"Great Machine"4.5 starson by markab21
Pros: Fast as hell
Cons: Had a few crashes clocked down CPU to 3ghz, no vista support yet
Summary: First I would like to say how well this machine was built. I did not expect it to be so BIG or so heavy, almost 80 pounds in the box.
The quality of the case is on par with what I would expect from Apple. (I own a Mac Pro and use that at my office).
I use this machine primarily to game, also for various home computing tasks such as basic video, pictures and surfing.
For the gaming it's a dream, the thing is fast. I have the dell 30" monitor and it runs World of Warcraft at full resolution (2560x1600) with all the options turned to max without any lag or slow down at all.
The computer is relatively quiet, for the hardware it has in it I'm impressed with nothing more than a light hum coming from the case.
The 8800 is still relatively new, so they are probably trying to get bugs worked out of the drivers , I've had a few crashes in game.. but for the most part the system has been stable.
I have downclocked the system from 3.2ghz to 3ghz (easy to do in the bios)
I installed vista on a seperate drive and it works alright, but not all the hardware drivers are out of beta yet.
You need to run either XP 64 or Vista 64 to use the 4 gigs that the machine was configured with. The default XP install only uses about 2.75gb of the 4gb of ram, I had to check the forums to verify I didn't have a hardware problem.
Overall I recommend this machine to anyone that can afford it. In the past I had always built my own computers, and decided that I was going to break the franken-computer upgrade cycle and buy something new and fresh, this machine has not disappointed me at all yet.