Yeah, the only thing stopping me getting a PC for gaming / hackint0sh is the ugliness of the casings. But I think we have a winner in the Dell XPS 435.
But at the end of the day I can self-assemble a USD $700 PC which beats the spec you listed. Problem is all the PC cases (especially DIY) are ugly. Still, after all this years.
Antec Skeleton would be bad ass. Except when I accidentally whack my tea mug and liquids fly all over a hot, fully running exposed PC. LOLs.
Originally Posted by winterspan
Dell XPS M1530 ("15")
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz
- 4GB RAM
- 256MB NVIDIA 8600M GT
- 320GB HDD
- HDMI/VGA/FIREWIRE 400/802.11N
- EXPRESSCARD/54 Slot
about $1100 before dell coupons which are easy to find online... Spec out a Macbook and get back to me
Entry level?? For the price of a mid/upper-line Macbook, you can easily get a 13" Dell XPS with a discrete GPU that is 3x faster. They are now very nice looking as well -- though obviously no macbook -- but FAR better design and quality than a POS Dell Inspiron (Like the one I'm using lol) The XPS used to be a gaming brand with gamer nerd design, but now they separated them out.
1) the 8-core Nehalem "Beckton" Xeon will only be available for quad-socket platforms, and
2) It is not even coming out until the very end of the year at the earliest
No one was talking about a (Core i7) Nehalem in an iMac. But they could readily use a "Penryn" Core 2 Quad without much trouble. Secondly, the Nehalem-based "Clarksfield" quad-core laptop chips that come out sometime in Q3 use more power than the quad-core Penryn. dual-core Nehalem won't be out till after new years 2010...