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    im considering building an awsome gaming rig. no preferences of my own. what i want is for people to list the best gaming rig they can come up with. price is not a concern as long as we are not talking more that 4000 u.s. dollars!

    stricktly gaming on the highest level!

    thx and feel free to add descriptions as to why you think a particular rig is superior!

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    ASUS SK8V Via K8T800
    AMD Atlhon 64 FX-51
    Corsair TWINX1024RE 1GB DDR400
    Seagate 160GB HD Serial ATA 7200RPM
    ATI Radeon 9800XT 256mb Video Card
    Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS sound card 7.1
    Creative LAbs Inspire T7700 7.1 speakers
    LG DVD+-RW
    Cooler Master Aluminium case
    Enermax 550W power supply
    Logitech Cordless MX Duo Elite Keyboard with MX700 optical mouse.
    Windows XP Professional
    zipzoomfly.com =US$ 2618,92
    newegg.com= US$ 2666,00
    with Athlon 64-FX 53 newegg.com = US$2731,00.


    or

    Asus P4C800-E Deluxe Motherboard
    Intel Pentium 4 Prescot 3Ghz Prescot FSB 800Mhz 1 MB L2 Cache
    Corsair TWINX1024RE 1GB DDR400
    Seagate 160GB HD Serial ATA 7200RPM
    ATI Radeon 9800XT 256mb Video Card
    Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS sound card 7.1
    Creative LAbs Inspire T7700 7.1 speakers
    LG DVD+-RW
    Cooler Master Aluminium case
    Enermax 550W power supply
    Logitech Cordless MX Duo Elite Keyboard with MX700 optical mouse.
    Windows XP Professional
    zipzoomfly.com =US$ 2109
    newegg.com =US$2149

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    Prices are from newegg.com

    AMD athlon 64-FX 53 Retail $806.
    Asus K8T800 (SK8V) Retail $183.
    Corsair XMS Extreme Memory speed Platinum (Twin Pack) ECC registered DDR 400 1Gb (512x2). $349.
    Gigabyte ATI Radeon 9800XT 256MB GV-R98X256D Retail $430.
    Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro SB0360 - Retail $206.
    Creative GigaWorks S750 7.1 THX speaker 700w Retail $ 415.
    Western Digital 250GB 7200RPM SATA OEM $201.
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX(tm) for Bluetooth (Elite Keyboard+MX900mouse) -RETAIL $135.
    LG 52x32x52x16 CD-RW DVD-ROM Combo Drive Retail $58.
    LG 8x DVD+-RW Multiformat Drive GSA 4082BI Retail $111.
    Enermax 550W PSU EG651P-VE(FMA) Retail $143,85.
    Lian-Li 12-Bay Silver Aluminum Case Model PC-65 $106.
    Vantec Silver Nexus Fan & Light Controller Panel Model NXP-305 retail $29,99.
    Vantec "IceBerq" Coppery All-In-One VGA & Chipset Cooling Kit, Model "CCB-A1C" -RETAIL $9.90.
    GIGABYTE CPU Cooler for AMD/ Intel P4 Processors, Model "GH-PCU21-VG" -RETAIL $49.99.
    4x AeroCool 80MM Blue Color LED Case fan Aluminum-Blue -RETAIL 4x$13.49 = $53.96.
    Dynatron Aluminum Hard Disk Driver Cooler with 2 Ball Bearing Cooling Fan, Model "DH1204BO-2" -RETAIL $4.15.
    ViewSonic G220f 21" PerfectFlat CRT Monitor ĖRETAIL $427.
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack SP1a - Full Version OEM $136.

    Total US$3854,93.

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    Ops sorry for the double post, I donít know what happened as there is 3 minutes from one post to the other.
    :oops: :confused:

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    ^^ Isn't that the same post as the one before?

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    very happy with results. i have been saving for 6 months and roughly have 3800 dollars us. i will use the information given to build my dream gaming rig. if anyone could give me an idea of the perfomance a tip top notebook type gaming rig for comparison that would be great!

    questions i have.

    can a laptop be tricked out to the point it can compete with the pc, i dont think it can but imnot an expert. if so maybe its worth looking into. at any rate if you fellas could do somthing similar only based on a laptop that would be wonderful!

    thanx to all who replied, the knowledge is much appreciated!

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    I donít think you can get even near the performance of those computers wit the best laptop available. I agree with Yawgm0th on those Hard Drives they are really good for games but I think that spending more money on items like the Creative GigaWorks S750 7.1 THX speakers (they destroy the Inspire T7700) will give you a better gaming experience, movies and music. I Think its worth it to lose some frames per second (you wont even notice it they will always be high with a AA and Aniso) or having a slight bigger loading time, and I donít see any sense on buying a pc like that for games and use it with a LCD display they are bad for games and movies or anything that moves fast The CRT monitor will give you bigger resolution and with very good refresh rates. The case is a matter of taste I think the Lian-Li is better but I suggest you take a good look at both of them as well as the other items, tomorrow Iíll link them for you.
    PS :That motherboard doesnít take pc-3500 memory be careful.

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    The motherboard takes PC3500 just fine. No motherboard (at least for a normal desktop system) will take full advantage. PC3500 is great for overclocking and therefor a better choice than PC3200.

    True with the LCD monitor. I wasn't thinking strait.
    How about the same monitor you found, but OEM (and cheaper):
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...16-228R&depa=0

    As for the speakers, I would disagree. Most people would be more than happy with regular cheap speakers. I think the added performance from the RAM in some of the very demanding games would be worth it. It's all a matter of taste. It will certainly make a difference with performance outside of gaming (not that much, but some). However, it's really a matter of preference.

    With that said, waiting for PCI-express wouldn't be a bad idea. That would really help video.

    Also waiting for socket 939 motherboards would leave better upgrade options.

    But the system listed would be quite powerful regardless of what you wait for or don't wait for.

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    Not to mention waiting a month or so for the new lines of graphics cards to become more available. According to the benchmarks they perform two times better than the current leading stuff (9800XT) at higher resolutions (1600x1200) and with the good graphics settings enabled.

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