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Old 07-31-2005, 10:41 AM   #1
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I just got a case and really dont know what is next. I want to build a gaming monster but dont know which parts or anything.Please walk me through this process.
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Old 07-31-2005, 12:09 PM   #2
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BARE ESSENTIALS:

You'll need a Power Supply, motherboard, Processor, and Memory. Those are the bare essentials.

Following on from that because you want a gaming system, you'll probably want a new graphics card, and new sound card since the ones that usually come on motherboards don't do anything justice.

MOTHERBOARD AND PSU:

It depends who you would like to go for in the motherboard and PSU department since there are loads of companies, but of course some are better than others, but many are just as good, and many people prefer different makes.
Motherboards though come with different features that you might want and might not want, for example a sound chip (though most contain one anyway), firewire (tranfer video and data in this high speed port), USB2.0 ports (essential, but motherboard sometimes have more slots than others)
With Power Supplies (PSU), the only thing you have to watch out for as well as make of course is the wattage given out by the supply, and an excellent gaming system might need a 500watt, or even a 600watt if it has alot of components, though many computers including mine does fine with a 450watt, and this would be the standard nowadays I would think.

MEMORY:

Memory is the same really, with alot of companies, but for a gaming machine, I would definetly opt to get dual channel RAM (A special type of ram which speeds up memory and so the computer when 2 are used in one go in a motherboard that supports the ram) and get at least 1GB of it which will do you well (2x 512mb sticks) as most games are asking for this now.

PROCESSORS:

With Processors, it's either AMD or Intel, and these can both be just as good, but again, they work better with different tasks.
AMD has been proven to be better at games than Intel, with there reletivley new Athlon 64 range of processors, against Pentium 4's.

Athlon 64's by the way are ready for 64 bit computing, so with going with that type of processor, you know your computer will be ready for the future when you decide to buy a 64 bit Operating System when more programs and games start to use the new process. Intel do also have a 64 bit platform now, but it is quite expensive. With Dual processors coming out now though, prices of these will drop.

GRAPHICS CARDS:

With Graphics cards come Nvidia and ATI, both good again, and its mostly up to personal preference which you go for, because both are about the same in terms of games, though Nvidia seems to hold the gaming crown at the moment with many new cards (the 7800 series being the new and most powerful one out)

SOUND:

For sound, i'd go for Creative since they hold the crown and have been making sound cards for ages, with the Audigy ZX 2 being the newest card I think offering 8 channel surround sound? Anyway, if this is not what your into, you can get a more budget one allowing for maybe 5.1 which is always good for movies as well as games if you are into getting a DVD drive.

CONCLUSION:

Anyway, I hope I have helped in deciding what you might want to go for and you can now do some research into which companies you might like, etc

Hope I've helped
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thanks i will take a look into what you said
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Old 07-31-2005, 12:37 PM   #4
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No problems

I'm sure other users of this forum wil tell you about using 2x graphics cards in the motherboard for extra power in games, but I will leave you to go looking to find some good hardware for the moment, and leave those answers until later when you find some worthy components

The moterboard is actually the most vital part of the system, which controls everything, so you need to get that right
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excellent list there Kage, i would not get a sound card go with onboard
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dont forget - consider a single 7800gtx instead of sli 6800s. its better
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Kage, you have given some awesome guides like that on this forum! you helped me out a lot too.

and technoman, WHY ON EARTH would you go w/ onboard sound?????! i will never ever ever ever ever again even make an attempt at onboard sound. Mikey, if you dont want to spend too much on a sound card, just go and buy a $20 (US) one. onboard sound is bad because if it screws up once, its attached to your motherboard. And when you get a sound card, there is a HUGE noticable difference between onboard and the card.
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yes that makes more sence.Thanks
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I guess onboard sound is only for those who are on a budget or for those who just don't care about sound at all.

Personally, I won't go with onboard sound too because I'm a sound freak and must have high quality sounds when playing movies or MP3s.
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Yeah, I have 5.1 onboard surround sound, with a yucky Realtek devide, and you know? I'd rather and do use my Sound Blaster Live! card with 4.1, because i prefer it with quality, and it never judders sound or stops when the CPU is doing something rather high in prority.

Thanks for the comment by the way Jcon89 - "Kage, you have given some awesome guides like that on this forum! you helped me out a lot too."
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