Ultimate Gaming Machine?

I have about $3000 dollors to spend and these are the systems I have come up with. They are pretty much the same one just has less RAM and HD

My Ultimate Gaming Machine

Case: Black Chieftec Server Chasis Workstation Tower($84.00)
Motherboard: AOpen E7205 Granite Bay($218.00)
Processor: Intel P4 3.06 GHz Processor($664.00)
RAM: 4x Kingston HyperX Series 512MB PC3500($676.00)
Hard Drive: 2x 200 GB Western Digital Special Edition($510.00)
Graphics Card: ATI All-In-Wonder RADEON 9700 PRO ($375.00)
Sound Card: OnBoard($0.00)
Bay Drive 1: Lite-On Black 48x24x48 CD Burner($58.00)
Bay Drive 2: Lite-On Black 16x48 DVD/CD ROM($44.00)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional ($250.00)

Total Cost: $2879.00


My Sensible Gaming Machine

Case: Black Chieftec Server Chasis Workstation Tower($84.00)
Motherboard: AOpen E7205 Granite Bay($218.00)
Processor: Intel P4 2.53 GHz Processor($232.00)
RAM: 2x Kingston HyperX Series 512MB PC3500($338.00)
Hard Drive: 120 GB Western Digital Special Edition($146.00)
Graphics Card: ATI All-In-Wonder RADEON 9700 PRO ($375.00)
Sound Card: OnBoard($0.00)
Bay Drive 1: Lite-On Black 48x24x48 CD Burner($58.00)
Bay Drive 2: Lite-On Black 16x48 DVD/CD ROM($44.00)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional ($250.00)

Total Cost: $1745.00
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  1. Your "Sensible" computer kicks major butt!!! With the money you save, get some nice 5.1 speakers, and condenser cooling, that will let you hit 4.2 ghz!

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  2. also you might get 2x512 Corsair XMS pc3500

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  3. #1

    That's not so much a gaming computer as a 3D work station. If all you care about is gaming then you've gone way overboard.

    #2

    Sure, why not. Have you considered AMD though? For those $450 you could get a AMD XP 2600+ and an ASUS A7N8X Deluxe plus have some change.

    Windows XP Pro costs $143 OEM. Check out newegg.com. If you know somebody that's a student at a university you can get it for $80

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  4. I'd get the first setup, but forgo 2 sticks of RAM and a hard drive, that was a bit overkill.
  5. AXP 2800+ with nForce2 will outperform granite bay with P4 3.06 GHz

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  6. Only thing I see that could be improved is the sound. Since you've got 3 grand to spend you might as well go all out.

    Go Audigy 2 or regular Audigy for a little cheaper

    It's all good ^_^
  7. I agree. An ultimate gaming system should have the ultimate in sound. you can stick with the on-board sound in your sensible system.
  8. Agreed.......a 2800+ and nForce 2 running dual channel memory will outperform a P4 with granite bay.....and u can still get the super cooling device and OC that 2800+ to 2.9Ghz or higher =)

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  9. Now that I think about it, you should buy a 21"-23" monitor for the ultimate game rig.

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  10. I dont need no stinkin moniter, I'll just hook it up to my 36" in HDTV in the living room. I supposed I could go with Audio Galaxy 2 and then hook it to the theater system.
  11. -----Your "Sensible" computer kicks major butt!!! With the money you save, get some nice 5.1 speakers, and condenser cooling, that will let you hit 4.2 ghz! -----

    huh? 4.2? whaaaaaa?

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  12. (4x512mb)2GB ram, why? You don't need that much. 1GB is more than enough.

    I'd personally go for the 2nd one. Not because it's sensible, but because it too kicks ass, even in games. Better than my PIII 800MHz with 128Mb of ram.

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  13. I'd go with MSI over Aopen.

    512MB of RAM is more than enough for gaming (though if you are running Windows XP you might want to consider a gig, especially if you are going to be running other programs while you are gaming). Also, I'd recommend Corsair XMS RAM, not Kingston. Corsair now also has new low latency RAM, where it has not only reduced the CAS Latency, but all of the other timings like Pulse Width, Precharge Rate, 1T data channel command etc..... whatever all of those are called, I don't have the names in front of me.

    Harddrive space is up to you, but unless you like hoarding tons of porno movies you have downloaded from the internet, and never delete files, I always recommend to people the least amount of space they need. More platters = more likely head crash. It will take a few days for you to defragment 400 gigs. And it just wind up costing more money when its not needed, a waste.

    I'd actully recommend Windows 98 SE or 2000 with service pack 2, not Windows XP

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  14. If you defrag regularely, it only takes 20 minutes.

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  15. IMHO you should buy an Alienware PC. I used to be into building my own PCs, and though it is fun & can be rewarding, I've had one too many cooling mishaps (don't ask) to trust myself to build a new machine from scratch again. Alienware PCs are designed specifically to be the ultimate in PC gaming, and they are built by experts & come with support to boot.
  16. Nothing beats building your own PC.

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  17. I agree with you on that. It's the only way to learn what's going on with a PC. But it's just like learning to ride a bicycle, sometimes you fall & bark up your knees.

    When you've built it, & know what it can do, it's so rewarding playing your favorite game or whatever, knowing you made it happen, the way you wanted it to. Besides it's a lot of fun to boot.

    I'm still learning & having fun doing it!! Trouble comes with the things you forget or overlook along the way that make it not so fun!!
  18. I can't deny that some people probably shouldn't build a pc just like some people shouldn't ride a bike. If you can't follow instructions, don't have the slightest bit of patience, have narcolepsy, or no time, then maybe you're out of luck and have to get someone else to build it for you.

    They're having to sacrifice both performance and/or money though to get someone else to build their computer.

    I would recommend buying parts and getting someone else to build it for you (~$60, local shop) before going with someone like Alienware, Dell, or any of the other countless OEMs though.

    The only real reason to go with an OEM is for the software if you have none. That's assuming you've made it this far and are cruising through this site.

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  19. Yep. I've never bought a OEM computer. I had my first one custom built for me. I watched the guy do most of it & said Huh, I can do that.

    I don't really know how many of them I've built for myself & others since then. It's always a learning curve. No matter what you know today, tomorrow something changes & you have to change with it. The programing can be harder than building some times.

    To me that's the satisfaction of building. Running it is a ball. You know when you've came a long way when Tech.'s get the distant look on their faces when you try & explain something & get a answer you know is not right.

    Yea if you don't know what it's about, get out your wallet. They can tell you anything & you just can nod your head & pay the bill.

    I'm still learning & having fun doing it!! Trouble comes with the things you forget or overlook along the way that make it not so fun!!
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