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Here are some specs for a xbox (sorry only game info I could access from work- there may be more up to date info elsewhere). The key to most game systems is the graphics card, you need a good one, and opionion varies as to what constitutes a good one, Id suggest £150 would get a good card, although some would say you need to spend a great deal more. Plenty of memory (moderate to high timings ideal) 4Gb is nice, although if you run Windows XP the ops system wont utilise all of this. The bottom line will depend upon the types of game you want to play, look at the recommended specifications of those, and up those specifications as much as you can afford, the other critical factor is how much you want to spend. Lastly remember that its worth getting a good screen, DVI on at least a 19" should be your minimum specification. Hope this helps. Tim

Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU
• Three symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each
• Two hardware threads per core; six hardware threads total
• VMX-128 vector unit per core; three total
• 128 VMX-128 registers per hardware thread
• 1 MB L2 cache

CPU Game Math Performance
• 9 billion dot product operations per second

Custom ATI Graphics Processor
• 500MHz processor
• 10 MB of embedded DRAM
• 48-way parallel floating-point dynamically scheduled shader pipelines
• Unified shader architecture

Polygon Performance
• 500 million triangles per second


Pixel Fill Rate
• 16 gigasamples per second fill rate using 4x MSAA

Shader Performance
• 48 billion shader operations per second

Memory
• 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM
• 700 MHz of DDR
• Unified memory architecture

Memory Bandwidth • 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth
• 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM
• 21.6 GB/s front-side bus

Overall System Floating-Point Performance
• 1 teraflop

Storage
• Detachable and upgradeable 20GB hard drive
• 12x dual-layer DVD-ROM
• Memory Unit support starting at 64 MB

I/O
• Support for up to four wireless game controllers
• Three USB 2.0 ports
• Two memory unit slots

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Even if you get the same spec as a 360, the games are optimised for the 360 console whereas PC games aren't and will need specific settings etc.

Have a look for the new version of the 8800 GT from Nvidia....just released but has the newer G92 chipset....similar performance to their top of the line part but for half the price...

Have a look at the review over at Anandtech.]http//ww…140

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Have a look for the new version of the 8800 GT from Nvidia....just … Have a look for the new version of the 8800 GT from Nvidia....just released but has the newer G92 chipset....similar performance to their top of the line part but for half the price...Have a look at the review over at Anandtech.]http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3140




I'm not rushing to buy this card as yet because its only been out a few days and the shops are selling higher than the MSRP. so will keep my pennies in my purse :giggle:

Very few game take advantage of quad core, although a few will be releasing patches to do so (Crysis & Alan Wake). Saying that the E6600 is a really good chip for the money, so it all comes down to budget otherwise a dual core would be fine. You could build a really fast PC for around £600 which would beat a 360 from there you could enhance it with case, even better card (although stupid not to buy 8800gt atm), more ram, cooling, faster cpu etc..
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