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Monthly Value Gaming System Buyer's Guide

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November Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide

By Vince Freeman :  November 14, 2008

Mouse: OCZ Dominatrix Laser Gaming Mouse

Current Cost: $30
Consecutive Guides: New
Price Change: N/A

We've been sticking with the Logitech MX310 optical gaming mouse for a while now, and it's high time for an upgrade. This comes in the form of the OCZ Dominatrix Laser Gaming Mouse, an innovative design that looks to combine high-end features with a mainstream price tag. The Dominatrix mouse offers user-configurable DPI settings from 400 to 2000 DPI, a tracking speed of 45 inches/s, a 7080 fps framerate, and a full USB 2.0 interface.

OCZ has also bundled a customizable weight system with the Dominatrix, with the cartridge holding up to 40g of extra weight. The look and feel is also nice, with rubber handgrips and software-adjustable button controls, and all for around $30.

Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard

Current Cost: $15
Consecutive Guides: 4
Price Change: -$1

A keyboard is a very personal item, especially for gaming use, and we can only offer a very basic recommendation to get you started. It is best to test a few models out at a local store, and then decide which one is the right fit for you. Our default choice is the Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard, which offers an exceptional value for approximately $15, and is one of the better entry-level keyboards out there. It has all the basics, along with some extras like multimedia keys, launch buttons, and even a zoom slider for desktop work. But at this price, just be glad it's a name brand keyboard that looks good.

Operating system: Windows Vista Home Basic

Current Cost: $85
Consecutive Guides: New
Price Change: N/A

In our previous guide, we still hedged between going with Windows XP or Vista, but this time we're jumping on the Vista bandwagon. There are still issues with the OS, but so many games are developed for it, as well as better support for multi-threading and new graphics drivers, that Vista is the operating system of choice. Windows Vista Home Basic might lack some of the bells and whistles of its big brothers, but this is the only Microsoft Vista version that fits our budget.

The approximate $85 street price represents the cost of a licensed OEM Windows DVD, and not the boxed retail version. This means that in order to get the lower-priced OEM deal, you'll have to buy Vista with your new system or get it bundled together with one of the individual hardware purchases. Don't forget that the retail version will cost significantly more, so don't blame us when you have to hit your local Best Buy and pay quite a bit more than the OEM price.

Name Brand Floppy

Current Cost: $0

We've taken our reader's advice and scrapped the floppy from our main guide. This not only embraces the future of PC design, but also saves us a few bucks into the bargain.

Of course, this is a guideline only, and for those who will feel more comfortable with a floppy drive, just slap down $8 and buy a basic name brand (Panasonic, Sony, TEAC, etc.) and be done with it.


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    Price Roundup and Closing Remarks