Choosing the right CPU

Hi, I am about to buy an alienware workstation, but am confused about my choices for a processor. The three processors I can choose from are:

Intel® Xeon™ Processor 3.2GHz w/ EM64T 800 MHz FSB w/1MB Cache
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 560J w/ HT Technology 3.6GHz 1MB Cache
AMD Opteron™ 246 2.0 GHz 64-Bit .

I will be using the computer for
-3d animation
-Video editing
-Static graphics
-Gaming

which should i choose?
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  1. STOP - DON'T BUY ALIENWARE, YOU ARE GETTING RIPPED OFF.

    Please, list the components you are getting and the price. I bet I could get the same Pc for much less

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  2. Roswell 5550

    Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite Service
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 2
    Case: Alienware® Professional Workstation Chassis - Silver/Black
    Power Supply: Enermax EG651P-VE 24P 550 Watt Power Supply
    Motherboard: Tyan Tiger K8W S2875 Dual Opteron Motherboard
    Processor/s: Single Processor - AMD Opteron™ 246 2.0 GHz 64-Bit
    Memory: Corsair™ 2GB DDR PC3200 Registered ECC Server
    Graphics Accelerator: NVIDIA® Quadro™ FX 3000 256MB 8x AGP w/Dual DVI
    System Drive: High Performance - Serial ATA - 250GB Western Digital Caviar® SE 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache
    Removable Storage : 3.5" 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive - Black
    Primary Optical Drive: NEC® ND-3520 16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Recorder
    Secondary Optical Drive: Lite-On® 16x DVD / 52x32x52x CD-RW Drive
    Network Connection: Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
    Additional Input / Output Controller: SIIG® Firewire 800 3-Port PCI Controller
    Digital Audio Hardware: Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS High Definition 7.1 Surround Firewire (IEEE® 1394)
    Primary Display: NEC 22" CRT Flat Screen MultiSync FE2111SB - Black
    Secondary Display: No Monitor
    Keyboard: Microsoft® Basic Keyboard Black
    Mouse: Microsoft® Basic Optical Mouse Black
    Automated Support: AlienAutopsy: Automated Technical Support Request System

    List price = $4,472.00
  3. High class parts. You might be able to get it built cheaper but I'm not coming over if you have a problem!

    Abit IS7 - 3.0C @ 3.6ghz - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
    Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
    Sony DRU-510A - Yellowtail Merlot
  4. That's actually one of those systems where he might only save a few hundred dollars by doing it himself. Not worth it at all. I added up all the components as best I could on Newegg and was at roughly $4200 not including tax.

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  5. hmm...an instance of Alienware value for money? :lol:

    I retract my previous statment

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  6. I'm sure they're still working on a 20% margin.

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  7. I wouldn't bother with Opteron in a single configuration. It adds a bunch of expense without a large performance increase over similarly clocked Athlon 64's.

    The 560J might actually be a bit faster than that Opteron. It would be close. Definatly the Xeon is the worst performer, but it's offering future 64-bit OS compatability.

    I'd see what they can get you in a faster A64 processor, such as the 3800+.

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