|Dell X-51 Gaming Mini Desktop|
I like to check to see if there are any good deals on optimal computers for Second Life, and I found some good deals on Dell for new Alienware gaming computers that will be expiring on April 11 (I think -- they are a bit unclear).
The Dell X-51 Desktop is offering an Intel i7 processor for the same price an an i5, which is a savings of $200.00. Here are the details. I like the fact that they bundle in Windows 7 and not Windows 8, which you can chose if you like. I would stick with Windows 7 for now.
Do not go with the NVDIA 640 graphic card options. They save money but are not good if you want optimal SL performance. The 660 GTX is a very good graphics card for optimal SL performance.
I like the mini-tower form factor. It takes up less space than an open laptop on your desk if you stand it on its side. I do not think laptops are optimal for high-end graphics since they overheat, and frequently are irreparable if the mother board overheats and burns out which they are known to do.
Price: $1049 includes shipping.
I am not sure if this offer extends beyond the USA
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 (8M Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
8GB2 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
2TB Serial ATA 3 Hard Drive
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 1.5GB GDDR5
1 Year Alienware Basic Support
You can find the offer here: http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51/pd.aspx?~ck=mn
Consider extending your warranty to two years if you get this.