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Old 08-10-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default I want to build a gaming computer but....

I have absolutely no idea where to start. I have no computer building experience and any advice you can give me would help me greatly. As an example of what I want I want to be a ble to play this game on at least medium settings: http://pc.ign.com/articles/897/897467p1.html.

So thanks in advance.
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: I want to build a gaming computer but....

Have a read through this thread to get some ideas: **New Build Guide**

Are you looking to build your own our buy pre-built? What is your budget?
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Default Re: I want to build a gaming computer but....

a pre built is also known as a barebone kit

so take a gander at this cite
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...=Barebone-Kits
now then you just pick your poison (AMD or Intel)
and build your dream machine
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:01 PM   #4
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Default Re: I want to build a gaming computer but....

Also I'm using this video card BTW:http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...5&Sku=P56-9802

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a pre built is also known as a barebone kit

so take a gander at this cite
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...=Barebone-Kits
now then you just pick your poison (AMD or Intel)
and build your dream machine
I want to buy my own videocard and most of those Barebones systems come with video card on the motherboard and I dont want that.

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Have a read through this thread to get some ideas: **New Build Guide**

Are you looking to build your own our buy pre-built? What is your budget?
I want a barebones without a video card attached(thats hard to find) also I dont want to do any soldering or anything, but I still want to build everything else in the computer.
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:11 PM   #5
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a pre built is also known as a barebone kit

so take a gander at this cite
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...=Barebone-Kits
now then you just pick your poison (AMD or Intel)
and build your dream machine
no, a prebuilt is not a barebone kit, a prebuilt is a fully operational system (HP, Dell, etc.), a barebone kit is a system with most of the essentials that only needs a few parts (and an OS) added to get it running...

we will need to know your budget and what you already have to really help you and barebone kits without video aren't hard to find at all, here's one...

Q6700 barebone kit
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Did you already buy that video card? If not I'd advise you to get the Radeon 4850, it's better and in a similar price bracket, it's cheaper actually, if I remember correctly.

Just to get you started.

CPU: Intel Core 2 (whatever), they have so many damn models now of their Core 2 Architecture that I don't even keep up with it anymore, just find a processor that you like whose cost is in reason. You can use Newegg.com to browse for one, same with all the other components you'll need to purchase.

Motherboard: If you go with the Radeon 4850 solution that I provided above then you'll want a nice LGA775 socket CrossFire compatible motherboard, otherwise, if you're sticking with the 9800GTX you'll want again an LGA775 socket motherboard, only this time you'll want it to be SLI compatible.

RAM: How much RAM you get depends on your budget. If you've got the cash go for 4GB of RAM, whether it be 4 individual sticks packing 1024mb each or 2 sticks packing 2048mb each, really depends if you plan to upgrade even further (not advisable). Or you can get a 2x1GB set, which should do fine too, anything less isn't advisable when running Vista, which I'm assuming is going to be the OS you go for.

Hard Drive: Hard drives are getting cheaper and cheaper nowadays, you can easily find a 750 GB 7200.1 RPM hard drive for 100 dollars nowadays. Notable companies are WD, Hitachi and Seagate, the size of your hard drive is based on your taste and needs.

Power Supply: This is an important component and you really can't afford to get cheap on this part of the computer. You'll want a sturdy 700W+ power supply (It's a bit much, but more power isn't a bad thing). Good companies are FSP group, Corsair, Silverstone, OCZ.

Optical Drive: Up to you, all CD drives are more or less the same now, you'll likely want a DVD+RW drive unless you intend to go for a BluRay disc solution, which probably isn't advisable seeing as how prices for this hardware component are currently dropping.

Case: It's up to you again, depends on what you find visually appealing for you, cases are more or less the same, the only way you can differentiate a good and bad case is air flow and its ability to contain noise, otherwise the other details of a case don't have much of a bearing on your PC experience.

OS: You'll need to buy an operating system, depending on what you need, the most suitable versions of Vista for you would be Home Premium or Ultimate. Linux is an option, but seeing as how you're building this expressly for FarCry 2 it wouldn't be ideal.

I could've been more specific and actually picked out parts for you, but part of the PC building experience is finding parts on your own. If you decide you need more specific help though, just ask. Someone will probably post up a list for you within the next 10 minutes or so anyway .
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no, a prebuilt is not a barebone kit, a prebuilt is a fully operational system (HP, Dell, etc.), a barebone kit is a system with most of the essentials that only need a few parts (and an OS) added to get it running...

we will need to know your budget and what you already have to really help you and barebone kits without video aren't hard to find at all, here's one...

Q6700 barebone kit
My budget is hopefully not over 2000 dollars(so I guess $2000 is set aside for this). I already have a Monitor, keyboard etc. As I said, I want to be able to play fall out 2 on really good settings when it comes out, but I dont know how to shop and make sure everything is compatible.
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If you just want a prebuilt computer with that budget, have a look at these http://www.ibuypower.com/mall/lobby.htm
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My budget is hopefully not over 2000 dollars(so I guess $2000 is set aside for this). I already have a Monitor, keyboard etc. As I said, I want to be able to play fall out 2 on really good settings when it comes out, but I dont know how to shop and make sure everything is compatible.
with that type of budget you can buy a core2quad barebone kit, add a decent psu and a 4870 and you'll be set for gaming and general computer use for years to come while still falling way under your budget...
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Thanks guys! I will come back with my specs later on.
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