upgrading a processor and mobo. (Haven't built a computer of my own yet so I would be worried of screwing something up with a new mobo)
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