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The Battle of the Gaming PC Titans

Introduction

Over the past three months we have brought you some of the best custom- built gaming systems available on the market as we set out to find the ultimate systems for the hardcore gamer. This exclusive user group seeks and is ready to pay for the best experience possible. The budget-minded gamer need not apply.

The systems we tested were based on the fastest gaming processor and graphics solutions available. We also asked popular system builders to send us their best rigs. Below is what we reviewed :

While the first round of articles mainly compared each system to our reference platform, we now review all of these computers bursting with good health against each other. How does each stand up against its high-performance peers ? Today, as the fall takes hold, we can answer that question and thus begins this "Clash of the Titans."

Specifications

Liquid XSABS M6Alienware ALX
CPUAMD Athlon 64 400+AMD Athlon 64 FX-57AMD Athlon 64 FX-57
MotherboardDFI LANParty UT nF4 SLI-DAsus A8N DeluxeAsus A8N Deluxe
Memory1 GB Corsair XMS XL Pro - 2 x 512 MB2 GB Corsair DDR550 - 4 x 512 MB2 GB Corsair DDR550 - 4 x 512 MB
HDD2 x Western Digital 74 GB Raptors2 x Western Digital Raptors 74 GB in RAID 0 ; 1 x Hitachi 400 GB2 x Hitatchi Deskstar 80 GB in RAID 0
DVDNEC 3520A 16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Drive16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Drive, 16x DVD-ROM16x Dual Layer DVD±R/W Drive
VideoRerfrence Cards : NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX PCI-E 256 MB DDR3Rerfrence Cards : NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX PCI-E 256 MB DDR3Rerfrence Cards : NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX PCI-E 256 MB DDR3
SoundCreative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZSCreative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZSCreative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
Power SupplyAntec Neopower 480WAntec True 500WPC Power & Cooling 510 Express 650W
OSWindows XP Pro SP2Windows XP Pro SP2Windows XP Pro SP2
CyberPower’ XLCFalcon Northwest Mach VRidiculously Insane
CPUAMD FX-57AMD FX-57AMD FX-57
MotherboardAsus A8N-SLI DeluxeAsus A8N-SLI DeluxeAsus A8N-SLI Deluxe
Memory1 GB Corsair Xpert - 2 x 512 MB1 GB 2x512 MB Corsair Low Latency2 GB 4x512 MB SuperTalent Memory
HDD2 x Western Digital 74 GB Raptors 1 x Maxtor 250 GB MaXLine SATAMaxtor 300 GB SATA 16 MB CacheWestern Digital 74 GB SATA Raptor
DVDDual Layer DVD±R/W DriveDual Layer DVD±R/W DriveDual Layer DVD±R/W Drive
VideoRerfrence Cards : NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX PCI-E 256 MB DDR3Rerfrence Cards : NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX PCI-E 256 MB DDR3Rerfrence Cards : NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX PCI-E 256 MB DDR3
SoundCreative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZSCreative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZSCreative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
Power SupplyEnermax EG565AX 2.0 SLISilverstone 650WTurboCool T51X-SLI 510W
OSWindows XP Pro SP2Windows XP Pro SP2Windows Media Center