AirRyan
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Gateway FX530 Far Cheaper Than Comparable Dell XPS

Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:28 am

Thinking about upgrading to a new computer to better run Vista and FSX - I've otherwise been a Dell customer because I grew up in Round Rock where they are HQ's, but recently I came across comparable Gateway FX530 rigs that offer significantly more bang for the buck - has anyone else noticed this and/or how can Dell be sleeping this bad?

For example, Gateway FX530's come with "Quad-Core" processors only, something that Dell wants about $400 more when I'm trying to price comparable rigs. Check it out for youself, but Gateway really appears to be sticking it Dell, I've priced out a comparable system and I'm easily $500 cheaper than the Dell XPS 710. I'm a little hesitant to try Gateway but wow, Dell is way off here are they not?! I know Dell offers good discounts for university students and even through my employer, but their still off by $100's; Gateway I believe offers University student discounts, too but you have to call their phone number and talk to someone.

FWIW, I'm just assuming that FSX should be able to run full spec on a system like this: Quad Core Q6600 (2.4GHx, 1066 Mhz FSB, and 8MB cache) on an Intel 975X chipset with 2GB memory, 1TB 7200 RPM Serial ATA II/300 HD 16MB cache + RAID 0 (2 500GB HD's), Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX w/ 768MB, and a Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card, and a 700W power supply!

http://www.gateway.com/programs/fx530/

http://www.dell.com/content/products...xpsdt_gaming?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs
 
ual757
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RE: Gateway FX530 Far Cheaper Than Comparable Dell XPS

Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:46 am

Quoting AirRyan (Thread starter):
FWIW, I'm just assuming that FSX should be able to run full spec on a system like this: Quad Core Q6600 (2.4GHx, 1066 Mhz FSB, and 8MB cache) on an Intel 975X chipset with 2GB memory, 1TB 7200 RPM Serial ATA II/300 HD 16MB cache + RAID 0 (2 500GB HD's), Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX w/ 768MB, and a Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card, and a 700W power supply!

WOW I run FSX with 26-30FPS with everything on ultra high and scenery on medium high with complexity set up a notch and my computer is a 2.4 GHZ core 2 duo MacBook Pro with 2gb of ram, Vista Ultimate, a 5200 RPM hard drive, and a nvidia whatever 256MB graphics card (yours is WAY better)


The gateway sounds like a great computer, and my friend still has a gateway w/ windows 95 on it and it still runs fine! And dells are overpriced for what you get. My dad got an M1710 and an equivalent MacBook Pro was $2000 cheaper, we found this out after he bought his dell... So yeah dells are overpriced for what you get!
 
David L
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RE: Gateway FX530 Far Cheaper Than Comparable Dell XPS

Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:53 am

Quoting UAL757 (Reply 1):
WOW I run FSX with 26-30FPS with everything on ultra high and scenery on medium high with complexity set up a notch and my computer is a 2.4 GHZ core 2 duo MacBook Pro with 2gb of ram, Vista Ultimate, a 5200 RPM hard drive, and a nvidia whatever 256MB graphics card (yours is WAY better)

Interesting. There are some doom merchants here who believe that can't be done with any computer in existence today.  Smile
 
mdodd
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RE: Gateway FX530 Far Cheaper Than Comparable Dell XPS

Thu Jul 12, 2007 8:29 am

Quoting UAL757 (Reply 1):
MacBook Pro was $2000 cheaper

Macs are actually, VERY competitive with all other PC manufatures!
...never think twice about buying a Mac

The Gateway looks nice though! I would go for it!!!
 
ag92
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RE: Gateway FX530 Far Cheaper Than Comparable Dell XPS

Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:21 pm

Quoting AirRyan (Thread starter):

All the rest are excellent but wasnt there an article which tried 2x 8800GTX and it still failed to play in high resolution with the best quality at an appropriate frame rate?

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Mir
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RE: Gateway FX530 Far Cheaper Than Comparable Dell XPS

Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:48 pm

Quoting UAL757 (Reply 1):
I run FSX with 26-30FPS with everything on ultra high and scenery on medium high with complexity set up a notch

If everything is on ultra high, how can scenery be on medium high?

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Sinlock
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RE: Gateway FX530 Far Cheaper Than Comparable Dell XPS

Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:06 pm

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 4):
All the rest are excellent but wasnt there an article which tried 2x 8800GTX and it still failed to play in high resolution with the best quality at an appropriate frame rate?

I think thats because back when Vista first came out it didn't support SLI. IIRC thats been patched now.

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