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The Best Gaming PC Money Can Buy

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the more-bang-for-your-stimulus dept.

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SlappingOysters writes "Gameplayer has gone live with their best PC hardware configurations for Q3 2008. They've broken it into three tiers depending on the investor's budget. And while the prices are regional, it is comparative across the globe. 'In order to play these slices of gaming goodness, you're going to need a decent rig, and we sent our PC hardware guru in search of maximum frames in maximum detail, but at a minimum cost. We have three tiers for the three levels of PC gamers out there and all the detail you could possibly want on where, why and what to buy. So choose your poison and get amongst it.'"

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417 comments

Yes, but... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24739917)

What kind of telnet programs do they come with for mudding?

Re:Yes, but... (5, Interesting)

Tragedy4u (690579) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740579)

If you're running Vista, none (at least by default). Seriously it's not in the default install, you have to add it later.

Re:Yes, but... (1)

myz24 (256948) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740603)

I didn't RTFA but if they are spec'ing Vista then there isn't even a telnet client installed by default!

oh christ (5, Funny)

nimbius (983462) | more than 5 years ago | (#24739923)

and i just closed the newegg tab...

looks like ramen again this month

Re:oh christ (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740393)

What do you mean, "this month"? Priorities, man, food or bleedin' edge hardware, pick one!

The investor's budget? (4, Insightful)

llamalad (12917) | more than 5 years ago | (#24739925)

Buying a pc is an investment now?

Re:The investor's budget? (5, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#24739999)

Yes, an investment in planned obsolescence.

Re:The investor's budget? (1)

extirpater (132500) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740003)

Buying a pc is an investment now?

if you've lots of geek chicks around: Yes!

Re:The investor's budget? (5, Insightful)

ivan256 (17499) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740035)

  investment
              n 1: the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an
                        enterprise with the expectation of profit

No. No it is not. And every computer and used car salesman that refers to the purchase of something guaranteed to decrease in value over time should be sued for false advertising.

Re:The investor's budget? (4, Insightful)

Atlantis-Rising (857278) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740325)

Are you telling me that as a computer geek, when you lay out money to purchase a computer you do not expect profit to arise from it?

I think that's a very dangerous statement. Everyone who uses their computer for work 'invests' in it. Everyone who uses their second-hand car to drive to work 'invests' in it.

It is not solely necessary for the capital expense to appreciate for it to be an investment.

Re:The investor's budget? (1)

77Punker (673758) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740455)

The computer I use at work has a 2.4 GHz P4 and 1.5 Gb of RAM. It's surely not the fastest thing around, but it runs my IDE just fine and my work gets done without a hitch.

How would buying a screaming fast computer for work make my job any more profitable?

Re:The investor's budget? (2, Interesting)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740507)

You could write it off as a business expense?

Re:The investor's budget? (3, Informative)

Anarke_Incarnate (733529) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740597)

Somebody should then explain to you how "Write offs" work. You can only deduct the money spent from taxable income. You save ~30% of the cost or you can amortize it over a multi year cycle depending on certain criteria. Doing so does not save you more money than the new computer costs.

The issues with a new computer cost more than the outlay cost as the migration of data, new software (as needed) as well as configuration cost time and money. However, over the course of a computer's life cycle, older systems often become more problematic and cause unplanned work interruptions, which can especially, over the course of time, cost more than the outlay for new equipment as well as the configuration, if planned appropriately.

Re:The investor's budget? (4, Insightful)

Atlantis-Rising (857278) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740575)

That's a complicated question. There are basically three answers:

1: It may make your work faster and more efficient.
2: It may require less maintenance than your old computer.
3: It won't, but that's not necessary; it's like asking a workman whether a new hammer would make his job any more profitable. That doesn't mean it's not an investment anyway.

Re:The investor's budget? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740333)

  investment

              n 1: the act of investing; laying out money or capital in an

                        enterprise with the expectation of profit

No. No it is not. And every computer and used car salesman that refers to the purchase of something guaranteed to decrease in value over time should be sued for false advertising.

profit
            n 1: An advantageous gain or return; benefit.

Profit is not only measured in $$. It is also measured in :)

Re:The investor's budget? (2, Informative)

Sancho (17056) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740523)

How many colons and right parentheses does a $5000 gaming rig get you?

Re:The investor's budget? (3, Insightful)

POTSandPANS (781918) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740387)

I agree. A friend of mine had bought a Mustang GT in 2005, which was the first year of the current body style. The salesman's words: "This car might even go up in value someday because it's the first year of this body style!"

I wish I were joking

Re:The investor's budget? (1)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740417)

Depends- if you buy the computer for a business, its a capital investment.

Re:The investor's budget? (1)

Scarletdown (886459) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740607)

No. No it is not. And every computer and used car salesman that refers to the purchase of something guaranteed to decrease in value over time should be sued for false advertising.

I'm fairly certain that with fuel prices as high as they are, my humble little 1996 Geo Metro has increased in value over the years instead of decreased.

Re:The investor's budget? (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740331)

Is the saving of money worth not having a pc(with internet)? Having a pc is surely an investment just as having internet is. Having more pc's than you need is not an investment though.

Re:The investor's budget? (3, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740407)

They also think that cars and electronics are "investments" as well, typically nobody knows what the word "investment" means anymore.

I guess it sounds better in marketing than saying...

"Our new PC's are awesome! Get a liability in one today!"

Re:The investor's budget? (1)

Brigadier (12956) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740591)

amen, I recall setting up my over clocked celron on dual voodoo2 cards. Then it was a duel Athelon 64, funny thing is all my game time is spent playing soduko and playing my son's DS. As far as my dual athelon 64 I haven't turned it on in over a year. I got tired of the sound of the fans sucking the oxegen out of the room, the diso type lighting and my room temp going up to 100 degrees with the AC on.

$10K US for a gaming rig? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24739941)

Only a fool would spend that much money on something that will cost 1/3 that in 18 months.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (5, Funny)

jgarra23 (1109651) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740009)

Don't forget, you're talking about the same kind of people who will spend months clacking away on a fake guitar with the goal of making a digital crowd cheer when they could be practicing with a REAL guitar, get REAL cheers and likely get laid for REAL too.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740033)

and likely get laid for REAL too

Holy shit, I'm buying a guitar right fucking now!

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (2, Insightful)

turgid (580780) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740099)

Sarcasm aside, it works. Trust me. When I was 16 I put my computers aside and bought a bass guitar.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740199)

And yet...here you are posting about it on Slashdot.

He writes lyrics too (2, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740309)

That's only beacuse he didn't buy a REAL guitar/
and all he can play is Come as you are [youtube.com]

Real rock stars are not on Slashdot/
Playing a bass makes a guitar player not.

Re:He writes lyrics too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740415)

Playing a bass makes a guitar player not.

Tell that to Victor Wooten, Les Claypool, Stu Hamm, Flea, Stanley Clarke, etc...

I'd explain why you are so wrong, but the fact that you made that statement is enough to know that you wouldn't understand.

Re:He writes lyrics too (1)

Scootin159 (557129) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740563)

Anyone who can play bass well, could be taught to play 'reasonably good' guitar within a few days (if that)... although realistically most bass players already know how to play guitar. Guitar players can often also play bass, and if not, could certainly be taught how to do so within a few hours. Normally the only thing that keeps a person tied to one or the other is: practicality ($$ to own both), ego or just plain ignorance.

Re:He writes lyrics too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740557)

Playing a bass makes a guitar player not.

Lolwat? Playing a bass guitar is not playing a guitar?

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (4, Funny)

Naqamel (1138771) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740305)

I'll second what Turgid said. Guitar = Chick Magnet.

I was at a Sam Goody store which happened to have a Guitar Hero game set up. It also had a guitar / amp package they were selling set up. Crappy guitar, worse amp... but whatever.

Some dork was trying to play Guitar Hero and impress 3 girls. Song: Bark at the Moon.

So I pick up the real guitar, and start playing Bark at the Moon on the real guitar.

You've never seen three heads whip around like that. Poor guy. I got all his attention.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (0, Offtopic)

flitty (981864) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740425)

I bet you also go into guitar stores and crank a Jackson guitar plugged into a Line 6 amp and shredd on some other 80's metal solo, wondering how long it will be before you "impress" the staff.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740487)

Not sure if you meant to, but you some off as petty and jealous, flitty.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (1)

Scarletdown (886459) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740663)

Some dork was trying to play Guitar Hero and impress 3 girls. Song: Bark at the Moon.

So I pick up the real guitar, and start playing Bark at the Moon on the real guitar.

You've never seen three heads whip around like that. Poor guy. I got all his attention.

Did you get laid in a foursome with those three girls that night?

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740555)

I don't know; I played guitar in college and I'm still a virgin...

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (4, Interesting)

Grey Ninja (739021) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740327)

Just like you can spend months clacking away on a mouse when you can join the REAL army, and kill REAL people right?

Or spinning a plastic wheel and driving 200km/h when you can be REALLY going that fast in a REAL car, right?

I learned to play Guitar Hero fairly well over the course of a week. I've been playing real guitar for about 4 or 5 months now. I can play most Rock Band songs on expert, and I can play most of Neil Young's Heart of Gold on real guitar.

There's a very large difference between a video game and a musical instrument. A video game can be learned quickly and easily, without a huge time commitment. An instrument takes years to learn how to play. Now in my case, I also thought my hands were too small to play guitar, but Guitar Hero convinced me that I might be able to do it. I don't think I'll ever be able to play an F chord, but I can play a lot of songs anyway. I'm good at Guitar Hero/Rock Band. I'll likely never be as good at real guitar.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (2, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740497)

The learning curve is way steeper with the real instrument, no questions there. When you play some easy level song, where you have to click just a note every now and then to create some chords, it sure is easier than trying to figure out where all those fingers go on that instrument. And then striking the chord just right, too!

But then again, when I look at the time some people spend on those games, where weeks turn into months of them playing for hours, I start to wonder whether in the long run, they couldn't have learned the real instrument in almost the same time they need to master one of those super nasty hardcore badass songs in the game.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (5, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740559)

Don't forget, you're talking about the same kind of people who will spend months clacking away on a fake guitar with the goal of making a digital crowd cheer when they could be practicing with a REAL guitar, get REAL cheers and likely get laid for REAL too.

Funny you should mention that, they're working on Masturbation Hero. You'll get a load out of the controller for that game.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (3, Insightful)

CambodiaSam (1153015) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740061)

There are a LOT of people out there willing to shell out vast sums of money on things that will evaporate in value. Just take a look at the entire luxury and exotic car segments. Everyone knows that cars drop 20% per year in value, but they keep rolling off the line.

Admit it, if you had US $10k lying around with nothing better to do, you would be salivating over the FedEx Next Day Tracking Number. I know I would.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740241)

I do have $10k lying around with nothing better to do, you insensitive clod.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (1)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740273)

Actually exotic cars hold their value very well.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (2, Informative)

TheLink (130905) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740503)

Some even gain value.

1) There are very few of them made, they are luxury and collector items
2) People who collect lots of money tend to collect stuff as well, and some of them choose to collect cars.

So if someone else ever totally destroys their car, the other cars become more valuable.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (1)

45mm (970995) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740351)

It's called a "business write-off" ... what better way to afford expensive things AND avoid paying taxes on the income used to buy them?

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (1)

Xtravar (725372) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740127)

Not only that, but there are barely any bleeding-edge PC games that are worth playing.

I have a fairly awesome rig that I could use for gaming, but nothing really makes me want to go to the hassle of booting to Windows. Most fun (older) games run fine under Wine and/or VMWare.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (1)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740627)

I'm actually going to look at this article to see what will be reasonably high performance and more realistically priced when I am next planning on building a machine in Q2 2009.

Last time I was trying for the very top end, I got stuck firmly in a niche which caused me to have a top end board with an AGP slot when everything was just about to go PCI-E. Its amazing what two or three months of waiting will do. In my case, it actually caused me to upgrade my machine less than I would have, because I didn't want a new motherboard and I saw no point in buying new graphics card if I was only going to plug them into a slower AGP slot.

This time, I'll be watching what is top end now, looking to see what shakes out and have a system that may not be the very top end, but will have a better price and be more likely to be upgradeable over shorter time increments after I buy the original parts. Obviously, a lot of this scrutiny will go towards evaluating motherboards (and by extension CPUs and memory) because replacing one is the worst hassle in upgrades.

Re:$10K US for a gaming rig? (1)

Danathar (267989) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740647)

Or somebody SO incredibly rich that NOT spending the money is more foolish.

Very useful guides (2, Interesting)

ubrgeek (679399) | more than 5 years ago | (#24739957)

I used one of their last ones to build a middle-of-the-road gaming machine. I'd never built a box before (well, other than a headless fileserver) and the parts they recommended were almost all available on Newegg. I read/used the article around 3-4 months after it first came out so the parts they had in the article were actually a bit below what they had them listed as. All-in-all it was an interesting experience and the box turned out really well (in terms of gaming.) Being a Mac guy it gave me a chance to try some games I'd otherwise not be able to play and the performance is at least as good (if not better) than I had expected.

Re:Very useful guides (1)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740053)

I was intending to build a semi-headless fileserver/media center (the display was my HDTV) and intended to spend no more than $500. I did get it done for $400 with minor part reuse (keyboard/mouse/CD drive) but spent a large part of it on RAM and a moderate quality video card. I've been able to run most games on it at 1920x1080 resolution with no graphics issues. I've been trying the warhammer beta on it with no major issues either. I just can't see what a 10k system could get you. Above 800-1000 with today's tech will definately start to see diminishing returns at a FAST pace.

luv 2 brag (2, Funny)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 5 years ago | (#24739959)

I bought a new computer, so I love to brag about the deal I got.

e8500, 4gb ddr2 1066, p5q-3, 4870, freezer 7 pro, rosewill case, 250 gb hd = $1050
had vista64 for free

plays crysis at high "near 60 fps" and everything else to the max

no microstuttering

me = happy

Re:luv 2 brag (5, Funny)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740041)

I feel really old right now because I don't understand a single thing you wrote.

Re:luv 2 brag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740109)

bought a system very near your's but instead used e8400 as processor, have you tried benchmarking it in 3dmark 06? I got 13,5k, could be interested to see what you got. I use vista as well.

Re:luv 2 brag (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740123)

There just giving Vista away now, eh? Or is that why it was so cheap, it has vista?

Re:luv 2 brag (4, Funny)

gfxguy (98788) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740129)

Vista 64 was free, huh?

Re:luv 2 brag (3, Insightful)

turgid (580780) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740177)

Vista 64 is only free if your time has no value.

Re:luv 2 brag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740633)

Right, because if you were using XP 64 you'd be having a wonderful experience trying to do anything with your PC.

Re:luv 2 brag (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740217)

250 gb hd

What, they still make computers with such a pittance of space?! Or was the 250gb drive just something you found discarded in a dumpster?

Just another hardware guide (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24739979)

So hardware guides are post worthy now?

Then let me submit the Ars System Guide [arstechnica.com] ... every [arstechnica.com] time [arstechnica.com] they [arstechnica.com] update [arstechnica.com] it [arstechnica.com] !

Re:Just another hardware guide (1)

EMeta (860558) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740139)

You may be trolling, but I appreciate the links nevertheless. Thanks!

games? (2, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#24739997)

tuxracer runs just fine on my $200 linux machine.

Re:games? (-1, Troll)

nawcom (941663) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740135)

According to the hardcore gamrz, if you don't raytrace your tuxracer graphics, then you are just another canal-pal faggot with the rest of us. I've also heard that if you don't run Vista 64 bit Ultimate edition, you are not only a canal-pal faggot, but one that will die of AIDS. And you thought the hardcore conservative crowd were bad...

Gone live? (1)

Danny Rathjens (8471) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740021)

Why didn't we hear about the beta beforehand? And are they going to add new realms to this game to support the greater than expected number of players, because I can't log on my character currently.

Re:Gone live? (1)

Koiu Lpoi (632570) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740577)

The WOW forums are that way
----->

Seriously, what are you talking about? Did they mention somewhere in TFA about WotLK going live?

Load times (1)

Fallingcow (213461) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740025)

These days, my biggest problem isn't low framerates--it's load times. The Witcher, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., tons of games with loads long enough that I have time to read a page (or two, or five) in a book during load screens.

My next rig will definitely have a raid-0 array, and will hopefully be the last non-flash-storage-based PC I make.

Re:Load times (1)

turgid (580780) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740145)

When I were a lad I had a Spectrum 128. Starglider used to take the best part of 15 minutes to load from tape.

Re:Load times (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740251)

The Witcher was supposed to get patched some time soon to fix the load times, might want to check the web site and see if that patch is out yet. It also adds a whole lot of new models to the game, new voice acting, new music, and greatly improves the dialogs.

-Rick

Re:Load times (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740443)

Funny, that's how I used to study in college.

Re:Load times (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740547)

Last time I saw tests (2 years ago), RAID of any variety didn't make a difference in load times. The bottleneck was mostly the CPU and to a lesser degree, the amount/speed of RAM, as all the stuff needed to be decompressed, though this may have changed with newer dual/quad core CPUs and faster/more plentiful RAM, though I'm at work, so I can't look up stuff to check my info.

Sharky's buyers' guides (4, Informative)

gregbaker (22648) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740065)

I'm reminded of Sharky Extreme's Value [sharkyextreme.com] and High-end Gaming Buyers' Guides [sharkyextreme.com] . If you're buying, it would probably be interesting to compare them.

I'm sure I have seen other similar guides, but can't find them now.

Give a hoot! Recycle! (4, Insightful)

RingDev (879105) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740075)

More so Reuse!

I usually run a 2 year cycle.

Year 1, I build a new PC. Although, I already have a nice monitor, a nice case, a large hard drive, an optical drive, and all the other fixings. So all a new PC is, is a CPU, motherboard, memory and graphics card. No need to replace everything else.

Year 2 I upgrade my existing PC. Add a bit of memory, get a larger hard drive, get the latest generation of graphic card. All for a budget well under $500.

Next year I give my now 'old' PC to my wife (mounting all the components into her perfectly fine case) and buy myself a new pile.

Sure, I'm not going bleeding edge with my stuff. But I just priced out a new PC for this fall. A Core 2 Duo @ 3ghz, 2Gigs of 1200 memory, new mobo, and an NVidia 8800GT. With tax and shipping it comes in right at $500, and will be more than enough machine to handle the next generation of games. Although I think I'll try to hold out just a hair longer for one last price cut on the Core 2 Duo chip. But the Wife's machine is going to need an upgrade for the next set of titles coming out.

-Rick

Re:Give a hoot! Recycle! (1)

gfxguy (98788) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740201)

I operate very much like that. I have two kids, also, so at this point we all have our own desktops. You get to the point where you say "I have an old motherboard, cpu, memory, and video card... add a hard drive and a case and it's a fully functional computer... but then it's not like that... I'm more like 18 months to two years.

And I've decided not to buy desktops anymore. So it looks like a new laptop every couple of years from now on.

Re:Give a hoot! Recycle! (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740317)

maybe you should mount your wife's box more often?

Re:Give a hoot! Recycle! (3, Funny)

nawcom (941663) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740483)

maybe you should mount your wife's box more often?

Her box is way too huge, and you can tell that lots of things have been taken in and lots of things pulled out that it looks a little bruised. Plus, it just looks too old, and it's always making noises. You learn to ignore it. These days MicroATX boxes are the thing; smaller, tighter, and they're portable - so it doesn't matter where you go, you can always bring along the box to play with.

You can make a bloody mess if you try to stick your peripheral in that kind of box when it just doesn't fit.

yes, nawcom knows he is twisted and sick.

Re:Give a hoot! Recycle! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740373)

I do the same thing, but....

Better off with a slower processor and a faster videocard. ATI 4870 far better than a 8800 GT. This card will actually go 2 years. 8800 GT is old news. 1200 memory is a waste. DDR2 800 is good enough and cheap.

Buying guide... (5, Funny)

geogob (569250) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740101)

They should come up with a set of configurations for the best /.-proof PC servers for 2008 as well.

Re:Buying guide... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740401)

Yeah, but only after they build one themselves.

What about a small, silent, low-power FF XI box? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740107)

I'm looking for a minimum score of 5000~6000 with Vanad'iel Benchmark 3 at the "high" setting. The more fanless components, the better. The lower the prices, the better too.

My current Athlon XP 2400+, 512MB and Radeon 9600XT 128MB AGP runs FF XI fine in 640x480 with all details at maximum, however the power supply fan + CPU fan + GPU fan = quite annoying, not to mention the heat and wasted power.

Surely extremely low-end components of 2008 could run FF XI much better for a lot less power and be fanless too?

Re:What about a small, silent, low-power FF XI box (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740631)

All for the glory of afk bazaaring?

Lame (5, Informative)

steeleye_brad (638310) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740111)

That site is a slow as shit...here's a summary:
Under $1000AU
CPU: Intel E8500 - $200
RAM: DDR2 4GB 800MHz RAM - $100v
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 - $130
GPU: ATI 4870 - $300
PSU: Silverstone Strider ST50F 500W - $80
Case: Antec NSK4000 - $65
Optical: Pioneer 215BK SATA - $30
HDD: Western Digital 640GB - $93
Total Price: $998

Midrange
CPU: Intel E8600 - $300
RAM: DDR2 4GB 1066MHz - $150
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4 - $240
GPU: ATI 4870x2 - $655
PSU: Corsair HX620 - $160
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos S RC-1100 - $285
Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-215D SATA 20x - $30
Storage: Western Digital 640GB - $93
Cooling: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme & Scythe Slipstream - $85
Total: $1,998

High end (aka completely retarded)
CPU: Intel QX9770 - $1,600 (eXXXXXXtreeeeeeeeme!!!!)
RAM: 2 x 2GB Mushkin DDR3 XP3-14400 - $550 (A +$10,000 system with only 4GB of RAM, hah)
Motherboard: Foxconn Blackops X48 - $450 (what)
GPU: 2 x 4870x2 - $1320
PSU: Corsair HX1000 - $320
Case: Lian-Li PC-X2000 - $580
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-202BK - $390
Storage: 2 x 300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor - $700 (no, just no)
Cooling: Frozen SS Vapour Phase Change - $1,100 (hahahaha)
OS: Vista Home Premium 64bit OEM - $130
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP 30" - $2,000
Mouse: Razer Lachesis - $63
Keyboard: Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard or Optimus Maximus - $95 or $1,900 (also hahahahaha)
Sound Card : Auzentech X-Fi Prelude - $230
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 - $320
Total: $9,848 or $11,653 (with Optimus Maximus)

Only the high-end configuration includes the operating system! Kind of a stupid article, their budget system should be capable of just about any game you throw at it, unless you want to play shit at native resolution on a 30" LCD. When it comes to picking out hardware for a custom build, I've always preferred The Tech Report's system guide. Very detailed, and they have alternate setups for various budgets. http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/15009 [techreport.com]

Re:Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740519)

I just spend 800 on a quad 2.4Ghz, w/ 8GB ram, and a decent nvidia card.... these people are dumb.

furthering the myth of expensive PCs... (4, Informative)

Grokmoo (1180039) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740143)

I hate these articles. They merely further the myth that you have to spend thousands on a PC to get decent gaming performance.

In reality, you could spend $500 on a PC (not including monitor) and get something that will play Crysis on high or very high depending on what resolution you are running.

You can put together what would in reasonable circles be considered high end for under $1000, yet that price is basically relegated to be "bargain basement" in this article.

Site is down (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740147)

Maybe they should have hosted the site on that monster gaming PC, cause it's down and I can't leave a meaningful comment without looking at what they've done, though I am sure it won't stop anyone else from trying.

Still... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740171)

Even with all the money you put into it, it still can't run Duke Nukem Forever.

Bad Suggestions for 1000-2000$ (1)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740183)

Bad all around. 1000-2000$ does not mean 2000$, some of their choices were just bad. For example:
300$ for a dual core e8600? Are you joking? Why not go for a e9550 quad core for 330$? They're both 45nm, and with the e0 stepping right around the corner you can probably squeak 3.6 ghz easily on air cooling off that bad boy.

Why a gigabyte x48-ds4 motherboard? The ds4 is the smaller/cheaper brother of the dq6 or whatnot. Why not instead get a p5q delux from asus? It's 200$, and for that you get a hell of a lot more (better bios/more sata/more pcie slots) for cheaper. Yes it's only a p45 chipset instead of a x48, but unless you're doing any sli/crossfire the x series really doesn't do that much for you.

That case they suggested is expensive as hell! WTF, get a antec p182 for like 120$.

The 4870 is a good choice, but honestly, you cannot beat a 260gt when it costs 230$ after rebate. Check out newegg and evga. It hands down beats a 4850 and comes in a shade slower than a 4870.

All in all my changes could save you somewhere in the order of 500$. That brings you to the 1000-1500 range without blowing all of your budget.

Someone needs to do a bit more research when posting the "best your money can buy" articles. I know it's all opinion but come on.

Re:Bad Suggestions for 1000-2000$ (2, Funny)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740669)

The funny thing is, you could have made all your numbers and names up and those of us who don't care as much would know the difference.

The Best Gaming "PC Money" Can Buy (3, Insightful)

maestroX (1061960) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740195)

easy, try a wii or ps3.

Re:The Best Gaming "PC Money" Can Buy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740495)

what? no 360?

Forget the hardware. (1)

Steve Baker (3504) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740277)

How much do I have to spend to get a good game?

Re:Forget the hardware. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740657)

$49.99?

A diffent kind of computer gaming (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740287)

I prefer to buy scrap PCs cheap and do Olympic Discus Throws with real disks.

Other games:

Ram Stick Javelin Throw.
Mouse Shotput.
CD Spindle Soccer.

slashdotted? (1)

diegocn (1109503) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740293)

Already...

Website is terrible, relevant info here (3, Informative)

ProlificLurker (1349735) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740343)

Um. Ok. Raiding some kids Newegg 3 tiered I-wonder-how-much-I'll-get-for-my-bar-mitzpah wishlist doesn't belong here. I highly doubt anybody here needs any advice on what gaming rig to buy. But in case you do, hear is the info in USD.

861.430 USD

        * CPU: Intel E8500 - $200
        * RAM: DDR2 4GB 800MHz RAM - $100v
        * Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 - $130
        * GPU: ATI 4870 - $300
        * PSU: Silverstone Strider ST50F 500W - $80
        * Case: Antec NSK4000 - $65
        * Optical: Pioneer 215BK SATA - $30
        * HDD: Western Digital 640GB - $93

1,724.59 USD

        * CPU: Intel E8600 - $300
        * RAM: DDR2 4GB 1066MHz - $150
        * Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4 - $240
        * GPU: ATI 4870x2 - $655
        * PSU: Corsair HX620 - $160
        * Case: Cooler Master Cosmos S RC-1100 - $285
        * Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-215D SATA 20x - $30
        * Storage: Western Digital 640GB - $93
        * Cooling: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme & Scythe Slipstream - $85

8,499.13 USD
        * CPU: Intel QX9770 - $1,600
        * RAM: 2 x 2GB Mushkin DDR3 XP3-14400 - $550
        * Motherboard: Foxconn Blackops X48 - $450
        * GPU: 2 x 4870x2 - $1320
        * PSU: Corsair HX1000 - $320
        * Case: Lian-Li PC-X2000 - $580
        * Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-202BK - $390
        * Storage: 2 x 300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor - $700
        * Cooling: Frozen SS Vapour Phase Change - $1,100
        * OS: Vista Home Premium 64bit OEM - $130
        * Monitor: Dell UltraSharpâ 3008WFP 30" - $2,000
        * Mouse: Razer Lachesis - $63
        * Keyboard: Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard-$95
        * Sound Card : Auzentech X-Fi Prelude - $230
        * Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 - $320

Wacom? (1)

kungfuj35u5 (1331351) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740477)

Lol, is that a wacom tablet in that photo?

Nothing new here (1)

Belteshazzar (202070) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740527)

Nothing new here, Sharky Extreme [sharkyextreme.com] has been doing this for years and is more featureful.

Davinchy (1)

Davinchy (1346037) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740541)

That site is living in some alternate universe thinking they have built the best money can buy with that PoS system they have as their ultimate. First off for 1600 dollars why get a quad core. You could get octo core for half of that. ( that is assuming you even need 4 cores) dual core would probably be just as good as 8 though for most games. Next they are going with 10,000 rpm hard drives and no solid state drive. Solid state drives are much much faster than any platter hdd. You can put them in the same configurations that platter hdds go in too. Anyway non of that system makes sense.. I mean they just found all of the most expensive things they could find and put them in the system. Why get a $2,000 dollar dell monitor when there are better monitors out there. Oh because it's expensive. P.S. Why would anyone spend 10k on a system that is at the end of a technology cycle. negalem coming out in a month or so. Anyway that site is LAME

Re:Davinchy (1)

kungfuj35u5 (1331351) | more than 5 years ago | (#24740649)

I believe it's Nehalem you're referring to. And yes, it will be epic.

Pussy Nazi Sez (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24740645)

No pussy for YOU!
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