Top 5 Desktop PC for Black Friday 2010

By Avik, Gaea News Network
Monday, November 15, 2010

With just couple of days remaining to the Black Friday, people are all set to do their shopping for the much awaited holidays. Yes, indeed Christmas is just round the corner. So, how are you planning to celebrate? Well, for the geeks i can tell, they would like to go for a brand new power-packed machine that would serve all their needs. Am I right?

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As for those who are still in the dark and don’t have any idea as to what the Black Friday is, let me brief you — Black Friday happens to be the Friday following the Thanksgiving Day in the United States, not to mention it traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

Here it is a selection of five best of the best desktops from around the world just for you. Check them out, just incase you might want to go for one.

Maingear Shift Gaming Desktop PC

This monster may well be the very best that can be thought of with three single-GPU XFX Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards delivering eye-popping CrossFire performance but at $7000 it is expensive. Nevertheless, you got to pay for the quality being delivered.

Specifications

Processor

Processor Class Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition
Processor Speed 3.96 GHz
Number of installed processors 1

Graphics

Number of video cards included 3
Installed Video Memory per Card 1024 MB
Video bus PCI Express-SLI

Memory

Installed memory 6144 MB
Memory technology DDR3

Storage

Total Hard-drive capacity 2160 GB
RAID Type RAID 0

Optical Drives

Optical Drive Type BD-RE

Expansion Slots

Slots
  • CompactFlash
  • Memory Stick
  • SD Card
  • SmartMedia
  • xD-Picture Card

Networking

Included network card Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)

Interface Connection

Interface connection
  • FireWire Port (front)
  • FireWire Port (rear)
  • HDMI
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (front) (x2)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x8)
  • eSATA

Case

Chassis style Tower (Full)

Software

Operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Pros

  • Jaw-dropping performance
  • Beautiful interior and exterior

Cons

  • Limited PCI upgradability due to tri-CrossFire rig
  • Pricey

Bottom Line

It is quite likely that a faster system can not be thought of. But performance has made a trade-off with price so high that not many can think of affording it.

Origin Genesis

Apparently, Origin happens to be a new-comer in the biz but with support from former employees of Alienware the company is eying to produce some of the most efficient machines ever. Though much like our previous pick the issue lies in price which is around $6996.

Specifications

Processor

Processor Speed 3.33 GHz
Cache Size 12288 KB
Bus Speed 135.4 MHz
Number of installed processors 1

Graphics

Number of video cards included 3
Installed Video Memory per Card 1536 MB

Memory

Installed memory 12288 MB
Memory technology DDR3

Storage

Total Hard-drive capacity 2000 GB
Other Storage
  • CompactFlash
  • Memory Stick
  • SD Card
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • SmartMedia

Expansion Slots

Slots
  • CompactFlash
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick Duo
  • Memory Stick PRO
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo
  • MultiMedia Card (MMC)
  • SD Card
  • SDHC Card
  • SmartMedia

Software

Operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Pros

  • Record-breaking performance
  • Gorgeous chassis

Cons

  • Steep price tag
  • Bottom Line

Bottom Line

As it is they are offering the finest of features available in the markety and so the price being the only issue can be given a second thought, I guess!

Digital Storm Black Ops Assassin

Now, here is something much more acceptable and budget-friendly. POwered by dual-nVidia GeForce GTX 480 this one sure comes in handy at around $3391.

Specifications

Processor

Processor Speed 2.8 GHz
Number of installed processors 1

Graphics

Number of video cards included 2

Memory

Installed memory 6144 MB
Memory technology DDR3

Storage

Total Hard-drive capacity 1128 GB
Other Storage
  • CompactFlash
  • Memory Stick
  • SD Card
  • SmartMedia
  • xD-Picture Card

Optical Drives

Optical Drive Type BD
Second Optical Drive Model Optiarc DVD RW AD-7240S

Networking

Included network card Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)

Interface Connection

Interface connection
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (front) (x3)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x8)
  • Video - 24 pin DVI-D

Case

Chassis style Specialty
Open External Drive Bays 2
Open Internal Drive Bays 2

Software

Operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Pros

  • Great price to performance ratio
  • Tool-free and easy to manipulate for upgrades

Cons

  • Limited slots for PCI upgrades

Bottom Line

Through our journey this far, this apparently happens to be likely the most affordable and efficient pc around.

Dell Studio XPS 8100

Let me tell you, the Dell Studio XPS 8100 is an extremely affordable performance desktop aimed at people who tend to go for an all-around capable system that doesn’t necessarily need tinkering with. Effectively Priced at $1429, this cool gadget from Dell comes with a Core i5-750 processor and guess what, you have the liberty to upgrade to a Core i7 processor for just $115 more.

Processor

Processor Class Intel Core i5-750
Processor Speed 2.67 GHz
Cache Size 8192 KB
Number of installed processors 1

Graphics

Number of video cards included 1
Installed Video Memory per Card 1792 MB
Video bus PCI Express
Video chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 260

Memory

Installed memory 8192 MB
Memory technology DDR3

Storage

Total Hard-drive capacity 1000 GB

Expansion Slots

Number of PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots 0
Number of PCI-Express x16 slots 1
Open PCI Express X16 Slots 0
Number of PCI-Express x8 slots 0
Number of PCI-Express x4 slots 0
Number of PCI-Express x1 slots 1
Number of PCI slots 1
Open PCI Express X1 Slots 1
AGP slots 0
Number of PCI-Express Slots 2
Total PCI-e + PCI 3
Slots
  • CompactFlash
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick Duo
  • Memory Stick PRO
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo
  • Microdrive
  • MultiMedia Card (MMC)
  • SD Card
  • SDHC Card
  • SmartMedia
  • xD-Picture Card

Networking

Included network card Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)

Interface Connection

Interface connection
  • Audio - Digital Optical
  • DVI
  • Ethernet - RJ45
  • FireWire Port (rear)
  • HDMI
  • S-Video
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x6)
  • eSATA

Case

Chassis style Tower (Midsize)
Open External Drive Bays 2
Open Internal Drive Bays 1

Software

Operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Other Features

Included devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

Pros

  • Good general and gaming performance
  • Bundled 120Hz 22-inch LCD and 3D goggles

Cons

  • Limited internal expansion options

Bottom Line

The Studio XPS 8100 undoubtedly serves with immense efficiency with good connectivity and a bundled 120Hz Samsung LCD and nVidia 3D glasses. So, you can give it a try.

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-235f

The HP Pavilion Elite HPE-235f stands apart as a statement of elegance and style power-packed with performance. It is powered by a six-core AMD processor and not to mention delivers with up to the mark service. What’s more you can bag this one at just $1019.

Specifications

Processor

Processor Speed 2.6 GHz
Number of installed processors 1

Memory

Installed memory 8192 MB
Memory technology DDR3

Storage

Total Hard-drive capacity 1000 GB

Expansion Slots

Slots
  • CompactFlash
  • Memory Stick
  • SD Card
  • SmartMedia
  • xD-Picture Card

Networking

Included network card
  • Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
  • Wireless Ethernet - 540 Mbps IEEE802.11n

Interface Connection

Interface connection
  • DVI
  • DisplayPort
  • Firewire 400 port
  • HDMI
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (front) (x3)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x6)

Case

Chassis style Tower (Mini)
Open External Drive Bays 2
Open Internal Drive Bays 1

Software

Operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Pros

  • Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Blu-ray player

Cons

  • Limited upgradablity

Bottom Line

When you are talking about HP Pavilion, the most important factor is Entertainment. This gadget without any doubt is sure to keep you all excited about its performance.

So, have you packed up already? There is still time, you can check out with a few more options if you aren’t satisfied with these. After all a gadget should meet up to your expectations or else it’s of no use. Also, its better to go for a one time optimal choice policy rather than getting something and then trying to upgrade it over and over. Anyways, I’ll take my leave. Happy Shopping.

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