The guys over at destructoid.com
impressed with Dell's $10,000 pricetag for the company's flagship Renegade
so they decided to take the matter into their own hands by collating the key components of a custom built
Quad SLI gaming rig. Breaking their imaginary system down, they found that the main areas essential for building a
machine comparable in performance to the Renegade were:
- Duh, the Quad SLI graphics cards. A budget
of around $2800 should set you up with a 4 card bundle.
- A Gigabyte Quad SLI motherboard to stick
those four cards in, $240.
- Pentium 3.73GHz Extreme, $1300.
- 10,000 RPM Hard Drive and 2GB of
branded RAM, $450.
Battlefield 2 at 1600x1200 with graphics on full,
Chuck in a case, cooling, sound card, DVD drive and peripherals (keyboard, mouse and 2.1
speaker system) and you're looking at a budget of $6,000 for a well equipped Quad SLI system. That's around $2,000 less
than the Renegade PC (sans the $2,199 30" widescreen monitor that Dell includes with their system) so you're not
quite saving the $4,000 that the destructoid
guys claim you will.
The obvious downsides to building
your own Quad SLI rig include: the hassle of constructing the system and installing Windows yourself (although we're
sure most people could do a better job than
) and the lack of a warranty, but before you think about these problems ask yourself the question: is that red
flame color scheme worth two grand?