The Tech Report offers their recommendations on four systems, running at $500, $1000 and three around $1500.  With 3 gaming machines, a workstation and an HTPC they’ve covered all your techie friends.
“CHRISTMAS IS FAST APPROACHING, and it’s high time we brought you a new system guide to fuel your holiday upgrading urges. Since October, there have been some major new product releases in the high-end market, such as the introduction of Intel’s quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor and Nvidia’s GeForce 8800-series graphics cards. For this new guide, we’ve re-thought our higher-end system recommendations while updating the lower-cost rigs to take into account pricing and product availability changes.”

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