My computer is several years old, and I was looking at a new gaming rig, mainly to play Rift, once it comes out. I don't want to have to take out a mortgage on a machine, but also don't want to go so cheap that I have something useless in a year or two.
I have priced an XPS 9100 from Dell, and also selected components from Newegg. This is just my starting point, but I would appreciate any suggestions that you all may have.
I would also like to purchase a new monitor, but I have a nice set of dell speakers that the center channel attaches to the monitor. Does anyone know if you can get other monitors with similar mounting brackets, or am I stuck either buying a new monitor from dell, or buying new speakers?
Thanks a lot for the help.
Studio XPS 9100, Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English Unit Price
XPS Studio 9100 price includes $100 instant discount.
Expires Thursday, February 17, 2011
Catalog Number: 29 DXCWQU1
Module Description Show Details
Studio XPS 9100 Studio XPS 9100
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Processors Intel® Core™i7-930 processor(8MB L2 Cache, 2.80GHz)
Memory 9GB Tri Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 6 DIMMs
Keyboard Dell Consumer Multimedia Keyboard
Monitor No Monitor
Video Card ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5
Hard Drive 1.5TB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache HDD
Mouse Dell Laser Mouse
Modem No Dial Up Modem Option
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0 Multi-Language
Optical Drives Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write
Sound THX® TruStudio PC™
Speakers No Speaker Option
Hardware Support Services 1 Year Basic Service Plan, DMLP
Recovery Tools Recovery DVD for Windows® 7 Home Premium OS, 64bit, English
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129021
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Drop the audigy SE to cut $35 off the price, the onboard will be just as good as it. Other than that, the homebuilt uses better parts, more memory, a faster CPU, and a much better motherboard and PSU all for less, i would definitely take that over the XPS.