I am looking into buying a new computer and I had some questions. I am looking an an AMD FX 53 with 2x1gb of ram with and XT800 XT with about 250 gb hard drive. I have checked out a couple of different places online that build comps like ABS, Falcon and Alienware. What are some of the other good companies that I should check out? Is there anything that I am missing to make a kick ass gaming machine?
Thanks for the help.
Also, unless you have money to burn and want bragging rights for the next few months (until the 90nm Athlon 64's with PCI-E and the R500/NV48s debut), I'd recommend something slightly less powerful.
Something like an Athlon 64 3500+, and a GeForce 6800 GT with 1GB of RAM will be nearly as fast in actual game play, but cost about $650 less.
As far as the gaming experience goes, the things I would recommend are a good mouse and mouse pad (all preference, Logitech makes good stuff), a good monitor (remember, monitors don't go out of date, so while spending $800 on a CPU that will be middle of the pack in 12 months, spending $800 on a Dell 2001FP that will still be kicking 5 years from now isn't so silly). Games play better through headphones, and the Audigy 2 is stil the best gaming sound card.
Other than that, your videocard is the most important part, and I prefer two physical hard drives. One of your OS/Games/Applications (like a 74GB Raptor) and the other, larger drive for your data/backup.