While some gamer may quibble my kid is gaming on a HP d5000t (intel quad core) 4GB RAM, the GT220 and Windows 7 64 bit.
Your machine is a big step up so it will game well.
I am looking for a PC which will be able to play most of the latest 3D games, and will also be relatively future proof (i.e. will not totally obsolete within 12 months and I can upgrade components relatively easily in future).
Alienware seems quite expensive for what you get. Instead I am now looking at the following PC -
Dell XPS 9000
i7 920 2.66ghz 8mb
6gb DDR3 1066mhz
NVIDIA GeForce GTS240 1024MB GDDR3
Cost (no monitor) - US$1000
My questions are as follows, and massively appreciate anyone that can point me in the right direction-
1) Is above going to do the trick for what I need? Below are some upgrade options...but are they worth spending the money on?
2) I can upgrade to i7 960 3.2ghz 8mb for an extra US$400 - which is quite hefty.
3) Can upgrade to GeForce GTX260 1.8gb GDDR3 for extra US$125 or to ATI Radeon HD 5870 1gb for an extra US$190. Would either option be worth it?
4) Another option is upgrade to 12GB DDR3 for US$125