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Best Gaming PC System

written by: Nicholas•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 2/20/2010

There are several PCs that are great for gaming. Most of the top PC manufacturers sell basic PCs as well as performance gaming PCs. Although there are several brands that make gaming computers, this review will cover Dell's Alienware and HP's Voodoo.

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    Alienware Aurora and Alenware Area 51

    Alienware is known for making some of the best PCs for computer gaming. A side division of Dell computers, the Alienware Aurora and Area 51 are the two computers that make up Alienware's desktop lineup. There are two models of Aurora and two models of Area 51. Here are the specs for Alienware's best gaming PC systems.

    Aurora

    • Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Quad Core Processor with Overclocking Options.
    • Single 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 58701 Video Card with Dual Options Available.
    • 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Triple Channel RAM memory with up to 24GB max capacity. 6GB (3x2GB) Standard.
    • Hard drive options include: 500GB, 640GB, 750GB, and 1TB 7200 RPM HDD and optional SSD.
    • Starting Price: $1,199

    Aurora ALX

    • Intel Core i7 975 3.33GHz Quad Core Processor with Overclocking Options.
    • Dual 1.8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 192 Core - SLI Enabled Video Card.
    • 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Triple Channel RAM memory with up to 24GB max capacity. 6GB (3x2GB) Standard.
    • Hard drive options include: 500GB, 640GB, 750GB, and 1TB 7200 RPM HDD and optional SSD.
    • Alienware High Performance Liquid Cooling.
    • Starting Price: $2,299

    Area 51

    • Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Quad Core Processor with Overclocking Options.
    • Single 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 Video Card.
    • 1067MHz DDR3 Tri Channel Memory 6GB (3x2GB) Standard.
    • 640GB SATA II 7200 RPM HDD with 16MB Cache and 3GB/s.
    • Starting Price: $1,999

    Area 51 ALX

    • Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz Quad Core Processor.
    • Dual 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD5870 CrossFire Video Card.
    • 1067MHz DDR3 Tri Channel Memory 6GB (3x2GB) Standard.
    • 1.2TB RAID 0 (2x 640GB SATA-II, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache HDDs)
    • Starting Price: $3,999

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    HP Voodoo Firebird

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    Voodoo is HP's lineup of gaming computers. Firebird computers have somewhat lower specs than Alienware for the price. Here are the specs:

    Firebird with Voodoo DNA 802

    • 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 with 6MB L2 cache.
    • (2) 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800S graphics cards.
    • 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory.
    • (2) 250GB 5,400rpm hard drives.
    • Dual Layer DVD Burner.
    • Starting Price: $1,799

    Firebird with Voodoo DNA 803

    • 2.83GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 with 12MB L2 cache.
    • (2) 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800S graphics cards.
    • 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory.
    • (2) 320GB 5,400rpm hard drives
    • Blu Ray Drive
    • Starting Price: $2,099

    *The only difference between the two is: the Voodoo DNA 803 has a Blu Ray burner and more hard drive capacity.*

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    Cyber Power, Falcon Northwest, Gateway, and Conclusion

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    There are a variety of other companies that manufacture gaming computers: Cyber Power PC, Falcon Northwest, Gateway, etc... If you are considering purchasing a new gaming computer, be sure to check out other manufacturers as well. Although this review only listed specs for Alienware and Vodoo, other manufacturers may have even better deals for the money. Cyber Power is known for their great prices and up to date hardware configurations.

    As far as the two companies Alienware and Vodoo, Vodoo does not even come close. Alienware's lowest model, the Aurora, outclasses Voodoo's highest-end model, the DNA 803, and starts $600 cheaper.

    So, what justifies a computer as being the best PC for computer gaming? If you were to read every "best gaming PC system review" out there, what would the conclusion be? With Gaming PC's, you basically need a good processor, a great video card, and plenty of RAM. Under those standards, there are several computers that could be the best gaming PC.

    In terms of bang for buck, Cyber Power PC has some of the best deals. For example, they offer a decent Core i7 gaming PC for around $779. Far cheaper than any computer on this list.

    What is the best consumer available gaming PC on the market, not considering price? The Alienware Area 51 ALX, customized with an Extereme i7 Processor, customized video card upgrade, and 12GB or RAM. It will run you close to $7,000.

    *Consider bulding your own gaming PC. It is not as hard as it may seem; and doing so will allow you to hand pick each componenent of your computer. That way, you can build yourself a gaming computer to fit your individual needs.*

    *Another option that you have is to buy a more mainstream desktop computer, and upgrade the graphics card. This will give you many benefits of one of these computers, at a lower price.*

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    Learn More

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