Nothing else performs like a custom-tuned machine that you can push far beyond the rated capabilities of its components. But many buyers lack the time and/or skill to tweak their own systems, and even if they did the whole process of buying the best parts
Exactly my thoughts rtfm.
with the exception of Supreme Commander and Warhammer. The games tested are clearly last generation. Why are you still running DX9 games to benchmark a DX10 system? get something there to actually stress the system a little bit.
Two DVD burners would have been better choice than a DVD reader and a DVD burner. You can launch two copies of most writer software (i.e. Nero Essentials that's included with LG drives) and burn two DVD's simultaneously, good for making quick rapid copies of photo albums and home videos for friends at a party. Even worthwhile in the budget $1500 gaming rig. I have two of the same DVD writers and writing to both simultaneously is not a problem for modern dual core systems (less than 5% CPU to burn to two drives at once), and you still have enough CPU headroom left to play HD video simultaneously on a mid-range graphics card.
My home machine
Two quad-Core x5350 xeon's 2.66GHz/1333
160GB (7,200rpm) SATA2 Hard Drive (the wimpyist thing about the machine)
16GB DDR2 677 Quad Channel FBD Memory (8x2GB)
XFX 8800 GTX 768mb DDR3