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Gateway FX510XG

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Here comes the first wave of Core 2 Duo

Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors were announced two weeks ago with much fanfare from the hardware editors and the enthusiast community. Intel had brought a great-performing chip to the market that was faster than every processor currently available and was much cooler than its Pentium-D predecessor. Today, there were a slew of new desktops and workstation announced that use Intel's new Core 2 processors for desktops, so let's get started.

Gateway has announced new desktops based around the new Core 2 processor: the FX510XG and the FX510XT. The $2,199 FX510G comes equipped with a Core 2 Duo E6400 processor (2.13GHz), 2GB of PC5300 memory, 320GB SATA II, 21" widescreen LCD, 16x DL burner and an ATI Radeon X1900 XT graphics card. The $3,999 FX510XT brings a Core 2 Extreme processor (2.93GHz), 4GB of PC5300 memory, 1TB of storage (2x 500GB SATA II in RAID-0), 21" widescreen LCD, 16x DL burner and dual ATI Radeon X1900 XT CrossFire graphics cards.

On the Dell front, there are three new Core 2 offerings: two desktops and one workstation. The XPS 410 and Dimension 9200 can be equipped with a variety of Core 2 processors and up to 4GB of 800MHz DDR2 memory. Hard drive options range from a 160GB SATA offering up to 500GB with DataSafe data protection. Also available are ATI graphics solutions along with AGEIA physics accelerators. The machines come loaded with external ports including two front/six rear USB 2.0 ports, an optional front Firewire port and an optional 13-in-1 media reader for photo enthusiasts. Operating system options include Windows XP Home, Professional and Media Center 2005. And of course, both are Windows Vista ready. The XPS 410 and Dimension 9200 will start at $1,595 and $1,674 respectively.

Dell's latest workstation offering is the Precision 320. This monster can be equipped with Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Extreme processors and fits right in with any company needing a high performance OpenGL platform. System memory is scalable up to 8GB and both ATI and NVIDIA graphics solutions are available. Hard drives up to 750GB are available as are numerous RAID configurations. Prices start at $1,050 for the Precision 390. For those that would like to see the Precision 390 in action, Digital Video Editing has posted a review of one equipped with a 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme processor.

Samsung has a new Core 2 Duo solution of its own. The new BZ60 desktop is powered by a Core 2 Duo E6300 processor, 1GB of PC5300 memory, a 320GB SATA II hard drive and a GeForce 6200 graphics card. Pricing is not yet available for this Core 2 offering.

And we can't forget Alienware's new Core 2 gaming desktops: the Area-51 7500 and the Area-51 ALX. Both feature Alienware's new P2 chassis, can be equipped with Core Extreme processors, NVIDIA SLI graphics solutions and can support up to four SATA hard drives in a RAID configuration.  The Area-51 ALX ups the ante by offering an NVIDIA Quad-SLI graphics solution. Alienware's Area-51 7500 starts at a mere $1,799 while the Area-51 ALX isn't even warmed up yet until you fork over $5,999.



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RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By Pirks on 7/28/2006 12:02:23 PM , Rating: 1
Canadians pay those commy taxes, you know, +15% everywhere - hence they are $150 more expensive here...


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By ChronoReverse on 7/28/2006 1:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
The GST is 7%. Which while still annoying isn't quite 15%.


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By ChronoReverse on 7/28/2006 1:03:05 PM , Rating: 2
Argh, I mean 6%. It was just recently lowered.


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By AtaStrumf on 7/28/2006 2:39:24 PM , Rating: 3
We in Slovenia pay 20% VAT, but for that we get free college (for now) and almost free health care. I'll take that over $150 off of a C2D any day of the week ;-)


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By Pirks on 7/28/06, Rating: 0
RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By AtaStrumf on 7/28/2006 4:06:50 PM , Rating: 2
Still better than dieing and bankrupting your family all at once. Few serious illness' really have an effective long term treatments or it is ridiculously expensive. Let's say you develop multiple sclerosis. How long will you be able to afford $1500 (the cost of one overpriced C2D x6800) for 1 months supply of Copaxone? I thought so.

On the other hand I can still pay to jump the line if I choose to/can afford. I do it for an ophthalmologist all the time, because the waiting lists are really infinitely long.


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By Pirks on 7/28/2006 4:51:16 PM , Rating: 1
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I can still pay to jump the line if I choose to/can afford. I do it for an ophthalmologist all the time, because the waiting lists are really infinitely long.
How do you do this if visiting specialist in Canada requires reference from your family doctor? Try to come to neurologist or gastroenterologist - they won't even let you past their assistant. Assistant asks if you have reference from your family doctor, and IF you have one, she'll put you on a waiting list for an appointment. For example, in Edmonton I needed to see a gastroenterologist - they told me I HAVE TO WAIT FOR NINE MONTHS! And paying doctors for faster service is ILLEGAL in Canada, so excuse me but I suspect you're lying here a little ;-)

Or are you illegally bribing your doctors? Tell me how to do that, I need it bad! Sometimes I can wait for months/years, and sometimes I CAN'T! Sometimes I wanna pay to talk to my doctor next day or so. Tell me the secret how you do this, pleease!


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By AtaStrumf on 7/28/2006 7:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
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Or are you illegally bribing your doctors? Tell me how to do that, I need it bad! Sometimes I can wait for months/years, and sometimes I CAN'T! Sometimes I wanna pay to talk to my doctor next day or so. Tell me the secret how you do this, pleease!


Khm,... let me think about this one. /checks the map/ Oh yes, as I suspected, Slovenia isn't in Canada ;-)

I find it hard to believe you can't pay a doctor to see you though. It just doesn't make sense. Aren't there any private practitioners in Canada? I mean maybe you can't pay for a CT scan, but you should certainly be able to pay for a faster gastroscopy or a colonoscopy. BTW every man, woman or child over 50 should get one done. While not terribly pleasant, it can save you a lot of trouble later on.

SORRY FOR BEING OFF TOPIC!


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By Pirks on 7/28/06, Rating: 0
RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By proamerica on 7/30/2006 5:01:15 PM , Rating: 2
Pirks, you're rapidly backpedaling into "dumbest poster ever" territory.


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By Pirks on 7/31/2006 2:46:25 PM , Rating: 1
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you're rapidly backpedaling into "dumbest poster ever" territory
proamerica, you must be already in retarded Canadian commy territory, enjoy your "free" stay there ;-)


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By bozilla on 8/3/2006 6:17:01 AM , Rating: 2
Hey Strumf, I'm from Serbia and I live in the States now. It's freakin' horrible here with healthcare. How are things over there? Where do you live, Ljubljana? I haven't been to Slovenia since the fallout, but had quite a few friends there.

Take care buddy!



RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By Pirks on 7/28/2006 3:19:10 PM , Rating: 2
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Argh, I mean 6%. It was just recently lowered
OK, maybe you are Canadian, but then you must be from Alberta - this is not quite Canada so Albertans don't have to participate in discussion - it's not about them. Canadians are all the rest who pay 15%. Alberta is one lucky oil-rich exception.


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By ChronoReverse on 7/31/2006 2:24:48 PM , Rating: 2
Right. This is why so many parts of Canada feel so alienated. You're from Ontario I suppose (since you think 15% is the average)?

It's this kind of arrogance that makes the West think that the East has too much power and makes Quebec think that the rest of Canada is out to get them.


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By Pirks on 7/31/06, Rating: 0
RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By Pirks on 7/28/2006 3:16:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The GST is 7%. Which while still annoying isn't quite 15%.
You're not Canadian so you won't understand. Real Canadians know what is PST and what is GST and why there is 15%, not your 6% :-P


RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By coldpower27 on 7/29/2006 2:39:24 PM , Rating: 2

From what I remember, when you order online and your not in the province of residence that the store resides, AKA ordering from NCIX from Ontario, you only need to pay for the GST which is 6% an not PST. IF you do reside in British Columbia then yes you do need to pay both. I think that is how it works.

Since Tigerdirect does reside in Ontario, well I can't order from them since I don't use online ordering even if I did though you need to pay both, I just go to their B&M outlet in Markham.

I would have to pay both GST & PST which amounts to 14% in Ontario thanks to the reduction made by the new Conservative government.

Well if your living in Ontario, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia you pay 14% taxes.

If your in P.E.I you pay 16.6% taxes.
If your in Quebec you pay 13.95% taxes.

British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba pays 13%.

and finally Alberta the lucky one you pay 6% G.S.T only. :)

Well it depends if your ordering online and your in not in the province the store is situatated, you don't need to pay P.S.T. Only G.S.T. Worthless for me for Tigerdirect, useful for NCIX.




RE: X6800 freaks attack!
By Pirks on 7/29/2006 7:49:30 PM , Rating: 1
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Well it depends if your ordering online and your in not in the province the store is situatated, you don't need to pay P.S.T. Only G.S.T.
I know all this - my 15% number was a rough estimate of what most Canadians pay - there are numbers both higher and lower than that - you can adjust that estimate to 14% after Harper slashed 1 point off GST but it doesn't change much.


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