Ultimate Gaming System

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The ultimate gaming system is going one for that rich uncle who lives in West Beach to send you this Christmas – not one for the light of heart or wallet. Even if you can’t or don’t want to purchase this system as we have it in whole, you can easily pick and choose certain components to use in your own system or look at our Easy Upgrading suggestions in a few pages.

Athlon 64 FX-51Our review

The Athlon 64 FX-51 processor is the fastest retail processor you can buy for consumer use. It is basically a remarked Opteron processor, running at 2.2 GHz using the same dual-channel on-chip DDR memory controller. The benchmarks that we ran in our review speak for themselves as to the performance of this CPU.

Asus SK8N nForce3 150Our review

The Asus SK8N is still one of the few motherboards widely available for the socket-940 Athlon 64 FX processors. Most of the other motherboard manufacturers are going to be holding out for the 939-pin release of the processor next year. However, the Asus motherboard does offer a lot of features including Serial ATA, six-channel audio, Firewire and on-board network adaptor.

Corsair 1GB XMS3200 Registered

The current generation of Athlon 64 FX processors require that you use Registered memory – so why not use the brand that has come to signify the enthusiast? Corsair was one of the first to support the overclocking community with memory meant for us. These modules are fully supported by the Athlon 64 FX-51 processor.

ATI Radeon 9800XTOur review

If you want the fastest graphics card you can buy, the Radeon 9800XT is it. Read up on our review to get all the gory details, but for your $500 you will get the best performing card for nearly all the games you can buy, as well as getting a free copy of Half-Life 2 upon its release.

Western Digital Raptor 74GB SATA

The raptor is by far the fastest hard drive I have used. It is comparable to many of the SCSI drives that power complex server and workstations at a lower prices point. These are Serial ATA drives that spin at 10,000 RPM and have an 8MB buffer. Putting one of these in your system is a no-brainer now that the 74GB versions have been released – but two in for a RAID 0 configuration will make you even happier!

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS

If you are going to buy the best gaming system, you are going to need a high quality sound system to complement it. We are going to leave that up to the Creative Labs Audigy series of sound cards. Creative Labs has recovered greatly from the fiasco of a few years ago and is once again producing top quality audio hardware.
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