New machine? Or not to new machine? That is my question.
I?m considering buying a new machine. For the first time ever, I will be buying a ready built machine, and not customizing one. The reasons for this are simple: I want something that is ready to go, and I want installment buying. I?m trying to get a machine that is an awesome gaming machine with payments around $50 a month (trying not to break $60). So far, I?ve configured a Dell 410 to about the options I am looking for.
Intel Core 2 E6420 Duo Processor(4MB L2 cache,2.13GHZ,1066FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 2 DIMMs
500GB Performance RAID 0 (2 x 250GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs)
Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
768MB nVidia GeForce
AGEIA PhysX physics accelerator
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
13 in 1 Media Card Reader
No Productivity software pre-installed
No Security software pre-installed
No Entertainment software pre-installed
1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor - Next Business Day
No ISP requested
I know I could always save money on the hard drives, but I honestly want some RAID 0 going. Sure, the data wouldn?t? be recoverable if one of the drives died, but the same goes if I have a single larger drive. lol I?d rather have faster read and write times and will be good for some of the upcoming games I?d like to be playing. No arguments on how useful that would be in particular games, I just wana reduce loading times on EVERYTING I do. I?m not afraid of using Windows Vista and want to be ready for DX10 gaming.
I?d prefer to get similar configuration with a GeForce
800 with 512MB rather then 768MB, but I can?t find any good companies that offer full customization. Any help would be appreciated.
I?m also wondering if getting a lower model CPU and over clocking it to E6800 speeds would be a better idea then actually buying something like the E6700. I?m not looking for extreme OC performance, but rather a CPU that could patch an E6700 or E6800?s speed.
No ATI vs nVidia talk. I've made up my mind to go nVidia this time around. No Intel vs AMD talk. I love AMD to death, but I can't justify buying an AMD with Intel's performance lead and good pricing.