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Sharky Extreme : Monthly Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide July 27, 2007


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    October Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide
    By Ryan "Speedy" Wissman :  October 31, 2005

    Price Round Up


    Intel Pentium System:

    Case: Cooler Master TAC-T01 Wave Master- $129
    PSU: PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI Power Supply - $220
    CPU: Pentium 840 Extreme Edition (3.2GHz) Retail - $999
    Cooling: Retail HSF - $0
    Motherboard: Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Retail - $164
    Memory: 2GB (2x1GB) OCZ Gold Edition DDR2 PC2-4200 Dual Channel - $297
    Hard Drive: 2 X Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB OEM - $258
    Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX - $459
    Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1-inch (wide) LCD - $545
    Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS - $279
    Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Digital - $220
    CD/DVD-RW: Pioneer 16x DVD+RW/-RW DVR-110D OEM - $44
    NIC: Included - $0
    Modem: US Robotics External v.92 USB Faxmodem - $46
    Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser Mouse - $55
    Keyboard: Microsoft Multimedia Natural Keyboard OEM - $22
    Gamepad: Saitek P3000 Wireless Pad - $31
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro w/ SP2 - $147
    UPS: CyberPower OfficePower 825VA CPS825AVR - $75
    Floppy: Generic Black Floppy Disk Drive - $8

    Total: $3,998


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 System:

    Case: Cooler Master TAC-T01 Wave Master - $129
    PSU: PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI Power Supply - $220
    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Retail - $884
    Cooling: Thermalright XP-90C w/92mm Fan - $63
    Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Retail - $189
    Memory: 2GB (2x1GB) OCZ EL Gold Edition DDR PC-4000 Dual Channel - $308
    Hard Drive: 2 X Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB OEM - $258
    Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX - $459
    Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1-inch (wide) LCD - $545
    Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS - $279
    Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Digital - $220
    CD/DVD-RW: Pioneer 16x DVD+RW/-RW DVR-110D OEM - $44
    NIC: Included - $0
    Modem: US Robotics External v.92 USB Faxmodem - $46
    Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser Mouse - $55
    Keyboard: Microsoft Multimedia Natural Keyboard OEM - $22
    Gamepad: Saitek P3000 Wireless Pad - $31
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro w/ SP2 - $147
    UPS: CyberPower OfficePower 825VA CPS825AVR - $75
    Floppy: Generic Black Floppy Disk Drive - $8

    Total: $3,982


    Closing Remarks

    This month we overhauled quite a bit of the guide, and were finally able to make a few of the upgrades we have been looking at over the past few months. Going dual core on both the Intel and AMD sides this month was done after much debate. The slight tradeoff in single-threaded performance will be missed, but we are confident future games will begin to take advantage of dual core processors, especially considering the Xbox 360 and PS3 are both multi-core machines. Even so, with a GeForce 7800 GTX, and the ability to add SLI later, both systems can really push the framerates. The dual core advantages also transcend the pure gaming arena, and multi-threaded performance is incredible, while the ability to seamlessly multi-task is something everyone needs to experience.

    On the system memory front, we finally moved to 2GB of DDR and DDR2 this month, which should help appease all the memory hungry games and applications that have been appearing lately. We also made the move to Creative's new X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS soundcard, which offers much better gaming support and performance than any card we have used before. Overall, this was one of our most productive months ever, and we can only hope that Intel and AMD release higher clocked version of their dual core chips to help alleviate the performance gap in single threaded applications.

    With the recent release of the ATI Radeon X1800, NVIDIA finally seems to have some real competition for their GeForce 7800 GTX. While we did not include the Radeon X1800 in the guide this month, the increased competition can help drive the prices of video cards down from their record highs. CrossFire-enabled motherboards are still few and far between, but hopefully we'll see more from this new dual-PCI Express technology, as it looks to really give NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI a run for its money. As the holiday season approaches, we will keep our eye out for only the best and newest hardware for our next Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide.

    * Please note that the prices in our guide do not include shipping costs or taxes. The final system price also reflects a "best case" scenario of finding an online vendor that stocks the majority of internal components, or having access to a number of local computer retailers for system quotes and comparison shopping.


    Page 1 Introduction and Case
    Page 2 Processors and Cooling
    Page 3 Motherboards and Memory
    Page 4 Hard Drives and DVD-R/RW
    Page 5 Video Card, Monitor and Audio
    Page 6 Mouse, Keyboard & Controller
    Page 7 Communications, Operating System, etc.
  • Page 8 Price Roundup and Closing Remarks

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