so what might the benchmark point to be?
what id i switch to AMD Phenom™ II X6 1055T + ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB?
will that help a bit?
I will give you the advice I give everyone that wants a prebuilt PC and tries to get one from Dell:
Instead, go to AVA Direct (I only recommend them because I know their PC configurator and prices well and have had good experiences with them in the past) via this link: http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_configurator.asp?PRID=15159
Select the following options (most will already be the default):
COMPUCASE HEC 6C28B Black Mid-Tower Case, No PSU, ATX
HEC Orion HP 585D 585W Power Supply, 24-pin ATX, ATX12V, Dual 80mm Fans, OEM
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (rev. 1.0), AM3, AMD® 785G, DDR3-1800 (O.C.)
AMD Phenom™ II X6 1055T Six-Core 2.8GHz, AM3, HT 4000MHz, 6x 512KB L2 + 6MB L3 cache, 125W, 45nm, Retail
CRUCIAL 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
SAPPHIRE Radeon™ HD 5770 850MHz, 1GB GDDR5 4800MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI /2, DP, HDMI, Retail
SEAGATE 500GB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache
RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
SONY AD-7241S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM
MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition, OEM
WARRANTY Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)
When you click Update Price you will have a total of $850, which is both cheaper and better than the original Dell configuration you posted.
If you want even more bang for your buck, don't select a GPU and your total will be $775. Then buy a GTX 460 1GB for $230 and install it yourself (it is very easy). That would give you a very solid gaming rig for right around $900. Edited, Aug 8th 2010 12:07pm by Enscheff