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Its probably worth the money. I would replace the power supply from
the start, get in the 650watt to 750watt range. Your video card
should not be a problem using. Looks like it will play about any game
without a problem. As far as the power supply, I would go for a corsair.
Dont buy a cheapo psu..
I dont like vista, but you may. I have a friend that is running vista64 he
seems to be ok with it, but its a little buggy.
Speaking of buggy, I dont care much for the nvidia chipsets. I dunno,
I wouldnt buy it, but that is me. But for something quick, you could do
worse.
 

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rip off

you should go custom

Case
NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$100
after rebate $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146047

CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
$168
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
$135
after rebate $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
$50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231192

Video Card
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
$130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102833

PSU
Corsair 750w
$125
after rebate $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

HDD
Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
$70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148335

OS
Vista 64 bit SP1
$100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

DVD burner
LG Black 22X
$25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

Total $903

after rebates $843
 

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rip off

you should go custom
I just tried that and I'm having to ship everything back. Building computers is not my thing.

You say it's a ripoff...even if it is: Is it a good gaming computer?

manic said:
Its probably worth the money. I would replace the power supply from
the start, get in the 650watt to 750watt range. Your video card
should not be a problem using. Looks like it will play about any game
without a problem. As far as the power supply, I would go for a corsair.
Dont buy a cheapo psu..
I dont like vista, but you may. I have a friend that is running vista64 he
seems to be ok with it, but its a little buggy.
Speaking of buggy, I dont care much for the nvidia chipsets. I dunno,
I wouldnt buy it, but that is me. But for something quick, you could do
worse.
I believe I've got an antec earthwatts 550w in this computer. Would that be good, or do I really need to upgrade it?
 

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Yes get a better PSU

Here is a very nice one
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3247723&CatId=1483


I disagree that system is not a ripoff, however your 8800GT is not better than a 9600GT.

Anyway, a custom computer would be best for the price. BUT if you can find a system with the same or similar specs then it will be great.

Try a system with this:

Intel Core 2 Quad
4 GB Ram
500-1000 GB Storage
Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Nvidia 265 GTX
Corsair 650 W

That system will run Crysis at high.
 

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Intel Core 2 Quad (No games except a few use 4 cores)
4 GB Ram (Fine)
500-1000 GB Storage(If you are getting a TB, don't get 2 500s)
Vista Ultimate 32-bit(Waste, get home prem 64 bit)
Nvidia 265 GTX (Can you show me where to get a 265) (I would say radeon 4870)
Corsair 650 W (750 is worth the extra $25 or whatever)

That system will run Crysis at high.(as well as what I posted)
 

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If building your own is daunting, then you would be better off to purchase a unit that is pre-built. They are pretty easy to build, but if you don't feel comfortable, it is just not worth the risk.

While the unit listed is not bad, I share Manic's concern since I am also not fond of that motherboard series. Not saying it won't do the job, but there are a lot of issues I have seen with those.

Another concern would be the power supply. My last thought is that you can do better with gaming than the included video card and you might want to look at the Nvidia 9800 (gt , gts , gtx) or the Radeon 4870 card.

With a new rig, I also would suggest the 64 bit OS of Vista. Those would be my personal preferences if I were the purchaser of this unit.
 

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Alienware is WAY overpriced, but a nice rig most of the time. The only real drawback with them is that you can't even open that case or it voids your warranty.

Might want to think twice before walking into that hollow space, it can cause all kinds of problems down the road if you want to upgrade something.
 
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