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21-02-2008, 07:51 AM
Just out of curiosity what's the opinion on the following? $5200 on TM. Seems very cheap to me. I know mine cost a lot more.

CPU:Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core Processor 3.0Ghz LGA775 12M Cache 1333FSB 45nm #QX9650
Cpu Cooler:Coolermaster GeminII +2x12cm Silverstone silentFan
Graphic card:2xGeforce 8800GT 512MB G92 DDR3 256Bit SLI Total 1GB Video Memory
MOBO: DFI 680i SLI, ATX, INTEL LGA775, Pentium 4/Celeron/Pentium D/PentiumEE/Core2Duo/Core2EE/Quad-core, nVidia nForce 680i SLI(C55XE)/nForce 680i SLI(MCP55PXE), 1333/1066/800/533 FSB, 4*DDR2-800/667/533 (Dual Channel) 8.0GB Max, PCIeX16*2 [Normal Mode: X16+X8] [SLI Mode: X16+X16], ATA133*1, SATA2*6(RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, JBOD), 1394a*2, SupremeFX Audio Card AD1988B + DTS, S/PDIF Coaxial + Optical out, 2 x Gb Marvell PHY LAN, PCIeX1*1, PCI*2, USB2.0*10
Memory: 8GB(4x2GB) PC6400 DDR2-800 Dual Channel Kit 5-5-5-15
HDD:2x Seagate 7200.11 500GB SATAII HDD 32mb Cache Raid 0 150MB/s average speed
Cdrom: Pioneer SATA 18xdouble layer DVDRW DVDRAM
PSU:Silverstone 850W PSU
Case:Silverstone TJ09 with side window

21-02-2008, 09:45 AM
I'm assuming gaming is the main concern here? Unless you just want to really dominate those Excel spreadsheets :p

The problem in my opinion is the GPUs. The 8800s just don't have what it takes for Crysis. Until ATI picks up their game and forces NVidia to actually move forward, buying something like this is really just investing a lot of money in year-old technology.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a strong believer that you shouldn't wait to buy, because software requirements will always increase, but in this case, you'd be buying something that can't even handle what's out there right now. If you're spending $5200, you'd reasonably expect to max things out, and G90/G92 technology just can't do that (short of three 8800 Ultras in Tri-SLI).

That all being said, if you want a really good PC and don't care about Crysis, it's not such a bad thing, given graphics for most upcoming (multiplatform) games will be restrained by the limitations of consoles.

The only other note of interest is that unless you run a 64-bit operating system, you won't get to use most of that RAM.

21-02-2008, 11:26 AM
$5200 on TM. S
Graphic card:2xGeforce 8800GT 512MB G92 DDR3 256Bit SLI Total 1GB Video Memory

Doesn't say what brand these are.

And I wouldn't spend that much off some guy on TM anyway, I'd get it from a reputable shop.

$5000 is a lot if you end up with no warranty.

21-02-2008, 11:47 AM
About $1000 more than if you add up the cheapest prices on pricespy.

Probably is a good buy if they have top notch brands for the graphics card and RAM, and if you were guaranteed excellent after sales service.

21-02-2008, 03:35 PM
Price up the exact same components on pricespy. That is what this would cost new. If it is second hand (no matter how old), you should pay a significant discount.

I posted here about what I thought about purchasing top of the line components; with $5200, you could get a pretty reasonable $2600 computer today and when that got unbearably slow (say in 18 months time), you can spend the other $2600 (or more depending on the interest earned) on another computer. The new $2600 computer will be faster than the $5200 today, and cheaper too (thanks to inflation and interest) in real terms.

But I've been using pretty much the same computer since 2002 so the definition of unbearably slow differs from person to person...

21-02-2008, 05:21 PM
If the Graphics card is made buy a reputabl;e company such as nvidia and if the ram is of good quality such as kingston or corsair then it might not be too bad but if the parts mentioned are cheap parts made by an unknown company then you should probably stay clear.