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People of color (cosmic latte, for people like me), I'm probably going to be buying a new computer soon, for purposes of playing video games at home (instead of playing them at work and walking across Martin Luther King blvd at 1 in the morning 4 nights out of the week). I used to build my computers, but honestly I'm pretty lazy in my old age and prolly would just make a big ugly mess or give up halfway through . If you have any thoughts on this I'd like to hear them. Dell always has a hundred options for every component so it' easy to spend all day hemming and hawwing over things.

Alienware Area 51 (black)
Overclocked Intel® Core™ i7 920 (3.2GHz, 8MB Cache)
Win 7 Home Premium, 64bit
6GB DDR3 1333MHz (3x 2GB) Tri Channel
ATI Radeon HD 5970 2Gb GDDR5 (FFFFFFFuck yea)
750GB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD
No sound card (I'm using a new Logitech G35 via USB so I don't need one)
1525 PCIe WLAN card with 11n mini-Card & external antenna
Alienware Multi-Media Keyboard
No monitor (I'm going to try to use my 46" Samusung HDTV as a monitor and play in the living room)
1000W power supply (video car will need it)
24X CD/DVD+- burner (single unit)
1 Year Advanced Service Plan
1 massive gadget-boner for at least, like, a month when I get it operational
Total cost $2808

-Killer Xeno Pro network card for $100 (does anyone know if this is any better than a standard card? Sounds fishy)

The problems are:

I'll either have to play online games using my WiFi to my FiOS connection (I don't know how good that would be), or run a 100baseT cable from my bedroom to my TV, which would be ugly as sin and I'd trip over it a lot, or I'd have to pay to get another FiOS jack installed in my living room.

I'll have to buy a wireless keyboard and mouse or buy 3 of USB extension cords (keyboard/mouse/headset).

My TV is only 30000:1 ratio and I don't think it supports a very high resolution (max is 1080p or 1900x1080 IIRC).

Also in unrelated news I finally brought in my old electric kettle to work. Now I can make tea here, which has made me vurry catechol-infused and vurry happy.


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Mar. 2nd, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm a firm believer in no wireless gaming unless I'm playing on a laptop (and if that's the case, why aren't I using my uber-fast desktop). Nowadays, there really isn't a problem with going on WiFi, but I just like to know that I won't have any framerate/lag issues or disconnects. Maybe I'm just old school. As for your build, it blows my aforementioned desktop out of the water, so get it ordered and lets game!
Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
it is not difficult to string ethernet up walls, run through the attic, and down walls again.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
The managers of my current apartment have an asshole-factor a couple of orders of magnitude above the landlord of my last place, and I don't want to get slapped with a $1000 bill when I move out (I have no doubt they would fine me that much, either). It'd be cheaper and easier to pay Verizon to install second cable jack put in the living room to feed the router I think.
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