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  • Intel Pentium 4 System

    Case: Name Brand Full Tower & 350W PSU
    CPU: Pentium 4-1.5 GHz
    Floppy: Panasonic, TEAC, etc.
    Cooling: Thermaltake Indigo Orb
    Motherboard: ASUS P4T
    Memory: 2x128 MB RDRAM
    HD: IBM 75GXP 60 GB
    Controller: Promise Ultra100TX2
    Video Card: Name Brand GeForce2 Ultra
    Monitor: Samsung 900NF
    Sound Card: Hercules Game Theater XP
    Speakers: Altec Lansing ATP5
    CD-ROM: Pioneer DVD-106S
    CD-RW: Plextor 16/10/40A
    NIC: 3Com EtherLink 10/100 3CR990-TX-97
    Mouse: MouseMan Wheel Optical
    Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro
    OS: Windows 2000 Professional

    Total: $2473

    AMD Athlon System

    Case: Name Brand Full Tower & 350W PSU
    CPU: Athlon 1.4 GHz
    Floppy: Panasonic, TEAC, etc.
    Cooling: ThermoEngine Heat Sink w/ Delta Black Label fan
    Motherboard: ASUS A7M266
    Memory: 2x256 MB DDR
    HD: IBM 75GXP 60 GB
    Controller: Promise Ultra100TX2
    Video Card: Name Brand GeForce2 Ultra
    Monitor: Samsung 900NF
    Sound Card: Hercules Game Theater XP
    Speakers: Altec Lansing ATP5
    CD-ROM: Pioneer DVD-106S
    CD-RW: Plextor 16/10/40A
    NIC: 3Com EtherLink 10/100 3CR990-TX-97
    Mouse: MouseMan Wheel Optical
    Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro
    OS: Windows 2000 Professional

    Total: $2442

    So with our new $2500 target, how did the High End Gaming Systems turn out? The Intel Pentium 4 system checks in at a final price of $2473, while the AMD Athlon is only a tad lower at $2442. Not too shabby if we do say so ourselves; and we really didn't have to scrimp in too many areas to do it. In terms of raw gaming performance, both of these systems are actually a bit faster than in previous guides. And best of all, the $2500 price tag is actually palatable as a potential price for a new high end gaming system.

    Next month we'll see if we can improve even further on the component list, as well as hoping for some additional price decreases on the existing hardware. Be sure to let us know what you think of the new article format, and if you can think better hardware would fit into any of the given sections.

    *Note - prices do not include shipping

    Vince Freeman
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